by George Leong, Investment Contrarians:
The rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has been creeping up higher and just broke the four-percent threshold. This is a telltale sign that higher financing rates are on the horizon.
While there’s still hope that the Federal Reserve will hold off on reducing its bond buying at next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the reality is that the money party is coming to an end.
The failure of the Bank of Japan to deliver additional stimulus sent traders to the exits and resulted in the Nikkei 225 dropping down to below the key 13,000 level. What happened in Japan may be an ocean away, but the knee-jerk reaction was clearly indicative of nervousness among traders.
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