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  • Customers unhappy with TV and ISP services Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    Customer satisfaction with subscription TV and Internet service providers continues to decline, a survey finds.

  • Microsoft to buy cloud-based software maker Parature Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Microsoft said it would buy cloud-based software maker Parature, which helps businesses manage help desks and provide other customer support services.

  • How to complain about your bank Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    Got a beef with your bank? Don't sit there steaming. Complain to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the government's new financial watchdog.

  • How to Complain (Constructively) to an Airline Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 1:05 PM ET

    If you've suffered lost bags, a delayed flight or poor service, trying to resolve it politely at the airport or by letter may get you further than a rant.

  • Single? Celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day  Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 12:11 AM ET

    The lovestruck aren't the only ones making Valentine's Day a profitable holiday. CNBC's Sri Jegarajah investigates how the lovelorn are celebrating in their own way as well.

  • How much will the fiscal cliff impact you, and how can you minimize damage to your finances? Here are questions financial advisers are sifting through with clients.

  • Shoppers Spend $5.5 Billion on Small Business Saturday Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 9:47 AM ET
    Chloe Sevigny record shopping on small business Sunday.

    Despite lingering economic worries, Small Business Saturday sales data is slightly better than expected. A look at the numbers.

  • Richard Branson on Beating the Competition Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 12:25 PM ET
    Sir Richard Branson

    Serial entrepreneur Richard Branson offers three tips for being mindful of competitors, while forging ahead with your own ideas.

  • Professionals, like doctors and lawyers and anyone else who might be sued, should work with an adviser to keep creditors from cleaning them out if they lose in court

  • China Urban Population Set to Explode — How to Play It? Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:49 AM ET

    As China steers its economy away from a dependence on exports towards domestic consumption, its booming urban population will play a major role in driving growth in the world’s second largest economy.

  • More Green Shoots Strengthen Case for China Bulls Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:37 AM ET

    Even as market watchers continue to debate where the Chinese economy is headed, latest manufacturing numbers strengthen the case for the China bulls, at least for now.

  • Hubbard Details Romney's Economic Plan  Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 4:10 PM ET

    Glenn Hubbard, Romney economic adviser, discusses Mitt Romney's promise to create 12 million jobs in four years.

  • With financial advisers moving from one firm to another more frequently than in the past, chances are you'll have an opportunity to review your needs.

  • Try Candor and Humility With Your Clients Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:53 PM ET

    The way to foster long-term relationships is to admit that we cannot know what the markets will do, says  Mark Hebner, president of Index Fund Advisors.

  • Blankfein, Simpson & Bowles on the Record  Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:30 PM ET

    Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs CEO & chairman, says the U.S. is in the best competitive place in the world. Meanwhile Erskine Bowles, Deficit Commission, says if no action on the fiscal cliff is taken, the jobless rate will rise above 8 percent. Alan Simpson, Deficit Commission, also weighs in on the U.S.' tipping point, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Mumbai, India skyline.

    The Indian government ruled out an inquiry into allegations of improper dealings between the son-in-law of India's most powerful politician, Sonia Gandhi, and property developer DLF Ltd, even as the firm's shares plunged on the claims.

  • Top Cities for Financial Adviser Startups Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:13 PM ET
    As financial services companies trim payrolls, more industry veterans are opening their own investment firms.According to , which tracks the, there are now 28,574 resident investment adviser, RIA, firms, usually with offices of two to eight employees and an average of $25 million to $50 million in client assets under management, AUM. Others, such as spinoffs from the financial giants, can manage mutual funds and other big accounts, boosting the AUM.In the most recent full year of year of data, 2011, 1,108 RIA firms were formed with $561.38 billion worth of assets under management.We thought it would be interesting to see what cities had the most activity in creating new RIA firms in 2011 and how much money (measured in assets) was under management. (Note that there is a wide range of assets, depending on the individual starting the firm and the number and size of clients.)Here are the top ten cities based on a customized search of AdviceIQ/Meridian-IQ data bases.

    New financial advisory firms are popping up around the U.S., as veteran brokers leave big firms to build their own. These 10 are startup hotbeds.

  • New Definition of Success? Survival Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:06 PM ET

    Consumers would do well to follow these financial survival skills, according to Eleanor Blayney, consumer advocate for the CFP Board.

  • Focus on Money Matters, Not Investment Returns Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:05 PM ET

    For financial advice, take the focus off the factors we can't control and move it to the things we can. It requires robust communication and periodic reassessment, according to Marilyn Capelli Dimitroff of Capelli Financial Services.

  • Problem Clients? No Problem at All Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:04 PM ET

    There are really no problem clients so much as there are clients in problematic situations, says adviser Dan Mathews of Stepp and Rothwell.