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  • 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
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    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.

  • Daniel Yergin

    Daniel Yergin shared his thoughts with CNBC on some of the hot topics in the energy world. Yergin is the author of the new best-seller "The Quest: Energy Security and the Remaking of the Modern World," the successor to his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Prize."

  • Fed Considered More Clarity on Interest Rate Policy Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 2:19 PM ET
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    Federal Reserve policymakers discussed how they could disclose more information about what might trigger an increase in interest rates, but held off making any changes, according to minutes of the Nov. 1-2 meeting.

  • Congress' OK of Big Spending Bill Shows GOP Split Friday, 18 Nov 2011 | 5:08 AM ET
    US President Barack Obama leaves the G20 Summit on November 3, 2011 in Cannes, France.

    Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan spending bill that averts a federal shutdown, but widespread Republican defections underscore rifts between the party's conservatives and pragmatists.

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    The government's mortgage insurer is coming dangerously close to holding no excess cash reserves for loan losses.

  • The S.B.A. Says Its Culture Has Changed Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 4:19 PM ET
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    While the S.B.A. has been criticized for its lack of oversight of contractors who misrepresent themselves as small businesses in order to win government contracts, there are numbers that prove the S.B.A. has made great strides in improving enforcement.

  • Live From New York - It's CNBC on Saturday Night Live Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 12:02 PM ET
    Candidates on stage at the CNBC GOP candidates debate.

    The SNL sketch spoofed CNBC's Republican candidates debate last week. You know, the one that highlighted three candidates: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, and...uh...oops.

  • Congressional Budget Director Elmendorf Testifies During Joint Deficit Reduction Committee Hearing

    The congressional 'super committee' could quickly become a super-sized headache for markets if it doesn't show progress by its Thanksgiving-eve deadline. Investors are decidedly negative in their view of the bi-partisan committee, as they remember the high level of political rancor surrounding the debt ceiling debate and the subsequent downgrade of the U.S. credit rating last summer.

  • Welfare Reform Targets Workers’ Hours Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 3:49 AM ET
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    Workers claiming state help with childcare and housing costs will be expected to seek longer hours, or risk sanctions that could include loss of benefits or a requirement to undergo training, in a radical shift in Britain’s welfare system, the Financial Times reports.

  • Don't Blame Capitalism - Blame Selfish Prats Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 12:44 AM ET
    Student demonstrators carry banners as they march against cuts in tuition funding in London on November 9, 2011. Thousands of students headed to London on November 9 to march against cuts to higher education funding, as a huge police operation sought to head off any repeat of violent protests one year ago.  AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

    If we’re not to blame capitalism for the current wave of dissatisfaction, who are we to blame? Selfish prats. They can be found across the political spectrum and in all socio-economic groups. They make poor decisions and screw stuff up for everyone else.

  • Green - Winner & Losers - A CNBC Special Report

    Federal, state, and even local government policies have had a huge impact on the research and development of alternative fuels, but  a clear rival to fossil fuels has yet to emerge in the marketplace. Take our poll on which energy source you think will succeed over the next decade.

  • Opponents Claim Victory as Obama Delays Oil Pipeline Friday, 11 Nov 2011 | 8:33 AM ET
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    The Obama administration said plans to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas were on hold to study how environmentally sensitive areas could be avoided.

  • Candidates on stage at the CNBC GOP candidates debate.

    There were three winners in the CNBC debate: Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich. Gov. Rick Perry was the obvious loser because of his memory lapse.

  • Deficit 'Super Committee' Hits Rough Patch Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 1:30 PM ET
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    Even as a recent good-faith swap of offers showed a narrowing of differences over taxes, a special deficit-cutting "super committee" seems to have hit a major snag just two weeks before its deadline.

  • Republican Candidates Give Housing a Short Sale Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 1:07 PM ET
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    Shame on the Republican candidates for president. Shame on them for showing up at debate specifically targeting the U.S. economy with not one credible, rational, even reputable notion of what to do about the nation's housing mess.