Compliance, Broker, Non-QM Products; Tariffs and Their Effect on Rates

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Today is National Doughnut Day, but those in financial services are probably more interested in U.S. equities having their second-best day of the year Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank was receptive to cutting interest rates to ease the effect of trade tensions on the economy. Powell said the Fed will "act as appropriate to sustain the expansion." Say what you will about the tariffs, many are quick to point out that it is convenient that President Trump (like nearly every president before him) has been trying to have the Fed reduce short term rates, but has also been the one creating the trade tensions. Aside from those holding mortgage servicing, due to prepayment risk, most lenders are just fine with the lower rates. (More in the cap markets section...(read more)

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