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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.

The World's Most Competitive Financial Centers Tue, 22 Sep '09 | 2:21 PM ET
Recently released, the Global Financial Centres Index, which was created by  for the city of London, ranks 75 major financial centers in terms of their competitiveness on a global scale.Important factors to gauge a center's competitiveness include people, business environment, infrastructure, market access and general competitiveness, which includes measures such as occupancy costs, tax information and exchange agreements, for a total of 64 instrumental factors.So what are the most competitive g

So what are the most competitive global financial centers? Check out the Global Financial Centres Index and find out!

The World's Best Banks 2009 Wed, 16 Sep '09 | 4:30 PM ET
The global banking industry is a diverse landscape of financial services - consumer, corporate,  investment - but with so many players in the marketplace, which are the best in each segment?To answer this question,  ranked the world's best banks, using both objective and subjective criteria. The objective criteria include growth in assets, profitability, geographic reach, strategic relationships, new business development and product innovation. The subjective ones include equity and credit-ratin

The global banking industry is a diverse landscape of financial services — consumer, corporate, investment — but with so many players in the marketplace, which are the best in each segment?

Want To Be Obama's Neighbor? Fri, 11 Sep '09 | 12:25 PM ET
If you’re looking for a unique piece of real estate, 5040 South Greenwood Avenue in Chicago comes with one rare amenity: the lot is adjacent to President Obama’s private Illinois residence. The home, which is being , a component of Coldwell Banker, will go through a sales process over the next six weeks, during which potential buyers will be reviewed to ensure they are financially capable of purchasing the home. Currently, the owner is offering the property for sale without a determined price ta

If you’re looking for a unique piece of real estate, 5040 South Greenwood Avenue in Chicago comes with one rare amenity: the lot is adjacent to President Obama’s private Illinois residence.

The World's Best Places To Stay Fri, 4 Sep '09 | 2:57 PM ET
Whether it's a hotel in the center of Paris or a luxury camp ground on the Serengeti, there are numerous places to stay in style, but which ones are truly the best? In , a survey of the publication's 32,000 readers was conducted to get a feel for which places could really be called the best in the world.Conde Nast Traveler gave CNBC a look into the top of the top, the accommodations that have the highest overall rankings : Rooms, service, food, location, design and activities. All of the locatio

Whether it's a hotel in the center of Paris or a luxury camp ground on the Serengeti, there are numerous places to stay in style, but which ones are truly the best? In Conde Nast Traveler's 15th annual Gold List, a survey of the publication's 32,000 readers was conducted to get a feel for which places could really be called the best in the world.

For Sale: Madoff's Beach Home Tue, 1 Sep '09 | 5:10 AM ET
The perpetrator of the largest Ponzi scheme in history, Bernard Madoff, has seen a number of his possessions seized by federal officials - his yachts, Manhattan penthouse, Florida mansion... even his NY Mets season tickets - in order to help recoup losses experienced in the wake of his monumental fraud.One of Madoff's more valuable assets, his luxury beach home in Montauk, NY, is  about to be put up for sale by the US Marshals. Just announced today, CNBC decided to take a look into what the Ponz

CNBC decided to take a look into what the Ponzi schemer's life was like at his beach home prior to being nabbed by the authorities. See Madoff's beach home, newly on the market!

The “Great California Garage Sale,” , is selling surplus items from the state government in order to help close a substantial budget deficit.Items for sale have been deemed non-essential, which raises the question, why did California have some of them in the first place? This includes more than 500 vehicles, a range of confiscated items and other unlikely objects you wouldn’t expect to be in government hands.Click ahead to see some of the items in this unique garage sale!

Items for sale have been deemed non-essential, which raises the question, why did California have some of them in the first place?

The World's Safest Banks 2009 Mon, 24 Aug '09 | 9:00 AM ET
In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” are rarely put together. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safe banks?" These rankings are being published first on CNBC.com.For the past 18 years, Global Finance has produced a list of the World’s 50 Safest Banks, and as the markets move away from their March lows, many banks remain a point of market uncertainty, and long-ter

The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safe banks?"

Colleges That Bring The Highest Paycheck Wed, 19 Aug '09 | 4:01 PM ET
Location, prestige, academic reputation and tuition are major factors for students in the college selection process, but post-graduate salary is something rarely considered. Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities. But which undergraduate degrees are most valuable?Recently, released their report on the highest salary potential among the nation’s top colleges, and from this data,

Location, prestige, academic reputation and tuition are major factors for students in the college selection process, but which undergraduate degrees are most valuable? Find out!

Michael Jackson’s Life & Career: The Auction Thu, 13 Aug '09 | 8:29 AM ET
After the untimely passing of Michael Jackson, public interest in the King of Pop’s life, legacy and music were reignited to levels not seen in decades. Prior to his death and to much fanfare, Jackson had planned both a series of concerts and even , reportedly in order to ., the auction house which planned to conduct the original auction of Jackson’s personal assets – a sale which was eventually cancelled due to Jackson’s personal wishes – has put together a new auction of unique Jackson memorab

Juliens Auctions has put together a new auction of unique Jackson memorabilia. What are some highlights from this one-of-a-kind auction? Find out!

