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Fed taper? No, beware the tapir!     Tue, 17 Dec '13 | 2:00 PM ET

The markets are focused on whether the Federal Reserve will taper -- but long ago, there was a large herbivore called tapir. "Street Signs" looks at what taper and tapir have in common.

What to do when you win the lottery Tue, 18 Mar '14 | 12:06 PM ET

Record lottery payouts are rewriting the conventional financial wisdom about how the winners can best handle their good fortune, from tax advice to their reconfigured lives.

Google, HP recall HP Chromebook 11 chargers Tue, 17 Dec '13 | 9:22 AM ET
HP Chromebook 11

Google's new Chromebook charger is being recalled because of fire hazards.

Forget the fruitcake, give stocks: Cramer Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 6:25 PM ET

Sure, we know Bobby wants a pair of skates, Suzy wants a sled. But high quality companies makes a nice gift too.

Beyoncé

"Beyoncé," dropped in the dead of night Friday, sold more than 800,000 downloads in just three days, Apple announced Monday.

A wind park can be seen as morning breaks in Copenhagen

Copenhagen's high-tech industries are poised to boost Denmark's economy as the capital sets its sights on innovation and green living.

Get ready for a beer cocktail boom Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 12:16 PM ET

While brewers will continue to push the innovation envelope, here are things beer drinkers can expect to see in 2014.

Buffett's 2014 action plan Tue, 10 Dec '13 | 8:39 AM ET
Warren Buffett

America's iconic investor will still be at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway next year, we predict. And his target list could include a very well-known name.

Beginning with Applebee's and Buffalo Wild Wings, many restaurants are looking to tablets as a way to boost sales and reduce wait times.

Former NBA star Ekezie's play in Africa Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 10:00 AM ET
Obinna Ekezie

Former Atlanta Hawks star Obinna Ekezie has leveraged social media to build Wakanow.com, Africa's largest online travel company.

Meet the FreshDirect of Christmas trees Sat, 14 Dec '13 | 1:00 PM ET
Entrepreneurs Brian Millman and Tyler Kupper are the co-founders behind Tyler’s Trees, a New York City-based FreshDirect model for Christmas trees.

From tech firm Uber to small business Tyler's Trees, Christmas tree deliveries to your home is the latest order-on-demand business model.

How much should Santa earn? Survey says... Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 1:06 PM ET

Ever wonder what Santa would actually earn for his hard work around the holidays? Here's an analysis by Insure.com.

There is good news and bad news in home buying in the months ahead: Sales are improving, but mortgage rates are set to rise.

Still need a Christmas tree? Don't wait Sun, 15 Dec '13 | 11:00 AM ET
Christmas trees are displayed inside a Home Depot Inc. store.

Christmas tree lots are emptying quickly this year. Where to look for a big tree—and bigger bargains.

Apps have become game-changers in retail. Here are ten apps being used by the savviest shoppers to plow through an avalanche of offers.

The second storm of the holiday season is making its way through a wide swath of the nation just as the shopping crunch intensifies.

Embattled Abercrombie hoping size will matter Fri, 13 Dec '13 | 9:41 AM ET
Abercrombie and Fitch models

After an earlier controversy, poor sales and stock performance, the once-trendy retailer is offering larger sizes as part of a turnaround effort.

Picture this: No more boring meeting minutes! Fri, 13 Dec '13 | 7:50 AM ET

In this era of PowerPoint presentations and videoconferencing, a growing number of companies are hiring traditional illustrators to bring meetings to life.

Meet the $1,250-an-hour tutor Thu, 12 Dec '13 | 12:04 PM ET
Nathaniel Hannan

The world's millionaires and billionaires are seeking at-home teachers to help their children in the education race. For the tutors, it's a lucrative business.

'Serious' threat to Florida citrus crop Fri, 13 Dec '13 | 12:54 PM ET
Emma Reynolds, holds a healthy, left, and diseased Valencia orange, right, in the family groves in Lake Placid, Florida.

A disease killing swaths of citrus trees is causing billions of dollars in losses, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told CNBC on Friday.

Winter Olympics in the subtropics: Just add snow Thu, 19 Dec '13 | 11:18 AM ET
A sign that reads "Rentals" with a skiing snowman stands in the middle of a snow-free skiing area last February, near Sochi 2014 Olympic venues.

It's hard to find a spot in Russia without snow. "But Putin found such a spot and decided to hold the Winter Olympics there," says one Russian critic.

Sriracha hot sauce on hold until mid-January Thu, 12 Dec '13 | 4:09 PM ET
Sriracha sauce

Huy Fong Foods, producer of Sriracha sauce, will not ship any more of the product as a state regulator enforced tighter guidelines, the Los Angeles Times said.

Mariano Rivera salutes fans as he leaves a game in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 26.

More than two months after a tearful goodbye to Major League Baseball, Mariano Rivera is still drawing a crowd.

The new Kinect uses a 1080p color camera and an active infrared camera to allow for precise movement tracking.

Advances in technology mean that we'll soon be able to connect with friends and loved ones in vivid, 'almost real' video calls.

Politeness could save you money on your next coffee in France.

Ordering simply "a coffee" at the Le Petite Syrah cafe in Nice runs you about $9.50, but add "please" and the price drops.

Cramer uncovers undervalued energy stock Wed, 11 Dec '13 | 6:44 PM ET

If the S&P had a giant bargain table, this stock might be featured front and center.

Pope attacks megasalaries in peace message Thu, 12 Dec '13 | 8:34 AM ET
Pope Francis on his way to attend the Via Crucis during World Youth Day celebrations in July in Rio de Janeiro.

In his first peace message, Pope Francis said that huge salaries and bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality.

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows the wealthiest 40 percent of Americans pay 106 percent of all taxes.

'Layaway Santas' to the rescue! Thu, 12 Dec '13 | 11:32 AM ET

So-called Layaway Santas aren't new, but they have been growing ever since a report pointed out the phenomenon in 2011.

The secret to cheap winter heating bills Wed, 11 Dec '13 | 7:22 AM ET

More households are using this as their main winter fuel to save cash. But there may be hidden costs.