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  • Countries Most Exposed To The PIIGS Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    The European sovereign debt crisis continues to rattle global markets as uncertainty over austerity measures and a proposed bailout have people questioning whether the Eurozone will be able to survive more financial trauma. At the center of concerns are the "PIIGS" nations - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain - heavily indebted countries in danger of default that could trigger an economic domino effect around the globe. In an April 2010 report, the Swiss-based  (BIS), a clearinghouse for

    So, which countries are most exposed to the PIIGS? Click for a country-by-country breakdown.

  • Cramer’s Top Picks For a Vanishing Middle Class Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 | 1:00 PM ET
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Pardon the literary reference, but that's probably what people will say when they look back on this "increasingly Dickensian era," Cramer said. Unlike fast-growing countries, like Brazil, China and India, the U.S.'s middle class is evaporating. In turn, the rich are spending more while everyone else is pinching pennies, he explained. As a tip of the hat to Charles Dickens, Cramer called it "A Tale of Two Cities." However disturbing this tren

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That's probably what people will say when they look back on this "increasingly Dickensian era," Cramer said.

  • The World's Most Influential Trade Unions Monday, 20 Jun 2011 | 4:17 PM ET
    For some, they cause travel chaos, artificially inflate wages and exert undue power on democratic governments; for others, they offer representation to the voiceless, save jobs from globalization's worst imbalances and stand up to state-led tyranny.

    Trade unions remain a fearsome political and economic force around the world, able to mobilize large numbers of warm bodies to man picket lines and pressure politicians.

  • Highest Grossing Superhero Movie Franchises Monday, 20 Jun 2011 | 2:35 PM ET
    Although there are many ways to profit from the world of superheroes - toys, video games and comic books, to name a few – there is no doubt that one of the biggest money-makers in this space is on the big screen. With data from  a subsidiary of IMDB, we decided to take a look at the ten highest grossing superhero franchises of all time, five of which fall under the Marvel brand. BoxOfficeMojo reports that, since 1978, superhero movies have grossed over $8.24 billion at the domestic box office, w

    What are the highest grossing superhero franchises of all time? Click to find out!

  • Countries With the Most Expensive Private Schools Sunday, 19 Jun 2011 | 8:04 AM ET
    Despite the rising cost of private schools, demand continues to grow across the world. For many, private schooling buys luxury, exclusivity and privacy. In many developing countries, private education is a must-have for parents who want their children to succeed.Across the world, the cost of private education has risen faster than incomes. In the U.S., private high schools cost over $40,000, compared to a median income of around $50,000.  In the U.K., boarding school fees jumped 65 percent from

    Despite the rising cost of private schools, demand continues to grow across the world. Click to find out which countries have the world’s most expensive private schools.

  • Father’s Day brings to mind just how important family is and for some companies, family is at the center of their business. CNBC asked some of its top talent to highlight some of the best-known family-run companies. “Fast Money,” “Mad Money,” “Money In Motion” and “Strategy Session” all took part.In some way, shape or form, a family managed each of the following companies. Fathers, who then passed the business onto their kids, founded some of the companies. Many of these businesses are still man

    For some companies, family is at the center of their business. CNBC asked some of its top talent to highlight some of the best-known family-run companies.

  • Biggest Swings in Golf Spending 2011 Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 3:22 PM ET
    Golf is still a “rich man’s game,” according to a study by American Express Business Insights. Despite this, the recession dealt the sport a tough blow, with golf spending falling significantly during the downturn. Fortunately, spending on golf is starting to recover, with the first signs of improvement showing up in the retail spending on items such as golf equipment and apparel. Retail sales grew 10 percent in the first quarter of 2011, compared with the same period a year ago, the study found

    Click to see which states are gaining ground, and how much spending has changed in the top five states for golf-related activities, according to American Express.

  • High Fliers in Modern Aviation Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 3:01 PM ET
    Whether luxury business jets or commercial airliners , some planes have a special place in aviation history. To mark the 2011 Paris Air Show, we've picked 12 aircraft, whose design and construction make them key players in almost a century of innovation. Click ahead to see see an early runway success, modern flyers that have gained worldwide recognition and new models likely to make their mark in the years and decades ahead, as well as their production history.

    To mark the 2011 Paris Air Show, we've picked 12 aircraft, whose design and construction make them key players in almost a century of innovation. Click to learn more.

  • Top Commercial Products Launched by NASA Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 12:39 PM ET
    For more than 40 years, the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program has helped transfer NASA technology to the private sector. The result: products used by millions of people around the world in the fields of health and medicine, industry, consumer goods, transportation, public safety, computer technology, and environmental resources.

    For more than 40 years, the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program has helped transfer NASA technology to the private sector. Click to see some of their most commercially successful products.

  • What Happens If Greece Defaults? Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 5:14 PM ET
    If Greece defaults on its sovereign debt, the effects will be global. Everyone from Japanese savers to US retirees is likely to feel the effects. Let's run through the dominoes that could fall after a Greek default.

    What happens if Greece defaults? Everyone from Japanese savers to US retirees is likely to feel the effects. Learn more.

