ECB Cuts Bond Buying from 80 Billion Euros/month to 60 Billion

ECB Cuts Bond Buying from 80 Billion Euros/month to 60 Billion



ECB President Mario Draghi in above picture


ECB unexpectedly cuts asset buys to 60 bln euros per month from April 



Commentary: MBS closed tighter vs Treasuries after the ECB's taper news.  Unfortunately we were unable to stay above  the resistence level R1 ($102.75) Tommorrow is another day.


WRAP:  The unexpected taper announcement by the ECB pushed Bond prices lower in today's session, while Stocks closed at fresh record highs. The 3.5% Fannie Mae 30-yr coupon fell by 25bp to 102.62, but off the -38bp seen early in the session. Stocks closed at fresh record highs as the rally continued. The Dow gained 65.19 points to 19,614.81, the S&P 500 was up 4.84 points to 2,246.19, while the Nasdaq rose 23.59 points to 5,417.36. WTI oil closed at $50.84/barrel, +$1.07. 10-yr T Note yield 2.39%. Economic data is limited to Consumer Sentiment tomorrow.



What Is Going On With Interest Rates?  #wigowir


Below is the news when it happened and the market’s reaction.  For a full view of the day start at the bottom and work your way up. If want to know what just happened start at the top. All Times are Eastern Standard Time.  When the price of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) goes down rates go up, and when the price goes up rates come down. Remember in the bond market Bad News is Good News and Good News is Bad news.


3:59 PM Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn dies aged 95.

2:55 PM Stocks indexes look to close at fresh record highs as the Trump rally marches on.

12:40 PM Stocks well into positive territory as the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P are at fresh record high intraday levels. MBS at session highs, though still in the red and well off the session lows.

11:51 AM  The S&P edges back into positive territory.


11:05 AM The Treasury will sell $24B 3-yr Notes on Monday, $20B 10s on Tuesday and $12B 30-yr Bonds on Wednesday.

10:53 AM Freddie Mac reports that the 30-yr fixed conventional mortgage rate ($417K or less) rose to 4.13% in the latest week with 0.5 in points and fees added on top of that rate.

10:06 AM Stocks fall back into negative territory.



Commentary: The come back has disappeared..  MBS is now below R1 ($102.75) and trading at $102.62. Stay tuned to see if this continues. Maybe we will be back on the comeback trail soon.

9:47 AM The S&P edges into positive territory.

9:32 AM The S&P opens modestly lower.

8:41 AM Home flipping decreased in the third quarter of 2016 amid rising home prices and higher mortgage rates.

8:33 AM S&P futures slip into negative territory.

8:30 AM Weekly Initial Jobless Claims -10K to 258K, above the 255K expected.

8:25 AM Economic data is limited to Weekly Initial Jobless Claims this morning.

8:19 AM MBS quickly bounce off the opening lows, cutting into losses.

8:13 AM S&P futures turn modestly positive after the ECB announcement.

8:10 AM The U.S. dollar index 100.21, -0.05.

8:10 AM WTI oil $50.23/barrel, +$0.47.

8:08 AM The 10-yr yield rises to 2.40% from yesterday's close of 2.34% as the peak and valley trading pattern continues in the debt markets.

8:04 AM MBS look to open lower.

8:04 AM MBS open lower giving back yesterday's gains in sympathy with falling Treasury prices.

8:03 AM Treasury yields rise on the ECB news.

8:00 AM The ECB cuts its Bond buying program to 60 billion euros/month from 80 billion and extends the program until December 2017. has attempted to verify the information contained on this post.  However any aspect of such may change without notice. does not provide investment advice and does not represent that any of the information or related analysis is accurate or complete at any time. On October 5th we started posting our rates and leaving them on the site for you to refer back to. This will allow  you see where actual rates have been along with the news that caused the fluctuations on the rate sheet.  I ask that you forgive my spelling and grammatical mistakes. This is due writing skills that are lacking and the need to communicate quickly.  Most of the information posted on this blog along with the charts and indexes are available all during the day to the subscrbers of  The cost of subscription is very reasonable.


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