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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.

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 (as of market close on 10/16/09).

Most Impressive Golf Homes Thu, 15 Oct '09 | 4:11 PM ET
For most Americans, a day of golf requires a trip to their favorite links, but for the most dedicated golf enthusiasts, owning a home with a course in their back yard is the only way to go. For those with the deepest pockets, some of the most exquisite golf homes allow them to live a golf fantasy to the fullest.Recently, real estate website  surveyed realtors and listings across the country to find the most spectacular golf homes in the country and created their top 10 list. From spectacular hom

Recently, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com surveyed realtors and listings across the country to find the most spectacular golf homes and created their top 10 list. Check out the photos!

10 Curious Game-to-Movie Conversions Thu, 15 Oct '09 | 3:30 PM ET
There’s a reason Hollywood relies so heavily on the gaming world for film ideas. While the hit to miss ratio skews towards misses, when a game-based film hits, it hits big. "For example, Paramount made over $430 million by having Angelina Jolie shimmy into Lara Croft’s short-shorts in 2001 and 2003. And it made another $1.5 billion from films based on the “Transformers.”But some of the board- and video games (and toys) that studios are tapping for upcoming films are just downright baffling.

There’s a reason Hollywood relies so heavily on the gaming world for film ideas. While the hit to miss ratio skews towards misses, when a game-based film hits, it hits big.

The Last Dow 10,000: How the World Has Changed Wed, 14 Oct '09 | 1:08 PM ET
With the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossing the 10,000 point mark for the first time since 2008, we wanted to take a peek back in time to compare what America was like the very first time the Dow crossed 10,000 mark (March 29th, 1999) to today.What were some of the most cutting-edge products, who was the highest paid athlete, and what were the hottest topics buzzing around the internet? For these and more comparisons, check out the following slideshow!

The first time the Dow hit 10,000 it was 1999. What did the world look like then? What were the hottest gadgets? The hottest stars?See what the world looked like — then and now.

Biggest Dividend Yields of the S&P 500 Wed, 14 Oct '09 | 8:26 AM ET
Especially in volatile times, dividends can be a way for investors to more effectively safeguard returns.  Many publicly held corporations pay out a portion of their  earnings to shareholders, giving investors a payback whether the stock price goes up or down.  Cramer's Rule Number Four in his "" calls these "buffers."Calculated as a percentage of share price, dividends have the potential to be cut or changed and yields vary as share prices fluctuate. For the purposes of this report, dividend yi

Especially in volatile times, dividends can be a way for investors to more effectively safeguard returns. So, what are the biggest dividend yields on the S&P 500? Click ahead to find out!

America's Greenest Companies: 2009 Tue, 13 Oct '09 | 3:56 PM ET
The Carbon Disclosure Project has been tracking the carbon footprint of S&P-500 members since 2003. This year, for the first time, its report ranks companies based on their plans and actions taken to reduce emissions. (Past surveys it focused on relative disclosure.) This year, 332 companies responded to the voluntary survey, vs. 321 a year ago This year, the project actually applied a performance metric, but since it is a pilot program has opted not to release specific scores. Instead, it has r

The Carbon Disclosure Project has been tracking the carbon footprint of S&P-500 members since 2003. We've also included their total 2008 emissions where available.

Top States For Solar Power Mon, 12 Oct '09 | 4:00 AM ET

The states that are generating the most power from the sun are not always the sunniest.  Here are the top ten along with information on recent solar developments.

Countries with the Most FDI Thu, 8 Oct '09 | 7:18 PM ET
Foreign direct investment (FDI) has traditionally been defined as a physical investment into a country from a foreign entreprise - like the construction of an industrial building - but is also recognized as large-scale, long-term investment outside an investor's domestic economy. In this case, investors are most often multi-national corporations and investment firms.Following the global economic crisis, the amount of investment capital shrank, with total global FDI inflows falling from the all t

So, which countries boast the biggest amount of foreign direct investment? Click to find out!

Million Dollar Home Price Reductions Thu, 8 Oct '09 | 6:05 AM ET
America's real estate market has had a rough ride over the past two years, with home valuations dropping and foreclosure rates on the rise, but how big can these drops really be?Recently, Trulia.com released their "October Price Reduction Report," which highlights some of their high-end listings that have dropped significantly in price, in excess of $1 million. The report also found that 25.6% of all homes on the market as of Oct 1 have experienced at least one price cut, with the total amount o

America's real estate market has had a rough ride over the past two years, with home valuations dropping and foreclosure rates on the rise, but how big can these drops really be? Find out!

Favorite Wall Street Whipping Boys Wed, 7 Oct '09 | 1:20 PM ET
Throughout the financial crisis, New York-based artist Geoffrey Raymond has been hard at work creating portraits of controversial Wall Street figures. When a painting is completed, Raymond exhibits them in front of Manhattan’s key financial venues, inviting people – with pen in hand - to write their thoughts directly onto the canvas.  Over the past year, Raymond’s paintings have offered a venue for the public to vent their anger.We asked Raymond for a selection of his paintings for which he has

Throughout the financial crisis, New York-based artist Geoffrey Raymond has been creating portraits of controversial Wall Street figures. See select portraits of Wall Street Whipping Boys!

How much can $1 million buy you in today’s real estate market? The answer, of course, varies greatly depending on where you’re looking to buy. With the real estate market being so tumultuous over the past several years, the question of 'when' you're looking to buy is almost as important.CNBC has canvassed 19 real estate markets around the country, from New York City and Los Angeles to Omaha and Anchorage to get a picture of how diverse local real estate markets across the country really are, and

CNBC surveyed 19 markets from New York City and Los Angeles to Omaha, Nebraska and Anchorage, Alaska, to illustrate the great differences in purchasing power then and now.

40 Years of Summer Olympic Cities Fri, 2 Oct '09 | 11:22 AM ET
The selection of Olympic host cities can transform a metropolitan area, placing the city in the international forefront for weeks while at the same time mobilizing billions of dollars in investments and tourist activity.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) follows a two-stage selection process, where cities apply for consideration, from which the IOC votes on candidate cities from the applicant pool. For the 2016 games, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro are front runners, and are being considered

The selection of Olympic host cities can transform a metropolitan area. Click for 40 years of Olympic host cities, and the other candidates that were up for selection!

20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop (Oct 2009) Thu, 1 Oct '09 | 12:42 AM 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 9/30/09).

Central Banker Report Cards 2009 Mon, 28 Sep '09 | 9:30 AM ET
The influence of the world's central bankers has never been more pronounced than during the global economic crisis when these captains of monetary policy had the daunting task of preventing a total financial collapse. But which central bankers have most effectively combated economic issues to avoid disaster? Who should have done things differently? recently graded 31 central bank chiefs in its "Central Banker Report Cards 2009" series based on their performance in confronting problems and creati

Global Finance Magazine recently graded 31 central bank chiefs in its "Central Banker Report Cards 2009" based on their performance. Here's a look at 15 key bankers and how they scored.

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