Still at extremely low levels, but moving up none the less, along with car sales, as happens at the early stages of a consumer credit expansion, supported by the trillions in financial equity from federal deficit spending that continues to add large quantities of income and savings to the economy.
Risks for equities remain the possibility of a near term dollar reversal, proactive fiscal tightening by Congress, and the ECB changing its mind with regards to supporting member funding needs.
By Courtney Schlisserman
November 25 (Bloomberg) — The number of mortgage applications in the U.S. rose as purchases increased for a third straight week and refinancing picked up.
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index increased 5.8 percent in the week ended Nov. 5, the Washington-based group said today. Refinancing rose 6 percent and purchase applications were up 5.5 percent, the most since Oct. 1.