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  • Top Tax Filing Errors Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:42 AM ET
    It's inevitable that people make mistakes. We're only human, after all. But if you make a mistake on your annual tax return, it can you time and money. The Internal Revenue Service's processing of your return is slowed down significantly by errors, meaning any refund you might be due will be delayed. To keep that from happening, the IRS recommends double and even triple checking your return — or make it even easier by filing electronically.Click ahead to find out which filing mistakes are the mo

    It's inevitable that people make mistakes. We're only human, after all. But if you make a mistake on your annual tax return, it can you time and money. Here's how to avoid the most common, costly mistakes.

  • In-Law Suites: Finding Space and Income in Your House Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 12:49 PM ET
    Apartments, suites, and cottages added on to a main home as additional living space are nothing new. They can be created from attics, basements, garages, additions, existing space in the home, or as freestanding structures. Many call them in-laws, since they often house an elderly parent; if they're for renters (or illegally built), they're called outlaws; and those ever-colorful bureaucrats call them ADUs (accessory dwelling units). In these post-recessional times, however, the in-law suite has

    Click to see some clever examples of what happens when homeowners turn "this old house" into two homes.

  • Easter Bunny on a Budget Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend an average of $131.04 on their Easter celebration this year, up 10 percent from last year but still off the Easter spending levels of years past. This will bring total spending on Easter merchandise this year to $14.6 billion, the trade group also said. The average person will shell out $18.55 on Easter candy and $8.00 on decorations for their home. For Easter dress, the NRF expects the average person to spend $21.51 on new spring apparel

    To help you stick to your own budget, we’ve gathered up some interesting ideas—all priced less than $25—that aren’t filled with sugar. Click ahead to see them all.

  • The Euro Zone's Worst Government Debt Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 1:05 AM ET
    Price: $4,500 This trike was hand-built by Worksman Cycles--the company that invented the delivery tricycle in 1898 for ice cream vendors—with fabric and colors that were custom designed by Tory Burch. One nice feature: if pedaling along grows tiring, flip a switch and activate a clean-energy electric drive system.

    Global investors have followed every twist in the ongoing debt crisis engulfing the euro zone. See what countries have the most indebted governments, and how their economies are faring.

  • 10 Cities With the Highest Credit Scores Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    The average credit score, one of the best measures of financial responsibility, is finally starting to stabilize, after a steady slide from 2006 to 2009, suggesting consumer belt tightening is starting to work.The national average was 747.10 at the end of 2010, according to  one of the three big credit-reporting agencies. That’s on a scale of 501 to 990.Experian, along with the other major credit-reporting agencies, Equifax and TransUnion, use a system called to determine a person’s credit score

    Credit scores are stabilizing across America but some cities have demonstrated more fiscal discipline than others. Here are 10 cities with the highest credit scores.

  • Notorious Doomsday Prophets Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

    December 21, 2012 -- the end date in the ancient Mayan calendar. Will it bring the Apocalypse? See some of the most notorious prophets and doomsday groups in history.

  • An Economic Tour of Qatar Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    Qatar, an emirate that is slightly smaller in land size than Connecticut, has leapt onto the global economic scene with its vast natural resources, wealth, and relative stability. Ruled by Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani since 1996, it's one of the fastest growing economies in the world, growing by 19.4% in 2010 alone. Executives from several of Qatar’s major corporations as well as government leaders will convene at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City April 6-7, 2011, for the Business & Invest

    So, what should you know about Qatar, and what are some of its key economic characteristics? Click for an economic tour.

  • How Are Rare Earth Elements Used? Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 9:58 AM ET
    Rare earth elements have drawn worldwide attention in recent months, with uncertainty from the world’s largest producer, China, making investors uneasy about products and industries that require these substances. Rare earth elements are a collection of seventeen members of the periodic table, as defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, but the name is somewhat misleading. Composed mostly of members of the Periodic table’s lanthanide series, rare earths are similar in abu

    Click for an element-by-element breakdown of the rare earth elements and how they are used in today’s economy.

  • Big Brands, Lost Profits Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 5:39 PM ET
    Start-ups are usually a cacophony of ambition, excitement, PowerPoint presentations and beginner’s mistakes. You never know when a budding company is going to be the next big thing or the next big flop. Sometimes, amid the chaos, as the brand is rising to stardom, someone gets left behind. Someone who helped build the company, create the brand, or is part of the brand’s iconic image, but missed out on the millions those brands went on to make. Here are 10 big brands and the stories of the people

    Start-ups are usually a cacophony of ambition, excitement, PowerPoint presentations and beginner’s mistakes. Sometimes, amid the chaos, as the brand is rising to stardom, someone gets left behind. Here are 10 big brands and the people who lost out on the profits.

  • Slideshow: The World's Biggest Art Heists Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    Daring thieves have broken into museums, castles, and even personal homes throughout history to swindle artistic masterpieces. It doesn't happen often given how much art is out there, but when it does — and especially when the thieves get away with it — it makes global headlines. Unlike most robberies, art theft is typically more about obsession than it is making money — the thieves steal for their own personal collections.

