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  • Tax season is safely behind us, so it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. But if you paid more to the IRS than you feel you should have, maybe it’s also time to start thinking about doing things a little differently. Maybe it’s time to think about living in a state where the tax burden is less than it is where you are now.Some states have low property taxes, low gasoline taxes and low sales taxes. Some have low income tax rates, and some expect not one cent of income tax revenue from its residen

    If you paid more taxes than you feel you should have, maybe you should think about living in a state with a lower tax burden. See which states qualify as American tax havens.

  • Real estate crashes in Spain and Ireland have led to towns that were supposed to be vibrant suburban paradises for young people becoming one of the most obvious testaments to the countries’ boom gone bust. Such modern-day ghost towns have become a familiar landscape around Spain and Ireland, abandoned shells left to slowly decay.The property boom in Spain has left an estimated 1.5 million unsold new homes. That doesn't count developments where building simply stopped. There are more than 33,000

    Modern-day ghost towns have become a familiar landscape around Spain and Ireland. And as house prices continue to fall and unemployment keeps rising, it may be years before these towns show signs of life.

  • A national holiday for more than 80 countries worldwide, International Workers Day, also known as “May Day,” is a celebration of the global labor movement. Around the turn of the 20th century, the movement saw the establishment of an eight-hour workday and an improvement in workers rights. Around the globe, May Day has traditionally seen organized demonstrations and marches attended by working-class individuals and unions to press for workers’ rights. This year, the May Day celebrations have a n

    International Workers Day, also known as “May Day,” is a celebration of the global labor movement. The following is a sampling of this year’s May Day events in major countries.

  • Whether or not the stock market continues to rally, Jim Cramer recommends investors seek the protection of stocks with serious dividends. After all, if the stock market falls and the economy worsens, dividend-paying stocks will pay investors to wait until things get better. The "Mad Money" host especially likes “accidental high-yielders” — the stocks with small payouts that wouldn’t ordinarily offer high yields. Because of downward pressure in the markets, which has hurt their share prices, thos

    We pulled together a list of Cramer's favorite dividend plays. Read on and pick one or two for your portfolio. They could offer just the kind of defense that you need.

  • A Wal-Mart bribery scandal, a Federal Reserve meeting, Ben Bernanke holds a press conference, Lloyd Bankfein gives a rare interview, Spain gets a downgrade, the Netheralnds falters, and earnings, earnings, earnings. It’d be easy to miss a story here or there amid all the major headline hubbub; even stories with some long range import. Here we’ve assembled some of those under-the-fold stories that caught the attention of a fair number of readers, but not on the scale of the major headlines of the

    Here we’ve assembled some of those under-the-fold stories that caught the attention of a fair number of readers, but not on the scale of the major headlines of the day.

  • What would professional sports be without trash talking, grudges, beefs and rivalries? For some, feuds are as integral to spectator sports as the game itself, and sometimes, a contentious situation between star athletes, their coaches and team owners is as enthralling as the score, and can create additional interest in the main event.Some sports feuds are legendary, such as Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens; Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier; John Rocker and the entire city of New York. Some feuds starte

    For some, feuds are as integral to spectator sports as the game itself. Read ahead to see which recent sports feuds have been exciting, thrilling and explosive.

  • Just as counties are made up of more than towns and cities, the income of county residents depends on more than the local businesses. What follows are the 10 richest counties in America, according to the Average Income by County report from the Census Bureau, which includes the average annual household income from 2006-2010. These counties don’t just contain Fortune 500 business headquarters (though some of them do), and it’s not just the acres of upscale retail that at least one county has that

    Check out the 10 richest counties in America, according to the Average Income by County report from the Census Bureau, which includes the average annual household income from 2006-2010.

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    It’s the ultimate National Basketball Association popularity contest: The annual list of the league’s best-selling jerseys!

  • Warehouse clubs are more than just about stocking up on paper towels and shampoo. Amidst the pallets of super-sized sodas and snacks, they also carry their share of luxury items for that can’t-stop-myself splurge. For example, handbags, and have been known to grace Costco’s shelves over the years.In some cases, the warehouse clubs partner with high-end brands to offer its members exclusive products at discounted prices. However, some retailers may also obtain items through gray-market buying — a

    The selection of luxury goods in warehouse stores varies from region to region and store to store. Click ahead to see luxury items at warehouse clubs that may have you reaching for your wallet.

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    Click through the slideshow to see which American companies are not only resilient, but also often pay a juicy dividend, too.

  • Given the pace of global growth, experts say crude oil prices are higher than they should be – largely the result of concern Iran might close the Strait of Hormuz in its showdown with the U.S. and E.U. over the expansion of its nuclear program.Like Iran, some of the world’s other biggest oil producers can be subject to unpredictable and unstable political events, causing price shocks. Such was the case during the 2011 civil unrest in Libya. At the time, Libya was the 17th largest oil-producing c

    Big movements in the price of oil can have significant effects on the economy, and countries with the most oil within their borders are set to benefit, as demand for crude continues to rise.

  • China overtook the U.S. in 2009 to become the world’s largest auto market with car sales surging a whopping 46 percent that year.Since then, China's auto sales have softened considerably with growth of just 5.2 percent in 2011. The country saw 14.5 million car sales last year, about 2 million more than the U.S. This year, analysts forecast car sales will grow around 10 percent.

    This week the world's top auto executives have been gathering in China for the Beijing auto show. We’ve put together photos of new models and concept cars introduced at the event.

  • As baseball players are traded, bought or signed as free agents, they leave behind homes and need new ones. Consequently real-estate markets from Boston to San Diego become  awash each Spring with high-end homes for sale belonging to departing and arriving Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves. Not all players’ homes are mansions and penthouses—the following properties owned by  300-300 club members, Hall of Famers, and a 12-time All-Star and a 21-season veteran include at least one ranch house. But all

    As baseball players are traded, bought, or signed as free agents, they leave behind homes and need new ones. Click ahead to see some of these high-profile houses.

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    U.S. exports are almost certain to hit a record high in 2012, remaining one of the anchors of the nation’s economic recovery. See the list of busiest land, water, and air trade hubs.

  • Global property markets have had a forgettable last year, with prices rising a paltry 0.5 percent, leading to gloomy forecasts for the current year as well. But over the past five years beginning 2006, property prices have registered huge gains sparking fears of an asset bubble and concerns over the impact of high household debt.We've put together a list of the world's 10 hottest property markets based on research by global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, which ranks countries according to

    We've put together a list of the world's 10 hottest real estate markets. Find out which countries have seen house prices skyrocket.

  • It was a news-filled week for the markets and the business world in general; the return of volatility in the markets, some worrisome news for the world’s most famous investor, oil price spikes and the end of tax season. Some stories were major market movers, while others you may have missed. Click ahead to see what we believe are the more significant business events of the past week.

    It was a news-filled week; some stories were major market movers, while others you may have missed. Click ahead to see what we believe are the more significant business events of the past week.

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