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The Best of 2010 Autos Tue, 22 Dec '09 | 11:26 AM ET
Each year, the editors of  convene to test, evaluate, and debate the performance, significance, and pure enthusiast appeal of the cars that make the biggest impact. Despite the auto industry coming off its worst year in recent history, “the level of excellence found during our annual All-Stars competition was at an all-time high and the competition was strong” said Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of AUTOMOBILE Magazine. “We whittled down a list of thirty-nine finalists to the ten Al

Each year, the editors of Automobile Magazine convene to test, evaluate, and debate the performance, significance, and pure enthusiast appeal of the cars that make the biggest impact.

Holiday Tipping Guide: 2009 Mon, 21 Dec '09 | 12:57 PM ET
Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Everyone's budget is tight this year, but tipping is still expected by those who count it as a considerable part of their income.

Ten Most Influential People on Wall Street Mon, 21 Dec '09 | 11:51 AM ET
Recently, released their ranking of the 25 most powerful people in the world of investment banking, including bank CEOs and star traders operating both on Wall Street and around the globe.During a time of historic transformation in the financial world, these individuals are not only head up some of the most influential companies, but they also in the position to shape the future of finance for years to come.At the top of the list both are familiar and under-the-radar individuals alike, but who h

The list includes the familiar as well as those under the radar, but which ones have the most pull? Click for the top 10!

Largest Bank Failures of 2009 Mon, 21 Dec '09 | 10:43 AM ET
Thirty-six banks have failed this year, up from the , which included Washington Mutual, the largest bank failure in US history. While the banks that have closed this year are not as large as WaMu, there have been some substantial banks that failed with assets in the billions. Click on to find out which of them rank as the 10 largest failures so far in 2009.

So far, 140 banks have failed this year, up from the 25 that shut down in 2008, which included Washington Mutual, the largest bank failure in US history.

The World's Best Places to Spend Christmas Fri, 18 Dec '09 | 4:02 PM ET
Each year,compiles their list of the best places to spend the holiday season.From traditional white Christmas destinations to  locales  that are more off the beaten path, Travel+Leisure  said it  lists places  that  break "the habit of staying home" and will "reward you with a Christmas you’ll never forget." The list includes everything from places that are characterized by rich cultural history to tropical or Southern Hemisphere destinations that flip Christmas on its head with warm weather.So,

From traditional white Christmas destinations to locales that are more off the beaten path, Travel+Leisure said it lists places that will "reward you with a Christmas you’ll never forget."

Government Debt Issuers Most Likely to Default Thu, 17 Dec '09 | 1:35 PM ET
With the recent news surrounding the troubled economies of Greece and Dubai, many have questioned the stability and safety of government debt issued by these countries. But whose debt is really in the worst shape?To answer this question CMA Vision, a subsidiary of the CME Group, has put together its "Sovereign Risk Monitor", which ranks the world’s most volatile sovereign debt issuers according to percent changes in five-year credit default swaps (CDS). The countries are ranked by their cumulati

With the news surrounding the troubled economies of Greece and Dubai, many have questioned the government debt issued by these countries.  But whose debt is really in the worst shape?

The Best Degrees for Next Generation Jobs Wed, 16 Dec '09 | 4:24 PM ET
The Millennial Generation – roughly defined as those currently in their 20s – has been hit particularly hard by today’s struggling economy. The national unemployment rate is in double-digit territory, right at 10.0 percent, but the rate for those in their 20s is even higher – currently standing at 14.8 percent for 20-24 year olds and 10.5 percent for those aged between 25-29.Given the current economic environment, twenty-somethings are experiencing increased anxiety about choosing the right majo

CNBC.com asked Jordan Goldman, CEO of Unigo.com, for his predictions of the hottest sectors and careers for the next generation and which majors can best prepare students to fill these jobs.

2009's Top Selling Video Games ... So Far Tue, 15 Dec '09 | 1:50 PM ET
The year’s not over yet, but the picture of the video game industry’s top selling games is starting to become pretty clear. The NPD Group, which tracks sales of game software, has compiled a list of the most popular games through the end of November.Posted: 15 Dec 2009

The NPD Group, which tracks sales of game software, has compiled a list of the most popular games through the end of November.

Cramer: 10 Stocks to Buy Your Kids in 2010 Mon, 14 Dec '09 | 4:57 PM ET
There's nothing more gratifying than seeing your child's face light up when you give them the perfect present for the holidays. Oh wait, yes there is: Seeing them succeed throughout their whole life! And guess how you make that happen? You teach your kids about money and investing as young as possible, Cramer says. The earlier you start, the better off they will be. So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that cou

So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that could keep on giving – stocks!

Big Business of Illegal Gambling Mon, 14 Dec '09 | 11:15 AM ET
Across the United States, billions are being made outside the law. Illegal gambling may conjure images of mobsters, bookies and threats of violence — and while that underground world still exists — technology has made illegal gambling much more accessible and somewhat less shady. The same computer you use for work or to connect with friends can be used to wager outside the law. It's a thriving illegal business hiding in plain sight.

