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  • “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.

  • Getting away from it all gets harder and harder, as cell phones and 4G devices keep us tapped into our lives. These ten getaways take up the challenge, spiriting you away from worldly cares. And we promise you won’t miss civilization one bit. Click ahead for the world’s most remote resorts!

    Getting away from it all gets harder and harder, as cell phones and 4G devices keep us tapped into our lives. These 10 getaways take up that challenge, spiriting you away from worldly cares.

  • On January 29, 2012, the New York Times ran a  about Greek Olympic athletes. The nation’s debt crisis has forced Greece to implement austerity measures, which affected its ability to fund its athletes’ training.Their stipends are chronically late, their training centers have closed and their coaches aren’t being paid. It’s a surreal situation for the birthplace of the Olympics to find itself in.As in Greece, the governments of many other countries throughout the world have financed the athletic

    Many countries finance their Olympic competitors, but not the United States, where athletes fund their own training.

  • There are two main ways to get a luxury suite, explains Scott Spencer, president of . The first is to lease one, which is a considerable commitment of time and money. “On the extreme side, the Dallas Cowboys require a 20-year lease agreement for those who want to become suiteholders.  The New York Yankees and Madison Square Garden don’t require as long a commitment, but they have some of the steepest prices in the industry - some suites at Yankee Stadium go for over $800,000 per year and the ver

    The following is a list the most expensive of the sporting events that had the most expensive luxury box suites, from baseball to basketball to football and more.

  • The sale of Edvard Munch’s 1895 pastel “The Scream” at Sotheby’s this week has attracted worldwide attention as well as guesses about who would buy the painting and for how much. Those on Wall Street have been known to amass valuable collections of art, both for corporate and private use. Some collectors are renowned for snatching up artwork at auction for tens of millions, and could be among the frontrunners to purchase Munch’s masterpiece. To get an idea of the most avid art buyers on Wall Str

    CNBC's "Power Lunch" team assembled a gallery of the best known art collectors from the financial world. Click ahead to see who made the list.

  • The  that yet another billionaire is constructing yet another version of Versailles, this time in the DC area, brings to mind the famous gardens of the original Versailles. While only a small percentage of the One Percent can build or buy a mansion costing $20 million or one that has 20,000-plus square feet, there are plenty of high-end homes on the market that come with their own gardens. The global real estate market has homes with garden styles named for many empires including classical and E

    The global real estate market has some homes with truly majestic gardens. Here's a selection of places that might conjure images of the realms of Monet or Versailles.

  • 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.

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