• Profiled: Illegal Offshore Account Holders Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 8:50 AM ET
    Nearly a half-million Americans have a painful decision to make by Aug. 31 — admit to the IRS that they’ve been hiding secret offshore bank accounts, or take their chances that the government won’t find out and possibly send them to jail. For many, it’s not an easy choice. To take advantage of the amnesty program – the second one it has offered, though the IRS says it will be the last -- the U . S . government is asking account holders to pay a steep penalty: 25 percent of the highest value of t

    So, who are the offshore account holders that have already been caught and how did they operate their tax haven accounts? Click for the details.

  • Off-Grid Getaways Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    The phrase “off the grid” is not yet universally understood. These days, when people say they’re traveling off-grid, they might mean they’re heading somewhere with spotty cell phone coverage. Others use the term even more inaccurately when they mean to say, “off the beaten path.” Off-grid actually means off the electricity grid: i.e., a location that is self-sustaining—it uses solar, wind, hydro or other means of power. But we thought “no Internet/other gadgets” and “secluded” were good qualific

    Off-grid doesn’t have to mean primitive. Although only one of the following destinations brags of having high thread-count sheets, most are still luxurious in scaled-down ways.

  • Highest Grossing Children’s Movies of All-Time Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 1:19 PM ET
    April hasn't been a great month at the U.S. box office. Among the new movies were remake s of the 1981 comedy Arthur and Your Highness, a comedy starring Natalie Portman. Both films opened in wide release with lots of publicity, and they both disappointed at the box office. However, the animated feature Hop, which opened in first place the prior weekend, held the top spot again. It just goes to show, family films are solid business. So, what are the highest grossing children’s films of all time?

    So, what are the highest grossing children’s films of all time? Click to find out.

  • Hidden Costs of Vacation Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 5:42 PM ET
    Vacations always cost more than you think — even if YOU sign up for one of those “all-inclusive” deals.By now, most of us are accustomed to all the airline fees, from extra legroom and exit-row seating to in-flight entertainment, in-flight meals, extra checked luggage and now, apparently, luggage of any kind.But there are a ton of hidden costs that even the adult Girl Scouts among us, who plan for everything, didn’t see coming.“Every traveler wants to stretch their vacation dollars as far as pos

    Vacations always cost more than you think — even if sign up for one of those “all-inclusive” deals. Here are 10 hidden costs of vacation.

  • The Highest Paid CEOs of 2010 Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 1:26 PM ET
    About 80 percent of companies in the S&P 500 have released information on executive compensation. With data from Capital IQ, CNBC.com ranked the highest paid CEOs in 2010. The final figure shows total calculated compensation, which includes salary, bonuses, estimated stock and stock option awards as well as other incentives. Note that the salary breakdown in this report only displays major sources of compensation, whereas other incentives, such as increases in retirement or pension funds are not

    About 80 percent of companies in the S&P 500 have released information on executive compensation. With data from Capital IQ, CNBC.com ranked the highest paid CEOs in 2010.

  • The Best Selling NBA Jerseys 2010-2011 Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
    It's the ultimate NBA popularity contest: the annual list of the league's best selling jerseys. Fans put down their hard - earned cash to support the players they love the most. While some players remain consistently popular there are always surprises who crack the top 10. The NBA’s top-selling jerseys list is based on sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2010-11 NBA season and is the official list released by the league. So, which players wear the best-selling NBA jerseys? Click ahead t

    It's the ultimate NBA popularity contest: the annual list of the league's best selling jerseys. Which players are on the list? Click to find out!

  • 15 Dream Machines for Auto Lovers Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 | 4:59 PM ET
    Fantasy Cars

    For most mortals, super cars, high-performance specialty cars, and ultra-luxury vehicles are the stuff of fantasy. But for a lucky few they are an expensive reality.

  • States with the Healthiest Housing Markets Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 | 3:53 PM ET
    No doubt, some housing markets were hit harder than others during the recession. As a result, the markets less banged up are poised to be the first to bounce back when the housing recovery takes off.“You have some markets where so many things have gone wrong; it’s very difficult for those markets to make a recovery,” said Cameron Findlay, the chief economist at . “Then, there are other markets, where only a couple things have gone wrong. For those markets, there’s still hope of a recovery.”Lendi

    Which US states currently have the healthiest housing markets? Check out our list of the top 10!

  • A Boat for Every Budget Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 | 10:45 AM ET
    When the downturn struck, the tide turned for the recreational boat industry, with boat sales plunging 55 percent from pre-recession levels a record low in 2010. Buyers grew more price conscious and turned to the pre-owned boat market in search of deals. Sales have been strong in the value end of the market, although recovery has been spotty throughout, industry players say. With the boat industry cautiously steering towards recovery, the distress sales and pre-owned boats that flooded the marke

    With the boating industry forced to trim costs and woo a more value conscious consumer, there’s a boat for every budget.

  • World's Highest Tax Rates Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 1:24 PM ET
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has been compiling data on government taxes among OECD countries since 1965. The group's annual report looks at internationally comparative data based on public revenue from *tax contributions as a percentage of gross domestic product for each country, then ranks them based on the highest and lowest overall tax rates.Here, we take a look at the OECD's 2010 report details. Click ahead to see the world's highest tax rates as a percentage of

    Take a look at the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2010 report details and see the world's highest tax rates as a percentage of GDP.

