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  • World's Most Expensive Places To Live 2011 Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:35 PM ET
    Each year, assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live to help multinational corporations determine compensation allowances for expatriate employees, using New York as the base reference city. Mercer compiles information from 214 cities worldwide, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, entertainment, and more. “The world witnessed an incredible number of natural disasters and political upheavals that have all affected t

    Which cities are the world’s most expensive cities to live in? Mercer Consulting assembled its ranking of the most expensive places to live. Check out the list.

  • Airline Firsts That Changed the Industry Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:32 PM ET
    When the Wright Brothers successfully launched their airplane from the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C., on a chilly day in December, 1903, they likely never imagined the enormous global industry that would follow.In 2010, commercial airline industry revenues topped $554 billion and are forecast to hit $598 billion in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association. The growth over the last 108 years has been enormous, and so have the changes. Some were born of necessity, others of

    Here, we take a look at the evolution of air travel: the good, the bad and the inbetween — they're all "firsts" that changed the industry.

  • The Greatest Trades of All Time Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 9:11 AM ET
    Since the formation of the New York Stock Exchange in 1792, there have been players in various financial and commodity markets have made vast sums of money for themselves and investors. Some are able to keep their winning streak going perpetually whilst others get lucky once, only to lose it all. Regardless of whether you agree with their trades or not, the following list of people showcases some of the greatest trades in the business. My book, (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), goes over in full detail

    Since the formation of the NYSE in 1792, players in various financial and commodities markets have made vast sums of money. Check out our list of the greatest trades of all time.

  • World's Best International Airlines Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 9:55 AM ET
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    Don't expect cramped seats or endless delays on these flights. These airlines were ranked as the world's best.

  • The 10 Most Expensive Cars to Own Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 5:49 PM ET
    In 1970, Janis Joplin sang “Oh  Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?” When she did, it’s unlikely that she had thought through the full implications of her request, and it was a good bet that she had failed to take into account the total cost of owning such a vehicle. What about gas mileage? What about the cost of repairs or insurance, not to mention depreciation and taxes?Anyone considering the purchase of a new automobile has to think about more than just the sticker price, and ask how much

    Anyone considering the purchase of a new automobile has to think about more than just the sticker price, and ask how much the car is going to cost them to own.

  • Apocalypse, Wow: Disaster Ready Homes Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
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    When the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse approach, to where will you retreat? Here are home with differing styles of disaster preparedness.

  • BMW Art Cars Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 3:25 PM ET
    When race car driver and auctioneer Herve Poulain asked his friend, artist Alexander Calder, to paint the BMW 3.0 CLS that he would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race, it was the beginning of a truly gorgeous concept: the BMW Art Car Collection. The German automaker responded quickly to the enormous public enthusiasm surrounding Calder’s art-on-wheels, deciding to establish the Art Car Collection. Since then, BMW has invited varying artists to contribute their considerable talents to the co

    BMW has invited varying artists to contribute their considerable talents to the BMW Art Car Collection over the years. Click to see the artists’ touches on 17 priceless BMWs.

  • Twelve Movies About NASA Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:28 AM ET
    This July, the agent of American space exploration better known as NASA, will launch its last shuttle - marking the final flight for the 30-year program, and quite possibly, the end of an era in film. Worlds beyond our own have served as fodder for a national fascination, most dramatically reflected on the silver screen. Since the first American went into space, filmmakers as well as audiences have embraced the astronaut-as-hero narrative in present, future, and even animated forms. Starting in

    Have we lost our connection to the cosmos? Click back in time to see 12 movies that chronicle our story of space.

  • Top Ad Campaigns of the 20th Century Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    As the old adage goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Nothing could be truer when it comes to advertising. Great ads can yield dramatic results, but if the product quality isn't there, well, that horse won't be pulling out the platinum card anytime soon. Still, great ad campaigns can be revolutionary. They can change the way people live their daily lives — for better or for worse. By its own admission, AdAge refers to its selection of the top advertising campaigns o

    Great ad campaigns can be revolutionary. They can change the way people live their daily lives—for better or for worse. Here we celebrate the Top 10 advertising campaigns of the 20th century.

  • Cramer: Buy This, Not That  Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 9:32 AM ET
    Sage investors know the importance of a diversified portfolio. By selecting stocks across a variety of industries, investors minimize potential losses should a certain sector fall onto hard times. Just as important, though, is picking the right stock and that’s where Jim Cramer comes in. Asked by “Mad Money” viewers to comment on the following stocks, Cramer said there may be better opportunities elsewhere. In other words, he recommends investors “Buy This, Not That.” Click ahead for Cramer’s pr

    Asked by “Mad Money” viewers to comment on the following stocks, Cramer said there may be better opportunities elsewhere. In other words, he recommends investors “Buy This, Not That.”

  • The 10 Highest Momentum Stocks Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 4:57 PM ET
    There are a number of stocks that have seemed to defy gravity in recent weeks, shooting to 52-week highs beating the broader market returns significantly with an about 4.5 percent gain for the Dow & S&P and a 7.8 percent gain for the NASDAQ, our momentum plays are up 13% or better. To identify these momentum companies, CNBC.com screened for stocks showing the greatest upward price movement since the market turning point during the week of 6/20, with a focus on those companies trading at new 52-w

    So, which stocks have had the greatest short-term momentum in today’s market? Click to find out!

