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  • The career of a professional athlete on the field doesn’t last forever. The shrewd ones know that, and for those who want their money to work for them beyond age 40, having a solid plan B is of paramount importance. So they start thinking about ways to invest their money wisely to make it last a lifetime.Often, athletes will put their money back into sports. After hanging up his jersey, Michael Jordan invested his money in the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, and although LeBron James is still

    By now, most people have gotten the memo that there’s money to be made in technology, including professional athletes. Check out the athletes who have chosen the tech sector as their next arena of competition.

  • Rare and beautiful, exotic animals have spurred an illegal trade worth more than $10 billion worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Foundation. Live animals fuel an illegal pet trade, while products made from exotic animals, such as medicines and ivory carvings, can fetch large sums in the underground market. Given the possibility of enormous profits, smugglers use inventive methods to get live animals and their products inside U.S. borders. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service battles t

    From air, land and sea, these 12 examples show the risks smugglers will take in the hunt for large profits.

  • Thirty years ago, clothing existed in two worlds. One of fashion, where opulent designers like Christian Lacroix created crinoline-filled ball gowns covered in ornate tapestries. And one of retail, where practical garments were sold at affordable prices for reasonable people.Then the ‘90s happened, and fashion became more than a playground for those who could afford couture gowns. French luxury conglomerate LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and PPR (which owns Gucci, Balenciaga, Stella McCartne

    Today, fashion is a $500 billion-plus industry, with the potential to make a lot more: particularly in emerging Asian markets. See who is currently setting the trends...and cutting the deals.

  • A gated community situated between North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, Calif., counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Google. While North Lake Tahoe is a four-hour drive from the Silicon Valley, Martis Camp serves as a year-round second-home getaway. The homes have rustic touches and incorporate rugged materials, but the community members are not exactly roughing it. The luxury mountain homes in the community start in the $2 million range, and the community buildings such as

    This gated community counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, and Google. Will such upscale communities become standard for the titans of Silicon Valley?

  • For those who love to shop, the search for that must-have item can be as fun as owning the actual product.  And some cities offer shoppers a bounty of options. So, where are the top shopping destinations around the globe?To find out, CNBC spoke with a team of editors at a trend forecasting firm that has been analyzing the retail industry for more than 80 years. To choose the world’s best cities for shopping, the analysts at Tobe compared a variety of city characteristics, as well as what the loc

    For those who love to shop, the search for that must-have item can be as fun as owning the actual product. Here are the top 10 international shopping destinations.

  • It’s a little more quiet than usual on the Internet this time of year because college students are studying for finals. That means a new crop of graduates is about to flood not just the job market, but the rental market. So where will the new grads move? Rent.com compiled this list of the best cities for college graduates based on unemployment rates, mean annual income, cost of living and rental inventory for the metropolitan areas. The unemployment data was taken from the March 2012 rankings, a

    A new crop of graduates is about to flood not just the job market, but the rental market. So where will the new grads move? Here's a list of the best cities for recent college grads.

  • Warren Buffett

    Here are the 15 publicly traded stocks, by value, that are the biggest holdings of Berkshire Hathaway.

  • Every bride wants to walk down the aisle in the perfect dress. These days, that gown could cost anywhere from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. Celebrity brides certainly make a splash with their opulent designer dresses. And at Kleinfeld, the New York bridal emporium, the most expensive gown ever sold was a custom design for $60,000, though most gowns are $3,500 and up.But in reality, most of us aren’t spending close to that much.American brides spent less than $1,200 on their dr

    Bridal gowns can cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Here are 10 dresses for the budget-conscious bride.

  • With shares of Facebook expected to begin trading later this week, you may be among the 900 million active users looking to get a piece of the action. But before you hit the buy button there are a few things you should know. This IPO is unlike most IPOs — in more ways than one. Following is what the Fast Money traders say you must know, before investing even one dollar in the IPO.

    With Facebook shares expected to begin trading later this week, you may be among the 900 million active users looking to get a piece of the action. But before you hit the buy button there are a few things you should know.

  • “Dress for the job you want” goes the old adage. Today’s power dresser knows that clothes are an important part of projecting an image of success and confidence in the corporate jungle.“Power dressing is about learning to present yourself in the most dramatic way,” said Alan Flusser, owner of a New York City-based custom shop for men. “It’s about dressing in a manner that projects importance or success.”The road to haberdashery success is not as clear-cut as in years past, since employees have m

    Seeking to land that promotion or nail that key meeting? Power-dressing experts shared their top tips for projecting an image of success as you climb the corporate ladder.

  • The latest entry into the flavored vodka arena: While that might not be the vodka of choice for your next Bloody Mary, you have to admit you’re curious. That’s what marketers are counting on. Unusual flavors and packaging are helping companies in the alcoholic beverage market stand out in a saturated – so to speak – market. According to the latest data from the USDA Economic Research Service, consumers spent nearly  on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. in 2010.So, with a little creative packaging

    With a little creative packaging and a lot of innovation, spirits manufacturers are expanding the market. Check out some of the most unusual ways businesses are innovating in the world of alcohol.

