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July 10th 2007

US Economy Hit by Housing Sector

These days, the US economy seems to rise and fall on the wings of the housing sector.  Unfortunately, this sector is in a tailspin as higher interest rates have left many homeowners unable to pay their mortgages, causing a crisis in the oft-cited subprime market.  Already, several hedge funds have nearly collapsed due to subprime mortgage uncertainty, and nearly 600 portfolios of subprime mortgages (representing $12 Billion) have been downgraded as a result of declining creditworthiness.  Investors fear that instability in the subprime market could spread to the rest of the US economy and/or drive the Federal Reserve Bank to lower interest rates, which would narrow the interest rate differential between the US and most of the west. Reuters reports:

Lower U.S. bond yields arising from problems in the subprime sector have diminished the allure of U.S. Treasury debt. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury noteā€¦is at 5.08 percent, down from about 5.29 about a month ago.

Read More: Dollar hits record low vs euro on subprime woes

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Posted by Adam Kritzer | in Economic Indicators, US Dollar | No Comments »

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