Fed Approves 1st Rate Hike in 4 Years

The Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday raised the federal funds rate for the first time since 2018, marking a new approach to rising inflation and other economic pressures.

MBA Advocacy Update: Mar. 7, 2022

President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union address last week to a joint session of Congress, focusing heavily on the war in Ukraine and rising inflation. Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell appeared before both chambers of Congress, signaling to lawmakers that the Fed will lift interest rates a quarter-percentage point later this month.

The Week Ahead—July 12, 2021

Good morning! Even though it’s summer, things stay busy in Washington—and with the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The Week Ahead—June 21, 2021

MBA releases its weekly Forbearance & Call Volume Survey today. The survey has shown drops in loans in forbearance for 15 consecutive weeks and is threatening to show loans in forbearance falling under 4 percent for the first time in more than a year.

Fed Statement Cites Ongoing Risks to Growing Economy

The Federal Open Market Committee yesterday, to no one’s surprise, left the federal funds rate unchanged at 0-0.25%. But analysts, including Mortgage Bankers Association Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni, were more interested in what the FOMC had to say about economic conditions and rising inflation.

The Week Ahead—Mar. 15, 2021

Capitol Hill is busy again this week. On Tuesday, Mar. 23, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell visit (virtually) the House Financial Services Committee for a hearing on “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response.