  • Royal Newlyweds' 10 Favorite Brands Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 3:26 PM ET
    On April 29, 2011, Prince William of Wales will marry his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton. Although the excitement doesn’t quite match the all-out frenzy that accompanied the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana 30 years ago, there’s a palpable buzz among fans of the royals as the big day draws near. Both bride and groom are popular subjects for the paparazzi, which means that the cars they drive, the wine they drink and especially the clothes they wear are often in the spotlight. Cl

    Click to see some of the brands that the royal couple has been associated with since they met.

  • Biggest Government Contractors Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    Contracted in 2010: $35.9 billion* Total 2010 revenue: $45.8 billion Contracted in 2011, so far: $15.74 billion  Headquartered Lockheed’s dependence on contracts from the U.S. Government is no secret. The company researches, designs, develops and manufactures satellites, space vehicles, combat aircraft, missile defense systems, aeronautics and intelligence systems, which are essentially out of the scope of non-government consumers. Lockheed’s biggest contracts in 2010 included a $2.51 billion co

    As the U.S. moves closer to the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", big ticket government spending areas like defense programs are likely to be at the center of the debate.

  • Top Tax Filing Errors Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:42 AM ET
    It's inevitable that people make mistakes. We're only human, after all. But if you make a mistake on your annual tax return, it can you time and money. The Internal Revenue Service's processing of your return is slowed down significantly by errors, meaning any refund you might be due will be delayed. To keep that from happening, the IRS recommends double and even triple checking your return — or make it even easier by filing electronically.Click ahead to find out which filing mistakes are the mo

    It's inevitable that people make mistakes. We're only human, after all. But if you make a mistake on your annual tax return, it can you time and money. Here's how to avoid the most common, costly mistakes.

  • In-Law Suites: Finding Space and Income in Your House Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 12:49 PM ET
    Apartments, suites, and cottages added on to a main home as additional living space are nothing new. They can be created from attics, basements, garages, additions, existing space in the home, or as freestanding structures. Many call them in-laws, since they often house an elderly parent; if they're for renters (or illegally built), they're called outlaws; and those ever-colorful bureaucrats call them ADUs (accessory dwelling units). In these post-recessional times, however, the in-law suite has

    Click to see some clever examples of what happens when homeowners turn "this old house" into two homes.

  • Easter Bunny on a Budget Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend an average of $131.04 on their Easter celebration this year, up 10 percent from last year but still off the Easter spending levels of years past. This will bring total spending on Easter merchandise this year to $14.6 billion, the trade group also said. The average person will shell out $18.55 on Easter candy and $8.00 on decorations for their home. For Easter dress, the NRF expects the average person to spend $21.51 on new spring apparel

    To help you stick to your own budget, we’ve gathered up some interesting ideas—all priced less than $25—that aren’t filled with sugar. Click ahead to see them all.

  • The Euro Zone's Worst Government Debt Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 1:05 AM ET
    Price: $4,500 This trike was hand-built by Worksman Cycles--the company that invented the delivery tricycle in 1898 for ice cream vendors—with fabric and colors that were custom designed by Tory Burch. One nice feature: if pedaling along grows tiring, flip a switch and activate a clean-energy electric drive system.

    Global investors have followed every twist in the ongoing debt crisis engulfing the euro zone. See what countries have the most indebted governments, and how their economies are faring.

  • 10 Cities With the Highest Credit Scores Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    The average credit score, one of the best measures of financial responsibility, is finally starting to stabilize, after a steady slide from 2006 to 2009, suggesting consumer belt tightening is starting to work.The national average was 747.10 at the end of 2010, according to  one of the three big credit-reporting agencies. That’s on a scale of 501 to 990.Experian, along with the other major credit-reporting agencies, Equifax and TransUnion, use a system called to determine a person’s credit score

    Credit scores are stabilizing across America but some cities have demonstrated more fiscal discipline than others. Here are 10 cities with the highest credit scores.

  • Notorious Doomsday Prophets Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

    December 21, 2012 -- the end date in the ancient Mayan calendar. Will it bring the Apocalypse? See some of the most notorious prophets and doomsday groups in history.

  • An Economic Tour of Qatar Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    Qatar, an emirate that is slightly smaller in land size than Connecticut, has leapt onto the global economic scene with its vast natural resources, wealth, and relative stability. Ruled by Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani since 1996, it's one of the fastest growing economies in the world, growing by 19.4% in 2010 alone. Executives from several of Qatar’s major corporations as well as government leaders will convene at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City April 6-7, 2011, for the Business & Invest

    So, what should you know about Qatar, and what are some of its key economic characteristics? Click for an economic tour.

  • How Are Rare Earth Elements Used? Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 9:58 AM ET
    Rare earth elements have drawn worldwide attention in recent months, with uncertainty from the world’s largest producer, China, making investors uneasy about products and industries that require these substances. Rare earth elements are a collection of seventeen members of the periodic table, as defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, but the name is somewhat misleading. Composed mostly of members of the Periodic table’s lanthanide series, rare earths are similar in abu

    Click for an element-by-element breakdown of the rare earth elements and how they are used in today’s economy.

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