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US Housing Still Dragging its Feet – QE3 Still on

US Existing Home Sales rose by around 5% to an annual pace of 4.61 million, from a revised 4.39 million last month. This is within expectations of 4.65 million.

Yet while this is a rise, the pace is still far from the good years.    The tendency for another round of Quantitative Easing leans towards the aiding mortgage based assets.

Earlier housing figures released this week have shown that while  multifamily  homes have probably bottomed out, single family homes are still struggling. Housing starts have actually fallen. It still isn’t safe to say that the whole housing sector is moving up.

The housing bubble brought the economy down, and a clear rise of this sector is still needed for seeing a smile on Bernanke’s face.

Buying treasury bonds in previous rounds of QE ran its course. Yields are already very low, and further asset buying will not encourage more lending.

But with mortgage based assets, the story is quite different and there is a majority within the Federal Reserve wants to act in order to heal this sector.

The Fed isn’t likely to act in next week’s meeting, yet QE3 in the second half of 2012 is still on the cards with these figures. For forecasts about the upcoming meeting, see the FXStreet poll.

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Yohay Elam

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