  • As the JPMorgan Chase trading loss and European debt mess rekindle memories of the financial crisis of 2008-2009, it’s easy to forget how much U.S. stocks have bounced back since then. Until the recent turbulence, the major indices were at notable level. Specifically, the tech sector was at its highest level since the bubble days of a decade ago. And despite all the hand wringing of late, the Nasdaq Composite is still only off some 5 percent from its April peak. Given tech’s market leadership th

    Given tech’s market leadership this year and the emerging comparisons to the crisis of several years ago, we rounded up the 10 best performance tech ETFs over the past three years.

  • The mean amount of time spent commuting by U.S. workers is 23.8 minutes, according to a from the Census Bureau. At first glance, that doesn’t seem so bad. It’s enough time to hear the weather report, drink some coffee and listen to “Free Bird” on the radio. But that figure also signifies that the average U.S. worker is in a car for almost four hours a week. That’s 45 minutes longer than it takes to watch “Titanic.”With that kind of time on the road a regular fixture in commuters’ lives, the car

    Kelley Blue Book has provided CNBC.com with its list of 10 cars that are the best for commuting. Check out the list.

  • Algeria's oil minister, Chakib Khelil is the president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    The following is a list of oil prices needed for the nations to avoid having a budget deficit in 2008 and 2009 (as compiled by the IMF).

  • Divorce. Your world is falling apart emotionally and financially. Even if you saw it coming, you were unaware of the financial ramifications. Lawyers’ fees vary widely, based on location and reputation. Circumstances, such as duration of the marriage, income and earning capacity, can all determine the outcome. What’s more, laws also vary widely from state to state, which affects alimony and child-care judgments. In some states – Florida, for example -- alimony can be lifelong, if the marriage la

    Divorce. Your world is falling apart emotionally and financially. Even if you saw it coming, you were unaware of the financial ramifications. Here are 10 tips  to avoid unnecessary financial hardships during a breakup.

  • The U.S. housing market has been at the center of the country’s woes for years, but it is also key to the nation’s economic recovery. Although April’s Case-Shiller home price index on home prices in today’s market, real estate website is forecasting that the end may be near, expecting home values nationwide to bottom during the final three months of 2012. Applying a statistical approach that uses inputs from individual local markets including unemployment, vacancies, foreclosure rates and more,

    Although April’s Case-Shiller home price index offered a cloudy outlook on home prices, real estate website Zillow  is forecasting that the bottom may be near.

  • Last year’s collection of 10  barely scratched the surface of the number of performers’ homes on the market, recently sold, being purchased or getting unloaded. What follows is a fresh batch of houses, mansions and compounds belonging to 13 performers, including three music-making married couples. This collection is about evenly divided between the young’uns (“American Idol” alumni), the stars who dominated the charts in the 1990s and classic country stars. It also includes homes of two country

    Last year’s collection of 10 Homes of Country Music Stars barely scratched the surface of the number of performers’ homes on the market, recently sold, being purchased or getting unloaded.

  • In the immortal words of Barbra Streisand, people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. But what about the rest of us? We don’t all have what it takes to be gregarious, and outgoing, and one’s ability to be sociable, or lack thereof, can affect the type of employment one ends up taking.The extroverted have a bevy of jobs that let them press the flesh. There are sales, management, life coaching, and any number of other jobs that demand constant interaction with others. On the othe

    Many jobs that let reserved types work in solitude offer poor salaries and unchallenging work. But there are other careers that are stimulating, well-paying and require little human contact.

  • Rising public debt and elections in Europe and the U.S. have once again raised the debate over taxes.Europe’s debt crisis is forcing some countries to raise taxes. Spain, for example, raised its personal tax rate by 2 percentage points to 45 percent last year and France’s Socialist Party is also proposing hiking taxes on the rich.In the U.S., President Obama has proposed the Buffett rule, aimed at ensuring households who earn more than $1 million a year pay more in taxes than middle class famili

    Despite all the debate about the Buffett rule, the U.S. ranked 23rd in terms of the top marginal tax rate in 2011. Find out which 10 countries have the world's highest income tax rates.

  • Ever since television first landed in Americans’ homes more than half a century ago, it has transformed the way people live. Now the technology is undergoing a transformation of its own. The 80-year-old industry is on the brink of a revolution thanks to the convergence of personal computers, the Internet and television. Media heavyweights, tech titans and Internet innovators are all fighting for a piece of the next multimillion dollar bonanza — and it could impact how, where and when you watch y

    CNBC spoke with media heavyweights, tech titans and Internet innovators to get their predictions of where television is heading, and how they hope to be involved.

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