Mortgage rates are stuck just above 6 percent, but at least they're not blowing up or shut down along with the rest of the credit world. We and our peers are operating normally.
Passage of the rescue bill has pushed up long-term Treasury rates, as markets anticipate large sales of new Treasury bonds to raise bailout cash. The stock market has stopped nauseating freefalls twice this week. These moves also reflect hopes for coordinated global central bank rate cuts over the weekend and a Euro-zone version of our rescue package.