March 25th, 2009
10:20 AM ET

Wednesday money...

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Ali Velshi
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

What we saw happen in the hours after the Fed injected a trillion dollars into the economy last Wednesday was confirmed today.  Rates for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 4.63%.

"Mortgage rates fell sharply to low levels not seen in six decades following the Federal Reserve's announcement on the Treasury bond and mortgage-backed securities purchase programs," the Mortgage Banker's Association reports.

But that's not all: on TOP of the uptick we saw on Monday in existing home sales, and on TOP of the banking plan that was finally detailed on Monday, orders for durable good were up.  Durable goods are manufactured goods that are built to last more than 3 years.  Everything from washing machines to military equipment.

After six straight months of decline, orders for durable goods suddenly rose, and rose unexpectedly.

All of these things signal some change.  Markets should react positively.  BUT, remember that as we start to regain some ground on markets, some investors will sell off to capture their gains, and choppy water could lie ahead - and, because I want to use one more analogy - the economy is an oceanliner, not a speed boat, according to the President.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Economy • Finance • U.S. Federal Reserve
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Jeanette

    I didn't see that article in the Post Dispatch.. If that's true, that is really discouraging and I agree is a real slap in all of our faces. They need to make loans so our economy will heal!!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  2. Carl Parisien Natick MA

    finally some positive economic news. I'm optimistic that there's more to come. Robert Carl Parisien

    March 25, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  3. mac

    There was an article in the NY Post today stating that B of A and Citigroup are buying more toxic assets in the secondary markets. If this is true it is a slap in the face to every tax payer in the country. If these banks need the government to subsidize and support them. They should be using their money to make new loans not to front run the Geithner plan.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:26 am |