Prologue Capital on the US Housing & MBS Markets ~ market folly

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Prologue Capital on the US Housing & MBS Markets

Today we present some interesting commentary on the mortgage backed security (MBS) and US housing markets from hedge fund Prologue Capital.  Prologue is a $2.1 billion global macro fixed income manager that focuses on inflation-linked investments. 

Their latest commentary features thoughts from portfolio manager Noah Estrin and Chief Economist Tomas Jelf and they believe that the housing market will shift from a headwind to a tailwind.

Prologue writes that,

"A modest increase in home prices from current levels will translate into a large swath of credit impaired borrowers being able to refinance, significantly increasing mortgage supply. However, the doves at the Fed will be reluctant to step away from the assistance they are providing the economy until they are 100% certain that the recovery can stand on its own."

Prologue sees housing starts "increasing by around 60% to 1.5 million in the next 2-3 years, which brings it in line with natural rate of household formation."  They also highlight a shift in housing-related employment which is growing at an accelerated pace.

You can read the entirety of their thoughts below, but suffice it to say that they feel the "positives outweigh the negatives" in the US housing market and that Spring has sprung.

Embedded below is Prologue Capital's commentary on the MBS market and US housing market:

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