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For the week of Apr 25, 2011 --- Vol. 9, Issue 17 In This Issue... Last Week in Review: The US credit outlook was cut from stable to negative... but what does it mean to the markets and you? Forecast for the Week: It’s hard to believe how many jam-packed economic reports are due out this week! View: Did you know you can track your tax refund? Check out the tips below to see how. Last Week in Review WHEN IT RAINS, IT POOR’S... With the US already facing tough decisions over its national debt, the credit rating firm Standard and Poor's last week cut its credit outlook on the US from stable to negative. Standard & Poor’s also said the US’s AAA credit rating could be cut within two years, if headway isn't made in closing the budget gap. This is important because countries have credit ratings, just like individuals. But what does all this mean? Let's break it down... First of all, it’s important to note that the downgrade to the credit outlook was a long time coming, and Traders in the pits even joked that S&P is late to the party with this call. For more information about different countries credit ratings - as well as your own state’s credit ratings - check out this Credit Ratings Link. All joking aside, this is a serious issue, as the last thing the US wants to endure is an outright credit downgrade. That would make the interest expense on the US debt even more burdensome - and, remember, we are all on the hook for this debt and the carrying costs. But if this was a long time coming, what sparked the change in outlook? The S&P cited the wide political divide amongst Congress as a major hurdle to meaningfully lower the federal budget deficit. Both parties want to lower the deficit but there is stark disagreement on how

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to get there. Hopefully, the S&P's actions will spark a fire in Congress to get serious and get something done. How does this issue impact Bonds and home loan rates? The national debt concerns won’t be addressed easily, especially when you remember that the country is approaching the debt-ceiling limit on May 16th. So in the immediate future, this will make for more volatility in the markets as headlines gyrate both Stocks and Bonds. Bonds are in an even tougher spot in the long term - and here's why: First... if the US government is successful in taking action to lower the budget deficit and avoid an outright credit downgrade, then we should expect a longer duration of accommodative Fed monetary policy, as the Fed doesn't want an economic slowdown to recreate a "deflationary" environment. If things do slowdown significantly, we may start hearing debate for a QE3 (or a third round of Quantitative Easing), which would not be good for Bonds and home loan rates. Second... if the US debt received an outright downgrade, it would be really bad for Bonds. As it stands now, this doesn’t seem likely and you shouldn’t be overly alarmed. But, it’s important to understand what is at stake here. The bottom line is that with some extra belt tightening as a result of this issue, we could expect to see slower economic growth in the future, as government spending would have to slow immensely to help close the budget gap. That said... home loan rates remain historically low right now. However, there are a lot of headwinds for Bonds down the road and last week’s credit outlook downgrade was just another one. Now’s the time to learn more about these issues and see how you can take advantage of the current low home loan rates and affordable home prices. It only takes a few minutes to look at your specific situation. Call or email to get started. Forecast for the Week This week will be jam-packed with economic reports that can have a big impact on the markets and home loan rates:  



 







We’ll see more housing news this week with the New Home Sales report right away Monday morning, followed by the Pending Home Sales report on Thursday. Consumers are also in the news this week. First, we’ll see the Consumer Confidence report on Tuesday, followed by the Consumer Sentiment Index on Friday. Both those reports give us some insight into how confident consumers are in the economy. Second, we’ll get a look at Personal Spending and Personal Income on Friday - which provide insight into the financial picture of consumers. The Federal Reserve holds its FOMC meeting this Tuesday and Wednesday, with the release of its Policy Statement coming Wednesday afternoon. As always, what the Fed says could impact home loan rates. Speaking of the Fed, we’ll see the Fed’s favorite gauge of inflation this Friday in the Personal Consumption Expenditures report. We’ll also get a read on the economic recovery with Wednesday’s Durable Good Orders, which gives us an update on consumer and business buying behavior on big-ticket items that are designed to last for an extended period of time, like furniture, televisions, appliances, vehicles, copy machines, and so on. On Thursday, the markets will see the latest report on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - which is the broadest measure of economic activity - as well as Friday's Chicago PMI, which is a good indicator of overall economic activity. The Jobless Claims report also comes out Thursday. In the latest week’s report, Initial Jobless Claims fell but still remained above that pesky 400,000 level as the job market continues to be a thorn in the side of the economy. Until we can see a pattern of unemployment claims well below 400,000, we will not see a significant fall in the Unemployment Rate. Finally, on Friday the Employment Cost Index (ECI) will be released. The ECI is one way to evaluate wage trends and the risk of wage inflation, as well as possible price pressures. This is important to the housing industry because if wage inflation threatens, it is possible home loan rates will rise through Bond prices dropping.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds

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and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. As you can see in the parallel black lines on the right side of the chart below, Bonds hovered in a tight range and were unable to improve much last week due to rising Stocks and inflation concerns. Those two elements only add to the headwinds for Bonds and indicate that now may be the ideal time to take advantage of low home loan rates. Call or email to see how you can benefit by acting now. Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday Apr 22, 2011)

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Ways to Check on Your Tax Refund By Mary Beth Franklin, Kiplinger.com Some 75% of U.S. taxpayers are expecting a refund this year. If you’re wondering when you’ll get your money, you have several ways to check. Go to www.irs.gov and choose the "Where’s My Refund" tool. You’ll need to provide your Social Security number, your filing status -- single, married filing either jointly or separately, head of household, or qualifying widow or widower -- and the amount of your expected refund, as shown on your tax return, rounded to the nearest whole dollar. You can usually get information about the status of your refund 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or three to four weeks after you file a paper return. The tool is updated every Wednesday. Also, this year the IRS unveiled a new smart-phone app, IRS2Go, for iPhone and Android phone users. You can download the free app at the Apple App store or Android Marketplace. Input the same three pieces of information -- Social Security number, filing status and expected refund -- to find out when you’ll get your money. (Next year, be sure to choose direct deposit if you’re filing your return electronically; you may receive your refund in as little as ten days.) Start thinking about how you can put your refund to good use by paying down debt or building up savings. While you’re at it, file a new Form W-4 with your employer to increase your take-home pay immediately rather than waiting until next year for a tax refund. Tap our Easy-to-Use Withholding Calculator to help you fill in the values.

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Reprinted with permission. All Contents Š2011 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. www.kiplinger.com.

-------------------------Economic Calendar for the Week of April 25-29, 2011 Remember, as a general rule, weaker than expected economic data is good for rates, while positive data causes rates to rise. Economic Calendar for the Week of April 25 - April 29 Date Mon. 25

April

Tue. 26

April

Wed. 27

April

Wed. 27

April

Thu. 28

April

Thu. 28

April

Thu. 28

April

Thu. 28

April

ET

Economic Report

For Estimate Actual Prior

Impact

10:00 New Home Sales

Mar

280 k

250K Moderate

10:00 Consumer Confidence

Apr

64.4

63.4

08:30 Durable Goods Orders

Mar

3.0%

02:15 FOMC Meeting

Apr

NA

08:30 Jobless Claims (Initial)

4/23

390K

403K Moderate

10:00 Pending Home Sales

Mar

1.5%

2.1% Moderate

08:30 GDP Chain Deflator

Q1

2.3%

0.4%

08:30 Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Q1

1.7%

3.1% Moderate

Fri. April 29

10:00 Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)

Apr

69.6

69.6

Moderate

Fri. April 29

09:45 Chicago PMI

Apr

62.0

70.6

HIGH

Fri. April 29

08:30 Employment Cost Index (ECI)

Q1

0.5%

0.4%

HIGH

Fri. April 29

08:30

Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core Mar PCE

0.1%

0.2%

HIGH

Fri. April 29

08:30

Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core Mar PCE

0.2%

0.2%

HIGH

Fri. April 29

08:30 Personal Spending

Mar

0.5%

0.7% Moderate

Fri. April 29

08:30 Personal Income

Mar

0.4%

0.3% Moderate

Fri. April 29

08:30

Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core YOY PCE

NA

-0.6% Moderate 0.25%

0.9%

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Weekly Forecast, and Review.  

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POOR’S... With the US already facing tough decisions over its national debt, the credit rating firm Standard and Poor's la...