  • Highest-Grossing Space Movies Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 4:33 PM ET
    On July 8, 2011, the crew of the Space Shuttle  will suit up, strap themselves in and bring supplies to the International Space Station. This is the last time the shuttle will ever leave the Earth’s atmosphere. Some 26 years after its Oct. 3, 1985, maiden launch from the Kennedy Space Center, it will be retired for good, and with that NASA’s Space Shuttle program will come to an end.After  is decommissioned, it will take its place in the Kennedy Space Center as part of an exhibit opening in 2013

    CNBC.com collected the domestic gross of movies about space travel, using data from BoxOfficeMojo.com. See the list of highest-grossing space movies!

  • Floating Homes Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    First, let’s distinguish floating homes from houseboats. “A 'floating home' is a legally-permitted structure, with no means of self-propulsion, which occupies a permanent berth and is subject to property taxes,” according to the . They’re basically on concrete barges, so occupants don’t experience much movement.So how do landlubbers come to live on the water? For Amanda Pleva, the opportunity to live in one such home came through a friend who lives in the community at Waldo Point in Sausalito, C

    See a selection of West Coast floating homes curated by Zillow.com, and presented in order from least expensive to most.

  • Highlights from Paris Fashion Week 2011 Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
    Fashion lovers gathered in Paris this week for the haute couture fall/winter 2011 presentations, which run from Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 7. The event shows collections from iconic designers like Valentino, Giorgio Armani Prive, Givenchy or Jean-Paul Gaultier and concludes fashion celebrations that traveled to cities such as New York, London and Milan in the first half of the year. For the first time in 15 years, the Christian Dior show did not feature John Galliano, the British designer

    Fashion lovers gathered in Paris this week for the haute couture fall/winter 2011 presentations. Click for highlights.

  • The Most Collectible BMWs Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 | 4:05 PM ET
    Over the years, BMW has established a reputation as one of the most creative and prestigious car manufacturers in the industry, while also gaining a highly collectible brand along the way. Many of “The Ultimate Driving Machine” models have attained values seldom seen in the collectible auto world.Click ahead to see the most collectible BMWs of all time.

    Many of “The Ultimate Driving Machine” models have attained values seldom seen in the collectible auto world. See the most collectible BMWs of all time.

  • 25 Things Every Wall Street Intern Should Know Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 | 1:52 PM ET
    Now that Fourth of July weekend is behind us, the summer is in full swing, your interns are finally getting settled in. In fact, they've probably adjusted to the good-natured hazing they've experienced on the trading desk — like testing their resourcefulness by asking . Perhaps the time is right to sit them down for a little heart-to-heart chat about the perils and opportunities that lie ahead of them. With a little time and effort, you can be their Virgil in Wall Street's underworld: The Intern

    Now that Fourth of July weekend is behind us the summer is in full swing, your interns are finally getting settled in. Here are 25 things every Wall Street intern should know.

  • World's Biggest Gambling Nations Monday, 4 Jul 2011 | 9:03 PM ET
    Mention gambling and glitzy images of Las Vegas come to mind. But you'll be surprised to know Americans are not the world's biggest gamblers. In fact, the world’s biggest gambling nations include plenty of unlikely candidates.The rankings are based on data from , a consultancy based in London. They take into account average gaming losses (the amount bet and never recovered) in a year divided by the adult population in over 200 countries. The numbers include money lost on all types of betting inc

    The world’s biggest gambling nations include plenty of unlikely candidates. Read on to find out the countries with the biggest losers and the boldest gamblers.

  • The Best Books for Summer 2011 Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 9:54 AM ET
    Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains or to far-away lands, summer is a great time to kick back and relax. And there’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of what we think are this summer’s best reads. From a rock and roll star’s tell all, to loving the rat race, to rage in the Middle East, it’s an eclectic group selected to inspire, teach and amuse. So, click ahead and get reading!

    There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of what we think are this summer’s best reads. Check out the list!

  • Most Ticketed Cars Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | 5:38 PM ET
    Does what we drive affect how we drive? That’s the question posed by , an analytics company that works with auto insurers. Quality Planning ranked the vehicles most likely to be ticketed, based on the number of moving violations issued for each 100,000 miles driven. The resulting top ten of the list contains a few predictable entries, but it’s not entirely comprised of flashy red sports cars.But before we begin the list of the worst behaved vehicles, a rundown of the good guys. The top five “cau

    Quality Planning ranked the vehicles most likely to be ticketed, based on the number of moving violations issued for each 100,000 miles driven. See what they found.

  • Comeback Athletes Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | 4:41 PM ET
    On June 29, 2011, news broke that Tiger Woods had secured an endorsement deal with Kowa Company Ltd., the Japanese manufacturer of Valentin Kowa pain relieving heat rub. It’s his first deal since the very embarrassing sex scandal that broke in December 2009 and cost him his marriage, his squeaky-clean image and four of his sponsors. When news of his personal troubles spilled into the public eye, Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade terminated their sponsorship deals with him, and Gillette allowed their

    Click ahead to see the athletes who defied logic and came back to their respective sports after conventional wisdom pronounced their careers dead and buried.

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