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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.

The European Union's former communist members spooked the West earlier this year, when some investors and analysts believed their crumbling economies could send shockwaves through the system and even sink the EU.The International Monetary Fund and the EU have pumped billions of euros in Central and Eastern European countries to alleviate the pain of the crisis, but their economies are still suffering. Click ahead to see what they expect for this year.

The International Monetary Fund and the EU have pumped billions of euros in Central and Eastern European countries, but their economies are still suffering.

The World's Most Secretive Tax Havens Mon, 2 Nov '09 | 5:21 PM ET
Recently, the (TJN), an independent organization dealing with the analysis of tax and regulation, released their "Financial Secrecy Index," which ranks the world's most secretive tax havens.The level of financial secrecy provided by tax havens, which TJN argues is a key component of jurisdictions competing to attract financial flows, is ranked by 12 qualitative measures (opacity score) such as laws, regulations and international treaties as well as quantitative measures (weighted score) which ta

The Tax Justice Network released their "Financial Secrecy Index," which ranks the world's most secretive tax havens. So, what are the world's most secretive tax havens?

Wines to Bring to a Holiday Meal Mon, 2 Nov '09 | 4:05 PM ET
Which wines to bring - or serve - with a holiday meal? It's a question that plagues many at this time of year when plans for turkey, ham and root vegetables conquer your to do list. Choosing which wine pairs well with what is being baked, roasted or frosted can compel one to reach for the boxed Franzia. No worry. We've consulted a handful of wine and food experts to do the work for us.Click ahead and read which wines experts like Royal wine advisor Jancis Robinson and Wine TV creator Gary Vayner

See which wines experts like Royal wine advisor Jancis Robinson and Wine TV creator Gary Vaynerchuk recommend for your holiday soiree.

London Fashion Week Fri, 30 Oct '09 | 7:12 AM ET

Held at the iconic Somerset House in London's West End, the catwalk shows and exhibitions highlighted the UK's place in the global fashion landscape along with featuring new talent.

Biggest Executive Bonuses of the Past Decade Thu, 29 Oct '09 | 12:57 PM ET
Executive compensation - particularly bonuses - has been the source of much fury both on Capitol Hill and on Main Street. The Obama administration has also set it sights on these pay packages, most recently by cracking down on executive compensation at bailed-out firms. Given the attention being paid to multi-million dollar paydays, CNBC.com enlisted the help of , an executive compensation research firm, to find out which executives received the most massive bonus payouts of the decade.Equilar l

CNBC.com enlisted the help of Equilar, an executive compensation research firm, to find out which executives received the most massive bonus payouts of the decade. Check out what they found!

Cramer’s Top 10 Natural Gas Stocks Wed, 28 Oct '09 | 3:46 PM ET
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. Emitting 30% fewer carbon-dioxide emissions than oil and 40% less than coal, nat gas is a much cleaner commodity than its two dirty cousins. And the US is sitting on a ton of it: a potential 2 quadrillion cubic feet or more. The drilling company Chesapeake Energy alon

No doubt the widespread use of solar and wind power is ideal, but Cramer says the US should shift its focus to natural gas. Here are Cramer's top ten natural gas stocks.

Cramer's 5 Breakout Regional Bank Stocks Sun, 25 Oct '09 | 6:12 PM ET
Banks historically have been the best-performing stocks after a financial crisis. That’s right, even though the Western financial system teetered on the brink of collapse, Cramer still recommends buying these companies. But not all of them. In his newest book, Getting Back to Even, he’s largely focused on just the strong, regional outfits in position to take share from their weaker rivals.Why the regionals? Because this is exactly the group that did so well coming out of the savings-and-loan cri

In his newest book, "Getting Back to Even," Cramer’s largely focused on just the strong, regional outfits in position to take share from their weaker rivals.

Top Buyers of Failed U.S. Banks Fri, 23 Oct '09 | 4:11 PM ET
When a U.S. bank fails, it is up to the FDIC to ensure the stability of the failed bank's assets and deposits so that customers won't lose out when their bank of choice goes under.To do this, the FDIC can either arrange for the sale of the failed bank's assets to an existing financial institution or directly pay out the failed bank's deposits, as long as they fall within the FDIC's insurance limits. The former "Purchase and Assumption Method" is most commonly used, but requires the FDIC to find

So, which institutions have bought the most failed U.S. banks? Click to find out!

Highlights from the Tokyo Motor Show 2009 Fri, 23 Oct '09 | 3:17 PM ET
It was an 'electric parade' at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show as many auto manufacturers announced plans to enhance their line up of electric cars. CNBC Asia Pacific was on-the-ground covering the event this week and the team took snapshots of the new concept cars that are set to drive the green revolution.

CNBC Asia Pacific was on-the-ground covering the event this week and the team took snapshots of the new concept cars that are set to drive the green revolution.

Collectible Wines: Money In A Bottle Fri, 23 Oct '09 | 11:21 AM ET

Some investors have a taste for alternatives, such as collectible wine. Here are some examples of rare and specialty wines that have captured collectors' attention.

Hedge Fund Homes at a Discount Thu, 22 Oct '09 | 3:45 PM ET
With housing at the forefront of the financial crisis, the high-end market is not immune. The national drop in home values and turmoil in the stock market have combined to put homes that were once highly attractive to the ultra-rich, such as hedge fund titans, in lower demand.However, in the face of multi-million dollar price reductions, these homes are beginning to offer potentially profitable (and in the mean time, prestigious) investments. With information from , these lavish homes in close p

These lavish homes are typical of the Wall Street elite, and are also examples of some of the most significant price drops in the area over the past several months.

Which Country Gets the Most Vacation Days? Thu, 22 Oct '09 | 10:48 AM ET
Ever wish you had more vacations days? For workers in some countries, the amount of vacation days they are required to receive nearly double that of countries in the lower ranges.According to a recent survey from Mercer Consulting, Brazil and Lithuania have the most overall vacation days, while the US and Canada are among the countries mandating the fewest. The numbers include both minimum mandatory days off, as well as public holidays. Since these numbers vary and only represent minimum levels,

Ever wish you had more vacation days? Check out our list of countries where employees receive the most vacation days.

The Globalization of Health Care Wed, 21 Oct '09 | 3:01 PM ET
While the government battles over a health care plan, many companies are taking matters into their own hands - finding solutions that they hope will bring their employees high quality medical care  substantial savings to their bottom line.  One such solution - sending workers overseas for major medical care, a burgeoning field known as "international surgical travel" or "medical tourism."

While the government battles over a health care plan, many companies are taking matters into their own hands.

Slideshow: Where Are They Now? Tue, 20 Oct '09 | 1:30 PM ET
In the past two years, powerful figures in both Washington and Wall Street became household names as the crisis deepened, markets and corporations struggled to survive and the federal government took drastic steps to save the economy. Whether they had a crucial hand in the crisis or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time may not be clear for years. Now, one year after the roughest stretch for the U.S. economy since the Great Depression, these financial titans have either stepped out of

A year after the roughest stretch for the U.S. economy since the Great Depression, these financial titans have either stepped out of the spotlight or come to the end of their careers.

Most Expensive Colleges Mon, 19 Oct '09 | 2:08 PM ET
As any parent knows, college can cost a small fortune.Here's the ten most expensive for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to 's annual list. The campus news Web site uses tuition and room and board information that the colleges make public. The schools ranked are four-year undergraduate colleges and excludes junior colleges and music conservatories. That said, click on to see the top ten.

As any parent knows, college can cost a small fortune. Here's the ten most expensive for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to CampusGrotto's annual list.

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