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  • Who hasn’t spent at least a few daydreaming moments fantasizing about spending money? Not just a few hundred bucks either, but huge, irresponsible sums of money, all on completely unnecessary luxury items? Most of us probably have, but sadly, reality tends to intervene. Just as we’re settling into a meditation about a chartered plane jetting us off to Aruba, the memory of that unpaid and overdue $250 phone bill intrudes and throws cold water on the fantasy.If one were to make a completely uneduc

    $1 million isn’t what it used to be, in part because a lot of people don’t know how far it can go, and the amount of time and effort that it would take to spend it.

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    A healthy diet is expensive and could make it difficult for Americans to meet new U.S. nutritional guidelines, according to a study published Thursday that says the government should do more to help consumers eat healthier.

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    Private-sector meteorologists are selling customized weather data to a myriad of enterprises — from agriculture to construction to transportation .

  • Pigeons cool by a fountain during the heatwave.

    A heat wave that spread from the Midwest to the Northeast tormented millions of people with blasts of 100-degree temperatures and bog-like humidity as blackouts struck neighborhoods and deaths were blamed on the hot weather.

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    If the scorching heat wave continues much longer, there could be an impact on the U.S. corn crop—and on consumer's wallets.

  • The Heat is On: Ag Stocks

    An update on how the heat is impacting energy stocks and agriculture, with Rich Ilczyszyn, Lind-Waldock, and CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Muddy Waters founder Carson Block

    Carson Block, the founder of Muddy Waters, says he never knew anyone would be interested in his reports on U.S.-listed Chinese companies.

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    We made a joke about the need for a strategic bacon reserve in the US, but guess what? It's no joke in China. The Chinese have a four-month pork stockpile for just such a crisis—and they're about to unleash the hogs.

  • Corn

    Corn and sugar prices may have rallied on Tuesday, but for investors looking to profit from an agricultural trade, one analyst is putting his money in corn, over sugar.

  • RIZHAO, CHINA - JANUARY 24: (CHINA OUT) A villager inspects the drought situation on his farmland on January 24, 2011 in Rizhao, Shandong province of China. Facing shortage of water, local government plans to invest 275 million yuan, about 41.7 million US dollars, to build a set of irrigation projects, after a severe drought hit the Sandong Province covering a reported area of more than 20, 106. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

    Farmers with the money and equipment to irrigate are running wells dry in an unseasonably early and particularly brutal national drought that some say could rival the Dust Bowl days. The pain has spread across 14 states, from Florida, where severe water restrictions are in place, to Arizona, the New York Times reports.

  • Corn

    Corn supplies are forecast to be higher than expected this fall. A larger crop would ease concerns of a grain shortage and could slow food inflation later this year.

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    Blackstone pulled out of its investment in a Chinese agricultural company earlier this year after the mainland group warned the buy-out firm that its involvement would complicate moves to raise prices, according to three people familiar with the matter. The FT reports.

  • The "Mad Money" host's four steps to prospering amidst negative news stories.

  • Corn

    Nebraska is in a positive state of mind thanks to a diversified economy and controlling spending, Gov. Dave Heineman told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Cashews

    China’s buying of raw materials may be slowing, but an appetite for healthier living among the country’s fast-growing middle class has stoked demand for nuts, sending prices of cashews and other snacks to record levels. The FT reports.

  • And they’re more than plays on just that sector. In fact, they’re making money right now in multiple bull markets.

  • Wheat Fields

    Markets have overreacted to recent concerns on oversupply in soft commodities, and the fundamentals do not support the recent sell-off, Sudakshina Unnikrishnan, analyst at Barclays Capital, told CNBC on Tuesday.

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    The price of corn is the latest of a series of signals that remind investors about 2008, the year the financial crisis spread across the globe and Lehman Brothers collapsed, Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at Bank of New York Mellon, wrote in a note Monday.

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    Is water the next big investment idea? Australia is sure betting on it.  The industry is valued at up to $27 billion in Australia, while last year alone over $3 billion in water rights were traded in the open market.

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    The global debt crisis has sparked riots in Greece and elsewhere in Europe, but while you were watching the mayhem on TV, you might not have noticed that there’s a riot brewing at your kitchen table.