Bank Rate Mortgages
Why do bank rate mortgages vary? What makes the interest rates of
these bank rate mortgages rise? What makes those of bank rate mortgages
fall? These questions race through our minds whenever we are faced
with a financial situation that requires us to understand a little
bit more about bank rate mortgages.
The answer is simple enough. Bank rate mortgages are moved by several
factors that are different from but are somehow connected with each
other. Not surprisingly, one of these factors that affect the movement
of bank rate mortgages is you – the consumer.
Bank mortgage rate money come from any number of sources. Bank mortgage
rate money may come from deposits at banks and brokerages. Most bank
mortgage rate money comes from investors who comprise the collective
term, “capital markets.” These capital markets are where the purchase
of debt instruments like bonds and bank rate mortgages are done.
To attract investors, sellers of bank rate mortgages and bonds in
these capital markets compete with one another. This is done by providing
their consumers with a variety of products, such as bonds and bank
rate mortgage. These bank rate mortgage products have varying levels
of risks and gains over given periods of time. In turn, these offerings
compete with other investments which possess certain similarities
in terms of performance. These include US treasuries, corporate bonds,
foreign bonds, bank rate mortgages, and others.
The bank rate mortgage investors act like typical consumers. That
is, like you, they want two opposing things: low payments on their
bank rate mortgages and high returns on investments. The demands of
these investors play a significant role in moving the yields of the
bank rate mortgage markets. The marketplace for bank rate mortgages
is crowded because investors literally have hundreds of places to
put their money into.
"It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France
Sellers of various products like bank rate mortgages compete with
others for those investor dollars. Demands for specific products,
e.g. bank rate mortgages, rise and fall according to the changes made
in the investment strategies. For instance, if demand for bank rate
mortgages falls, a change needs to be done to attract investors again.
And this is usually done by raising interest rates on bank rate mortgages.
Then again, bank rate mortgages are never that simple. The market
makers of bank rate mortgages do not have the investors alone as their
client. The other half of the coin is the home buyers. These two clients
of bank rate mortgage markets take opposing sides when it comes to
investments. The investors want the highest possible return on their
investments. On the other hand, the home buyers want the lowest possible
interest rates on their bank rate mortgages. The result is a virtual
As interest rates of bank rate mortgages decline, the interest of
investors and home consumers alike are tweaked just a little bit.
But this all depends on the direction of the economic growth, inflation,
appetite for the given product, and several other factors. A typical
outcome of lowering rates for bank rate mortgages though is lesser
interest on the part of the investors. No investor would put down
in his book a bank rate mortgage with a low interest rate.
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