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  • Did you hear? The celebrity real estate world recently buzzed with the rumor that Justin Bieber had bought himself a $10.8 million home for his 18 birthday—and it was the same  Ashton Kutcher has been renting, no less. It was almost too dreamy for a single item of gossip. As anyone who attended high school knows, gossip isn’t always true, and  soon reported that while Bieber had in fact toured that home, and two others, Kutcher may be the one who buys that house. Speaking of high-school days and

    Now we present a collection of teen idols and their homes. A lone elder statesman of this group is 33, but the rest were born after 1984, with four of them born in the 1990s.

  • 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

    From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Find out!

  • If someone asks you to lend them money, think before you act. As much as you may want to help out a friend or family member in need, there are several rules you should follow before you hand over any cash.Financial expert Suze Orman lays out her 10 rules for lending money — rules she says must never be altered. They will help you determine if you are in a position to lend or give money, and if so, how to go about doing it.“Live by [these] rules and one day you will be happy that you did,” she sa

    As much as you may want to help out a friend or family member in need, there are several rules you should follow before you hand over any cash.

  • Before anyone had heard of Bernie Madoff, Minnesota businessman Tom Petters carried out the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. His company, Petters Group Worldwide, owned brands like Polaroid and Fingerhut, as well as a controlling share of Sun Country Airlines. As federal agents learned, though, these legitimate businesses were propped up entirely by a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme. Petters sold promissory notes through his wholesale brokerage firm Petters Co. Inc., offering stunning returns of

    Before anyone had heard of Bernie Madoff, Minnesota businessman Tom Petters carried out the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

  • As head of a $7 billion hedge fund, Raj Rajaratnam’s phone often rang off the hook, and many of the calls were from corporate insiders who provided a goldmine of market-moving information. Unbeknownst to Rajaratnam, though, federal agents tapped his phone and the Wall Street titan was ultimately found guilty of perpetuating one of the largest cases of insider trading in history. Born in Sri Lanka, Rajaratnam grew up to become a self-made millionaire. He founded Galleon Group, which became one of

    Rajaratnam tapped a vast network of Wall Street insiders to funnel him inside information. Read on to go inside this Wall Street scandal!

  • There are few things more convenient than living near one’s workplace. The stress of commuting is minimal when the office is ten minutes away by car, and sunny days afford the opportunity for leisurely walks home at sunset while coworkers sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic.Baseball players have to travel the country during the regular season, so this scenario isn’t an option for six months out of the year. The one time when this scenario does, in fact, play out for them is during spring training, w

    There are few things more convenient than living near one’s workplace, but baseball players travel during the season. See where some of Major League Baseball’s stars live during spring training.

  • Apple (AAPL), maker of the wildly popular iPhone and iPad, leaped across the $500 billion mark in terms of market capitalization on Feb. 29, 2012, for the first time in its history. Its stock price – well past the $500-per-share threshold – continues to set new highs, seemingly on a regular basis. And it appears to be headed toward $600, and beyond, with the release of the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5. But if the stock seems too expensive, there are other ways to play an Apple rally. The “Fast Money”

    Apple, maker of the wildly popular iPhone and iPad, leapt across the $500 billion mark in terms of market capitalization on Feb. 29, 2012. But if the stock seems too expensive, here are other ways to play an Apple rally.

  • The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report, which examines all property searches made by homebuyers and renters to see where they hope to buy and rent next.  Topping the list of the most popular places for online house hunters is the Palm Bay- Melbourne – Titusville metropolitan area of Florida. The Sunshine State makes six more appearances in the top 10 most popular metro areas for house hunters.  Despite the foreclosure backlog, more people want to mov

    The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report. What follows are 10 desirable neighborhoods that tend to fly under the radar in their major American cities.

  • There was a wide-ranging change of the guard in 2011. In Europe struggling countries such as Italy and Greece brought in the technocrats, or voted out administrations, which had failed to solve their economic crises. In the Middle East two entrenched regimes toppled under popular uprisings and a third after a revolution.In 2012, there could be an even bigger shift, with several key countries facing possible changes at the top. Citizens that rid themselves of dictators and have not yet decided wh

    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard  in Europe and the Middle East in 2011. Here are 10 other elections that could change the game of global politics in 2012.

  • Heat rises from stacks at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California.

    With the most recent data from the Energy Information Administration and the CIA World Factbook, here are the countries with the biggest proven oil reserves.

  • As a “super-cell” of Tornadoes passed across the U.S. Midwest and South last week, small towns in Southern Indiana, Eastern Kentucky and Ohio were hit the hardest. Following tornadoes that touched down on Feb. 29th, on March 2nd, The Weather Channel reported that there were 279 tornado warnings issued, with an area of “high risk” spanning across 4 states. Many of the affected areas are have spent the past 10 months rebuilding their communities after last Spring’s deadly tornadoes, but in the pas

    As a “super-cell” of tornadoes passed across the U.S. Midwest and South, small towns in Southern Indiana, Eastern Kentucky, and Ohio were hit the hardest.

  • Apple has been the darling of retail investors and has been creating buzz in the markets for years as it continues its meteoric rise as its market capitalization moved above the $500 billion mark in February. Apple is one of the few corporations to eclipse the $500 billion mark, although it is currently the only publicly traded company to exist above this value today, at $506.2 billion as of March 2, 2012. Five other companies have seen their value peak at over $500 billion, including Microsoft

    In February, Apple's market capitalization moved above the $500 billion mark. How much could Apple buy and what else is worth $500 billion? Click ahead to find out!

  • To hear them tell it in home renovation programs and publications, every kitchen should look like it’s starring in a cooking show or else be dismissed as sub-par—even when the existing older components are still perfectly functional. The critics are harsh. There is no room for an avocado laminate countertop.  This kitchen-shaming has proven most beneficial to contractors, to makers of granite and marble countertops, and to manufacturers of stainless steel appliances. And yet, as much as the tast

    With all the kitchen trends now, some homeowners and designers flout the conventions, go with personal taste and choose a look that no one else has. Here are 10 examples.

  • Clean tech has become a major destination for investors, from venture capital firms to ordinary shareholders. The large and diverse sector, which covers everything from energy to transportation to construction, touches all sorts of industries and often blurs with other areas. Clean tech, like green, was once closely associated with the socially responsible investing movement, but its sheer size today, has created a wealth of investment vehicles in alternative, as well as concepts such as energy

    As clean-tech investing can be volatile, investment strategists generally advise dipping into this space as part of a larger, diversified portfolio plan. Here’s a look at the largest funds, based on market capitalization.

  • While they’ve attracted a dedicated following of enthusiasts, electric cars are still carving out their niche and flirting with the mainstream. However, there are enough models now in production that we can single out some of the more luxurious examples. To do so, we consulted John Filiss, Publisher of the online automotive resource .  The resulting list runs the gamut from sporty electric vehicles to luxury sedans to recreation vehicles. The list also includes one concept car that doesn’t yet e

    While they’ve attracted a dedicated following, electric cars are still carving out their niche and flirting with the mainstream. Here are some eye-popping models.

  • The average U.S. price of gasoline jumped 18 cents a gallon in the past two weeks due to rising costs of crude oil and related concerns about tensions in the Middle East, although supplies of fuel remained plentiful in most of the country, according to the Lundberg Survey. The national average cost for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to $3.69 on Feb. 24, according to the nationwide survey of gasoline stations. To capitalize on the higher gas price, CNBC’s Jim Cramer says oil and gas drilling c

    Given the continued shift to oil, Cramer thinks select oil and gas names can be bought on dips. Check out his preferred plays.

  • 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.

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