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  • Currently two thirds of the way through the 2011/2012 European soccer season, the best teams in the world will not only be competing for the prestige that come with trophy success, but also for the financial rewards it brings.Europe’s most successful soccer teams are growing at a faster rate than the countries they represent, generating a total revenue of $5.8 billion last year according to a new report by business advisory firm Deloitte.During the 2010/11 season, combined revenues for Deloitte’

    Europe’s most successful soccer teams are growing at a faster rate than the countries they represent, generating a total revenue of $5.8 billion last year. Check out which teams made the top ten.

  • The Brookings Institution recently issued a report the compared per-capita gross domestic product and changes in employment data from 2010 to 2011 in 200 of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The report found that these areas produced 48 percent of global output despite accounting for only 14 percent of the world’s population and employment.In other findings: Ninety percent of the fastest-growing economies were outside North America and western Europe; U.S. metropolitan areas outperformed t

    The Brookings Institution analyzed the financial data of the world’s largest metropolitan areas and uncovered some interesting findings. Check out which cities were the most productive.

  • When it comes to quality craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind design, luxury goods reign supreme.  Luxury also usually means a price tag that has consumers digging deep into their wallets.  While some people will pay big bucks for the high-end name alone, designers and manufacturers say they have reasons for their hefty prices. The item may be hand-made or a limited edition, or the design could include an expensive fabric or piece of jewelry. Whatever the reason, some consumers don’t seem to mind. Lu

    When it comes to quality craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind design, luxury goods are supreme. But why do high-end products cost so much? Find out.

  • Corporations hold cash for a variety of reasons, including timing the price of growth-related assets, running day-to-day operations, conducting acquisitions, holding for future investment or acting as a precaution against market uncertainty. If a company holds more cash or highly liquid assets as a large proportion of its total assets - and relative to its peers - investors may draw insight into the size and scope of a company’s future investments. To get an idea of the companies that are holdin

    To get an idea of the companies that are holding the most cash, the CNBC analytics team looked at cash and short term investments held by S&P 500 companies. Here's the list.

  • London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but with five-star rooms in short supply during the Olympic Games this summer, wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs.An estimated 500,000 extra visitors will travel to London for the Olympic Games this year, and with the majority of city's top hotels fully booked or charging extortionate rates for their very best rooms, renting a beautiful home in one of London's most desirable distr

    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs. Here are some of the best.

  • For would-be entrepreneurs, franchises offer built-in benefits, such as brand-name recognition, and proven formulas upon which to build success. That’s not to say that plunking down a chunk of money will buy you a thriving business: Owning and operating a franchise requires, like any business, an investment of time, as well as the will to succeed.The downturn in the economy has fueled an interest in franchise ownership, said Brian Miller, president and chief operating officer of which offers fra

    For would-be entrepreneurs, franchises offer built-in benefits, such as brand-name recognition and proven formulas upon which to build success.

  • In the fickle world of celebrity real estate, athletes are among the more likely people to buy and sell and rent new homes, as they are subject to the whims of where their contracts take them. And in the slides to follow, you’ll also see a few properties affected by the 2011 NBA lockout.

    The houses ahead are a window into recent comings and goings in the basketball world. It will reveal what Dallas Maverick Lamar Odom has in common with Jeremy Lin.

  • Most of the time, people with demanding jobs want to leave them behind when quitting time arrives. Law clerks don’t want to file more briefs when they get home, actuaries don’t want to weigh financial risk from their comfy chairs, and accounts receivable clerks don’t want to send past-due invoices over dinner.However, some people have no choice but to bring aspects of the workplace to their day-to-day lives. Take the professional race car driver. Unless he or she lives above a convenience store,

    CNBC.com presents a list of current race car drivers and the cars they drive when they’re off duty and in no hurry to get anywhere at any particular time.

  • Britain’s economy may be stagnant, but this month’s London Fashion Week showed its fashion industry at least is thriving.Coming shortly after retail figures showed a 0.9 percent sales rise in January, the event showcased a host of British talent, from stalwarts like Alexander McQueen (the late designer's label), Burberry and Vivienne Westwood, to relative newcomers like Louise Gray. Other established names gave debut London performances, with Italian label Moschino making its first foray across

    Britain’s economy may be stagnant, but this month’s London Fashion Week showed its fashion industry at least is thriving. Click for highlights!

  • For nearly 20 years,  have been available to investors, offering instant diversification to portfolios while also providing the liquidity and tradability of a stock. ETFs are usually based on a variety of asset classes, but can also be specialized to cater to individual strategies — such as leveraged long or short ETFs and actively managed funds. So far in 2012, the stock market has seen stong upward momentum, with the S&P 500 rising 7.9 percent year-to-date — but many of the top ETFs have far s

    Although experts an make a bull case or bear case for 2012, some of the top performing ETFs reflect broad market trends.

