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  • In December 2011, Kelley Blue Book ran a  about the best redesigned cars for 2012. The automobiles varied from Mercedes-Benz convertibles to Honda SUV’s to Volkswagen Beetles, and the descriptions were festooned with words like “bolder” and “sexier,” and even “grrrr.”This kind of language is what car companies hope to hear when an automobile is redesigned. They want to hear that old flaws have been addressed and new elements have been introduced that will make it more desirable to the consumer.U

    Read ahead for a list of redesigned cars that not only didn’t improve on the existing models, but may have made buyers wish they could have the old models back.

  • The world’s richest chief executives have all either founded or built companies from the ground up, in many cases transforming their industries.While some of them inherited wealth, most came from modest beginnings. One started as a newspaper boy, another as an insurance salesman, a third as a mortgage broker.Our list of the 10 richest CEOs spans across four generations; the youngest CEO on the list was born in 1984, the oldest in 1930.The ranking is based on net worth figures from Wealth-X, a re

    The world’s richest chief executives have all either founded or built companies from modest beginnings. Find out who are the world’s wealthiest billionaire-CEOs.

  • As we approach the latest projected doomsday (Dec. 21, 2012) the end of the world is getting to be quite popular. Google “doomsday” and you will find a lot of websites with black backgrounds and urgent red lettering.  Emergency bunker sales are up, according to the claims on these sites. Then there are the new reality TV shows, “Doomsday Preppers” and “Doomsday Bunkers.” All beg the question, where would you go to “bug out”? A mountaintop, inside a mountain, underground, in a fortress, or is the

    The end of the world is getting to be quite popular. Where would you go to "bug out?" Check out some stylish and genteel ways to hide from to possible future widespread problems.

  • Popular brands don’t always stay popular. Many fight to stay at the top of the heap, and it’s not uncommon for brands to spend their commercial lives persevering through bankruptcies, restructurings, and plain obsolescence.It’s also not unheard of for a brand to fall out of favor with consumers, get left for dead, but still return to the marketplace later on. Sometimes these brands have even managed to come back in better positions than they held before being written off. It’s rare, but it happe

    See the brands that defied conventional wisdom and came back after everyone counted them out.

  • As the last major auto exhibition of the season, the New York International Auto Show often provides manufacturers with one last chance to debut models that weren’t ready earlier in the year. This year’s event is no different. The show is not only the oldest automotive exposition in North America, it is also typically the highest-attended one of the season. There are least 31 cars, crossovers and trucks expected to make their debut this year. Manufacturers tend to wait to debut some of their bes

    With the continued rise of gasoline prices around the country, there will again be a heavy emphasis on fuel-efficient cars at this year’s show. Check out some of the highlights from the event.

  • As the major league teams wrap up spring training and hit the road for the start of another baseball season, many fans are also ready to embark on their own baseball road trips. America’s favorite pastime offers a great lens through which you can see the country. While most recommended road trips will take you to major and minor league stadiums, we offer another kind of tour: businesses and nonprofit ventures that give you a different window on the game. And if you time your visit to these place

    While most recommended road trips will take you to major and minor league stadiums, we offer another kind of tour: businesses and nonprofit ventures that give you a different window on the game.

  • As the Dallas metro area begins to assess the damage from Tuesday’s storm, the Red Cross released a preliminary estimate of 650 damaged homes, while no fatalities have yet been reported. Injuries were reported throughout the area, while at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport flights were canceled and many travelers had no choice but to sleep in the airport overnight. The slow-moving storm left thousands without power. The National Weather Service said as many as a dozen twisters touched

    A day after up to a dozen twisters struck the Dallas metropolitan area, residents are trying to salvage their belongings. Click ahead for photos from the area.

  • With the 2012 MLB season getting under way, the biggest moves in baseball’s off-season were focused on the teams rather than the players. The league shook up the playoff structure, adding an additional one game wild-card round, while also announcing that the Houston Astros will become an American League team in 2013. More recently, the financially troubled L.A. Dodgers were auctioned off, with a record-breaking bid of $2.15 billion coming in from an investment group that included former NBA star

    With all the money involved in the sport, the question remains: who are the richest owners in baseball? Click ahead for the Top 10.

  • There are few sensations that can beat the thrill of a frivolous purchase. After struggling all month to make sure that the rent, bills and car payments are paid in a timely fashion, it can be downright exhilarating to blow a big chunk of change on something unnecessary.Sadly, the thrill passes once the next billing cycle kicks in. That $300 pair of shoes may have seemed like a well-deserved extravagance, but now it’s starting to feel like an ill-advised and anxiety-provoking mistake.The morning

    Billionaires can buy every toy that catches their fancy, including antique cars, jumbo jets, and spaceships. What are some of the toys the world’s billionaires have bought?

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    Early adopters want technology that pushes the envelope. Here are some of the elite electronics that let you play at the cutting edge.

  • Mortgage fraud is a growing threat to homeowners and businesses, according to the FBI. With the changing housing landscape come new schemes. Foreclosures and delinquencies have soared over the last few years, and the FBI says that has resulted in an increase in mortgage fraud schemes against distressed homeowners. New original loan fraud investigations, on the other hand, have dropped since there was a decrease in new mortgages in 2011. Mortgage fraud schemes have “some type of material misstate

    Foreclosures and delinquencies have soared over the last few years, and the FBI says that has resulted in an increase in mortgage fraud schemes against distressed homeowners.

  • Although it’s unclear whether the overall U.S. housing market is on the mend, some are doing decidedly better than others, Some, in fact, managed to Even as home sales pick up, it is clear a significant number of homes purchased in today’s market are bought by investors looking to generate rental income, according to the  While price trends are important, sellers also need to be aware of the length of time a property is likely to sit on the market before being bought. The faster that homes sell,

    With inventory high and demand low in many metro areas, it's common for properties to languish on the market. You have a better shot at avoiding that if you live in these cities.

  • The housing market remains shaky amid an improving, broader economy. And after years of declines, homeowners have changed their priorities in home improvement. Duo Dickinson, a home remodeling architect for more than 30 years, has seen his share of ups and downs in real estate. But this time, it is different, he says. Instead of waiting for flush times again, homeowners are scrapping second-home dreams and fancy remodeling projects. They’re focusing instead on staying put and value-focused home

    Man caves? Jacuzzis? Great rooms? Who needs them? Big, fancy and expensive are out; small, utilitarian and frugal are in. Oh, and so is the outdoors!

  • While the terms "houseboat" and "floating home" are sometimes used interchangeably, not everyone realizes the distinction between them. A  sits on a slab in the water and won’t be going anywhere, while a houseboat is capable of propelling off to distant lands and moorings. World travelers may have seen (or even stayed in) the antique wooden boats of Srinagar, India (pictured here) or the canal dwellings of Amsterdam, but this list also includes modern and green aquatic abodes and quickly escalat

    Although the following floating homes might not all be used as permanent residences now, a boat home does have its appeal.

  • As the fiscally troubled nations of Europe struggle with overwhelming debt loads, votes on cost-cutting austerity measures and the implementation of reforms have sparked riots and protests around the continent. Most recently, a union-led general strike in Spain over pro-business labor reforms broke out into violence and destruction as angry protesters clashed with police, blocking roads, and setting vehicles and businesses on fire. The nationwide demonstrations saw clashes with police in such ma

    Votes on cost-cutting austerity measures and the implementation of reforms have sparked riots and protests around Europe. See some of the most recent images from the protests.

  • Earned: $585 Million Firm: SAC Capital Advisors AUM: $14 Billion Although last year’s 8 percent net return by SAC’s flagship multi-strategy fund was among Cohen’s worst annual results (apart from its 19 percent loss in 2008), the fund’s gross return of 16 percent was easily among the best hedge fund performances of 2011. The fund, which charges a whopping 50 percent performance fee, did especially well in discretionary long-short equity, earning most of its gains from energy, retail, and technol

    The managers at the very top of this year’s Rich List bucked the trend of the industry’s lackluster performance.

  • In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence in some places around the country. According to a U.S. household income inequality has grown by 18 percent since 1967, although this trend has slowed in recent years. Wealth disparity is also proving to be a hot topic during the 2012 election year, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney igniting criticism that his high net worth puts him out of touch with average Americans while the Obama administration struggles with the politically char

    The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence in some places around the country. Here's where the biggest wealth gaps exist.

  • They say that an Englishman’s home is his castle. The phrase might not have literal meaning for most Britons, but buying a castle is not as unusual as you might think. For history buffs or buyers with a romantic imagination, a range of castles are on the market in Britain with the majority in Scotland. A lot of these castles also come with substantial grounds containing parkland, forests or rivers full of fish.The following castle homes are for sale or rent in Britain and are presented in order

    Buying a castle is not as unusual as you might think. Check out the following castle homes that are for sale or rent in Britain.

  • Musicians often have humble beginnings to their careers, sometimes playing on a subway platform or performing on the street for spare change. For the lucky ones who attain musical super stardom, they can afford previously unheard-of luxuries. And some of them buy star-worthy homes.This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with American Idol, and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York City. Let’s begin this

    This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with 'American Idol,' and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York.

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