Are you having a baby? Here’s a handy, downloadable PDF with a list of 50 essential items you’ll need for your new baby. Whether you’re sorting through your baby shower gifts or drafting your shopping list, these tips may help you figure out what you need most.
Although vacationing during the cold winter months is exciting, it’s important to take care of all the mundane details before leaving your home for a significant amount of time. Nobody wants to worry about the safety of their home while vacationing, and you won’t have to if you take these steps.
Characterized by bright colors, woven fabrics and handcrafted pieces, southwestern-style decorating takes influences from Native American, Spanish and Mexican art. Whether you live out west and want your home to reflect your surroundings, or you simply want to incorporate colorful or handmade items into your existing decor, here are some tips to help you...
Generally speaking, interest rates are influenced by supply and demand. When the economy is robust and borrowing is strong, interest rates rise. When the economy softens and there is less borrowing, interest rates go down. But interest rates are also influenced by what the Federal Reserve, also known as “the Fed”, does and where the fed funds rate is set. Short-Term & Long-Term Rates The federal funds rate, also known as the fed funds rate, is the interest rate charged when banks lend funds to one another. This is a short-term rate, or a rate that is two years or less in maturity. When the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raises or lowers the Fed funds rate, it affects mortgage rates that are tied to short-term interest rates, such as home equity rates and adjustable rates. When short-term rates fall, borrowing and spending usually increase. This can cause inflation, something the Federal Reserve wants to keep in control. Long-term Interest Rates Long-term interest rates, or rates that are 10 years or more in maturity such as for 30-year mortgages, are influenced by short-term rates in a round-about way because they can rise when concerns about inflation increase. To keep inflation under control, the Fed started raising short-term interest rates in 2004. Because of this, people who have adjustable rate mortgages have been refinancing into longer-term fixed-rate mortgages to avoid rising rates, especially since long-term rates have remained historically low for quite some time. Fed Funds Rate The Fed Funds Rate…