Guess what 3 things helped interest rates this week

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Markets In A Minute for week ending May 10, 2019: Guess what 3 things helped interest rates this week

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This week on The Markets In a Minute: Three things helped interest rates this week, remodeling labor shortage and more
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Interest Rate Volatility

The Economy

  • Tweets by President Trump reignited investor concerns over the trade talks with China. Stocks dropped from recent highs as investors’ anxiety increased.
  • Although the trade dispute with China has not directly helped interest rates, newly proposed tariffs could hamper global economic growth, helping rates.
  • Low inflation has offset strong employment which helped interest rates stay low. Although lots of jobs are being created, wages aren’t rising fast enough to cause inflation.

Housing news by Laura Borja

  • A remodeling labor shortage continues to delay housing projects, according to NAHB. The highest demand is for carpenters, bricklayers, and electricians.
  • Homeowners are showing more love for their front yards in a recent trend, carving out spots in lawns and front porches to mingle with neighbors and relax.
  • High home prices and strong demand have today’s youngest homebuyers pouring into smaller cities, where prices are generally more affordable.

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”
-Arthur Ashe

Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

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