MReport April 2022

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64 | TH E M R EP O RT FINAL THOUGHTS A Volatile Time In this month's Final Thoughts, we look at how the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine is affecting the markets and how it is clouding economists' prediction for near-term future. "impact on mortgage demand" Joel Kan, the Mortgage Bankers Association's Associate VP of Economic and Industry Forecasting on the impact the conflict is having on interest rates "cascading impacts" Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist, on the uncertainty the conflict is creating amid inflationary pressure "rattled the global economy" Taylor Marr, Redfin Deputy Chief Economist, on how the conflict has buoyed homebuying demand caused in part by lower mortgage interest rates. "inflationary impact" Doug Duncan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae on the numerous uncertainties, including heightened inflation and the Fed's monetary policy reaction, which must now also account for the inflationary impact of Russia's war on Ukraine. "market dynamics could shift quickly" Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, said on how the conflict could impact the housing market should things go further south amid rising rates and inflation.

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