Current Mortgage Rates Today – PNC and Citibank were among lenders lowering rates


(Best Syndication News) Lenders lowered their mortgage interest rates as money flowed back into the safe-havens (see the mortgage rate charts below). PNC, SunTrust, Citibank, and JPMorgan Chase were among the banks making changes.


Jittery investors began migrating from equities on news that banks will pay out billions of dollars in mortgage settlements. Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) announced a settlement concerning Countrywide and Fannie Mae. The Charlotte N.C. based lender agreed to pay Fannie $3.6 billion to compensate for bad loans made by Countrywide.

Beta Blockers taken for High Blood Pressure might prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Stethoscope - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that men who took beta-blockers for treating high blood pressure were less likely to have brain shrinkage and other anomalies that could signal Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia.

The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study involved 774 elderly Japanese-American men. After the men died, autopsies were conducted. Six-hundred-ten out of 774 men had high blood pressure or were being treated with high blood pressure medication.

Less than half, around 350, of the men had been taking blood pressure medication; 15 percent took only beta blocker medication, 18 percent took beta blockers with one or more other hypertensive medications, and the remaining took another type of blood pressure medication with no beta blockers.

Blizzard Entertainment releasing an Art Book

The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Book Cover

(Best Syndication News) - Blizzard Entertainment announced that they would be releasing a 350-page book containing almost 800 pieces of artwork from their video games such as Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. Insight Editions is the publisher of the new The Art of Blizzard book. The artwork will cover some of the company’s never-before-seen work on unpublished projects.

In Southern California, at Gallery Nucleus, a special engagement will be held on January 12, 2013 between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The event will celebrate the release of The Art of Blizzard book. Over 60 pieces of artwork will be on display at Nucleus until February 3, 2013. A $5 entrance fee at the door will be required, but if guests dress up in costume, they can get in at no charge.

Actress Kaley Cuoco to debut in Toyota Super Bowl Ad

Kaley Cuoco is featured in a Toyota commercial to air during the Super Bowl. - credit: Toyota

(Best Syndication News) - Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announced today that actress Kaley Cuoco will debut in a Toyota commercial, which will air during Super Bowl XLVII. Toyota is also offering a chance for the public to appear in the commercial by posting a photo of themselves on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #wishgranted. The photo could be chosen to appear in this year’s Super Bowl within the Toyota advertisement.

Kaley Cuoco stars in the award-winning CBS TV show, “The Big Bang Theory.” Toyota is not giving out details or specifics about the commercial, but they hint that Cuoco’s comedic abilities make her ideal for the role in this commercial.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Loans rates jump as investor confidence continues to soar

30-Year Mortgage Graph

(Best Syndication News) It was a good week on Wall Street, and that translated into higher mortgage interest rates (see the mortgage rate charts below). JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and HSBC were among the banks raising their loan rates.


The December jobs report provided the optimism to keep alive the rally spurred by the fiscal-cliff compromise. Stocks were higher on news that businesses added 155,000 new non-farm jobs last month. Economists expected 150K new jobs and the November figure was revised upward to 161,000 new jobs.

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