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  • Coolest Athlete Homes Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 6:01 PM ET
    The value of the average home in the U.S. in April was $147,300, according to the real estate website  The home of the professional athlete, however, is likely to be anything but average.The professional athlete is often a distinct type of home buyer who’s different from the average American, in part because the contract and endorsement money makes possible the purchase of colossal, multimillion-dollar homes. However, these athletes can have serious problems selling off real estate.A multimillio

    The average U.S. home value is $147,300, but a professional athlete's home is anything but average. Read ahead to see 10 of the coolest athlete homes on the market.

  • States With the Best Credit Scores Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 5:09 PM ET
    In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • London, New York Top Cities for Wealthy: Report Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 4:40 AM ET
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    London and New York are still the most important cities for the super-rich despite stiff competition from the emerging economies, a report into attitudes of the wealthy has revealed.

  • The World's Biggest Debtor Nations Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
    Throughout the financial crisis, many national economies have looked to their government and foreign lenders for financial support, which translates to increased spending, borrowing and in most cases, growing national debt.Deficit spending, government debt and private sector borrowing are the norm in most western countries, but due in part to the financial crisis, some nations and economies are in considerably worse debt positions than others.External debt is a measure of a nation's foreign liab

    Some nations around the globe are in considerably worse debt positions than others. Here are nations with the world's greatest debts.

  • Paul Ryan’s Supply-Side 2012 Budget Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:14 PM ET
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    There are a lot of really good things in Paul Ryan’s new budget, which is a stark contrast to the Obama budget. Ryan cuts spending by over $5 trillion, lowers the deficit by over $3 trillion, and brings the debt-to-GDP ratio down to 62 percent. All of these are ten-year totals.

  • US Capitol Building with cash

    When we keep more of our own money, our unfettered ambitions will create renewed abundance.

  • Obama Budget Bets Other Concerns Will Trump the Deficit Saturday, 11 Feb 2012 | 9:46 AM ET
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    President Obama’s budget blueprint, to be laid out Monday, is an election-year wager that higher taxes on the rich and spending on popular programs will outweigh deficit concerns, The New York Times reports.

  • Castle Homes Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 4:48 PM ET
    Wealthy families have long lived in grand monuments to their riches, such as the  in San Simeon, Calif. But castle homes aren’t reserved for the super-rich or those holding European titles. Although it’s commonly thought of as an Old World practice, Americans live in castle-style homes in all corners of the New World. This collection features representatives from Washington state to Florida, each with varying degrees of castle features. Some carry legacies of famous tycoons, while others were bu

    Castle homes aren’t reserved for the super-rich or those holding European titles. Check out 10 castle homes that are for sale or were recently on the market, provided by Zillow and Realtor.com.

  • Is Gay Marriage Good For Business? Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 4:27 PM ET
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    Washington state may be the next American state to legalize gay marriage. It has the support of several major companies, but Microsoft is the most high-profile business to back it. Prominent figures in the business community support marriage equality, as was the case in New York, the last state to legalize it.

  • Extreme Fireplaces Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 5:28 PM ET
    Fireplaces have performed a central role in warming homes since the first huts and houses were built, and for a many generations they looked more or less the same way. Thanks to new technologies, changing tastes, and new materials, a fireplace is typically no longer the main way to heat the home -- nor is it necessarily just a hole in the wall, a mantle, and a chimney. Fireplaces now come in almost as many varieties as there are styles of homes, and they might not have a mantle, or in some cases

    Here's a selection of properties currently on the market that feature fireplaces great and minimal, modern and rustic, indoor and outdoor.

  • boxing_dems_gop_200.jpg

    Message to my fellow conservatives: Please don’t blame the mainstream media for the improvement in jobs, unemployment, and economic growth. Reporters are not making this up. The economy is better. It’s going to give President Obama a leg up on the election. GOP beware, and come to your senses.

  • Washington Scolds, Yen Rises Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 8:40 AM ET

    Italy manages a bond sale and the U.S. scolds Japan - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Jarrett: Payroll Tax Drama   Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
    Jarrett: Payroll Tax Drama

    Valerie Jarret, President Obama's senior advisor shares details behind House Speaker John Boehner's promise to vote down a Senate bill that extends payroll tax cuts for another two months.

  • One on One with Newt Gingrich - The Full Transcript Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 11:30 AM ET

    There's a clear new front-runner in the GOP race for president. The latest in national Gallop poll shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich soaring to a 15 point lead over Mitt Romney, 37-to-22.

  • FAA Chief on Leave After Drunk-Driving Arrest Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 3:53 PM ET
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    FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was placed on a leave of absence Monday, and U.S. officials said his employment is under review following his arrest for drunken driving in suburban Northern Virginia.

  • GOP's Cain to Make Statement on Presidential Bid Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 2:35 PM ET
    Herman Cain denies sexual harassment allegations.

    The Republican presidential candidate said he'll make an announcement about the future of his embattled presidential bid on Saturday but did not elaborate further.

  • Fratto: Does Anyone Really Care About the Supercommittee? Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 12:40 PM ET
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    For all the supercharged attention leading up to the non-report from the congressional supercommittee on deficit reduction, it's hard to come to any other conclusion that — for now, at least — no one really cares.

  • Cain's Libya Stumble Goes Viral Online Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 12:09 AM ET
    Herman Cain

    Herman Cain became badly flustered on Monday when asked to assess President Obama’s policy toward Libya, raising new questions about his command of foreign policy as he lurched over five minutes from awkward pauses to halting efforts to address the issue.

  • Exaggerations, Misstatements in Latest GOP Debate Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 | 4:33 PM ET
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    We found several exaggerations and misstatements in the latest Republican presidential candidates’ debate.

  • GOP Co-Chair: Debt Talks a 'Rollercoaster Ride' Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 | 10:03 AM ET
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    The Republican co-chair of the so-called super committee in charge of slashing the nation's deficit on Sunday called deliberations a "rollercoaster ride," and gave no indication that a deal could be struck before the panel's Thanksgiving deadline.