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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.

U.S. Cities With The Most Underwater Mortgages Mon, 16 Nov '09 | 10:31 AM ET
For individual homeowners, being “underwater” on a mortgage – when a home is worth less than outstanding debt, or has “negative equity” – is one of the worst positions to be in, short of foreclosure., a firm that compiles US real estate and mortgage information, has put together a list of the 156 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negative equity.Included in the data is the “,” which represents the median measure of

For individual homeowners, being “underwater” on a mortgage – when a home is worth less than outstanding debt, or has “negative equity” – is one of the worst positions to be in, short of foreclosure.

Madoff Boat Auction Mon, 16 Nov '09 | 10:28 AM ET
Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff may have loved the high seas as much as he loved deceiving clients of his firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. Madoff owned not one, not two, but three boats, including a luxurious 56-foot yacht named "Bull."

Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff loved the high seas. All his boats were sold at auction by National Liquidators on behalf of the U.S. Marshal's Service. Click to see the images.

How do you know if you have a good financial advisor or a salesperson –someone that is more interested in the sale rather than your financial future?  Too often people have handed their money over to a financial advisor without researching whether they were good or not.  Financial expert, Suze Orman, gives 10 warning signs of a bad financial advisor. 

How do you know if you have a good financial advisor or a salesperson? Financial expert, Suze Orman, gives 10 warning signs of a bad financial advisor.

Cities With the Most Home Price Reductions Thu, 12 Nov '09 | 3:23 PM ET
For the nation's real estate market, home valuations have dropped off dramatically. However, the actual listing prices have not fallen as much, with realtors and sellers clinging onto original valuations, trying to minimize losses on their investments.But reduced prices could significantly increase the chances of a final sale, with homeowners finally choosing to cut their losses and accept a lower price. In a recent report by , the real estate website found that 25.6% of US listings have seen at

For the nation's real estate market, home valuations have dropped off dramatically. So, which US cities have seen the highest proportion of home listings getting price reductions?

10 Video Games on Holiday Wish Lists Thu, 12 Nov '09 | 7:12 AM ET

As you gear up for your holiday shopping, here are the games most likely to be on the wish lists of friends and family.

A Day On The USS Harry S Truman Wed, 11 Nov '09 | 11:44 AM ET
CNBC Producer Lulu Chiang had the rare opportunity to be a guest on the USS Harry S. Truman, home to 3000 sailors. The Truman is the ninth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth in the Nimitz class. It was christened on September 7, 1996 and commissioned July 25, 1998. The Harry S. Truman embarked on its maiden deployment November 28, 2000.

CNBC Producer Lulu Chiang had the rare opportunity to be a guest on the USS Harry S. Truman, home to 3000 sailors. The Harry S. Truman embarked on its maiden deployment November 28, 2000.

Madoff Property Auction Mon, 24 Mar '14 | 2:44 PM ET
From an elegant diamond ring to a 1960 Hofstra class ring. A rare Rolex "Monoblocco" watch to a personalized New York Mets jacket. Luxurious furs to fishing rods. Bernard and Ruth Madoff's personal possessions, seized by the Feds earlier this year, will be auctioned this weekend.Proceeds from the sale will be set aside for victims of Madoff's Ponzi scheme, which unraveled nearly one year ago. Some 200 items up for bid include more than 40 watches, along with numerous bracelets, earrings, cufflin

Luxurious furs to fishing rods. Bernard and Ruth Madoff's personal possessions, seized by the Feds and auctioned off to benefit victims in 2009.

The Evolution of an American Icon Mon, 9 Nov '09 | 12:11 PM ET
The Coca-Cola logo was registered as a trademark in 1893.  The logo has remained the same in Spencerian script.  The only thing that changes is the backgrounds (red on white, white or red, disc, rectangles, etc.)

With 123 years of history marketing brands, slogans, commercials and a worldwide distribution network Coke has made itself the most recognized brand on the planet. Click to see 123 years of evolution!

Hottest Zip Codes for Home Prices Sun, 8 Nov '09 | 11:48 PM ET
US real estate prices have fallen dramatically over the past year, but some parts of the country have managed to buck the trend. A new report, recently released by , highlights places that had the biggest year-over-year price increases during the third quarter. In the case of a tie, the area with the higher average home price was ranked ahead of the other area. So with the real estate market on the mend, what are the country's best performing zip codes this year? Click ahead to find out!

A new report, recently released by Zillow.com, highlights places that had the biggest year-over-year price increases during the third quarter.

Til Debt Do Us Part Fri, 6 Nov '09 | 9:12 PM ET
Take control of your money and your life!  Renowned financial author and Til Debt Do Us part host Gail Vaz-Oxlade takes a tough-love approach to helping couples in a financial crisis to face reality.How can you get out of debt and back on the road to recovery?  Click to see Gail’s 10 Tips To Get Out of Debt.  Saturdays at 10p ET on CNBC

How can you get out of debt and back on the road to recovery?Click to see renowned financial author and Til Debt Do Us Part host Gail Vaz-Oxlade's 10 Tips To Get Out of Debt.

Cramer’s 8 Picks for Cancer's Cure Fri, 6 Nov '09 | 7:58 PM ET
Cancer kills over a half million Americans a year. The disease has touched almost everyone, whether family, friend or someone else in our community who’s been diagnosed. But there are a number of companies on the frontlines of treatment, fighting to find a cure for or, in the very least, extend the lives of those who suffer from cancer.As much as the work is noble, cancer drugs are big business. And the stocks of these firms, Cramer says, can be very attractive investment opportunities. Not only

No doubt the widespread use of solar and wind power is ideal, but it’ll be a long time before the mass adoption of those alternative energies is a reality. In the meantime, Cramer says, the US should shift its focus to natural gas.

Best Cities to Find A Job Fri, 6 Nov '09 | 10:25 AM ET

A new report from employment Web site CareerBuilder.com ranked the top metro areas with the most job postings on the site between January and October 2009. Here's what they found!

Top Clean-Tech Employers Wed, 4 Nov '09 | 3:06 PM ET

Most of the companies are based out of the U.S. but have a presence in the country. Click on to see which companies ranked on top.

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