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  • In the 21st century of , we’re long past the , , cash triangle of asset allocation upon which many retail investors grew up.Investors have more options and choices, from asset classes to the financial instruments to play them. Low-cost online brokers and trading platforms have given investors direct access to a world once open only to professional traders and institutions.IRAs and 401(k)s offer a world of opportunity, whether its equities, fixed income, , real estate, or ."We think the retail in

    Savvy, open-minded investors know there are always profitable plays worldwide. See how your portfolio should reflect the global economy.

  • the premier snowboard and accessories company, sells a basic boards for about $300. Higher-end models will set you back more—check out the $1,200  and the $1,500  Those going all-out and buying the Mystery are also advised to buy Diode EST Snowboard Binding for $400 and SLX Snowboard Boots for $550.

    Some sports are more expensive than others. Some require expensive equipment, others require monthly fees, and others appear down-market at first but have hidden costs that can really add up. Click to see what some of these sports are.

  • A  from the Motion Picture Association of America said that the movie industry loses billions of dollars every year to Internet piracy. The phenomenon is widespread in part because of file-sharing technology such as BitTorrent, which allows computer users to copy large files --- like movies --- from each other.At the Australian International Movie Convention on Aug. 21, Kim Williams, CEO of the Australian media conglomerate News Limited, called file-sharing  He went on to say that illegally down

    The file-sharing news website TorrentFreak.com released a list of the 10 most-pirated movies of all time, compiled from BitTorrent tracking data since 2006.

  • The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the go-to examples of a trade secret. According to a representative from the company, the original formula is written on a piece of paper stored in a bank vault. Only “a small handful” of people know the formula at any time. In 2011, the radio program “This American Life” devoted an episode to unraveling the secret, focusing on (among other leads) a pharmacist’s formula for a cola beverage, although Coca-Cola  that the secret was revealed. The original formula

    Here is a rundown of some famous products made with secrets that competitors (or even just home cooks) would love to learn.

  • Circa 1575  3.9 in. high, 8.9 in. wide £14,000 ($21,979)Like dishes and bowls, Iznik tiles were extremely decorative and detailed, often using the colors cobalt blue and emerald green, which were set on a white background.Tiles were often commissioned by Sultans for the walls of important buildings, as many a visitor to Istanbul knows.“This border tile contains part of a stylized meandering floral design, and along with similar tiles would have framed a large central pattern on the wall of a mo

    From carpets to calligraphy to ceramics, there is a lot of history and variety to the fine art of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire that preceded it.

  • The specialty features of luxury homes are pretty commonplace: wine cellar, home gym, swimming pool, and perhaps an equestrian stable.  Yet for some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reached out to their network of real estate professionals throughout the country to find some of the most compelling homes on the market listed for upwards of a million dollars— in many of the following cases,  north of a mill

    For some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. Check out this list of multimillion dollar homes with big surprises, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

  • Duplex penthouse — Condo $48,000,000 8 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths; approx. 7,493 sq. ft. interior, 4,500 sq. ft. exterior.If you are thinking of writing the nearly $50-million check for this place, set aside some extra cash for plenty of Windex — there’s literally tons of glass. In fact, the entire unit rests on an Art Deco building in New York’s swanky TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street) enveloped in museum-quality, insulated glass. There’s even a $750,000 glass staircase inside. Use all t

    While housing prices across the United States are still well below pre-crisis peaks, the very top of the Manhattan home market continues to shatter price records.

  • Owning a private island is something very few people can even dream of. But some of the super-rich not only own a slice of paradise, they’ve also managed to turn these exotic destinations into a lucrative business opportunity.L’Oreal billionaire heiress Liliane Bettencourt, for example, recently made headlines after selling her private island in the Seychelles for $60 million. While Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison’s half a billion dollar purchase of Hawaii’s sixth largest island in June is consi

    So, which billionaires own some of the world’s most expensive private islands? Click ahead to find out.

  • In celebration of the classic and exotic car events Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Total Car Score has weighed in on the car world’s all-time best looking rides. Normally, Total Car Score creates its top 10 lists by crunching the numbers on quantifiable specifications like horsepower, top speed, zero-to-60 acceleration, MSRP and fuel efficiency. Beauty, of course, is ephemeral and subjective. However, while acknowledging individual tastes, certain mode

    Beauty, of course, is ephemeral and subjective. However, these automobile models tend to come up again and again in terms of their slick and iconic looks.

  • In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?" For the past 21 years, Global Finance has compiled a list of the world’s 50 safest banks, and with the European debt crisis ongoing, and slowing growth having an impact on bank credit ratings, long-term safety of banks is of key interest. According to Globa

    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause. It may be a surprise where you’ll find the safest banks in the world.

