Mortgage Rates Soaring towards 23-Year Highs Due to Bond Market

US Treasury yields and mortgage rates rose recently, despite a tame CPI report. On August 11, 2023, mortgage rates surged to 7.19%, nearing the high of 7.37% from October 2022, the highest in nearly 23 years. The chart patterns suggest potential for further hikes. Current yield inversions are among the steepest in history. Despite the CPI dropping to 3.2% year-over-year, signs indicate another inflation uptick and continued Fed hikes. The housing market is expected to suffer, especially with consistent shelter price increases. The recent rise in Producer Price Index and spikes in crude petroleum further fuel inflation concerns.