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  • Although the U.S. housing market continues to struggle, many local markets are doing significantly better than the country as a whole, with some places While shifts in home values are important in any market, a key thing for sellers to determine is the length of time a property can expect to be on the market before being sold. The faster that homes sell, the faster an inventory backlog can be cleared, suggesting heightened demand and an upward trajectory. Additionally, when looking to sell, if a

    The faster that homes sell, the faster an inventory backlog can be cleared, suggesting heightened demand and an upward trajectory. So, where do homes sell the fastest? Find out!

  • 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

    With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at which stocks in the S&P 500 have average consensus estimates farthest above their stock prices.

  • Boardrooms and compensation committees continue to grapple with heightened scrutiny and controversy surrounding CEO pay packages. In the wake of the “golden parachute” outrage of the financial crisis, payouts in the form of stock options have become a favored form of compensation for public companies. Options typically don’t vest for three to four years, which helps prevent a CEO from taking home a windfall payout in the event he or she is prematurely ousted because of poor performance, scandal,

    In the wake of the “golden parachute” outrage of the financial crisis, payouts in the form of stock options have become a favored form of compensation for public companies.

  • Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put  with Sotheby's International Realty, carrying a price tag of $23.7 million.Because President Barack Obama and family have rented the compound for one week for the past three years, bringing with them staffers and Secret Service, many call it the “Summer White House.” (Bill and Hillary Clinton were also guests back in 1998.)Blue Heron Farm is situated in Chilmark, which is known to show up

    Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put on the market with a price tag of $23.7 million.

  • For many people, a first job is an entry-level position whose greatest form of payment is experience. People taking these jobs have to slowly climb the ladder and prove themselves before they can earn better money. They have to pay their dues.For professional athletes, there is no entry-level job--they’re put on the field on day one and expected to deliver the goods. Rookie athletes are well-compensated for this, and for many sports fans, the players’ salaries and contracts are almost as fascina

    Check out our list of rookie athletes who received huge paydays to play for major league teams!

  • Recently, the Capitol Hill publication analyzed the financial assets of U.S. lawmakers, contained in mandatory annual disclosures, to determine the members of the US Congress that have the highest approximate net worth. Although these Congressional disclosures are not exact — they are displayed in a range of estimated value over broad categories — Roll Call, a Capitol Hill news and information provider, analyzed the assets and liabilities of every US representative and senator to come up with th

    Which members of the US Congress have the highest approximate net worth. Check out the list.

  • The Hollywood machine loves a fresh-faced, button-nosed, apple-cheeked, sassy child performer. Once that precocious kid dares to grow up, however, the system is not kind.The unfortunate trend is that for every well-adjusted former child star, there are two troubled Coreys. Behind them is a staggering rogues gallery of has-beens such as Lindsay Lohan, Dustin Diamond, and so on, with each of them doing one or more of the following: falling down drunk, overdosing on drugs, crashing a car, committin

    We assembled a list of child stars that have moved on from acting (for the most part) to achieve success in other fields—a handful still in the entertainment world. See where they are now.

  • Many of the world’s most powerful hedge fund managers are gathering under one roof this fall for the much-anticipated  conference in Manhattan. The hot topic on the agenda – apart from emerging markets, credit yields, and commodities futures – will be to see who’s really delivering alpha. The metric used to measure a portfolio manager’s added value; “Alpha” is also a way for managers to size each other up. Alpha is all about outperforming your benchmark, be it the volatile stock market, or simpl

    Many of the conference attendees are considered industry icons for outperforming their peers. Click to see the Hedge Fund elite, and how much money they’re managing.

  • There were many crosscurrents as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicked off on Sept. 8 at New York’s Lincoln Center. The event is always about building buzz in the press about designers’ latest collections, but one piece of news was also buzzing in the tents. British fashion designer John Galliano, who was fired six months ago as the creative director of the fashion house Dior, was found guilty and given a suspended fine for making anti-Semitic remarks by a French court. The first day’s events also w

    The event is always about building buzz in the press about designers’ latest collections, but one piece of news was also buzzing in the tents.

  • Maybe people need a distraction from the bleak economic headlines of the day, or maybe its America's obsession with youth. Either way, business is booming in the business of nips, tucks, and lifts. Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures rose two percent to 1.6 million in 2010, according to a recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which represents 7,000 board-certified plastic surgeons. "Consumers are willing to spend on themselves again and confidence is up," says Dr. Phil

    Business is booming in the business of nips, tucks, and lifts. What are the most popular cosmetic procedures? Find out!

  • The global auto industry crossed an important threshold last year when the number of cars on the world’s roads surpassed one billion. This year, despite the growing economic gloom, worldwide car sales increased 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to Scotiabank.While sales have slowed in the developed world, emerging markets continue to grow rapidly. Russia, for example, posted a 27 percent jump in July car sales from a year earlier.That difference in growth rates is changing the s

    We’ve put together a list of the world’s 10 biggest auto markets based on forecasted new light-vehicle sales for 2011 from the consulting firm J.D. Power and Associates.

