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Cyber Monday Safety Tips for Shopping Online Securely

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(Best Syndication News) - AVG Technologies (NYSE:AVG), an Internet virus protection and security software provider, offered tips to ensure secure online shopping, especially on Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Cyber Monday is also an opportunity for online thieves to steal personal information from consumers.

Identity theft is a real concern. In 2010, around 11.1 million American adults were victims of identity theft, according to the 2012 Identity Fraud Survey Report (Javelin Strategy & Research). The average time spent clearing up identity theft is estimated to be around 330 hours.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Citibank and Bank of America Raise Rates

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates fell today as money flowed away from the government safe-havens (see the mortgage rate charts below). JPMorgan Chase, PNC, KeyBank, and U.S. Bank were among the lenders lowering their rates; however Citibank and Bank of America moved in the opposite direction.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that lawmakers need to solve the fiscal-cliff issue before the December 31st deadline. The central bank doesn’t have enough tools to deal with another recession next year, according to the Fed Chair.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – KeyBank and PNC raise their loan rates

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates advanced today as investors were optimistic that fiscal cliff negotiations will be fruitful (see the mortgage rate charts below). JPMorgan Chase lowered their rate, but most banks, including KeyBank and PNC, raise their loan rates.

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Equity markets have been suffering from uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff – a series of tax increases and spending cuts that will occur if Congress and the Whitehouse fail to reach an agreement by December 31st 2012.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Loan rates lower at JPMorgan Chase and U.S. Bank

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates fell despite a mixed-bag of secondary lending trends (see the mortgage rate charts below). JPMorgan Chase, SunTrust, Bank of America, and U.S. Bank all lowered their rates despite a shift back into equities.

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Investor confidence improved as President Barack Obama and congressional leaders met on Friday to discuss a solution to the fiscal cliff. All four Senate and House leaders spoke to reporters following the meeting.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Rates mixed as housing market improves

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates edged higher today as the benchmarks began to move in the opposite direction (see the mortgage rate charts below). PNC and SunTrust raised their rates while KeyBank lowered them.

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A settlement announced by BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) and the government didn’t help investor confidence; neither did reports that Europe is in a recession and the United States faces forced-austerity on January 1st if lawmakers are unable to reach an agreement on taxes and spending. The oil company still faces several other charges and fines before the Gulf oil spill is resolved.

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