Economy

Most people want to forget this part of the 1970s. But inflation is back, and investor Peter Boockvar predicts it will be the most widespread in decades. “Monetary policy … is right now impotent in its ability to stimulate economic activity,” the Bleakley Advisory Group chief investment officer told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Wednesday. Boockvar
A slight increase in mortgage interest rates was enough to tank refinances and bring down overall demand. Total mortgage application volume fell 4.2% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($548,250 or less) increased