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Investor Caution Helping Push Rates Back Toward Lows

Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Erik Bjorklund

Investor Caution Helping Push Rates Back Toward Lows

Mortgage rates improved modestly today as investors remain cautious amidst rising coronavirus stats in several states.  The experience of those states is fueling broader concern about a 2nd wave of the disease that may logically follow less efficient social distancing as various states and counties reopen for business.

In general, when investors are feeling cautious or fearful (relatively), we tend to see things like the bond market do better while stocks do worse.  That's not a hard and fast rule, but it' a fair generalization.  This notion is supported in the current environment by the fact that stock prices and bond yields have been an almost perfect mirror image of each other recently.  

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