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  • Retirement Planning for Generation X Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:56 PM ET

    Gen X is the first generation to deal with the changing models of American retirement—and its members are flustered. The generation once called “slackers” has been true to form with retirement planning.

  • 5 Questions Every IRA Owner Should Ask Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 11:11 AM ET

    Is your IRA running at full throttle? Many people don’t realize that IRAs are not set-it-and-forget-it retirement vehicles. They need regular tune-ups to make certain they are producing enough to fund your retirement goals.

  • How Credit Card Companies Detect Fraud Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 5:14 PM ET
    Credit card and magnifying glass

    If the MasterCard and Visa security breach is real as many as 10 million cardholders may get phone calls about suspicious activity on their accounts.

  • Lotto Advice from 7-Time Lottery Winner  Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:46 PM ET

    The Mega Millions Jackpot now stands at $640M and Richard Lustig, a 7-time lottery winner, discusses what to do if you win.

  • Scarcity Solutions: Apple's Solar Solution  Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports Apple's plan to "green" its image by building a powerful data center that could potentially draw 10-15 percent of its power from solar energy.

  • 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.

  • Ugh! The Top 10 Tax-Procrastinating Cities Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
    Man paying taxes

    You haven't done your taxes yet, have you? Yep, I figured. Me neither! Is your city on the top 10 most tax-procrastinatinest cities? Click ahead to find out!

  • Don’t Be an April Fool – Remember Your IRA Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 12:36 PM ET

    April is the month with the deadlines for IRA contributions and mandatory IRA withdrawals and the deadline for your 2011 IRA contribution is April 17, 2012.

  • The good news is Americans are living longer. But the worry for many retirees is that they'll outlive their savings.

  • Planning for Retirement? Slow Down! Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 12:37 PM ET
    Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China. Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China.

    For most of us, retirement will be the shortest, most challenging period of our lives and yet few are fully prepared for this life stage.

  • Is Now the Time to Invest in Fine Wine? Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    2012 is the best time to invest in fine wine since 2009, according to wine broker Vin-X’s Jeremy Peacock.

  • Hedge Funds for Everyone? Don’t Hold Your Breath Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 7:25 AM ET

    Last year was a difficult year for the hedge fund industry, with returns down 6.4 percent, but the drop hasn’t stopped experienced professionals from moving away from big investment banks to set up their own firms.

  • President Obama rightfully assumes credit for the auto industry bailout, a political victory that saved 1.5 million jobs and likely prevented another depression. Unfortunately, over 20,000 non-union salaried Delphi workers were left behind, their pensions sacrificed at the altar of forgiveness.

  • Your Childhood Collections May Be Worth a Bundle Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 5:41 AM ET
    Detective Comics

    In Stanley Gibbons’ world famous London stamp shop, collectors marvel at the rare “plate 77 penny red” stamp while turmoil rages far away in the financial markets.  The rare stamp, seen as the holy grail of stamps from Great Britain, costs nearly $900,000 – a sizeable investment and one that an increasing number of investors are considering as an alternatives to today’s unstable markets.

  • With Chase and Discover recently introducing and experimenting with free balance transfer credit cards, they have breathed new life into a genre that industry experts previously believed to be extinct. However, the moves have left many scratching their heads.

  • Angel Tech Investors Seek Out Big Returns Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 6:13 AM ET

    With interest rates on savings accounts at record lows and uncertain returns in the stock market, investing in technology start-ups has become increasingly appealing.

  • Calculating Realistic Returns for Your Retirement Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    Figuring out how much you'll need to retire — or how much you can expect to earn on your retirement dollars — isn't as simple as plugging numbers into an online calculator.

  • Memorabilia Investment: The Golden Oldies Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 9:42 AM ET
    Madonna performs onstage during the opening night of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour at the O2 Arena on in London, England.

    Michael Jackson’s jacket, a Madonna dress, even plates bearing the Queen of England’s face - in a world of cold hard investment, the collection of special items that hold a particular value because of their significance in our collective memory makes a welcome change, and  perhaps represents the ultimate alternative investment.

  • Horse Syndicates Attract Investors Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 9:09 AM ET
    Barry Irwin

    There are horse syndicates at all levels, for all prices. You can buy into a horse for as little as $1,000, although more heralded prospects will likely run you at least $10,000 for a 5-to-10 percent share.

  • Student Loan Crisis Busts Savings Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
    Jerry Lewis

    Parents who borrow money to pay for their children's college education are exacerbating a growing student loan crisis.