Mortgage Rates are at Historical Lows

Bill Gaffney is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist with Morningstar Mortgage. Mr. Gaffney has decades of experience in helping homebuyers secure mortgages for their properties and in helping existing homeowners to refinance their mortgages. Here’s what Bill Gaffney thinks of the current mortgage market, “With rates near historic lows, it is a great time to […]

The Dogs That Sniff Out 5,000-Year-Old Bones

Despite the area’s challenging conditions, humans have eked out an existence here for thousands of years. Archaeologist Vedrana Glavaš, at the University of Zadar in Croatia, grew up in this landscape. “That was where I played as a child and became interested in history and prehistory,” she reflects.

Spaniards took out 18.4% fewer residential mortgages in April

The average amount of capital loaned out per mortgage also fell 18.5% compared with March, when Spain entered confinement. The average mortgage value fell 9.5% by the same measure, suggesting lenders were risk-averse and borrowers less solvent or ambitious. (nL8N2D84J4)

Rewinding the Charts: In 1990, Mariah Carey Had a ‘Vision of Love,’ & Her First Hot 100 No. 1

“Vision” became Carey’s first of 19 Hot 100 No. 1s, the most among soloists, and one shy of The Beatles’ overall-record 20. She most recently reigned in December 2019-January 2020 with her 1994 holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which completed the longest-ever rise to the top from a song’s release.

Fontaines D.C. Push Taylor Swift From Midweek U.K. Albums Chart Summit

Over in the U.K. singles chart race, Joel Corry and MNEK’s “Head & Heart” (Asylum/Perfect Havoc) maintains its lead over “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (RCA) by New Zealand producer Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo, and is on track for a third consecutive week at No. 1, while Billie Eilish looks to add another […]

Five Women Have Topped Country Airplay in 2020. What’s the Yearly Average Over the Chart’s History?

Meanwhile, the haul of Country Airplay No. 1s for women so far in 2020 follows a notable recent high on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart: On the tallies dated April 18 and 25, the top three was populated by female acts (Morris, Barrett and Stefani) for two consecutive weeks for the […]

On the Charts: Adele Brushes Off Grammy Sound Issues to Take Number One

Taylor Swift, the recipient of three awards including Album of the Year, saw sales of 1989 soar over 90 percent as her latest LP leaped from Number 20 to Number Eight. Best Country Album Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton had his Traveller move from Number 11 last week to Number Five post-Grammys with another 60,000 copies sold.

Banks sanction Rs 1.36 lakh cr under ECLGS: CARE Ratings

Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) till July 29, a CARE Ratings report said on Monday.The total sanctioned amount works out to be 46 per cent of the target of Rs 3 lakh crore set up by the government while announcing the relief package for industry, especially the MSME sector, which was hit hard by […]

ICICI Bank slashes lending rates by 10 bps across tenors

ICICI Bank has reduced the marginal cost of funds-based lending rates (MCLR) by 10 basis points across all tenors. The revised rates of the bank became effective from August 1, 2020.The present MCLR for the private lender is 7.20%-7.45% as against 7.30%-7.55% earlier. Its overnight and one-year rates were slashed to 7.20% and 7.45% whereas […]

Even a small increase in the rate of positive COVID-19 tests is a ‘good predictor’ of coming surge and that states should ‘pause’ reopening, Fauci warns

When asked about what he felt the US has done wrong and right throughout the pandemic, Dr Fauci praised the decisions to shut down travel from China and then Europe (the latter of which, CDC director Dr Redfield recently admitted came too late) and President Trump’s ’15 days to slow the spread’ and its extension […]