    The FBI estimates that $6 billion is lost annually around the globe to the theft, fraud, looting and trafficking of art and cultural property. Click to see some of the world's biggest art heists.

  • The World's 10 Strongest Liquor Brands Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 12:13 PM ET
    The recession may be over, but it has certainly left a mark on the drinks industry. During the period, the biggest alcoholic brands found their market dominance increasingly challenged by newer, cheaper brands, according to the findings of brand consulting firm Intangible Business. The company collected 200 experts on the drinks industry and researched nearly 10,000 brands in the spirits and wine sectors to come up with a list of 2010's 100 most powerful spirits and wine brands. The ranking is b

    Despite market share gains made by smaller liquor brands, they still haven't cracked the top echelon of the industry: The strongest liquor brands remain large ones. Click ahead to find out the power certain brands wield around the world.

  • Endangered Historic Mansions Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 10:52 AM ET
    A mansion’s former grandeur and its historic significance are often not enough to save it from deteriorating beyond repair, or from a date with the wrecking ball. Preservationists may rally and circulate petitions, but it often boils down to cost—not just to purchase a troubled estate, but to restore it. Even when mansions of a certain age do have owners keen on preservation, the structures and their grounds have massive upkeep costs. For example, the owners of the circa-1896  in Oradell, NJ say

    The following structures, compiled using suggestions from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, have ties to tycoons, to the Carnegies, to the Titanic, to the Gilded Age.

  • The Case for Investing in Natural Resources Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 12:40 AM ET
    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 15: Traders watch prices in the Ten-Year Treasury Note options pit at the CME Group following the announcement by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) that they would maintain the key policy rate near zero on March 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. U.S. stock and commodity prices tumbled today following a sharp drop in Japan???s stock market, as investors worldwide worry about the economic impact of that country's recent earthquake, tsunami and unfolding nuclear crisis. (Pho

    In a recent letter to investors, Gaia Resources Fund listed 10 drivers for investing in the natural resources sector. Click to discover what they are.

  • 30 Cars That Get 30 MPG Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 3:09 PM ET
    With gasoline prices once again speeding toward $4 a gallon, fuel efficiency is becoming more of a priority for drivers.

    With gasoline prices once again speeding toward $4 a gallon, fuel efficiency is becoming more of a priority for drivers. Here are 30 cars that get over 30 miles per gallon.

  • The Biggest Holidays for Spending Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 10:48 AM ET
    Who doesn’t love a party? Holidays are a great excuse to gather family and friends for dinner and other celebrations. And with those gatherings come other expenses—new clothing, gifts, flowers, cards and other items. All together, IBISWorld estimates that Americans spend $228.4 billion on holidays throughout the year. Gifts are the most common purchase that consumers make during the major holidays, and account for 47.2 percent of total holiday sales. Food and drink make up the second largest cat

    IBISWorld estimates that Americans spend $228.4 billion on holidays throughout the year. Click to see how the holidays stack up.

  • Investor Spring Cleaning: Investing Tips Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 10:00 AM ET
    No sooner did the bull market turn two years old, did a world of worry hit the markets, as revolution in the Middle East and catastrophe Japan illustrated the negative impact of uncertainty. Lost in the blur of current events, however, is that the first quarter is typically one of the best-performing ones for stocks, with March the strongest of the three months. Don't despair. April is even better.Click ahead for some lessons about the market tumult of March and how they relate to core investing

    No sooner did the bull market turn two years old, did a world of worry hit the markets, as revolution in the Middle East and catastrophe Japan illustrated the negative impact of uncertainty.

  • The 10 Hottest Commodities of 2011 Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 12:25 PM ET
    Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or copper? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is near a two-and-a-half year high. In 2010 the CRB index rose by 17% compared to a 13% gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecti

    CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best-performing commodities in the CRB index so far this year, based on the closing prices on March 29, 2011.

  • Top 10 Destinations for Family Entertainment Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:25 PM ET
    Among people who plan to travel in 2011, 83 percent will be traveling with family, and 90 percent of those traveling with family will keep their trips domestic, according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. What follows is the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation. This ranking was released as inaugural Traveler’s Choice Family list, compiled based on user reviews from TripAdvisor.com. The 10 destinations were determined ba

    Here are the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation.

  • The 13 Most Divorced Celebrities Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 3:41 PM ET
    A 2010 report confirms the often-repeated statistic that 50% of all marriages in the United States now end in divorce. However, some communities are harder-hit by this epidemic than others, and the entertainment community bears more than its fair share of shattered nuptials. But this is not simply because there is a high number of divorced entertainers. Rather, there are entertainers who have divorced a high number of times, with some racking up as many as four, five or even six divorces or more

    The entertainment community bears more than its fair share of shattered nuptials. Click to see which celebrities have been the unluckiest in love and racked up the most divorces.

  • America's Weirdest Restaurants Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:58 AM ET
    Novelty and theme restaurants seem to be more common outside the U.S., especially in Asia, but we’ve uncovered 20 unusual dining experiences right here in the USA, serving cuisines from the aggressively unhealthy to whimsical works of art. Some meals come with shows and some with surprises; some of the restaurants transport diners to another time, and one to another planet. It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how m

    It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how many appall.

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