FDIC Report Discusses Challenges Bank Mortgage Lenders May Face If Interest Rates Rise
April 26, 2002
The profitability of the nation's residential mortgage lending specialists has become more exposed to the effects of a rising interest rate scenario that would compress net interest margins and suppress noninterest revenues associated with mortgage production and sales, according to a report released by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Unprecedented levels of refinancing spurred by low long-term interest rates have contributed to a significant lengthening of asset maturities.
The report concludes that the current interest rate environment gives institutions the opportunity to correct mismatches between their assets and liabilities.
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