  • In recent years, multiple celebrities have attempted to extend their brand by venturing into the business world. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell found tremendous success with his website, FunnyorDie.com while Rapper Sean Combs (P Diddy) owns multiple businesses including a record label, a clothing line, a movie production company and more. However, despite all the successful celebrity ventures in the world, there are numerous examples of celebrity businesses that have gone bust. A celebrity name

    The following celebrities have learned the hard way that success in the business world doesn’t always come easily.

  • Whenever parents put on amateur Santa Claus hats and try to choose toys for their children, they’re often in for a difficult task with several volatile factors. Will the toy make loud, irritating noises? Is it too expensive? Does it have small parts that are destined to be lost forever under the couch?While choosing toys for a child poses many challenges, designing them presents even more. Will it be sold in an eye-catching package? Is it a tie-in with a movie that nobody wanted to see? Will it

    Companies that have dominated the toy market have sometimes rolled out products that may have seemed like a joke to potential buyers. Here are a few examples.

  • For some foreign-born American homeowners, nothing feels more familiar and welcoming than living in a residence styled after those in their homeland. Other homebuyers just want to live in homes that resemble the beautiful residences they admired while abroad. But whether you’d rather call home a casa, a villa, a chalet, or a  (the last which is not, mind you, a hotel), you can probably find it waiting somewhere in this melting pot’s real estate market. That seems to particularly be the case if y

    Some California homebuyers want to live in homes that resemble the beautiful residences they admired while abroad, judging by the locations of the following 10 homes.

  • From new ultra-light and super-thin notebooks to TVs you can draw on and designer 3D glasses, the coolest tech toys and latest gadgets were on grand display this month at the IFA technology fair in Berlin. Ever wished your mouse had a built-in scanner? Technology companies have high hopes for these new products. Click ahead to see 10 of the coolest tech toys for 2012.

    The coolest tech toys and latest gadgets were on grand display this month at the IFA technology fair in Berlin. Click to see 10 of the coolest tech toys for 2012.

  • When it comes to leaf-peeping, the longtime champion New England tends to sweep the awards by default. Of course, tree leaves make their seasonal color changes in other parts of the country, too. (Though you likely won’t see as many maple products, cider, cider doughnuts, centuries-old stone walls, or endearing New Englandahs along the way!)Fortunately, beauty-seekers all over the country can still on head out for a fall drive. The local tree line might be mostly evergreens, but even a few conif

    This list of the best fall drives across the country, provided by AAA New York, features 10 routes, along with the sights, attractions, and activities to be found along the way.

  • Every big NFL fan can't pony up the bucks to buy a personal seat license, so if they really want to go to a high-profile game they have to head to the secondary ticket market. The ticket prices displayed here represent the secondary market and are aggregated by TiqIQ from some of the largest ticket sellers, including StubHub, eBay, and TicketNetwork, so the prices listed here don't reflect actual face values. So, what are the 10 highest priced NFL games this season? Click ahead to find out.

    So, what are the 10 highest-priced NFL games this season? Click to find out!

  • When the Sept. 11 attacks turned much of Lower Manhattan to rubble 10 years ago, many financial firms in the area scrambled to find places to operate outside of the dense Wall Street area, leaving its future as the financial center of the world uncertain. When would the big banks return? Did it make sense to ever return? Yet there’s something about Lower Manhattan that has made it hard for many firms to call anywhere else home. Maybe it’s the grandeur of Wall Street – a chance to be part of the

    We looked at 12 of the biggest Wall Street firms to see what made them decide to stay or leave. In some cases, the firms responded with a statement about how 9/11 has affected them.

  • As millions of students head back to school this fall, billions of dollars will be spent both to prepare them for classes and to educate them. Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau highlighted some major education-related statistics to help people understand the size and scope of the education system in the United States. With billions of dollars in both consumer and government spending directed towards education each year, the education economy - from kindergarten through graduate school - is a sign

    As millions of students head back to school this fall, billions of dollars will be spent both to prepare them for classes and to educate them. Learn more.

  • Some jobs are tough, some can be deadly. Some jobs are stressful, but exposure to dangerous situations and hostile environments can contribute significantly to the chance of a fatal on-the-job accident. According to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,547 lives were lost on the job in 2010, which is about the same as 2009, which had a final count of 4,551. The total is still down from 5,214 in 2008. The BLS attributes this overall reduction to declines in employment and slow

    Some jobs are tough, some can be deadly. An average of 12 workers die on the job every day. So, what are the deadliest jobs in the country? Here are the Top 10.

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