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Economy

A recession is now the base case scenario for Wells Fargo

In making the new projection, Wells Fargo noted that "consumer activity has weakened" considerably as the economy confronts new COVID-19 outbreaks and restrictions, sky-high inflation and a strong U.S. dollar, in addition to the Russian war in Ukraine and aggressive Fed monetary policy.

Economy

Mortgage demand plummets as interest rates hover near 13-year high

Although mortgage rates have receded slightly from the record high notched last week, the average rate on the 30-year loan is still around 5.378%. By comparison, just one year ago, the 30-year rate stood at 3.00%. Since the start of the year, rates have jumped 2% – the fastest pace of growth since May 1994.