  • Home prices are strengthening and affordability of houses is slightly lower, according to new data from the second quarter of 2012. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) found that 92 percent of metropolitan areas had a rise in median home prices over the first quarter of 2012. Some homebuyers might not welcome this news, but for the home seller, it’s “another signal that the housing recovery is starting to take root,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rute

    Check out the major metropolitan housing markets with the most affordable homes for sale, counting down to number one.

  • The Olympic cauldron is extinguished and the Olympic flag has passed from London to Rio de Janeiro. For the athletes of the 2012 London Olympic games, the results are in the history books and for a few of the most amazing athletes, the record books. Now for many of these world class athletes, it’s time to temporarily switch their attention away from athletic competition to the corporate boardroom.

    So which Olympians left their mark on the 2012 games and are the biggest names in business? Here’s a look at 10 Olympic athletes you can expect to cash in.

  • Some wealthy people flaunt their status with shows of conspicuous consumption, while others prefer to stay low-key. These preferences extend to their major purchases, from the type of houses they buy, the type of clothes that they wear and type of cars that they drive. an automotive information website headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the  as determined by the I.R.S. These included some of the usual places that one might expect, such as Low

    TrueCar.com, an automotive information website, conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the most affluent zip codes. Check out what they found.

  • Buford, Wyo.,  to a Vietnamese buyer for $900,000 in April. The same month, a couple  the tiny town of Wauconda, Wash., for $360,000. In May, the French “ghost village” of Courbefy  to an American photographer for about $643,000.You regularly see news items about entire towns and villages going up for sale. Why buy a whole town? Many buyers see business potential. An oft-cited plan for such purchases is transforming it into a tourist destination. One man used his July  of the abandoned town Bank

    For those who might like to own a town (and perhaps even give it a wacky new name) and have at least $250,000 to spend, here are eight options.

  • With today’s jobs market in a dismal state, no buzz word has given more hope to the youthful unemployed than the word “entrepreneurship.”More and more, young men and women are striking gold – armed with a strong innovative spirit, a razor-sharp focus and an ability to hold their own out in the marketplace. From coaches, automobiles and limos to T-shirts, street fashion – and, yes, the inevitable social networking tools so embraced by the 21st century – industries across the globe are seeing thei

    More and more, young men and women are striking gold — armed with a strong innovative spirit, a razor-sharp focus and an ability to hold their own out in the marketplace.

  • Millions of American kids will arrive home this month from the country’s roughly 7,000 overnight camps, full of stories about the traditional activities like archery, crafts and waterskiing and the questionable pleasures of bug juice and bunk beds. The summer retreats we feature here break that mold, offering campers organic food, golf lessons from PGA pros, and jaunts to New York City for cooking classes, and the odd shopping trip to FAO Schwartz. Their parents pay for the perks. In 2011, the a

    Millions of American kids will arrive home this month full of stories about traditional activities like archery and swimming. The summer retreats we feature here break that mold.

  • On July 1,  published an  called “Financial Giants Are Moving Jobs Off Wall Street.” It detailed an emerging trend in which major Wall Street companies are taking swaths of on-site mid-level jobs and relocating them to less expensive locations in the U.S. This phenomenon is known as “near-shoring.”It’s easy to understand the rationale. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the financial crisis of 2008 and the Dodd–Frank Act of 2010 had a cumulative effect on many of these companies’ bottom li

    Which locations have Wall Street companies chosen for their mid-level operations? Read ahead to find out.

  • Approximately  motor vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2009, the most recent year for which the Federal Bureau of Investigation provides statistics. That represents a loss of $5.2 billion nationwide.The Toyota Camry was stolen  possibly because there were so many to be stolen. Approximately 448,000 Camrys were manufactured in 2009, and of those, 781 were stolen, or 1.74 percent. But even though luxury cars are produced in much smaller numbers than standard models, they’re attractive t

    Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, CNBC.com assembled a list of the most frequently stolen luxury cars in the U.S.

  • The Victorian-era German Renaissance co-op apartment building at  72 street and Central Park West is best known as the home shared by John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1972 to 1980, and the site of Lennon’s murder. Ono still lives there, as do many other celebrities, but as the following sides will show, being a celebrity is no guarantee of residency at the Dakota, and neither is simply having ample savings. The gabled and turreted Dakota is a square structure with a  leading to a central courtyard

    Here's a look at several Dakota apartments and evidence of just how difficult it is to call this iconic New York City apartment building home.

  • For some well-heeled travelers, Pratesi linens and Carrara marble are what defines a luxury hotel stay. But an increasing number of haute hotels now offer something more than high thread counts and luxe surfaces: themed suites that promise both shut-eye and eye-popping escapism. “People are searching for that ‘Wow’ factor,” says Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure. “These are people who have seen a lot, and they want something to surprise and delight them – to experience a break

    An increasing number of haute hotels now offer something beyond mere refinement: themed suites that promise both shut-eye and eye-popping escapism.

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