Today's Muscle Cars Ripe for Collectors Tue, 11 Aug '09 | 10:24 AM ET
Whether current market and political pressures will ultimately succeed in eliminating powerful American pickups, SUVs and V-8-powered cars from showrooms and roadways entirely or just significantly shrink their number, enthusiasts could soon find their high-horsepower American vehicles of choice relegated to car museums and collectors' garages.The disappearance of the V-8 is unlikely, says Ken Gross, who was director of the Petersen Museum, a world-class automotive collection in Los Angeles. But

Car enthusiasts could soon find their high-horsepower American vehicles of choice relegated to car museums and collectors' garages. Click to see a handful of today's V-8 muscle soon-to-be collectibles.

Top Clunker Trade-Ins and Upgrades Fri, 7 Aug '09 | 1:39 PM ET
The Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act (CARS), aka The Cash for Clunkers program, is intended to help U.S. residents get a $3,500 or $4,500 credit toward purchasing a new, more fuel efficient vehicle when trading in a less fuel efficient vehicle. The hugely popular program quickly exhausted it's $1 billion appropriation in less than a week and the Obama administration quickly acted to add an additional $2 billion to keep the program afloat.Although there are several  a "clunker" vehicle

See the most popular trade-ins and new vehicles purchased under the CARS program, according to the Transportation Dept.

The Great British Beer Festival Fri, 7 Aug '09 | 12:26 PM ET

The 2009 festival is on its way to attracting 66,000 customers over a 4-and-a-half day period, matching its record attendance in 2006.

Even in the face of a global recession, high-end real estate prices remain in the stratosphere. But when taken to the extreme, how high can prices really get?To answer this question, each year Wealth Bulletin publishes a survey of real estate brokers to see which residential street boasts the highest average price tag per square meter. These annual real estate values rise or fall significantly year to year based on local demand, currency fluctuation (values are in US dollars), taxes and other fa

Even in the face of a global recession, high-end real estate prices remain in the stratosphere. But when taken to the extreme, how high can prices really get?

America’s Greenest Universities Wed, 5 Aug '09 | 9:39 AM ET
Colleges across America are making sustainability a priority both in their academic offerings and their campus life. Institutions are doing everything from collecting fryer oil to use in campus vehicles to expanding environmental studies programs. The Princeton Review rated almost 700 colleges and universities from around the country based on their commitment to environmental issues. Institutions were graded on a scale of 60 to 99. The 15 schools in the following slideshow were all awarded a per

Colleges across America are making sustainability a priority both in their academic offerings and their campus life. Here are the 15 greenest.

Coolest Beach Homes Tue, 28 Jul '09 | 8:38 AM ET

If life's a beach, why not live next to one in one of these homes.

The Top 10 Video Games of 2010 Mon, 27 Jul '09 | 9:35 AM ET
This year’s E3 not only gave gamers something to look forward to in the coming months, it also set the stage for what’s promising to be a packed 2010. Dozens of games on display are scheduled for release next year – many of which seem to have potential blockbuster status, based on gaming message board chatter and the lines to see or test play parts of these titles at the show. Beyond this, there were several games that did not have ship dates defined, including “Agent” (from the team behind “Gra

This year’s E3 not only gave gamers something to look forward to in the coming months, it also set the stage for what’s promising to be a packed 2010!

States With The Best & Worst Economies Thu, 23 Jul '09 | 4:24 PM ET
Part of being a top state for business means having a strong economy, which is why each state’s economy played a factor on our overall rankings. Here’s a closer look at the states with the best and worst economies, selected using basic economic indicators and by the number of major corporations located within the state. With that information, each state was given a score out of a possible 314 points, and ranked using those numbers. Click on to see which state economies made the bottom five and w

Part of being a top state for business means having a strong economy, which is why each state’s economy played a factor on our overall rankings.

States with the Most Millionaires Thu, 23 Jul '09 | 12:04 PM ET
annual list of states with the highest percentage of millionaires by population shows the number has decreased nationwide. The study defines millionaire households as those with $1 million or more in investable or liquid assets (excluding sponsored retirement plans and real estate), and found that the number of millionaires in the US declined 14 percent since 2007. This year’s list shows that 5,139,385 American households — 4.46 percent of the total — were defined as millionaires.So, where are

This year’s list shows that 5,139,385 American households — 4.46 percent of the total — were defined as millionaires. So, where are millionaires the most prevalent?

The World’s Most Beautiful Currencies Wed, 22 Jul '09 | 10:57 AM ET
Have you ever been in another country and thought," These folks really have some beautiful money?" Whether it was the colors, the portraits, or the overall design, good looking money is just a little more fun to spend. So, what are the most beautiful currencies in the world? David Standish, author of , shares his comments and top picks. And even though he says the European Single Currency has driven many of the beautiful currency notes into extinction, he says there are still some spectacular no

So, what are the most beautiful currencies in the world? David Standish, author of The Art of Money, shares his comments and top picks.

The Biggest US Welfare States Tue, 21 Jul '09 | 12:51 PM ET
As the recession grinds on and people run out of unemployment benefits, the last safety net is the government's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Though benefits vary by state, TANF provides a maximum of 60 months of coverage throughout a recipient's lifetime.To get an idea of which states pay out the most welfare checks, the  (NCSL) surveyed state governments. Using the most current information, NCSL then compared the total number of recipients of TANF to the overall state

To get an idea of which states pay out the most welfare checks, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) surveyed state governments. what are the biggest US welfare states?

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