MBS Weekly Market Commentary Week Ending 2/5/2021

Long-term 30-year yields have risen to 1.983%, the 10-year is currently yielding 1.182%, and the Fannie Mae 30-year current-coupon spread to the 5/10-year blend tightened to +65. The spread from the current coupon to Treasuries is the lowest in more than 19 months while yields on Treasuries closed at their highest in more than 10 months.

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According to data published by Freddie Mac, U.S. 30-year home mortgage rates fell to 2.73% from 2.79%. The average 15-year rate fell to 2.21%, up from 2.21% a week earlier. Refinance applications increased 11.4% for the week ended Jan. 29, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, following the previous week’s 5.0% drop. The purchase index increased 0.1%. The conventional refinance sub-index rose 12.3% while the government sub-index was up 8.3%. VA refinancing applications increased 8.1% while FHA rose 9.3%.

UMBS 30-year coupons outperformed their hedges last week, with the 3% coupon seeing the worst performance in a 1 tick drop. According to Bloomberg data, the top 3 fastest paying majors were all Fannie Mae 3% coupons, while in the latest speed report the 3% coupon overall dropped less (down 8% vs. down 12%). The 3% coupon has a WAC of 3.76%, leaving room for strong refi incentive.

Economic Calendar:

  • Tuesday: Class A Notification
  • Wednesday: CPI, MBA mortgage applications
  • Friday: Class B Notification

10-Year Treasury Yield Curve

Compare this chart with the mortgage rates chart to see how the 10-year treasury and mortgage rates are correlated. Read more below to learn how mortgage rates are tied to the 10 year treasury yield. View raw data on U.S. Department of the Treasury website.

 

Mortgage Rates Today

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About the Author

Robbie Chrisman, Head of Content, MCT

Robbie started his mortgage industry career with internships during high school and college at Peoples National Bank in Colorado, and RPM & Bay Equity in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance in 2014, he went to work at SoFi, where he rose to Director, Capital Markets assisting in the creation of SoFi’s residential mortgage division before leaving to work for TMS in Austin, Texas. From there, he went to work for FinTech startup Riivos in San Francisco and now is the Head of Content at Mortgage Capital Trading (MCT) in San Diego.

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