CNBC Investigates takes you inside the high-stakes world of illegal gambling where some people are cashing in while others face prison terms or even death.

20 Stocks with the Biggest Potential To Drop Fri, 11 Dec '09 | 4:18 PM ET
It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question,  Wall Street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation.After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the  stock is headed. Out of the entire S&P 500, which stocks ar

Out of the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest price drops?  Here's the top 20, according to ThomsonReuters.

Top Sports for Illegal Wagers Fri, 11 Dec '09 | 2:32 PM ET
In the world of illegal gambling, sporting events are far and away the biggest money maker. Literally hundreds of billions of dollars are wagered illegally in the United States on sporting events every year — from the bar-room bookie deals for hundreds, even thousands, of dollars at a time, to the simple Super Bowl office pool (yes, buying that $5 square is illegal in almost every corner of the country), millions of people are in on the action. Click ahead to see the top sports for illegal gambl

In the world of illegal gambling, sporting events are far and away the biggest money maker. Click to see the top sports for illegal gambling.

Most-Downloaded Christmas Songs Fri, 11 Dec '09 | 11:22 AM ET
Radio stations are playing Christmas songs seemingly nonstop, but which ones are consumers actually buying? Since digital downloading is now the most popular way to buy an individual song, we took a look at sales compiled by media measurement company BigChampagne from Apple’s iTunes store. The digital store accounts for 69 percent of the downloaded music market, according to market research group NPD Group. The top ten-list turned out to be a mix of classics and fresh remakes from current artist

The top ten-list turned out to be a mix of classics and fresh remakes from current artists. Check out the top -ten songs for the week ending Dec. 2, 2009.

Holiday Gifts Under $10 - 2009 Thu, 10 Dec '09 | 8:02 AM ET
Price wars and saavy retailers ready to compete on price mean lots of great gifts under $10. Discount retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart have battled over who has the lowest prices on toys, books and DVDs, but this year's deals extend beyond discount stores and include items in home goods, beauty, apparel and technology.“Stores and shoppers were caught off guard last year,” said Ellen Davis, vice president of the National Retail Federation. “This year, retailers really had time on their side

Price wars and saavy retailers ready to compete on price mean lots of great gifts under $10. Here are some great gifts for men, women and kids that won’t drain your bank account.

Eight Exotic Gifts You Can’t Find in a Store Wed, 9 Dec '09 | 12:02 PM ET
is set to sell hundreds of exquisite and exotic items worth tens of millions of dollars in a series of auctions this week in New York City.They range from jewels and sculptures to books and maps. Many are from private collections and have rarely, if ever, been up for bid.The most valuable piece is a 39 carat diamond estimated to be worth as much as $5.5 million.Other highlights include a bronze sculpture of an Egyptian lion-headed goddess known as Wadjet and a six-volume atlas in Latin by Dutch

Christie’s is set to sell hundreds of exquisite and exotic items worth millions of dollars in a series of auctions. Many are from private collections and have rarely, if ever, been up for bid.

In a recession exacerbated by turmoil in the housing market, some areas around the U.S. may finally be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. 2010 "Markets to Watch" reveals local markets that saw their real estate bubble burst but have since experienced month to month price appreciation and more than six months of favorable change: either decreasing year-over-year (YoY) price declines or YoY price gains. With this price data, it is reasonable to suggest that these 12 local markets are at, nea

Some areas around the U.S. may finally be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. So, what are the real estate markets most likely to have hit bottom? Click ahead to find ou

20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop (Q4 2009) Fri, 4 Dec '09 | 4:28 PM ET
It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation.After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed, which is perhaps the best guideline for predi

With data from ThomsonReuters, we took a look at which stocks have consensus estimates farthest above their stock prices (as of market close on 12/4/09).

Companies That Fueled The Tech Bubble Fri, 4 Dec '09 | 3:04 PM ET
From 1998 to 2000, nearly 1,500 technology companies went public, raising $114 billion. That avalanche of capital was laid at the doorstep of countless companies whose busineses would never turn a profit. But that didn't stop them from taking it.

Here are some of the companies most intrinsically linked to growing, and ultimately bursting the tech bubble.

John McAfee's Painful Deal in the Desert Fri, 4 Dec '09 | 2:32 PM ET
When the real estate market began to slide in 2007, it was the high-end that took the brunt of the blow. In an effort to liquidate their dwindling portfolios, many owners sold their multi-million dollar properties at massive losses.

Once holding a fortune in excess of $100 million, the founder of McAfee antivirus software now has an estimated net worth of $4 million, due largely to his real estate losses. Click to see the property he auctioned off in August.

The Best Countries for Expats Thu, 3 Dec '09 | 1:20 PM ET
If you chose to move from your current country of residence, where would be the best place for you to go? That's the question this year's HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2009 is trying to uncover.The report focuses on the experiences of expats and their ease of integration into local society, compared to the country in which they used to live. The rankings are based on a set of 23 criteria measuring quality of life and ease of integration that were answered by over 3,100 expats living in 26 different

If you chose to move from your current country of residence, where would be the best place for you to go? That's the question this year's HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2009 is trying to uncover.

