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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hawaii is healthiest
Hawaii has claimed the title of the healthiest state, according to a study released last week by the United Health Foundation.
America's Health Rankings for 2013 saw Hawaii take the title of healthiest state from Vermont.
Among four measured areas - smoking, obesity rates, physical inactivity and rates of diabetes - Hawaii ranked in the top percentiles.   

You may view the entire study at:  

2 Maui Restaurants Make Top 100 List 
Mama/s Fish House in Paia was ranked second on OpenTable's 2013 Diners' Choice Award of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America.

The award reflects the combined opinion of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for about 19,000 restaurants nationwide.

The top restaurant was St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa, Calif.

The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College also made the Top 100 list. 

Important National Financial News

Members of the Federal Reserve agreed last month that they would likely start reducing their bond purchases in coming months if job market improved further.  The Fed's purchases have been keeping long-term borrowing rates low.

A private survey by payroll processor ADP shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year.  Companies and small businesses added 215,000 jobs in November.  Unemployment fell to 7%, a 5-year low.

U.S. job openings overall hiring reached five-year highs in September.  Job postings rose to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the most since March 2008.

Late-payment rate on mortgages are down in the third quarter to a five-year low, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.  The percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell to 4.09%.  The last time the mortgage delinquency rate was lower was in the third quarter of 2008.

U.S. home prices rose 0.7% in September, down from a 1.3% increase in August.  Recent reports show that previous gains in home prices, higher mortgage rates and the partial government shutdown have weighed on the housing market.

Mele Kalikimaka!

2013 has been a phenomenal year, and that is in no small part due to your support!  Thank you very much for trusting me to serve you this year.  From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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