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The first step to making sure you dont end up out of pocket and without any Christmas presents this year is to ensure your computer is protected with anti-virus software or a full security suite of products, said Tunn.

Ensure that software for your operating system and applications are regularly updated as these will feature more built-in protection than previous versions.

Secondly; it make be tempting to click through to a fantastic deal for the latest gadget that pops into your inbox but it could be a scam.

Dont click on the weblinks in unsolicited emails, they may direct you to a bogus website. Instead look up the website online yourself, said Tunn.

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The Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will consider two development proposals the streetcar project, as part of the proposed Couture development, and the sale of ODonnell Park in meetings on Tuesday, December 16, and Thursday, December 18, respectively.

For Couture developer Rick Barrett, and Northwestern Mutual, the potential buyer of ODonnell Park, the legislative bodies could make this the best Christmas ever by approving both proposals.

Im no Scrooge. But I, and plenty of other Milwaukee area residents who truly want the best for our city and county, would much rather see Barrett and Northwestern Mutual come away with empty stockings...

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London – Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including crossover SUVs, two sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the loss-making sports car maker steps up its turnaround efforts under a new boss.

The British high-end marque is working on plans to issue new shares or bonds and extend its current recovery strategy by three years to 2020, the sources said, adding that luxury sedans and hybrid models also featured in its plans.

Its an expansion from the current model range, one said, speaking anonymously because the matter isnt public.

Aston Martin,...

We view car shopping as a natural adjunct to car financing, Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree, said in the release. Since we already have a large flow of consumers seeking financing, letting them search actual dealer inventory in their geographic area is not only convenient, but also a great experience.

LendingTree is a subsidiary of Tree.com Inc. (NASDAQ:TREE), which has its headquarters in Ballantyne. Tree.com is the parent of several businesses that connect borrowers to lenders, focusing on Internet marketing and developing mortgage leads. It also sells leads to for-profit colleges and universities, auto dealers and home-maintenance providers.

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National Australia Bank Ltd. (NAB), the nation’s
biggest lender by assets, sold a 1.2 billion pounds ($1.88
billion) package of high-risk UK commercial property loans to
an affiliate of Cerberus Global Investors.

The Melbourne-based bank will earn a small gain from the
sale and about 127 million pounds of capital will be released
when the deal settles, National Australia said in a regulatory
filing today. Its UK commercial real estate investments will
shrink to 836 million pounds, compared with an original total of
5.6 billion pounds in 2012.

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Thorburn said in October
that exiting the UK business was an “absolute...

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  • While investors should have a mix of stocks and fixed income in their portfolio, Lending Clubs stock is relatively expensive after the IPO.
  • Direct investment in peer loans can provide returns of 5% and higher depending on the risk category of the loans.
  • The long-term potential for Lending Club shares remains intact, but investors may want to wait for the IPO enthusiasm to wane.

Federal International Finance Group (FIF Group), the motorcycle financing unit of diversified conglomerate Astra International Indonesia, planned to issue a continuous bond amounting to Rp 10 trillion (US$809.4 million) next year, the company’s executive said recently.

FIF Group head of treasury and funding Jerry Fandy said last week that his company planned to issue the first phase of the bond in the first quarter of next year.

The continuous bond (PUB II), he said, would be higher than the company’s last continuous bond of Rp 8 trillion, which secured its permit back in 2012.

The amount of funds expected to be raised from the first phase of the 2015 bond...

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Johannesburg – While new car sales in November dropped by 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year, South Africas major banks are reporting an increase in used car sales.

In November 2014 new business experienced positive month-on-month growth of 4.7 percent in the used vehicle market, the head of Standard Banks vehicle and asset finance division, Nicholas Nkosi, said.

Figures released by Naamsa on Tuesday showed new passenger car sales in November declined by 2.5 percent compared to November last year. However, industry sales in all segments increased by 0.9 percent, it reported.

Nkosi said...

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC) is a specialized consumer finance company and operates as a subsidiary of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. The company provides vehicle finance products and services including vehicle loans and leases and dealer floorplan loans. It also offers unsecured consumer lending products.

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Recently, Bloomberg reported that the Spanish bank Banco Santander, SA (ADR) (NYSE:SAN) is considering possible acquisition of the 28% stake of its US auto finance business Santander Consumer USA. However, the Bank cleared the clouds over such speculation and mentioned in its official statement...

(MENAFN – The Peninsula) Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) will host the fifth edition of Qatar International Motor Show at Qatar National Convention Centre on February 6-10, officially sponsored by Commercial Bank of Qatar.

Evolution resonated perfectly as the show continues to refine its offer and presentation just like the leading automobile brands that will showcase their latest models and technology.

The fifth edition is the most attractive for Qatari companies and international exhibitors compared to previous shows, Hamad Al Abdan, Director, Exhibitions, QTA, told a press conference at Marriott Marquis yesterday.

The past editions have given us a solid learning...