|Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues|
STAYING AHEAD OF THE MORTGAGE CURVE
updated 10/17/13 10:55 AM
Some Positives for CA, NV
With a sudden surge in mortgage rates, it’s time to look at the impact. It’s not as bleak as you might think.
I’ll start with the bleak. The refinance market has hit a brick wall. Activity in the United States fell by more than 50 percent since the first quarter, and a further slowdown is likely.
When mortgage rates were at their lows in early 2013, 80 percent of all U.S. mortgages could theoretically be refinanced. This doesn’t take into consideration that some mortgages wouldn’t be eligible due to having negative equity. The 80 percent dropped to 30 percent.
'IT'S MORE THAN A JOB' updated
12/03/13 10:50 AM
Retired CEO Shares Insight
It felt like a dark day for Barbara Lamberth, a day when “you’re ready to call it quits.” Then someone said something she’d never forget.
SURVEY: HOLIDAY SPENDING TO INCREASE updated
11/27/13 02:18 PM
Results are 'Encouraging,' Economist Says
More consumers plan to increase their spending during this year's holiday season, and fewer consumers plan to spend less than they did last year, according to the 14th annual holiday spending survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
INSURANCE PARITY BILL MOVES FORWARD updated
11/19/13 10:00 AM
CA Congressmen Support Legislation
The House Financial Services Committee recently passed H.R. 3468, the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act. Authored by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Brea, this legislation will extend insurance fund coverage for Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTAs).