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  • Reality TV Shows Spawn American Collectible Craze Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 5:29 PM ET
    Storage Wars

    A new bargain-hunting culture has emerged, where Americans of all incomes look for antiques  in pawn shops and flea markets — even their own attics and basements.

  • Time Is Money: Investing in Luxury Watches Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 8:44 AM ET
    A rare Patek Philippe 18 karat pink gold watch is displayed 11 May 2007 during a preview in Geneva.

    Rarity, complexity and condition make all the difference when looking for a luxury watch. But while there are major gains to be made, it takes a good eye to know the difference between a clever investment, and a waste of time.

  • With the poor job market and uncertain recovery, hundreds of thousands of Americans have put off moving out on their own — and that's depriving the economy of a lot of activity. The New York Times reports.

  • Johnson: Is Your 401(k) Plan a Trap? Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 11:19 AM ET

    In a matter of just 25 years, defined contribution plans have become the predominant retirement tool available to American workers, many of whom have little investment experience. Nevertheless, the novelty could be wearing off, as 401(k) plans may be ill-suited for the current economic environment.

  • Racehorse Investment: Risky Bid or Runaway Success? Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 11:09 AM ET

    A day at the races can be good fun, and as the world’s economic troubles continue to bite, putting your money on the right horse could see you make more than just a one-off win.

  • Politics Not a Factor in Political Memorabilia Friday, 11 Nov 2011 | 12:20 PM ET
    Dewey defeats Truman authentic newspaper

    While campaign and presidential mementos may be only a hobby for some, they also represent a real investment for many political junkies and even for those not drawn by political sentiment.

  • Barn

    As extreme weather events continue to decrease land availability, prices are going up, and investors are getting in. 

  • Porn Memorabilia Becoming a Legitimate Collectible Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 10:31 AM ET
    Reproduction of the original one-sheet movie poster, now worth some $5,000 among collectors.

    Historically collectors have remained underground, afraid that showing an interest in the world of sex would bring shame and mockery, but as porn becomes more mainstream more people are comfortable owning a part of its history.

  • Small Businesses Are Part of the 99% Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 9:56 AM ET
    99 percent

    Income inequality is threatening American life, and threatening the future of small business. We are the 99%, says President of The Planning Shop, Rhonda Abrams.

  • Johnson: Is the European Union too Complicated to Fix? Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 10:49 AM ET

    Europe’s recent attempt to manage the persistent debt crisis still remains a source of great concern. Naturally, the issue is magnified by the constructs of the European Union, overwhelmed by healthy egos and very little money.

  • Wide World of Investing Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 10:27 AM ET

    Alternative investing may not be for everyone, but there's an entry point for almost anyone—and as popular cable TV programs illustrate every week, small fortunes can be found in attics, basements and, yes, storage rooms.

  • Americans Trust Their Finances, Not the Economy Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 1:17 PM ET
    Writing a check

    Consumers appear to think that their own financial houses are in order and they believe they are prepared to weather any economic troubles that may lie ahead, according to the survey from JP Morgan’s Chase Card Services.

  • Johnson: Whatever Happened to Personal Responsibility? Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 11:41 AM ET

    Two market crashes and a couple of recessions later, 25 percent of all boomers don’t have anything saved for retirement and now find themselves in dire need of government services and potential bailouts of math defying pension plans.

  • Johnson: I'm Still Buying Gold Tuesday, 4 Oct 2011 | 12:05 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    Lending money to a European Investment Banks who form a Special Purpose Vehicle who issues bonds guaranteed by broke countries to use as collateral to borrow more money to buy more bad debt? That's their plan? No thank you; I'm still buying gold.

  • The New Retirement Calculus Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 9:59 AM ET

    This is not your parents' retirement — or your grandparents' for that matter. Chances are, you'll be working long past age 65, if you can find a job. And you'll probably also be worried about having enough money to finally stop working.

  • Johnson: Rick Perry, Social Security and Ponzi Schemes Monday, 19 Sep 2011 | 10:59 AM ET
    Texas Governor Rick Perry

    Gov. Rick Perry has been lionized for calling social security a Ponzi scheme, rebuked for using the foul language of common sense that most Americans understand.

  • Johnson: All Job Growth is Local Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 9:47 AM ET

    It would appear that capitalism has a developed a terrible dependency issue, turning hostile and violent when there’s nothing left in the punch bowl. Unfortunately, new fears of a double dip recession have emerged, the caked residue of weak economic growth and a soft job market. On the heels of a 30-year spending spree and the party of our lifetime, we find ourselves searching for our equilibrium once again.

  • What $1 Million Buys You Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 6:30 PM ET
    Who hasn’t spent at least a few daydreaming moments fantasizing about spending money? Not just a few hundred bucks either, but huge, irresponsible sums of money, all on completely unnecessary luxury items? Most of us probably have, but sadly, reality tends to intervene. Just as we’re settling into a meditation about a chartered plane jetting us off to Aruba, the memory of that unpaid and overdue $250 phone bill intrudes and throws cold water on the fantasy.If one were to make a completely uneduc

    $1 million isn’t what it used to be, in part because a lot of people don’t know how far it can go, and the amount of time and effort that it would take to spend it.

  • Johnson: America’s Math Problem Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 10:20 AM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    The list of things we never thought we’d see continues to grow, like a tumor. Our republic has finally reached a midlife crisis, having lost the pejorative AAA credit rating from an agency that considers yesterday’s sub-prime CDO a safer bet than today’s Uncle Sam. The American economy is stuck in a classic catch-22, that as we solve one problem, it is quickly replaced by a greater concern.

  • Johnson: Hats off to the Tea Party...for Now Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 12:04 PM ET

    Tea Party activists, 44 percent of whom are on Medicare or have an immediate family member receiving benefits, could not be consoled by the fact that their health-care costs are largely responsible for the distended federal budget. But they have a point.