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    We’ve gathered up 10 of the best apps to help you save money this holiday season. All the apps listed here are free and widely available across multiple smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.

  • When every part of a presidential candidate’s life and history goes under the microscope, it’s not surprising that some of their homes have led to controversy. In fact, for one candidate, two properties have become the center of a heated debate.

    Click ahead to learn about these abodes, located in nine states, and find out who owns, has owned, or rents each house.

  • Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps and mistakes. No matter how steeped you are in business ownership experience, you are bound to run into problems at some point. The key to your success is to quickly identify your mistakes, learn from them and prevent the same mistake from happening again, says Mike Michalowicz, small business expert and author of Most business owners fall into the same traps. It’s those mistakes which could make the difference between owning a successf

    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps, and mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common business blunders.

  • On Oct. 31, 2011, the world was blindsided by the news that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was divorcing her husband, National Basketball Association star Kris Humphries. The couple had married on Aug. 20, 2011 in a storybook wedding worth . A mere 72 days later, however, Kardashian had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.Fortunately, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place, so each party is likely to walk away from the union with their finances intact. This puts Humphrie

    However long they were married, the price of breaking the contract was huge -- sometimes even reached nine figures.

  • Santa delivered for the toy industry last year. After several years of decline, U.S. sales turned around in 2010 and grew about 2 percent from the prior year to about $21.87 billion, according to market researcher NPD Group. The holiday season is a critical time for the industry because that is when it rings up the bulk of its annual sales. This year, many toymakers are sticking to tried-and-true formulas to win customers. But these classic themes often have a new twist that makes them fresh. We

    We’ve scanned the hot holiday toy lists from retailers, trade publications and blogs, and did a little digging ourselves to bring you a collection of toys that is sure to please.

  • Movies have glamorized many occupations over the years. The films of Humphrey Bogart let viewers live vicariously as street-smart private eyes. James Bond made audience members imagine themselves as debonair, globe-hopping spies with exotic seductresses in every port of call. And Clint Eastwood’s westerns made people visualize themselves as the frontier’s messengers of bloody vengeance.What these films failed to do was accurately convey a picture of their main characters’ day-to-day finances. Wa

    CNBC.com considered how famous movie characters made their living. We found what their salaries would be in real life, then determined if they could really afford to live in that apartment, drive that car, or eat at that restaurant.

  • The less than down-to-earth celebrities out there have been known to surround themselves with helpers, minions, a posse, and/or “yes men.” These can be official employees, friends, or a combination of both.Some obvious entourage functions include personal assistant, bodyguard, driver, child-care provider, chef, and trainer. A newer task for aspiring hangers-on is social media specialist—someone to ghost-tweet the superstar’s comings and goings.As you’ll see in the following examples, members of

    Theses 10 entourage examples start with a king and end with one of the biggest divas of them all.

  • If the Occupy Wall Street movement has you thinking that only Wall Street titans earn millions, think again. Middle Market CEOs – presiding over companies worth far less than any in the S&P 500 – are quietly getting rich. Wall Street may have propagated the myth that financial wizardry is a prerequisite for wealth, but these CEOs prove otherwise – earning handsome salaries for running companies that provide tangible products like clothing, housewares, and school supplies. The CEOs listed here ru

    Middle Market CEOs – presiding over companies worth far less than any in the S&P 500 – are quietly getting rich. Click to see executives leading middle market companies.

  • Jim Cramer will go to any length to help homegamers understand the complex world of investing. To get his point across, the "Mad Money" host has donned some pretty interesting outfits, including everything from a full HazMat suit to dressing as National Basketball Association star LeBron James. Cramer intended to better explain the stock market, but he also provided for some great Halloween costume ideas. Click ahead for some of Cramer’s craziest costumes, as seen on “Mad Money.”

    Jim Cramer will go above and beyond, even when it means wearing a ridiculous costume sometimes.

  • It has been called the largest airborne transfer of currency in the history of the world. But finding out what happened to all the money involved has become one of the biggest financial mysteries of all time. Beginning in the very earliest days of the war in Iraq, the New York Federal Reserve shipped billions of dollars in physical cash to Baghdad to pay for the reopening of the government and restoration of basic services. By one account, the New York Fed shipped about $40 billion in cash betwe

    Finding out what happened to all the money involved has become one of the biggest financial mysteries of all time.

  • Each year, analyzes national data on millionaire households to reveal which states attract the most high-income families.Data from Phoneix shows a list of states with the highest percentage of millionaires by population, while the overall number of millionaire households in the US has increased nationwide for the first time in two years. In 2009, there were 5.14 million millionaire households, compared to 5.56 million in 2010, an increase of approximately 7.6% that saw nearly every US state incr

    Each year, Phoenix Marketing International analyzes national data on millionaire households to reveal which US states attract the most high-income families.

