Tendayi Kapfidze

Chief Economist

Tendayi Kapfidze is Chief Economist at LendingTree. He leads the company’s analysis of the U.S. economy with a focus on housing and mortgage market trends. Tendayi utilizes data analysis to be a resource for both consumers and trade media, providing actionable insights to help consumers make informed financial decisions. He has been quoted in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Yahoo Finance, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald and Reuters and has appeared on CNBC and Cheddar television.

Tendayi has a successful track record as a research professional specializing in macroeconomic and financial analysis. In his most recent role, Tendayi served as Director of Global Economics at Pfizer in New York City. He crafted Pfizer’s view on global macroeconomic trends, advising the executive leadership team on economic and financial risks. Prior to his position at Pfizer, Tendayi served as Director of Economic and Capital Markets Research at Ally Financial and as Vice President and Senior Economic Analyst in the chief investment office at Bank of America.

Tendayi earned his B.S. in Engineering Management at Saint Louis University and his M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Articles by Tendayi Kapfidze

Decade in Debt: Mortgage borrowers regain footing after housing crisis

The global financial crisis was centered on the U.S. housing market, or to be more specific, on the mortgage industry. Rabid optimism about the future... read more

U.S. Mortgage Market Statistics: 2019

While interest rates have fallen considerably over the past year, homeownership rates are still lower than they were in the 10-year period before the Great... read more

LendingTree Mortgage Offers Report — January 2020

January mortgage offers for borrowers with the best credit profiles had an average APR of 3.74% for conforming 30-year, fixed-rate purchase loans. The average APR... read more

Best Cities for Refinance Approval and How to Increase Your Odds

LendingTree studies the reasons mortgage refinance applications fail — and what borrowers can do to improve their odds of getting approved. Low mortgage rates are... read more

The Fed is on Hold, but Consumers Could Still Save

After three consecutive rate cuts in 2019, the Federal Reserve is expected to keep the benchmark federal funds target rate unchanged throughout 2020. The first... read more

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