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    January in the northern hemisphere is usually the coldest month of the year and it might prove to be a bitter one for euro zone governments trying to raise money in the capital markets, reports the Financial Times.

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    How much do you know about the finances, facts and figures that made 2010 a year like no other?

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    It was the year that the economy started to recover and then slid back into a slump — only to offer reason for renewed hope in the final weeks. The New York Times reports.

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    With anemic property tax revenues and forecasts of more dire financial times ahead, some experts and elected leaders fear that more localities may have to at least consider bankruptcy. The New York Times reports.

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    It is impossible to generalize something that is inherently case-by-individual case. Therefore, any boilerplate advice or conventional wisdom is bound to omit a key consideration, underweight or overemphasize other considerations, or take too long-term or short-term of a view.

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    Though many in Washington and Wall Street have applauded the bipartisan tax cut package as a key economic stimulant, there are more than a few skeptics about its potential impact.

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    The Federal Reserve’s $600 billion stimulus program has done little to lower interest rates and or improve unemployment, though it has boosted stock and commodity prices, a CNBC survey says.

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    Schools offering a more career-oriented approach to higher education continue to enjoy double-digit growth, fueled by a sluggish economic recovery, accelerated stimulus spending and a more practical student mindset.

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    Despite a surge this year in short-term hiring, many American businesses are still skittish about making those jobs permanent, the New York Times reports.

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    The unemployment rate rose in 21 states and Washington D.C. in November, up from the 14 states that showed increases the month before, according to government data released Friday.

  • Shares of the coffee giant are surging to end the year as investors anticipate a pick up in the employment going into 2011.

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    The president remains more politically resilient than the mid-term elections suggest— and his adjustment to setbacks may be helping him. Obama leads prospective Republican challengers for 2012.

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    For both the jobseeker and the happily employed, you want to translate the overall top five list to your specific prospective employer’s or current employer’s top five list.

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    Come April, some 90,000 freelancers and consultants will file their taxes as a sole proprietor amid the swelling ranks of independent workers nationwide.  Here’s a primer on tackling your taxes .

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    Retirement savings accounts are a growing source of emergency cash for Americans hurt by the weak economy, but withdrawing money prematurely can have serious tax consequences. Here's how to soften the pain.

  • Christmas 2010 could turn out to be the merriest since the recession began, with the exclusive CNBC All-America Economic Survey finding Americans somewhat more optimistic but real optimism remains elusive.

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to offer later Thursday legislation to extend expiring tax cuts, an aide said Thursday.

  • The "Fast Money" traders discuss how to trade Japanese bond yields and food Prices, as well.

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    The surge in 10-year Treasury yields above the psychological 3 percent level this week crowns a miserable period for bond traders and investors who bet on the Federal Reserve’s second round of quantitative easing policy, or QE2, being bullish for the market, reports the Financial Times.

  • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, told CNBC Wednesday that he would push for permanent lower tax rates, "real" spending cuts and entitlement reforms when Republicans take control of the House in January.