MBS Day Ahead: Why We're Watching Treasuries

The market reaction to coronavirus made a mess of the relationship between Treasuries and MBS (and between MBS and mortgage rates for that matter). These disconnections can happen from time to time and when they do, we stop following trends in Treasuries and focus on MBS. In fact, the disconnection between MBS and mortgage rates forced me to stop following MBS except inasmuch to be on the lookout for a reconnection. While we may see a bit of small scale disconnection between Treasuries and MBS in the short-term, it won't be big enough to suggest we tune-out Treasuries again. The time has clearly come to get back to the business of following Treasuries, even though our focus is on mortgage rates. If you haven't read my primer on this before, here's why we do that. And if you prefer...(read more)

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