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  • 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.

  • Tax Code Not Aligned With Basic Principles Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 1:38 PM ET

    With its relatively heavy taxes on labor, light taxes on unearned income and broad ranges of rates within the same income levels, the American tax code violates fundamental principles of income taxation. The New York Times reports.

  • Priciest Cities to Rent Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 1:21 PM ET
    Many factors can make a housing rental market difficult to negotiate, such as tight supply and fierce competition for the most desirable properties. But chief among potentially problematic rental factors is the cost. To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at  looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities. The resulting list is particularly heavy with representatives from one state. And while it might not be the argument-ender on where it is

    To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at John Burns Real Estate Consulting looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities.

  • Users of Citibank Bill-Pay App Charged Twice Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 8:17 AM ET

    A technical bug caused Citigroup, the nation’s fourth largest bank by deposits, to double the charge for online customer bill payments in recent months. The New York Times reports.

  • Car Policy for Less, but Only If You Call Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    Most consumers know that they aren’t going to get a courtesy call from their service providers telling them they qualify for a better deal. Yet they still fail to review their policies or contracts each year to make sure they’re getting the lowest rates possible.

  • At 102%, His Tax Rate Takes the Cake Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    Is it possible to pay more than all of your taxable income? For one businessman, an eye-popping bill can be traced to punitive U.S. tax polices. Meet Mr. 102%. The New York Times reports.

  • Boomers Fear 'Cash Drought' in Retirement     Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 1:58 PM ET

    With the prolonged environment of low interest rates, more boomers are afraid of running out of cash in retirement, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Jump Start Your Retirement     Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 1:52 PM ET

    Discussing the appropriate asset allocation when planning retirement, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson, and Diahann W. Lassus, Lassus Wherley president.

  • Jobs You Can Do Forever Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 4:49 PM ET
    In 2010, the average U.S. worker had been with his or her employer for 4.4 years, according to the  That’s a far cry from the 20-year tenure that’s been the American worker’s ideal since time immemorial, and it’s an indicator of an uncomfortable reality -- jobs just don’t last like they used to.While it may not always be possible to stay with the same employer for a few decades, it’s still possible to stay with one profession over the long haul. No matter how the job market changes, and no matte

    Jobs just don’t last like they used to, but it’s still possible to stay with one profession over the long haul. Click to see what some of them are.

  • Up-and-Coming Retirement Cities Abroad Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 11:23 AM ET
    Contrary to popular belief, not all American citizens are required to move to Boca Raton when they retire. Sure, the climate is heavenly, the ocean water is alluring and the shoreline could hardly be more inviting. However, it’s not cheap, as the presence of  will attest, and the simple fact is that not all retirees have the means to live someplace like this.With this in mind,  a publication devoted to showing that “you can live better, for less, overseas,” just released its  By weighing such fa

    International Living just released its Retirement Index for 2012, which determines foreign destinations offering retirees a high standard of living at a low price. CNBC.com highlights 10 of them.

  • Investors Should Avoid Sovereign Bonds: Report Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 8:51 AM ET
    Interest rates

    Japan, the US and the UK will retain zero interest rates policies until at least early 2014, according to a December report by Swedish bank SEB.

  • Gold Could Hit $2,500 Next Year: Strategist Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 4:39 AM ET
    Gold Bars

    Gold prices will rally again in 2012 to reach $2,000 to $2,500 per ounce because demand is still strong and the precious metal is still seen as a safe haven, according to Sabine Schels, a commodities strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

  • US: A Paradise for Investors     Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 5:20 PM ET

    Bill Smead, CEO & CIO of Smead Capital Management explains why he thinks the U.S. markets look attractive.

  • The recent risk-off environment brought on by Europe's debt crisis may have affected fund flows into emerging markets bonds, but the tide will soon turn, says one economist, as investors put off by developed markets return in search of higher yields.

  • Decline in Commodities Is 'Artificial': Jim Rogers Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 9:52 AM ET
    American investor and financial commentator Jim Rogers visits a branch of Xiangcai Securities  in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China.

    The recent decline in commodity prices has little to do with fundamentals and everything to do with the collapse of brokerage firm MF Global, says renowned investor Jim Rogers, who described the sell-off as artificial.

  • Mike Crofton, President & CEO, The Philadelphia Trust Company explains why he is bullish about large cap U.S. stocks in the next 3-5 years.

  • Warren Buffett

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday there were a number of European stocks he liked and singled out British supermarket group Tesco, in which he already has a stake, as a buying opportunity if it came down in price.

  • People walk on a busy street in Quiapo on October 28, 2011 in Manila, Philippines. The United Nations today released their 2011 State of the World Population Report, which indicates Asia is home to 60 per cent of the world's population. The Philippines has a young population, with 54 per cent of the population under 25.

    The high unemployment and low consumer confidence in the U.S. may have prompted investors to steer clear of consumer-related bets. But one fund manager is taking the opposite view, believing the return of prosperity in America will bolster shares in consumer discretionary stocks.

  • Time to Bet on Return of US Consumer: Fund Manager Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 11:49 PM ET
    A couple has iced coffee drinks at a Starbucks Coffee shop in lower Manhattan August 21, 2009 in New York City. Starbucks, America's dominant coffeehouse chain, is changing some of its prices, raising them for elaborate specialty drinks and cutting prices for some others.

    The high unemployment and low consumer confidence in the U.S. may have prompted investors to steer clear of consumer-related bets. But one fund manager is taking the opposite view, believing the return of prosperity in America will bolster shares in consumer discretionary stocks.

  • Apple

    The drop in Apple's share price below its 50-day moving average on Thursday has some market watchers asking whether the blue-chip stock is beginning to lose its shine. One trader told CNBC on Friday that he just went short on the stock based on a technical change in the stock’s movement.

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