AVERAGE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/AVERAGE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) St. George makes top 5 U.S. cities for mild weather http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206968-78/cities-having-chance-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206968-78/cities-having-chance-percent.html.csp">St. George makes top 5 U.S. cities for mild weather</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sheena McFarland</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-21T15:10:10.828-06:00">Updated Jul 21, 2014 03:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Looking to escape the sometimes harsh climes of the Wasatch Front? Move to St. George. It ranked 5th best city for mild weather lovers by Wallet Hub, who looked at which cities consumers could move to in order to protect themselves for having to pay for weather-related costs. The rankings looked at 600 of the largest U.S. cities based on the year-round weather conditions in each location. Nine key metrics (including humidity, precipitation, snowfall and likelihood of poor and extreme weather) w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58206968@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:10:10 MDT Julie Jason: Who is contributing to Roth IRAs? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58174884-79/roth-ira-ebri-iras.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58174884-79/roth-ira-ebri-iras.html.csp">Julie Jason: Who is contributing to Roth IRAs?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Julie Jason</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> King Features Syndicate</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T16:16:02.268-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 04:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Who is contributing to Roth IRAs, the tax-free (as opposed to tax-deferred) individual retirement accounts? This may come as a surprise. According to Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), it’s younger investors by a wide margin. About 43 percent of Roth owners ages 25-29 contributed to Roth IRAs during 2012, compared with only 21 percent of Roth owners ages 60-64. Forty-four percent of those between the ages of 25 and 29 contributed the maximum permitted by law ($5,500). The average Roth...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58174884@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:16:02 MDT Capital One posts higher second quarter profit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58196010-79/percent-billion-capital-quarter.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58196010-79/percent-billion-capital-quarter.html.csp">Capital One posts higher second quarter profit</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEVE ROTHWELL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T17:39:01.944-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 05:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Capital One Financial Corp. said Thursday that second-quarter profit rose 8 percent as it set aside less money for bad loans and its domestic card business returned to growth. McLean, Va.-based Capital One said net income after paying preferred dividends rose to $1.18 billion, or $2.04 per share, in the three months ended June 30. That compares with net income of $1.09 billion, or $1.85 per share, in the same period a year earlier. The results exceeded the average forecast of analysts...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581960102014-07-17T17:39:01.944-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-17T17:39:01.944-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58196010@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:39:01 MDT Mutual fund trends: Bonds are still in demand http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58195380-79/funds-investors-fund-mutual.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58195380-79/funds-investors-fund-mutual.html.csp">Mutual fund trends: Bonds are still in demand</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STAN CHOE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T14:36:01.55-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 02:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Experts say bonds are less attractive than stocks. Whatever. Investors are continuing to pour money into bond mutual funds despite the warnings from Wall Street. So far, those investors have looked smart for doing so. Bond funds have delivered solid returns despite dour predictions. That, plus some other trends from around the mutual fund industry: — INVESTORS STILL WANT BONDS. Bond fund investors got a reminder last year that even relatively safe investments can lose money. The avera...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581953802014-07-17T14:36:01.55-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-17T14:36:01.55-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58195380@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:36:01 MDT U.S. gas prices drop 4 cents to $3.67 a gallon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58179790-79/gallon-average-price-3.67.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58179790-79/gallon-average-price-3.67.csp">U.S. gas prices drop 4 cents to $3.67 a gallon</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T07:21:57.478-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 07:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Camarillo, Calif. • A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has fallen 4 cents over the last three weeks to $3.67. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that crude oil prices fell over news that Libyan output has risen and Iraq’s production was not substantially harmed by recent violence. The survey taken Friday shows the average price for a gallon of midgrade gas was $3.86 and the average price for a gallon of premium was $4.01. Diesel averaged $3.94 a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581797902014-07-14T07:21:57.478-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-14T07:21:57.478-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58179790@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:21:57 MDT U.S. unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58170435-79/jobs-unemployment-applications-employers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58170435-79/jobs-unemployment-applications-employers.html.csp">U.S. unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T13:41:38.273-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 01:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 3,500 to 311,500, the second-lowest level since ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581704352014-07-10T13:41:38.273-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-10T13:41:38.273-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58170435@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:41:38 MDT Utah gas prices are soaring again in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58161452-79/utah-prices-cents-price.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58161452-79/utah-prices-cents-price.html.csp">Utah gas prices are soaring again in July</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike Gorrell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T16:45:02.502-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 04:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gas prices are climbing fast again in Utah — almost 14 cents since July began. On Tuesday, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Utah was $3.71, said AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough, noting that all areas of the state have been impacted. Ogden and Moab have had the biggest jumps — 15 cents — while gas prices have gone up 14 cents in Provo, 13 in Salt Lake City and Logan, 12 in St. George and 11 in Vernal. “While Utah gas prices shot up, the national average price ($3.65...