Expirations Help Forbearance Numbers; Rates Under Pressure Despite Weak Jobs Report

Economic data is traditionally one of the key contributors to interest rate movement. Of the regularly-scheduled reports, none has more market-moving street cred than The Employment Situation–otherwise known as “the jobs report” or simply NFP (due to its headline component: Non-Farm Payrolls). The relationship between econ data and rates can wax and wane. Covid definitely threw a wrench in the works, and economists still don’t know exactly how things will shake out. In general, the market is trading on the assumption that things continue to improve even if the data isn’t making that case today. In fact, today’s jobs report specifically suggests something quite different . The economy only created 49k new jobs in January, and the last few reports were revised much lower to boot. Taken together
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