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One Hundred, Blockbuster Movies, and Rates

Hundred Quote of the Day: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa Did’ja Know: Making just one extra mortgage payment a year will cut down a 30-year mortgage by 3-6 years (depending on rate). I like to take my principal & interest, divide it by 12 (months) and overpay the […]

Pushing Bull Markets, Rates, and Water

Push Quote of the Day: “Sometimes being pushed to the wall gives you the momentum necessary to get over it.” – Peter de Jager Today in Economic History: It was on this day in 1987 the six-year bull market the NYSE had enjoyed reached its peak by topping out at 2,772 points. The next day began a […]

Questions, Rate Rallies, & Mickey Mouse

Question Quote of the Day: Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire (* I always thought his name sounded more like a type of car than a philosopher, i.e. ‘The new VW Voltaire 500 is now at a dealership near you!’ Okay, the blog gets smarter from here, I promise…) […]

Sounds like Rates and Slinkys!

Sound Quote of the Day: “It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it.” – Henry David Thoreau This Week in Economic History: It was on August 2nd, 1824 that America’s most fashionable street started out as a residential area. Today Fifth Ave is now […]

Remembering Rates, Fake Products, and Gummy Bears

Remember Quote of the Day: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford Today in Economic History: It was on this date in 1988 that the Enron Corporation made a deal to acquire British-based Wessex Water for $2.2 billion-dollars. Let’s thank the […]

Lawyers, Rates, and Turtles

Lawyer Quote of the Day: “I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.” – Stephen Wright Did’ja Know: Loose change adds up! Last year the TSA collected $765,759.15 in loose change at airport security checkpoints across the country. (*side note: they also have my belt). Wuss’up […]

Passwords, Rates, Movies, and a Blog Vacation

Password Quote of the Day: “Passwords are like underwear: you don’t let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn’t share it with strangers.” Today in Economic History: It was on this day in 1896 that the first movie theater in the US opened and charged .10 cents for admission. (*I […]

Salad Days, Low Rates, and Expensive Homes!

Salad Quote of the Day: “You don’t win friends with a salad.” – Homer Simpson  Wuss’up This Week: Every day reports about our economy are released into the wild, and it’s these reports that can sway interest rates in either direction. Today we’ve got the FOMC Decision, tomorrow Weekly Jobless Claims (expected: 220k), and on […]