KEY MARKET INDICATORS as of June 03, 2019
Long-Term Interest Rates Lower Again
Interest rates headed lower again last week. The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell by 20 basis points to 2.12%, while the 30-year conventional mortgage rates fell below 4% for the first time since January 2018. Increasingly, investors expect the Federal Reserve to cut rates in the second half of 2019. The Fed funds futures market has priced in a 40% chance for one rate cut, and almost 30% chance for two or more rate cuts by the end of 2019. Investors expect that the Fed will cut rates in the next few months in response to slower economic growth. Estimates by economists at the New York Fed and the Atlanta Fed suggest that economic growth will likely slow from 3% in Q1 to 1.3-1.5% in Q2. Subdued inflation, which has been consistently below the Fed’s 2% target this year, should also give the Fed flexibility to lower rates. The decline in long-term interest rates should help improve housing affordability and make homebuying more attractive.
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