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  • Fast Money Web Extra

    The Fast Money crew offers special CNBC.com-only advice on your investments.

  • Iran's Threat to Close Straits of Hormuz

    Sharing insight into Iran's threats to close down the Strait of Hormuz, with Alireza Nader, Rand Corp. Iran analyst saying, "what Iran is counting on is to use this as a threat to prevent an oil embargo on Iran and if there is a conflict to impede the flow of oil to a certain extent that oil prices go up and this puts pressure on the United States and other governments."

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    A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.

  • Allen Stanford

    Federal prosecutors say a bid by accused Ponzi mastermind Allen Stanford to delay his criminal trial until late April ignores the interests of thousands of investors in the alleged $7 billion scam.

  • Allen Stanford

    Now that a judge has ruled accused Ponzi mastermind R. Allen Stanford competent to stand trial, his defense team has moved on to plan "B": a bid to delay the trial by three months.

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    Pharmaceutical giants’ profits could take a "double-dip" hit next year from patent expirations on blockbuster drugs and President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, according to a report from CreditSights, a credit market research firm.

  • Castle Square in Warsaw old town, 30th July 2010. (Photo by Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images)

    Since returning a day ago from a trip to Prague and Krakow, I have been pondering the stark contrasts between our country and the countries in Europe.

  • Stock Pops & Drops

    The Fast Money traders take a look at today's biggest market movers.

  • Forecasting 2012 Global Markets

    Sharing perspective on whether investors should bet on the United States market for the new year, with Uri Landesman, Platinum Partners president and Hugh Johnson, Hugh Johnson Advisors chairman/CIO.

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    Investors can blame Europe for choking off stock market gains in 2011. But there’s a growing list of geopolitical flashpoints lurking in 2012—and any one of them could pose a risk to stocks.

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    Some companies are starting to do virtual office holiday parties. That sounds like either the coolest — or uncoolest — party ever. So, how does that work, exactly?

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    Without treatment to replace his failing kidneys, doctors knew, the man in Bellevue hospital would die. He was a waiter in his early 30s, a husband and father of two, so well liked at the Manhattan restaurant where he had worked for a decade that everyone from the customers to the dishwasher was donating money to help his family.

  • Stocks Rally on Housing  Hope

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on Tuesday's rally, as the Dow heads over 12,000, fueled by promising housing numbers.

  • What makes a job an easy one? That depends. Some are easy because they offer minimal contact with the public. Others, because they don’t require an advanced degree. And still others, because the spectacular beachfront location of the office makes it impossible to dwell on the downsides for too long.Unfortunately, one downside that’s next to impossible to overlook is a low salary. If you’re struggling to make rent and subsisting on a diet of Ramen noodles, it doesn’t matter if you have free acces

    Are there really jobs with flexible hours, fantastic locations and copious vacation time that also net a decent paycheck? What follows is a list of jobs with the potential for high pay and low stress.

  • Does Allen Stanford Have Amnesia?

    Accused of running a $7B ponzi scheme, Allen Stanford was in court today and CNBC's Scott Cohn has the story.

  • Federal Reserve New Rules

    CNBC's Steve Liesman breaks down the Federal Reserve's new capital and liquidity rules for the nation's largest banks.

  • 5 Dead as Small Plane Crashes in New Jersey

    CNBC's Sue Herera reports a small plane crashed on Route 287 in New Jersey, killing five people, including two investment bankers from New York City.

  • Kim Jong Un

    While the Pentagon is always planning for contingencies, it was particularly prescient in its choice of war games the week before North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's death, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Stability for Europe?

    Depending on Goldman Sachs' economic forecast for 2012, the eurozone may see gradual stabilization in late 2012. CNBC's Maria Bartiromo speaks to Jan Hatzius, Behind the Report chief economist regarding 2012 predictions.

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    Some economists are estimating that extending the payroll-tax cut could add as much as a full percentage point of growth to the US economy next year.