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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?

These days, it’s become commonplace for blockbuster movies to draw revenues in excess of $100 or $200 million, sometimes even within the first weekend. As far as box office revenues go, the 10 highest grossing movies of all-time have been released within the past 15 years. But with the ever-depreciating dollar, $100 million today means substantially less than it did even 20 years ago. This begs the question: how would the rankings look if revenues were adjusted for inflation? Recently, , a subsi

Recently, BoxOfficeMojo put out its newest list of all-time US Domestic box office grosses. What are the real highest grossing movies of all time? Click to find out!

Each year,  assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. Mercer compiles information from 143 cities worldwide, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location including housing, transportation, food, entertainment and more.This year’s rankings saw a significant reshuffling from 2008, due largely in part to currency fluctuations and the strengthening of the US dollar, which Mercer uses as the benchmark for comparing costs. This year’s Cost of Living Survey found that Eu

Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. This year’s rankings saw a significant reshuffling from 2008.

The Weirdest Currencies In the World Mon, 6 Jul '09 | 12:31 PM ET
Bored by the same old coin and paper currencies used by most economies? You may be surprised by some of the weirdest currencies around the globe. Recently,  interviewed David Doty, a bank executive from Pennsylvania who has been collecting money from around the world for years. With a massive collection assembled through extensive world travels, Doty prides himself on his stockpile of odd legal tender, some of which are unique to the countries or territories that use them.So, what has this curre

Bored by the same old coin and paper currencies used by most economies? You may be surprised by some of the weirdest currencies around the globe.

A Day at Wimbledon 2009 Fri, 3 Jul '09 | 7:30 AM ET

The Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club, the most famous of all of tennis' grand slam events, had already marked some notable "firsts" before finals.

Best-Selling Fourth of July Fireworks Wed, 1 Jul '09 | 3:17 PM ET
Fireworks are as much a part of 4th of July celebrations as a backyard barbecue or a local parade, but it’s also big business.The fireworks industry has more than doubled both in usage and revenues in the past several years, thanks in part to relaxed laws in many states and changes in federal guidelines, and fireworks are now legal in 45 American states. The  (APA), the industry’s trade association, expects revenues to reach an all-time high of $960 million in 2009, 85-90% of which results from

Phantom Fireworks, the nation’s largest retailer of consumer “backyard” fireworks has provided CNBC insight into the fireworks which are currently their best-selling items.

Hottest States For Green Jobs Wed, 1 Jul '09 | 12:10 PM ET
Over the last decade, green jobs in the US have experienced red-hot growth, according to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts. The Clean Energy Economy report found green jobs grew at a pace nearly two-and-a-half times greater than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, though they remain a tiny part of overall jobs. Pew classifies green jobs as those involved in expanding clean energy production, increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, and conserving n

see which states have the highest percentage of green jobs, the most explosive green-job growth and the highest number of green businesses.

Green Cities of the Future Wed, 1 Jul '09 | 11:19 AM ET
From Brazil to Korea, a whole new generation of sustainable communities is getting built from the ground up all around the world. These 16 cities were selected by the Clinton Climate Initiative to participate in the Climate Positive Development Program, which will provide an open flow of information on green technology. Click ahead to take a look at sustainable cities of the future.

From Brazil to Korea, a whole new generation of sustainable communities is getting built from the ground up all around the world. Take a look at sustainable cities of the future.

Top Destinations For The Wealthy To Reside Wed, 24 Jun '09 | 10:49 AM ET
If you had unlimited wealth, where would you live? That’s the question that the Scorpio Partnership seeks to answer in its “Mobile Wealthy Residency Index.” Looking at everything from economic stability, relative safety and tax rates to education for children and sophistication of culture, the study has identified the destinations which are the most attractive locations to live and work. The study suggests that the destinations that score highly gives insight onto where the mobile wealthy will m

If you had unlimited wealth, where would you live? That’s the question that the Scorpio Partnership seeks to answer in its "Mobile Wealthy Residency Index."

Taste of London Food Festival 2009 Tue, 23 Jun '09 | 7:32 AM ET

Taste is a platform for cost-conscious consumers to get a chance to taste the wares of Michelin-starred chefs for a fraction of the price.

America’s 15 Most Recession-Resistant Cities Mon, 22 Jun '09 | 1:28 PM ET
Some cities have been hit much harder than others during the recession. Cities in California, Florida and Michigan, for instance, have been particularly hard hit, while others have seen their economy grow. In a recent Brookings Institution study, researchers gathered key economic statistics about the 100 largest US metro areas, including employment, home values and Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP). Among the surprising results - 38  metro areas recorded an increase in home values, even though th

Among the surprising results — 38 metro areas recorded an increase in home values, even though the national average declined 6%. So, what are America’s most recession-resistant cities?

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