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  • When a company pays for its product to be featured in a movie or a television show to increase brand awareness, it’s called product placement. This form of advertising has been around almost as long as movies and television shows themselves, and has long been a secondary source of income for networks and content producers. When factoring in commercial-skipping technology like DVR and on-demand programming, product placement becomes even more attractive for advertisers.However, this type of brand

    Nielsen has compiled the top programs with product placement, and the following is a list ranked by number of product placement occurrences in 2011.

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    Multi-billion dollar corruption in India and a whopping 36 percent cut in the salary for Singapore's prime minister have once again raised the question: How much should politicians be paid?

  • People of a certain age can be forgiven if their predictions about life in the 21st century were way off base. Perhaps inspired by the classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” some may have expected space travel to be commonplace and discussions with robots to be ongoing, but alas, it has not turned out that way. The 21st century is now 12 years old, and most of the technological advances predicted by science fiction have simply not come to pass. However, some of the futuristic employment trends ma

    What follows is a list of jobs that may be prevalent in the 21st century. What they all have in common is they offer prospects to those entering the workforce for the rest of the century.

  • It's the end of the NFL regular season, and that means it's time to find out who is among the most popular players this season. In a year where the National Football League was embroiled in its longest labor dispute ever, the popularity of this multibillion-dollar sports juggernaut has still managed to grow. An important component of football merchandising is jersey sales — which can be seen as a proxy for the most popular players in the sport. It's better than a poll because people have voted w

    Each year, NFLShop.com releases the best-selling jerseys in the NFL and their list is presented here. This list represents jersey sales from April 1 to Sept. 30, 2011.

  • Bring up the idea of LEAST stressful jobs and someone is sure to jump up and declare, “Hey, how do I get one of those!” Job-search portal CareerCast has once again crunched the statistics and come up with their list of the 10 in America. “The least stressful jobs are the ones where expectations on your aren’t high and you have complete control over your day,” said Tony Lee, the publisher of and “You’re not dependent on other people to do their job for you to yours.” They’re also mostly 9 to 5 jo

    Bring up the idea of LEAST stressful jobs and someone is sure to jump up and declare, “Hey, how do I get one of those!" Read about the 10 least stressful jobs of 2012.

  • Bring up the word stress in a conversation and you’d better clear your schedule for the next hour. A whopping 40 percent of American workers say their jobs are very or extremely stressful, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Of course, some jobs are more stressful than others. Job-search portal CareerCast has once again crunched the statistics and come up with their list of the 10 in America. "Not all jobs are created equal when it comes to stress levels," said

    Many of the most stressful jobs involve peril and significant hazard, whether it’s coming into contact with hazardous materials, or having other people’s lives in your hands. Think your job is on the list? FInd out!

  • Athletes and celebrities depend on their physical prowess and appearance to earn their livelihoods, and some will go to great lengths to secure it. Though it may seem outrageous to many, these stars have shelled out big money for insurance policies on the assets that have been the benchmarks of their success: their bodies themselves.Taking out a policy on a body part, although rare, has been around for decades. During the 1920s, silent-film clown Ben Turpin, who was known for his crossed eyes, t

    Who are some athletes and celebrities who have taken out insurance policies to cover their assets? FInd out!

  • Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about gold, crude oil or cocoa? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months, while others not so much. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is down about 7 percent in 2011. In 2010, the CRB index rose by 15 percent compared with a 13 percent gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform th

    What's not to like about gold, crude oil or cocoa? CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best and worst performing commodities.

  • At the start of 2011, the euro zone was already in the throes of a debt crisis that intensified in 2010 when Greece and Ireland sought bailouts from the European Union and International Monetary Fund, and credit rating agencies downgraded a number of peripheral European countries, including Spain and Portugal.Worse was yet to come, as the crisis in the euro zone essentially determined the direction of global stock markets. Italy and Spain came to the fore as the newest and so far, largest EU eco

    What were the big decisions made in relation to the crisis in 2011? Which of the many summits should we remember? Who will be the major players in 2012? FInd out!

  • The last four months of the year have seen a big jump in U.S. companies declaring bankruptcy.  In fact, four of the 10 largest bankruptcies of 2011, which span across industries including aviation, telecommunications, energy, and banking, were declared just last month.According to ratings agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's, the rising trend of corporate defaults is expected to continue into 2012, given global growth uncertainties, the debt crisis in Europe, and tightening funding conditions.

    The last four months of the year have seen a big jump in U.S. companies filing for  bankruptcy protection. We’ve ranked the top 10 bankruptcy filings of 2011, using data from banktruptcydata.com.

  • Celebrities often get married in a fever, and as so colorfully illustrated by Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, these quick marriages don’t always work out. Humphries is now reportedly  in Minnesota, licking his wounds and/or watching lots of football.As with Humphries and his newfound bachelordom, bachelor pads are not just the houses of the never-married young man-about- town. As love interests and marital statuses change, so do housing needs, so divorcing men move back on their own again.It

    It's not unusual for celebrities to get married in a minute but these sprints to the altar don’t always work out, and it's back to the bachelor pad. Here's a selection of 10 celebrity man caves.

  • If you want to be a model, a bike messenger or a ball boy, it pays to be young. However, if you want a job in which you’re expected to convey reliability, wisdom or gravitas, people over 50 have the advantage. They’ve been around the block a few times, and they have years of hard-earned knowledge with which no amount of postgraduate education can compete.However, job-hunters over the age of 50 may be apprehensive about what’s out there. Will they be written off prematurely thanks to ageism? Will

    It pays to be young. but if you want to convey reliability, wisdom or gravitas, people over age 50 have the edge. See the new careers for workers over 50.

  • 2011 was a volatile year for investors: although the S&P 500 is on track to close the year relatively flat (up about 0.7%), the big money was made in non-traditional places. The following slides reveal the best investments in each category, from stocks and commodities, to currencies and companies with the best cash flows. If you made some of these investments, you were on the right track. If not, lessons learned in 2011 could prove profitable in the year ahead. All numbers are as of market close

    2011 was a volatile year for investors. The following slides show the best investments in each category, from stocks and commodities to currencies and companies with the best cash flows.

  • Despite seemingly endless interest in decorating, landscaping, buying, staging, and selling houses (see: HGTV), actually  a house is a mysterious  process that is mostly left to professionals. But for a number of homeowners, buying and in some cases assembling a prefabricated home holds appeal. Buying a home as a kit can streamline the process of custom-building a home.  While the prices aren’t bargain-basement, kit homes can cost less. Keep in mind that these homes cost more to build than just

    Building a house is a mysterious process that is mostly left to professionals. But for some homeowners, buying and in some cases assembling, a prefabricated home holds appeal.

  • Athletes don’t work in offices, restaurants or big box stores like most of us, but that doesn’t mean that their lives are stress-free. They need a place to retreat to in the off-season, a sanctuary where they can escape from the anxiety that would plague anyone who’s paid millions of dollars to surf for a living.What follows are homes where some of the leading athletes flee after the arena goes dark and the crowd roar becomes a distant echo. Some of these houses are on the market, awaiting buyer

    These are homes to which some athletes retreat after the arena goes dark. Some are on the market and others were just purchased.

  • It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at

    From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Click to find out.

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