The Decade in Review Wed, 2 Dec '09 | 3:17 AM ET
Like every other decade, the last 10 years were filled with highs and lows. What may make this decade stand out more than others are the extremes.Fresh off the dud that was the Y2K scare, the dot-com bubble hit its height with the takeover of Time Warner by AOL. The Internet-hype-fueled deal led humor website The Onion to predict the eventual buyout of General Motors by BlairWitchProject.com. A decade later, GM declared bankruptcy and has been bailed out by the U.S. government. Meanwhile, Amazon

The world is just starting to emerge from unprecedented turmoil in the financial sector, and, having weathered one of the worst global recessions ever, we take a look back at the last 10 years.

Inside the Mind of Google Mon, 30 Nov '09 | 5:57 PM ET
In less than a decade, Google became one of most powerful technology companies in the world.  The creation of the Google Internet search engine has changedthe way we interact with information, the Internet, and each other. Google's creative business sense, innovation and work culture allow them to dominate the search industry and make it a lucrative business.  Click ahead to look Inside the Mind of Google!

Google's creative business sense, innovation and work culture allows it to dominate the search industry and make it a lucrative business. Click ahead to look Inside the Mind of Google!

Smartphone Guide Fri, 20 Nov '09 | 3:49 PM ET
Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Smartphones are at the top of holiday shopping lists this year, and with so many different models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Check out our guide!

10 Holiday Cocktail Recipes Fri, 20 Nov '09 | 1:51 PM ET
Retailers aren't the only ones with a lot at stake during the holidays. About one-third of all spirits sales are rung up during the last two months of the year, according to the industry's trade group, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Although office parties are getting downsized --or eliminated-- this year, people will still gather and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We asked some of the nation's top bartenders for their suggestions  on  what to serve at holid

We asked some of the nation's top mixologists for their suggestions on what to serve at holiday celebrations. Here are the recipes!

10 Hot Gadgets for the Holidays Fri, 20 Nov '09 | 1:50 PM ET
Even though the economy’s in the dumps, consumer electronics will still top many gift lists this holiday season. If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.

If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.

Jim Goldman's Greatest Gadget Guide 2009 Fri, 20 Nov '09 | 1:42 PM ET
Like sands through the hour glass, so our the shopping days left until Christmas and Chanukah dwindling. So, to wit, here goes my top gadget gifts that you might want to consider for under the tree, under the bush or in the stocking. Some of these aren't brand new, and some are not necessarily revolutionary, but all have crossed my desk over the last several weeks, and these are the ones that caught my eye, and are sure to bring a smile to the faces of those who receive them. So, in no particula

So, to wit, here goes my top gadget gifts that you might want to consider for under the tree, under the bush or in the stocking.

Cramer’s Top 5 Dividend Plays Fri, 20 Nov '09 | 12:50 PM ET
“If I had to pick one attribute that I most like to see in a stock,” Cramer says in his new book, Getting Back to Even, “it’s a safe, sizable dividend.”Once considered stodgy and boring, dividend-paying stocks were used mostly to protect an investor’s portfolio. The regular cash payout helped to balance out losses from other holdings. But these companies took on new meaning after the 2008 crash, at least for Cramer.The declines we saw after the fall of Lehman Brothers gave rise to a group of sto

Dividend-paying stocks were used mostly to protect an investor’s portfolio. But these companies took on new meaning after the 2008 crash, at least for Cramer.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Fri, 20 Nov '09 | 12:55 AM ET
A model gets her hair and make up done before the show.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show attracts a big TV audience every year as millions tune in to gawk at leggy models strutting down the runway in lingerie.

High-End Comic Art Thu, 19 Nov '09 | 11:34 AM ET
The high-end market for original comic art has exploded in the recent years, according to , which is the largest dealer in that market. Since the company began dealing in comic auctions in 2001, the total sale of high-end original comic art—which includes everything from original newsprint strips to original oil paintings, superheros and Peanuts—has roughly doubled, to $9.1 million in 2008.This weekend, the Dallas-based auction house is sponsoring an auction of work by Joe Kubert, artist perhaps

Click for a look at the original comic art illustrations that have fetched the highest auction prices over the years, according to Heritage Auctions.

The Richest Members of the US Congress Tue, 17 Nov '09 | 2:02 PM ET
Recently, the  (CRP) analyzed the financial assets of US lawmakers based on required annual disclosures, and found that there are 237 millionaires in the US Congress.The CRP determines estimated net worth based on some 40 asset and liability categories. Each has a value range, such as $5 million to $25 million. Assets, for instance, include non-government income, asset transactions, spouse's income, gifts and more. Listing of Non-income generating property (including a primary residence) is not

Recently, the Center for Responsive Politics analyzed the financial assets of US lawmakers and found that there are 237 millionaires in the US Congress. Click to see which members are the richest.

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