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10 Year Treasuries at One Year Lows, Mortgage Rates Going Lower?

Yields on 10 Year Treasuries are at a one year low. On the heels of today’s FOMC statement and subsequent comments by Fed Chairman Powell, interest rates on Treasuries dropped, with the 10 Year yield nearing 2.50%. Should these levels be maintained or go even lower, mortgage rates are expected to drop further.

FOMC Keeps Interest Rates Steady

The Federal Reserve kept steady the Fed Funds Rate at the conclusion of their FOMC meeting today. The rate is currently a target range of 2.25% to 2.50%.

Banks maintained their same Prime Rates at 5.50%.


Press Release

March 20, 2019

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that the labor market remains strong but that growth of economic activity has slowed from its solid rate in the fourth quarter. Payroll employment was little changed in February, but job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Recent indicators point to slower growth of household spending and business fixed investment in the first quarter. On a 12-month basis, overall inflation has declined, largely as a result of lower energy prices; inflation for items other than food and energy remains near 2 percent. On balance, market-based measures of inflation compensation have remained low in recent months, and survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 percent. The Committee continues to view sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective as the most likely outcomes. In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will be patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate to support these outcomes.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target […]