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  • Credit card and magnifying glass

    If the MasterCard and Visa security breach is real as many as 10 million cardholders may get phone calls about suspicious activity on their accounts.

  • Lotto Mania: Lump Sum vs. Annuity Payoff

    NBC's Gabe Gutierrez reports on tonight's drawing of the largest lottery in world history; and Austan Goolsbee, University of Chicago professor and Ron Insana, CNBC contributor, weigh in on why they would prefer a lump sum.

  • Preparing for Global Headwinds

    Sharing investor advice amid growing concerns over a hard-landing in China and rising gasoline prices, with Thomas Lee, JPMorgan chief U.S. equity strategist, and Stephen Gallagher, Societe Generale corporate and investment banking.

  • Dividends vs. Buybacks

    Sharing perspective on tonight's lottery drawing for $640M and whether investors should safeguard their money in dividend stocks or companies who are buying back shares, with Randy Bateman, Huntington Funds CIO and Barry James, James Advantage Funds president.

  • Florida Buildings

    The residential rebound is under way in fits and starts, but it is volatile, and it is local.

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    Global IPO activity for the first quarter of 2012 fell to its lowest level since the second quarter of 2009, according to a new report from Ernst & Young.

  • United States Federal Reserve

    While the U.S. Federal Reserve has reiterated it would keep interest rates near zero until late 2014, Sam Chandan, Chief Economist at Chandan Economics, says that low interest rates distort asset prices and are "toxic" for the economy.

  • In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • Man paying taxes

    You haven't done your taxes yet, have you? Yep, I figured. Me neither! Is your city on the top 10 most tax-procrastinatinest cities? Click ahead to find out!

  • Don't worry. It's rubber.

    Like to laugh? Yeah, that's going to cost you. While you were worried about high gas prices, the price of rubber chickens hit a 25-year high.

  • Ron Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell, appears on Conan to announce an Anchorman sequel.

    Guess what, jazz flute fans — Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 news team are back! Will Ferrell popped by the "Conan" show as Ron Burgundy to announce that they will be making a sequel to movie "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

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    Plans for a nationwide, state-of-the-art railroad safety system, inspired by a fatal crash in 2008, are meeting with resistance, due to a fierce debate over its effectiveness and business benefits.

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    Recent economic data suggest the U.S. economy will power ahead of Europe in the first half of 2012, with consumers growing increasingly confident and boosting activity in the former while more reforms are needed in the latter to boost growth, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Thursday.

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    After charting five consecutive years of steady growth in the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported a sharp five-percentage point decline in January and February of this year, bringing the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans below that of the general population for the first time since 2008.

  • London Bridge

    London and New York are still the most important cities for the super-rich despite stiff competition from the emerging economies, a report into attitudes of the wealthy has revealed.

  • Oil Could Hit $150

    Greg Smith, Group CEO, Global Commodities, says forward oil prices are trading below spot prices because they haven't factored in tensions with Iran. He adds that the price could rise to $150 given the risks of conflict with Iran.

  • Buying America, Buy Banks?

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports on whether banks are the best way to play the comeback in the U.S. economy, with the Fast Money traders.

  • Throughout the financial crisis, many national economies have looked to their government and foreign lenders for financial support, which translates to increased spending, borrowing and in most cases, growing national debt.Deficit spending, government debt and private sector borrowing are the norm in most western countries, but due in part to the financial crisis, some nations and economies are in considerably worse debt positions than others.External debt is a measure of a nation's foreign liab

    Some nations around the globe are in considerably worse debt positions than others. Here are nations with the world's greatest debts.

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    The first upside target for the Dow is 13,900, even though many will focus on the psychologically convenient round number target of 14,000.

  • Havana, Cuba

    The pope's visit to Cuba is providing a rare opportunity to see first hand the economic state of one of the last bastions of socialism, and whether or not a few new market-oriented laws are the start of meaningful change.