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Spending cuts across the energy sector last month dropped the Durable Goods Orders down to a negative 1.2%.  While most of the orders come from the producer level, U.S. consumers contributed to to the downturn as well.  That Mr. & Mrs. America are not as loose with their money  right now is corroborated by the decline in Consumer Confidence, down 4.7% off of expectations.

So for now, we are in our happy place.  The absence of any earth-shattering news has kept Mortgage Bonds steady Eddy all month long, consequently, interest rates have found their zen place.