Archive for October, 2013

Sliding attendance contributing to low numeracy, literacy rates, COAG report finds

Falling school attendance rates are contributing to the Northern Territory having the lowest literacy and numeracy rates in the country, according to the latest education report released by the Council of Australian Governments .

Signed contracts to buy US homes plunges in Sept.

WASHINGTON The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes fell in September to the lowest level in nine months. The decline reflects higher mortgage rates and home prices that have made purchases more costly.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.13 pct.

WASHINGTON Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages dropped this week to their lowest levels in four months, a positive sign for the housing recovery.

Rates fall at weekly US Treasury auction with rates on 3-month bills dropping to 3-week low

WASHINGTON – Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday's auction with rates on three-month bills dropping to their lowest level in three weeks.

Manila prime office rates lowest in Asia despite high demand

The Philippines still offers the lowest rental rates for prime office space in Asia, despite a rapid increase in the price per square meter amid record low levels of available space for rent particularly in Metro Manila, officials of property consulta…

Average US 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.22 pct.

WASHINGTON Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell for the third straight week to their lowest point in three months, as a decline in consumer confidence and the onset of the government shutdown forced rates down.

Rates on US Treasury bills fall at auction with 3-month bills dipping to lowest since 2011

WASHINGTON – Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday's auction with rates on three-month bills dropping to the lowest level since late 2011.