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58161452@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:45:02 MDT For smokers, can e-cigarettes save money? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58139249-79/cigarettes-cigarette-nicotine-savings.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58139249-79/cigarettes-cigarette-nicotine-savings.html.csp">For smokers, can e-cigarettes save money?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T15:50:02.462-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 03:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s difficult to say yet if electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular fire-and-tobacco smokes, but they can save smokers hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Some in the growing industry are touting the battery-powered nicotine sticks as a way for smokers to save money in the face of rising taxes and prices for tobacco cigarettes. But it may not stay that way for long as states are increasingly looking to tax e-cigarettes as they tax other tobacco products. A look at the cost...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581392492014-07-08T15:50:02.462-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-08T15:50:02.462-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58139249@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:50:02 MDT Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58161116-79/grads-percent-graduates-students.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58161116-79/grads-percent-graduates-students.html.csp">Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANNE FLAHERTY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T11:58:58.341-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 11:58AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • What you study — math and science are a plus — seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department. The survey of the class of 2008, by the National Center for Education Statistics, provides an interesting snapshot of the nation’s educated elite following a crushing economic recession: Overall, college grads reported lower unemployment rate...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581611162014-07-08T11:58:58.341-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-08T11:58:58.341-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58161116@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:58:58 MDT Applications for U.S. jobless benefits edge up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58146289-79/applications-unemployment-week-benefits.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58146289-79/applications-unemployment-week-benefits.html.csp">Applications for U.S. jobless benefits edge up</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T10:03:02.143-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 10:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level that indicated a healthy labor market. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to 315,000. The four-week average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility, was essentially unchanged at 315,000. The average has fallen by 9 percent since the beginning of this year. Unemployment benefit applications are a proxy for layoffs, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581462892014-07-03T10:03:02.143-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-03T10:03:02.143-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58146289@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:03:02 MDT Average rate on 30-year mortgages dips this week http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58146265-79/week-average-rate-mortgage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58146265-79/week-average-rate-mortgage.html.csp">Average rate on 30-year mortgages dips this week</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T09:56:01.913-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 09:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Average U.S. mortgage rates are near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average rate for a 30-year loan dipped to 4.12 percent, down from 4.14 last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage, which had taken a big dip the previous week, was unchanged this week at 3.22 percent. Rates on one-year adjustable mortgages averaged 2.38 percent this week, down from 2.40 percent last week. Mortgage rates are slightly lower than they were a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581462652014-07-03T09:56:01.913-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-03T09:56:01.913-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58146265@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:56:01 MDT Rendell & Dow: Stuck in traffic? Blame a gridlocked Congress http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58146263-82/traffic-american-average-stuck.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58146263-82/traffic-american-average-stuck.html.csp">Rendell & Dow: Stuck in traffic? Blame a gridlocked Congress</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ed Rendell</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Roger Dow</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> For The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T17:48:34.94-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 05:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">America’s chock-a-block with landmarks, beaches, and mountains — if you can reach them. If you’re traveling this weekend, you’ll inevitably face mind-numbing congestion, flight delays and rail interruptions. And our headaches are going to get dramatically worse if Congress doesn’t tackle infrastructure modernization. The Highway Trust Fund — which pays for our nation’s roads, bridges and highways — is about to run out of money. Here’s why: The Trust is funded by the federal gas tax, set at 18.4 ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58146263@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:48:34 MDT U.S. employers added robust 288,000 jobs in June http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58146203-79/jobs-percent-growth-job.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58146203-79/jobs-percent-growth-job.html.csp">U.S. employers added robust 288,000 jobs in June</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T09:42:02.118-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 09:42AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008. It was the fifth straight monthly job gain above 200,000 — the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom. Over the past 12 months, the economy has added nearly 2.5 million jobs — an average of 208,000 a month, the fastest year-over-year pace since May 2006. Utah’s unemployment rate for June will not be releas...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581462032014-07-03T09:42:02.118-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-03T09:42:02.118-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58146203@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:42:02 MDT Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.14% http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58118454-79/average-percent-rate-mortgage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58118454-79/average-percent-rate-mortgage.html.csp">Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.14%</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T09:54:02.145-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 09:54AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year loan eased to 4.14 percent from 4.17 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage fell to 3.22 percent from 3.30 percent. Rising prices and higher interest rates beginning in mid-2013 have made homes less affordable for would-be buyers. At the same time, a limited supply of homes is available to buy. