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Julie C. Nichols General

No New ECB Stimulus
After spending the last couple of weeks at or near the lowest levels of the year, mortgage rates rose this week. The cause came from investor disappointment with Thursday’s European Central Bank (ECB) meeting. The U.S. economic data contained few significant surprises and had little effect.
At its last meeting in March, the ECB announced significant new stimulus measures to spur economic activity and inflation in the eurozone. In speeches following the March meeting, ECB President Mario Draghi emphasized the ECB’s readiness to do more if needed. Investors liked what they heard and pushed interest rates around the world lower in anticipation of more stimulus. This week, however, the ECB chose to add no new measures, and some of the improvement in rates was reversed.

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