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Does the Federal Funds Rate Affect Mortgage Rates?

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Does the Federal Funds Rate Affect Mortgage Rates?
The short answer: No.

This graph contrasts the movements of the weekly average Federal Funds rate against the movements of the weekly 10-year Treasury Constant Maturity and those of the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage and 5/1 Hybrid ARM. It covers a time period of the last three years.

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates.

For more about Fed Funds, mortgage and other loan rates, click here.

Federal Funds and Mortgage Rates

The ultra-short-term Federal Funds rate -- an overnight lending rate between banks -- has little direct influence on longer-term rates, such as those found on mortgage loans. These are more likely to be influenced by moves in longer-term Treasuries, such as the 10-year seen above.

For more on why mortgage rates move, read What Moves Mortgage Rates? (The Basics)

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Click here for a list of indexes for Adjustable Rate Mortgages.

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