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West Bancorporation, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend; Fourth Quarter Earnings ...
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140124-907061.html
This year, the volume of loans originated declined due to a slowdown in refinancing activity, so the mix of mortgage loan activity was more heavily weighted to home-purchase loans. This typically results in lower margins than loans attributable to

When Did the Rangers Begin to "Suck"?
http://unclemikesmusings.blogspot.com/2014/01/when-did-rangers-begin-to-suck.html
With Lester Patrick, one of the greatest defensemen of the previous era, as head coach and general manager, the Rangers were successful, every which way, from the start, making the Playoffs in their first season, 1926-27, and then winning the Stanley

Cardinal Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cardinal-announces-fourth-quarter-earnings-2014-01-22?reflink=MW_news_stmp
In November, the bank completed its branch profitability analysis and decided to close two low performing offices during the 1st quarter of 2014. Mortgage Banking Segment Income Review Cardinal also operates several other subsidiaries: George Mason

Austin mortgage exec to lead new Texas lender
http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2014/01/austin-mortgage-professional-hired-to.html
Cannatti formerly was the Texas area manager for Cherry Creek Mortgage Corp. He held other positions with Network Funding LP, Countrywide Home Loans and 1st Metropolitan Mortgage. He has served as president of the Austin Mortgage Bankers 

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11757 Shares in Arlington Asset Investment Corp (AI) Acquired by Quantbot Technologies LP

Quantbot Technologies LP acquired a new position in shares of Arlington Asset Investment Corp (NYSE:AI) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor acquired 11,757 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $129,000.

Other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Arlington Asset Investment during the 4th quarter worth $118,000. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership bought a new position in Arlington Asset Investment in the fourth quarter valued at about $143,000. Assetmark Inc. bought a new position in Arlington Asset Investment in the fourth quarter valued at about $168,000. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. bought a new position in Arlington Asset Investment in the fourth quarter valued at about $198,000. Finally, LPL Financial LLC bought a new position in Arlington Asset Investment in the fourth quarter valued at about $280,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 37.01% of the company’s stock.

Century Communities (CCS) Cut to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

NYSE CCS opened at $31.90 on Monday. Century Communities has a 12 month low of $21.90 and a 12 month high of $36.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 0.61 and a quick ratio of 0.61. The stock has a market cap of $993.47 million, a PE ratio of 11.11 and a beta of 1.07.

Century Communities (NYSE:CCS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 8th. The construction company reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.23. Century Communities had a net margin of 3.87% and a return on equity of 12.68%. The company had revenue of $401.85 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $377.72 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.42 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 76.0% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Century Communities will post 4.4 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC increased its position in Century Communities by 26.8% during the 1st quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 9,586 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $287,000 after purchasing an additional 2,025 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in Century Communities by 14.9% during the 4th quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 19,745 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $614,000 after purchasing an additional 2,562 shares in the last quarter. Brandywine Global Investment Management LLC increased its position in Century Communities by 21.7% during the 4th quarter. Brandywine Global Investment Management LLC now owns 19,523 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $608,000 after purchasing an additional 3,484 shares in the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC increased its position in Century Communities by 24.9% during the 4th quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 18,763 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $584,000 after purchasing an additional 3,744 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Mercantile Trust Co. increased its position in Century Communities by 103.2% during the 1st quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co. now owns 9,447 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $283,000 after purchasing an additional 4,798 shares in the last quarter. 78.88% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

My buddy wants me to be a mortgage broker with him, what should I ask for?

He's offering $1000 a month salary plus 30% splits.

He mentioned something like starting at 60% before? But I'm new so he's starting me at 30%?


why on earth would you enter the mortgage business at this time?

I'm unclear about the situation. Are you currently working with this guy and he is starting his own mortgage company?