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  • CNBC Poll: Raise Taxes to Pay Down the Deficit? Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:48 AM ET
    Taxes, Investments, & You - A CNBC Special Report - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

    Few, if any, politicians like to raise taxes, and those who do often pay dearly for it.  Raising taxes, however, is sometimes a necessity evil, because there is simly no other way to increase revenue or reduce a deficit. What do you think?

  • Harrisburg, PA

    Worries about municipal bond issue defaults have been overblown, obscuring the investment advantages of a once trusted debt instrument.

  • How To Make Last-Minute, Money-Saving Tax Moves Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
    Tax refund

    Taxpayers looking for ways to trim their 2011 tax bill, or simply to avoid unpleasant surprises when they file their returns, have a few weeks to make potentially helpful, money-saving moves.

  • CNBC Poll: What Will Happen to Income Taxes In 2012? Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:46 AM ET
    Taxes, Investments, & You - A CNBC Special Report - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

    There's nothing like taxes to start an argument. Though virtually everyone thinks they are too high in general, there's little agreement on what's fair for one group versus another.

  • Roth or Regular IRA? Only Time May Tell Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:46 AM ET
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    Personal income taxes are likely to rise as lawmakers grapple with the country’s deficit. That's why some investors are opting for Roth IRAs and betting on paying a lower tax rate now. Not so fast, experts say.

  • Should You Have Confidence in Trusts? Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:42 AM ET
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    You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to leave money to your family in trusts. There are tools to assist those with even modest wealth to reduce tax exposure, and protect and transfer assets.

  • Tackling Taxes Head On Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:41 AM ET
    Taxes, Investments, & You - A CNBC Special Report - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

    If you're weary of focusing on holiday gifts and company parties, you may want to give some attention to another end-of-year ritual: tax-planning.

  • Jim Rogers during a visit to Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Rogers says he's long Chinese stocks and the currency even though he thinks the property sector may be in a bubble.

    The first in a series of interviews in CNBC's Investors Clinic was commodities bull Jim Rogers, who shared his views on metals - especially precious metals – and other investment opportunities.

  • Jim Rogers Says Gold Due for Correction; Owns Dollar Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 12:35 PM ET
    International investor Jim Rogers

    The price of gold is due for a correction and this could be used as an entry point by investors eager to get exposure to the precious metal, while the dollar is likely to strengthen as there has been too much pessimism about it, famous investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Johnson: The True Cost of Holiday Shopping Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 11:42 AM ET
    Bargain hunters shop for discounted merchandise at Macy's on 'Black Friday' on November 25, 2011 in New York City.

    With Europe in despair and the U.S. economy still sputtering, consumers rolled their eyes like dice, wagering family budgets on Black Friday. Sales increased by 6.6 percent the day after giving thanks for what we already have, an indication that Congress isn't the only house with a spending problem.

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    While the opportunities for lucrative investment in racehorses are there, the risks are potentially very high; it takes a passionate investor to make bets like these.

  • The Pros And Cons Of Biting on Bitcoins Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 10:09 AM ET
    Bitcoin

    If you love edgy bets, the Bitcoin may be for you, but given its newness and volatility, the alternative currency used for Internet transactions has passionate fans and critics.

  • Why Jim Rogers Is Still a Commodities Bull Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 1:54 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    Famous investor Jim Rogers reiterated on Wednesday his view that investors will benefit from owning commodities whether the global economy improves or not.

  • 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.

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    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
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    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
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    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.