Mortgage rates¬†moved moderately higher¬†today, and most of the blame goes to the presidential election in France. ¬†If you're wondering what European politics have to do with mortgage rates in the US, you're not alone. ¬†While it certainly isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what's motivating rates, its impact was unmistakable today.
To understand the connection, first consider that the EU economy is slightly bigger than that of the US. ¬†Then consider France is the third biggest economy in the EU. ¬†Germany is the biggest and the UK is the second biggest. ¬†On that note, don't forget that the UK is currently in the process of exiting the European Union. ¬†Now to bring it all home, simply consider that one of the candidates in the French election (Marine Le Pen) wants France to exit the EU as well. ¬†...(read more)Forward this article via email:¬†¬†Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.[img]http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=731787