  • The nation’s oldest operating toy store, FAO Schwarz, is turning 150 years old this year. To commemorate this milestone, the company has assembled a collection of more than 20 iconic toys that span the decades that customers can view at its Fifth Avenue store in New York until April 10.The toys date to the early years of the 20th century and include a Richard Stieff Teddy Bear. Also on display are the original Barbie and Ken dolls, a prototype of the Etch A Sketch , and seven of the original Hot

    The nation’s oldest operating toy store, FAO Schwarz, is turning 150 years old this year. Here are some of their historic toys and a glimpse of a few scenes from around the store.

  • Corruption is a major issue in both developing and developed nations, with the potential to stunt economic growth and scare away investment. But which major countries are the most corrupt? Transparency International, a global organization that advocates against corruption, comes out with a (CPI) every year. The index ranks 183 countries “according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption.” At the bottom of the most recent list are North Korea and Somalia — both received a score of 1

    Corruption is a major issue with the potential to stunt economic growth and scare away investment. Which major countries are perceived as the most corrupt?

  • If you have ever had to wrestle your iPad from your child’s clutches, you know that kids love playing on tablets and smartphones. The trend has not been missed by toymakers. They know that even before a child can read or speak, they have an affinity for these devices.Enter the biggest trend at this year’s American International Toy Fair: toys that are either based on apps, or can be used with tablets and smartphones. The trend began last year, but this year the volume of products in this categor

    What's the biggest trend at this year’s American International Toy Fair? Toys that are either based on apps, or can be used with tablets and smartphones.

  • Movie studios can spend millions campaigning for an Academy Award. This isn’t just a move to take home a golden statue. Winning an Oscar can translate into big money for a movie studio. Just how much financial influence can the Oscars have?  the average best picture Academy Award winners between 2006-2010 saw a bump of 22.2 percent (or $20.3 million) in box-office revenue after receiving a nomination and an additional 15.3 percent (or $14 million) following a trophy.The 2011 best picture winner,

    Which movies have seen the biggest boost from Oscar? We looked at box-office sales for best picture winners, comparing revenues before and after their win since 1982. Data courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • Many factors can make a housing rental market difficult to negotiate, such as tight supply and fierce competition for the most desirable properties. But chief among potentially problematic rental factors is the cost. To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at  looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities. The resulting list is particularly heavy with representatives from one state. And while it might not be the argument-ender on where it is

    To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at John Burns Real Estate Consulting looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities.

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    Check out some of the billionaires from all over the world who have added a major sports team or two to their portfolios.

  • If you believe everything a pet owner could ever want or need has already been dreamed up, think again.Americans shell out more than to make their beloved pets happy. And if they can’t find just the right product to do the trick? Well, some entrepreneurial pet owners roll up their sleeves and create the product themselves.The result is a crop of small businesses that has sprung up around these products, and others that have expanded their offerings to meet pet-related interests.We asked the owne

    We asked the owners of innovative and quirky pet products about their inspiration, and the growing appeal of their products.

  • The Singapore airshow is held every two years and is Asia's largest aerospace and defense event. Held at the Changi Exhibition Center next to Singapore's Changi airport, it brings together some of the world's biggest military, commercial and business aircraft manufacturers, who are seeking to tap Asia's high-growth market.In 2010, deals worth about $10 billion were signed at the event. This year too, major manufacturers have been showcasing some of their most important products.Click ahead for h

    The Singapore airshow is held every two years and is Asia's largest aerospace and defense event. Check out some highlights from the show.

  • For the two weeks per year known as Fashion Week, it’s hard to avoid hearing fashion design organizations referred to fashion houses: the house of Armani, or the house of Fendi, and so on. But what types of homes are worthy of being the actual domiciles of these taste-making designers? Unlike actors’ mansions that always seem to be going on and off the real estate market, there doesn’t seem to be quite as high a turnover among homes of fashion designers. In fact, renowned wrap-dress designer Dia

    When famous fashion moguls’ handsomely appointed home spaces and estates go up for sale or rent and are listed online, it becomes a virtual catwalk.

  • Worries over the European debt crisis, a slow recovery in the U.S. and fears over a "hard landing" for China’s economy have left global investors searching for new markets to put their money in. For long-term investors that means looking for economies that have strong growth prospects driven by competitive advantages such as demographics, natural resources or geography. We've come up with a list of the ten best countries for long-term growth based on a report from HSBC titled: The World in 2050.

    Worries over the European debt crisis, a slow recovery in the U.S. and fears over a "hard landing" for China’s economy have left global investors searching for new markets to put their money in. What are the countries with the best prospects for growth?

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