  • With the euro zone in crisis and the U.S. economy sluggish at best, luxury breaks in some of the world's best hotels might not be at the top of everyone's priority list, but premium hotels are doing surprisingly well, according to research by American Express Business Insights.Looking at hotel sector trends in Europe from the 2008 downturn to the first quarter of 2011, Sujata Bhatia, vice president of AMEX Business Insights for Europe and Asia, found that luxury accommodation is rebounding more

    Premium hotels are doing surprisingly well thanks to visitors from the US and BRIC nations.  CNBC takes a look at fourteen of the grandest hotels in Europe.

  • Asia’s surging wealth is creating more millionaires and billionaires than any other region of the world. Private bank Julius Baer forecasts that the wealth of the region’s 3.3 million high net worth individuals (HNWIs) will triple to nearly $15.81 trillion by 2015.Strong economic growth, coupled with booming stock and property markets, have helped some of Asia’s largest businesses expand at a rapid pace. Given Asia’s culture of family businesses, many of the region’s biggest companies are family

    We’ve compiled a list of Asia-Pacific’s10 richest families. Find out which families are among the wealthiest in the region.

  • The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. All told, these properties have been reduced in price by more than $85 million.Why do these upscale properties linger on the market? When the lowest asking price out of these mansions is about $10 million, you’re already talking about a limited pool of potential buyers. Perhaps some of the properties are too specialized, as a few residences in this collection cater to pretty specific int

    The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. Click to see the following list of drastically discounted mansions.

  • From its first issue featuring Marilyn Monroe, magazine has sought well-known women to pose on its pages, a strategy that has made it one of the most iconic American magazines in history. Securing some of the world’s most recognizable sex symbols to pose for photo shoots has been a key strategy of allowing it to sell millions of copies — sometimes with the allure of a single model. Many of the most in-demand women are also reluctant to appear in the magazine, however, leading to make big offers

    So, which celebrities have reportedly been offered huge sums to appear in Playboy? Which have turned them down? Click ahead to find out.

  • Unless you’re a Powerball winner, or you’ve inherited a large sum of money, chances are you have to wake up every day, go to work and make a living. For most people, a job is just a job, little more than a way to pay the bills. But what if work were more like play? What if, instead of living for the weekend, you lived for Monday morning? There are people who feel that way; you just have to find them. We did. (At left: rock climber Steph Davis climbs up the north face of Castleton Tower in Castle

    For most people, a job is just a job, little more than a way to pay the bills. But what if, instead of living for the weekend, you lived for Monday morning? Here are some people who do just that!

  • Now is the time to invest in technology stocks, Cramer said, because the sector is bottoming out.The “Mad Money” host said the sector won’t likely see a V-shaped bottom with an ultra-fast rebound. Tech is, however, primed for a U-shaped bottom despite a tough market environment and sluggish economy. In the last nine of 10 years, tech has bottomed and begun to inch higher between mid-September and end-October. Business is typically slow in the summer months, but picks up in the fall when 1) gadge

    Now is the time to invest in technology stocks, Jim Cramer said, because the sector is bottoming out. Here are 10 stocks that Cramer says have hit bottom.

  • Thailand has been affected by the worst flooding in half a century. Surging waters have impacted 27 out of the country’s 77 provinces and claimed the lives of approximately 350 residents.The flooding, which made its way to the north of capital Bangkok early last week, shows no signs of abating. The governor of Bangkok on Monday warned residents of the city to brace for floodwaters from neighboring suburban areas.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that it could take up to six weeks for the w

    Thailand has been affected by the worst flooding in half a century. Click to see pictures from Thailand's floods.

  • Horror films have been a part of our psyche and a Hollywood money-spinner for almost a century, starting with “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” — both released in 1931.Whether it’s the thrill, the chill or the ample blood spill that draws audiences to the macabre movie experience, few can deny moviegoers’ morbid fascination with fear. Over the past four decades, we have witnessed the terrifying yet timeless roles of Jigsaw, Jason and Freddy, mixed with a rising trend in psychological thrillers. Whate

    Check out the top 10 highest grossing horror film franchises of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com and WorldwideBoxoffice.com.

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s has included some of the world’s most notorious criminals, including Osama Bin Laden, Ted Bundy, Warren Jeffs, and more, totaling 494 since the list’s creation in 1950. With the success of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, the bureau in 1996 began putting wanted criminals on its website and notes that more than 50 fugitives have been arrested as a result of their images and information appearing on the site.Along with the “Most Wanted,” other criminals are being

    The FBI's “10 Most Wanted List” has included some of the world’s most notorious criminals, including Osama Bin Laden, Ted Bundy, Warren Jeffs, totaling 494 since the list’s creation in 1950.

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