March 17th, 2010 1:37 AM by Scott Bray
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met for a one day meeting today. The FOMC released their statement on monetary policy. The statement was very similar to the FOMC statement released after the January meeting. They reiterated the need for low rates for an "extended time" and that inflation is not a concern today. There were two changes made that relate to housing. First, the verbiage referring to the MBS Purchase Program, which is scheduled to run out of funding at the end of March, added what may be a door to extend the program in some capacity. Additionally, the Fed inserted a few words that imply they are concerned about the health of housing, stating: "Housing starts have been flat at depressed levels". This adds some hope that the Fed may need to add funds to the MBS Purchase Program if mortgage rates move higher following their withdrawal at the end of March.