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581184542014-06-26T09:54:02.145-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-26T09:54:02.145-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58118454@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:54:02 MDT Letter: Democrats have compassion for average citizen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103195-82/average-care-citizens-democrats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103195-82/average-care-citizens-democrats.html.csp">Letter: Democrats have compassion for average citizen</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T17:20:31.704-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Why do voters keep voting for Republicans? It should be apparent by now that Republican leaders don’t support average working Americans. This is true at the state and national level. Locally, they won’t even consider expanding Medicaid until next year for our poorest citizens. We are not “A Pretty, Great State” until everyone has access to affordable quality health care. We should cancel the legislators’ health care coverage (for all who have voted against expansion) until they provide health ca...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58103195@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:20:31 MDT U.S. gas prices rise slightly to $3.71 a gallon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58100052-79/gallon-average-price-prices.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58100052-79/gallon-average-price-prices.html.csp">U.S. gas prices rise slightly to $3.71 a gallon</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-22T12:41:19.631-06:00">Updated Jun 22, 2014 12:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Camarillo, Calif. • A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has risen by 2 cents over the last two weeks to $3.71. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that crude oil prices rose over jitters about Iraqi oil production as violence there grows. Much of that increase hasn’t been passed on to consumers yet, and prices could increase over the coming weeks. The survey taken Friday shows the average price for a gallon of midgrade gas was $3.90 and the averag...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581000522014-06-22T12:41:19.631-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-22T12:41:19.631-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58100052@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:41:19 MDT Julie Jason: Student-loan debt is a trillion-dollar problem http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58084323-79/debt-student-borrowers-loan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58084323-79/debt-student-borrowers-loan.html.csp">Julie Jason: Student-loan debt is a trillion-dollar problem</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE JASON</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> King Features Syndicate</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T15:38:03.721-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 03:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The size, scope and growth of student-loan debt is a big deal: Student-loan debt is the highest form of household debt after mortgages, according to a recent report issued by the White House, “Taking Action: Higher Education and Student Debt.” More than 42 million people have student loans, a total of more than $1 trillion of outstanding debt. About a decade ago, the total stood at $250 billion (2003). The cause? An increase in enrollment and in tuition, according to the report. During the pas...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58084323@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:38:03 MDT Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate at 4.17 percent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58089286-79/percent-average-rate-mortgage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58089286-79/percent-average-rate-mortgage.html.csp">Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate at 4.17 percent</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T15:04:55.841-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 03:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historic lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year loan declined to 4.17 percent from 4.20 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage dipped to 3.30 percent from 3.31 percent. Rising prices and higher interest rates beginning in mid-2013 have made homes less affordable for would-be buyers. At the same time, a limited supply of homes is available to buy. Sal...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580892862014-06-19T15:04:55.841-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T15:04:55.841-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58089286@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:04:55 MDT Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up U.S. gasoline prices http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58088995-79/price-gasoline-oil-prices.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58088995-79/price-gasoline-oil-prices.html.csp">Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up U.S. gasoline prices</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JONATHAN FAHEY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T11:38:11.163-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 11:38AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Violence in Iraq is helping to make gasoline in the U.S. more expensive, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth. The national average price of $3.68 per gallon is the highest price for this time of year since 2008, the year gasoline hit its all-time high. The good news is that gasoline is not likely to spike above $4 as it did 6 years ago. Or even cross $3.90, as in 2011 and 2012. “You are going to pay a little more than we thought you were going to pay,”...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580889952014-06-19T11:38:11.163-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T11:38:11.163-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58088995@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:38:11 MDT Are Utahns subsidizing other states’ sweeter insurance rates? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58084243-78/credits-insurance-tax-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58084243-78/credits-insurance-tax-utah.html.csp">Are Utahns subsidizing other states’ sweeter insurance rates?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kirsten stewart</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-18T21:20:48.534-06:00">Updated Jun 18, 2014 09:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah shoppers on the federal health insurance marketplace got a pretty sweet deal — but not the sweetest deal, when compared with other states. Eighty-six percent of Utah shoppers received tax credits to put toward their purchase, bringing their average monthly insurance premium to $84, according to a new federal report. Thirty-six percent had premiums of $50 or less, and 69 percent spent $100 or less after tax credits, the report shows. The Obama administration touts the numbers as proof that ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58084243@www.sltrib.com Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:20:48 MDT