US inflation is causing The Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, and mortgage applications are suffering.

Mortgage applications decreased 7.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 10, 2023.

The Refinance Index decreased 13 percent from the previous week and was 76 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 6 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 5 percent compared with the previous week and was 43 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The MBA contract rate rose 3.4% from 6.18% to 6.39% as The Fed tightens.

And if you believe the Taylor Rule (as opposed to The Fed’s current politically-based decisions), The Fed’s target rate should be 10.15% and The Fed is less than half way there at 4.75%.

The Fed is expected (by investors in Fed Funds Futures) to rise to 5.283% by the July FOMC meeting, then decline to under 5% by January ’24.

Speaking of Fed rate hikes, January’s red hot retail sales (up 3% MoM) is surely going to drive inflation UP and The Fed will keep raising rates.

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