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  • Robotic Hamsters Are Holidays' Unlikely New Craze Friday, 27 Nov 2009 | 4:22 AM ET
    Zhu Zhu Hampsters

    When Lori Fowlkes first saw robotic Zhu Zhu Pets toy hamsters in September, she remembers her kids started jumping up and down and saying "Please! Please! Can we buy them?" Seeing a fully stocked shelf, she decided to hold off until Christmas.

  • US Will Have to Tax Consumers: Economist Thursday, 26 Nov 2009 | 9:53 AM ET
    US Debt Clock

    The U.S. will need to eventually enact national value added tax in order to raise revenue and decrease its deficit, Paul Donovan, MD & deputy head of global economics at UBS, said Thursday.

  • Market Tips: Gold Is Overbought; Dollar to Stay Weak Thursday, 26 Nov 2009 | 5:20 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks were lower on Thursday, with China's Shanghai Composite closing 3.6 percent lower, while gold hit another new record to $1,194.90 an ounce, as Debt problems in Dubai curbed investors' risk appetite.

  • Market Tips: Buy on Dips – Short-Term Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 4:40 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks rose on Wednesday, with gold hitting another new high above $1,178 an ounce, after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. growth forecasts for 2010. Experts told CNBC liquidity will continue to drive stocks up, but that investors should see dips as short-term buying opportunities.

  • Whet Your Appetite with These Food Commodities Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009 | 5:08 AM ET
    Pig Farm

    As the holiday season fast approaches, food seems to be on everyone's minds. But does food also whet the investor's appetite?

  • Market Tips: Risk Aversion Is Trade of the Week Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 4:56 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks began the week in the green Monday, with gold prices hitting a new record high above $1,167 an ounce. Experts told CNBC risk aversion is coming back despite the rise in shares.

  • Keep Cautious, Stealth Correction On its Way: Manager Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 7:24 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Risky assets have risen too much, too soon and too fast, but investors won't get an obvious sign that a correction is starting and will have to gauge fundamentals, Yogi Dewan, founder of Hassium Asset Management, said Thursday.

  • Market Tips: Don't Get Burned Holding Greenbacks Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 4:39 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks were mostly lower Thursday as concerns about the pace of the recovery reared its head. Experts told CNBC they expect dollar weakness for some time to come and suggest staying out of cash.

  • Market Tips: Everyone's Talking About Year-End Rally Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 6:17 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks and commodities rebounded on Wednesday, with gold rising to a fresh high near $1,150 an ounce. Experts told CNBC stocks are likely to rally through until the end of the year.

  • Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Another Record Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 7:42 AM ET
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    The pace at which people fell behind on their mortgages slowed during the summer for the third consecutive quarter, but the overall delinquency rate hit another record, a new report shows.

  • Audit Faults New York Fed in AIG Bailout Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 5:17 AM ET
    Aig Headquarters

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York gave up much of its power in high-pressure negotiations with the American International Group’s trading partners last year, according to a government report made public on Monday.

  • The period of seasonal weakness is over, the correction was less than expected, and the underlying trend is ‘jolly strong’ heading into six months of growth, Robin Griffiths, strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday.

  • Market Tips: Hold Off Oil for Now Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | 4:51 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks gained Monday as gold hit a fresh new record above $1,130 an ounce. Experts told CNBC the energy sector face a malaise in the short-to-medium term, but Asia still holds a lot of investment potential.

  • Market Tips: Be Brave and Fully Invested Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | 5:20 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks were mixed Friday as the dollar eased from gains made the previous day. Experts told CNBC investors with a longer-term time horizon should stay fully invested.

  • Market Tips: US Stocks Not Overvalued - Pick 'Em Up Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 6:49 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks were mixed Thursday as gold hit a new higher above $1,120. Experts told CNBC that stocks in the U.S., Europe and China still look attractive.

  • Obama Most Powerful Person in World: Forbes Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 6:28 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    U.S. President Barack Obama ranked at the top of the list of the world's most powerful people, according to Forbes.

  • Market Tips: Buy Real Assets, Forget Paper Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 | 6:24 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Global stocks rose on Wednesday, with sentiment lifted by upbeat economic data out of China. Experts told CNBC investors should forget about currencies and fixed income and rather focus on benefiting from asset-price inflation by getting into real assets.

  • S&P Must Hit 1,101 to Stay Up: Charts Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 | 5:20 AM ET

    The S&P 500 index must hit the October high to avoid a 10 percent correction, and if the market does correct, the VIX volatility index could fall below 20 percent, Chris Zwermann from Zwermann Financial told CNBC Wednesday.

  • 5% of Americans Plan to Buy a Home Next Year Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 | 4:40 AM ET
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    Just one in twenty Americans say they plan to buy a home within the next year, and they're most likely to be 34 years old or younger and living in the South or West, according to a survey released Wednesday.

  • Smart investments lie in those companies that are boosting market share, creating healthy balance sheets, and taking advantage of price leadership, according to Javelin Wealth Management CEO Stephen Davies.