  • Jobs That Make You Fit Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 5:08 PM ET
    Look, it’s not breaking news that working as a physical trainer or fitness instructor makes you fit. Duh. In that line, it’s an essential job requirement: “People will always judge you on your appearance,” says certified personal trainer Joshua Margolis, of Mind Over Matter Health.

    We went beyond the most obvious to find some of the less commonly cited occupations — including one we can practically guarantee you didn’t know was a legitimate job.

  • CEO Dads and Their Executive Kids Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 4:43 PM ET
    For many dads, the greatest Father's Day gift imaginable is the sight of a son or daughter working beside him in the family business. It offers the same satisfaction as helping a child get a leg up in life, bit it also offers the tempting possibility of the family business surviving after dad retires. This holds true whether the business is a feed store, a bait and tackle shop, or a multinational conglomerate.Click ahead and see the CEO dads whose kids hold executive positions in their companies

    For many dads, the greatest Father's Day gift imaginable is the sight of a son or daughter working beside him in the family business. Here are some CEO dads whose kids hold executive positions in their companies.

  • Scenes From Vancouver's Stanley Cup Riots Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:57 AM ET
    By Darren Rovell

    After the Canucks got shut out in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Boston Bruins, the city residents put on one of the most heinous riots we've ever seen surrounding a sporting event.

  • Comeback Cars Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 11:06 AM ET
    Times change, tastes change, popular attributes and features in personal vehicles change. Once-indefatigable SUVs fall out of favor, as smaller more fuel economic cars come back with a vengeance. But no matter what the current trends dictate, it seems that there’s always room for a stylish sports car. So yes, once-popular cars do get retired, but sometimes come back.

    We consulted Marty Padgett, Editorial Director for TheCarConnection.com, for a list of comeback cars. Click to see some of the biggest revivals.

  • Scenes From The Greek Protests 2011 Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 10:28 AM ET
    Greek police fired teargas at demonstrators in central Athens on Tuesday at the start of a 48-hour strike to protest austerity measures demanded by international lenders as the price for more financial aid. As Greece teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, parliament is due to vote this week on a package of spending cuts, tax increases and privatizations agreed as part of a massive bailout aimed at averting the euro zone's first defaultEarlier in the month, Greece's parliament backed Prime Minister G

    Stone-throwing Greeks clashed with police and protesters marched on parliament to oppose government efforts to pass new austerity measures for the debt-stricken euro zone state.

  • Top Athletes and Their Endorsements Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
    Ever since Bruce Jenner appeared on a Wheaties box in 1977, companies have used endorsements by top athletes to boost their sales. As a result, major sports stars routinely receive multimillion-dollar paydays for lending their names to products, and the practice has become so competitive that a player’s endorsement income can sometimes dwarf his or her salary or winnings.Click ahead to see top athletes who supplement their income with lucrative endorsement deals.

    Ever since Bruce Jenner appeared on a Wheaties box, companies have used top athletes to boost sales. Check out our list of top athletes with lucrative endorsement deals.

  • World's Most Expensive Cities to Live 2011 Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 10:51 AM ET
    Human resources consultant ECA International has drawn up its latest list of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriates. The survey looked at 400 cities and regions across the world, and measured a basket of common items in U.S. dollars terms, purchased by foreign workers including food, clothing and electrical goods.But the ranking excludes housing and school fees, because ECA says, those two items aren’t usually covered by companies in their cost of living adjustments (COLA). Some of th

    Human resources consultant ECA International has drawn up its latest list of the world’s most expensive cities for U.S. expatriates. Check out the list!

  • Homes of CEOs Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    In May 2011, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg bought a $7 million home in Palo Alto, Calif. He doesn’t move in for a few months, so the address remains a closely guarded secret until the current occupants move out. However, a few details have emerged -- the 5,000-square-foot home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a pool. It’s not quite on the same level as Bill Gates’ 50,050-square-foot Washington mansion (pictured, left), but it’s not a bad start for a man whose last few homes were rentals.Zuck

    In May 2011, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg bought a $7 million home in Palo Alto, California. Click to see the homes of CEOs in sectors such as technology, energy, fashion and more.

  • 2011’s Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
    With gasoline around $4 a gallon in most of the U.S., fuel efficiency is a major buzzword for the auto industry. Each year, manufacturers expand their fuel-efficient product lines, giving consumers more options to help save money at the pump without sacrificing vehicle preference. Recently NADAguides, a publisher for vehicle pricing, came out with its annual list of the Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles of 2011. The data is based on combined miles per gallon (MPG) and the average rate of city and hig

    NADAguides, a publisher for vehicle pricing, came out with its annual list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles of 2011. Click ahead for the 2011 model year’s most fuel efficient vehicles.

  • Misunderstood Jobs Friday, 10 Jun 2011 | 1:50 PM ET
    Certain job ads attract candidates who are barking up the wrong tree, whether it’s due to wishful thinking, careless reading, or a simple lack of understanding what the job is all about."We once had job [listings] for Java Server Architects—a very technical job. We were getting a lot of resumes from candidates who were not a fit,” says Heidi Golledge, co-founder and CEO of CareerBliss.com. “I called one of them to chat about why he applied. He said he had years of experience serving coffee at De

    Certain job ads attract candidates who are barking up the wrong tree, whether it’s due to wishful thinking, careless reading, or a simple lack of understanding what the job is all about.

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