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Hearts, Rates, & Gorillas

Heart Quote of the Day: “A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton Did’ja Know: The first Valentine’s Day was in the year 496. It’s rumored that back then Hallmark carved their cards out of stone and petrified manure. Today in Economic History: It was on this […]

Observing Rates, Legos, Bacon, and Trick Shots

Observing Quote of the Day: “You can observe a lot by watching.” – Yogi Berra Today in Economic History: It was on this date back in 1940 that a Vermont woman received the first ever Social Security check in the amount of $22.54. Coincidentally that was my tab at Starbucks this morning for hot chocolate […]

People, Prison, and Rates Creeping Up …

People Quote of the Day: “I love mankind, it’s the people I can’t stand.” – Linus (Charles Shultz) Today in Economic History: It was on this day back in 1978 that the song Take This Job and Shove It by Johnny Paycheck hit number one on the Billboard charts. I have always dreamed of saying […]

Fathers, Founding Fathers, and Rates

Father Quote of the Day: “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano This Week in Economic History: It’s all about the Treasury today, Mortgage Fans. It was on January 11th, 1757  that patriot and first Secretary of the Treasury -Alexander Hamilton – was […]

Resolutions, Railroads, and Rates

Welcome to the first blog of 2018, Mortgage Fans! As always this blog is intended to inform you about the mortgage world as well as make you think, laugh, and cry. Mostly cry because some of my jokes are pretty bad. Okay, let’s hit it: New Year’s Resolution Quote of the Day: “My New Year’s […]

Feet, Bees, Rates, and Healthy States

Foot Quote of the Day: “It’s only out of reach when you choose to keep your feet flat on the floor.” – Lana M.H. Wilder Today in Economic History: It was on this day back in 1803 the U.S. and French governments finished the negotiations on the Louisiana Purchase which ended up doubling the size […]

Warnings, Rates, and French Fries

Warning Quote of the Week: “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to serve as a horrible warning.” – Catherine Aird Today in Economic History: It was decided on this date in 1978 to mint a coin with famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s picture displayed on it. In researching this I […]

Rates, Reds, and Fences

Red Quote of the Day: “Nyquil comes in two colors, red and green, and it’s the only thing on the planet that tastes like red and green.” – Lewis Black Today in Economic History: Here’s some more red for you. It was on this date in 1994 that Orange County, California racked up debts of […]