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Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Erik Bjorklund

WUCF launches 'Pivoted' podcast to spotlight the challenges local musicians are facing during the pandemic

WUCF on Thursday announced the launch of a new podcast, "Pivoted," that will feature conversations with local musicians as they adjust to the strange and difficult reality of being a working musician during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kendra Weaver is the producer and host of the podcast, and the guest list is a pretty eclectic group of music lifers, including Jeff Rupert, Carol Stein, Benoit Glazer, and Sisaundra Lewis.

Local musicians are in a tough spot right now. Live music is basically over for the foreseeable future, studio recording is a logistical nightmare, music lessons and instruction are transitioning to the virtual realm … there will certainly be a lot of ground to cover in these conversations.

WUCF has already posted up two episodes of "Pivoted" online with Carol Stein and Jeff Rupert for immediate listening, and a new episode will be made available every Thursday running for the next six weeks.

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Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Erik Bjorklund

Photo Update: Jurassic Park ‘Velocicoaster’ tops off highest point

The construction on the rumored “Velocicoaster” roller coaster is moving along fast. Just a few weeks ago, we were checking out other milestones, and now the highest point of the coaster is complete. Universal Orlando has marked this momentous occasion with a Jurassic logo flag.




This top-hat maneuver has been a talking point since the coaster name was first leaked. Now, with this portion complete, the coaster is one step closer to opening.




Seen here, the top-hat is a major part of this attraction. We currently do not know the exact height of the top-hat, but we can easily say that it is one of the tallest attractions at Universal Orlando Resort.




But, just because it is the tallest point of the attraction, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is the most intense portion. This coaster will feature sharp turns, drastic maneuvers, and multiple inversions.




Another widely talked-about portion of the ride is the heartline roll. This maneuver is near the end of the attraction and ws ...

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Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Erik Bjorklund

Mortgage Rates Defy Odds, Improving Yet Again From Record Levels

There are two kinds of headlines about mortgage rates today: those that rely on the weekly survey-based data published each Thursday by Freddie Mac, and those who rely on the actual daily average rate compiled by Mortgage News Daily.  In both cases, the headlines can claim new record low rates, but each source is referring to a different instance of all-time lows. for the average lender.  
Specifically the all-time lows I told you about on Monday are the same all-time lows Freddie Mac is talking about today (Freddie's survey only covers the first part of any given week and tends to heavily favor Mondays).  And the all-time lows I'm talking about today are those that have yet to be captured by Freddie's survey.  Indeed, they may not be captured at all if rates happen to move up by the beginning of next week....(read more)Forward this article via email:  Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.Fidelity Home Groups ...

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Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Erik Bjorklund

Sure, Rates Are Low, But It's Getting Harder to Get a Loan

Credit tightening is becoming more evident according
to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Its Mortgage Credit Availability
Index fell to a reading of 125.0 in June, a loss of 3.3 percent. A decline in
the index indicates stricter lending standards.
Joel Kan, MBA's Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry
Forecasting explained. "Mortgage credit supply dropped again in June, as
investors further reduced their willingness to purchase jumbo loans and those
with lower credit scores. Lenders are navigating a gradual economic and housing
market recovery that is still facing headwinds from the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic. The overall credit availability index decreased 3.3 percent to its
lowest level since April 2014, with all of the sub-indexes falling to lows not
seen since 2014-2015."...(read more)Forward this article via email:  Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.Fidelity Home Group | Mortgage News | Mortgage Rates

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Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Erik Bjorklund

MBS RECAP: Bonds Making a Case For a New Trend

Bonds Making a Case For a New Trend We've talked a lot about the linear uptrend in bond yields that began in April.  It was defeated by the end of June and bonds began drifting sideways.  But now they may be making a case for a new trend toward lower rates.
Econ Data / Events 11:30-11:50 AM (ET) - Fed 30yr UMBS Buying   <p style="margin-top: 0;margin-bottom:......(read more)Forward this article via email:  Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.Fidelity Home Group | Mortgage News | Mortgage Rates

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