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|Subject: Flummoxed: Mortgage Yield Gap Refuses to Shrink||Date: 12/24/2012 2:43 PM|
|Author: CCinOC||Number: 124499 of 126720|
Policy makers are disappointed that lower yields on mortgage-backed securities haven’t led to more savings on home loans after the Fed expanded its balance sheet to an all-time high of almost $3 trillion through bond purchases. Bernanke this month called the trend “unfortunate,” and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York held a workshop to examine the issue. [...]
“The Fed is pushing really hard to try to get the mortgage rate down,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Pierpont Securities LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. “There just doesn’t seem to be much of an inclination on the part of banks to get out there and beat the bushes.” [...]
That has left the spread, or difference, between so-called primary and secondary rates at about 1.1 percentage points, compared with less 0.7 percentage point in March and an average of about 0.5 percentage point in years before the credit crisis, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
In other words, the too-big-to-fail banks, now bigger than ever, are keeping the difference in their pockets, not yours.
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