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

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(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.

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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.

San Bernardino Public Library brings Civil War History to Life

The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet / painted by F.B. Carpenter ; engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Ritchie, Alexander Hay, 1822-1895, engraver. c1866 credit: Loc.gov

(Best Syndication News) - The San Bernardino Public Library will be hosting a Civil War re-enactment celebrating 150 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The library will have free “living history” programs throughout the month of January to bring history alive.

On January 12, 2013, between 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Feldheym Central Library (located at 555 W. 6th Street in San Bernardino) will have American Civil War Society members dressed up as Confederate Soldiers, Union Soldiers, and Civilian Corps from the Civil War era. The American Civil War Society is one of the largest nonprofit groups to reenact this particular historical period in California. The group will also have re-enactors portraying Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, and General Robert E. Lee. This is a family friendly event and is intended to educate students about Civil War history.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank raise their loan rates

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates continued to ascend after a huge run-up in equities (see the mortgage rate charts below). Nearly all of the major banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank, raised their loan rates.

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Problems continued to lurk around the corner Thursday as the 113th Congress was sworn into office. Although the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate were able to compromise on some of the fiscal-cliff issues, there are still lingering problems that need to be dealt with over the next two months.

Discover survey finds consumers plan to spend less in January

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(Best Syndication News) - Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) found lower-income consumers were less confident on the economy and their personal finances in December 2012. The monthly survey dubbed “Discover U.S. Spending Monitor” showed a 4.3-point decline to 91.1 points for the month of December. This could translate into less post-season spending.

The Discover survey found 15 percent of the respondents rated the economy as good or excellent, which was a 3-point decline from November 2012. However, in December 2011, only 9 percent that thought the economy was doing well. Thirty-two percent of the consumers surveyed think the U.S. economy will improve, which was 3-percentage points lower than the previous month.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Optimism pushed loan rate higher

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(Best Syndication News) Fiscal optimism brought investors back into equities Wednesday providing breather-room for secondary and primary lenders (see the mortgage rate charts below). Mortgage interest rates were mostly higher, with SunTrust, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Citibank among the lenders making changes.

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A last-minute vote in Congress brought assurances to Wall Street investors t; automatic spending and tax cuts have been postponed. Stock markets in the United States skyrocketed despite some lingering issues that were put on the back-burner until February or March.

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