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    Poll results from the December Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey, released today, reveal that independent business owners are optimistic about the economy heading into 2012.

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    UK chief financial officers (CFOs) see the break - up of the European single currency as the greatest threat to their businesses in 2012, a survey from the accountancy firm Deloitte showed on Tuesday.

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    As the weak economy has trudged on, they have leaned on credit cards to pay for holiday gifts, many bought at discounts. They are dipping into savings to cover spikes in gas, food and rent. They are substituting domestic vacations for international trips, squeezing more life out of their washing machines and refrigerators and switching to alternatives as meat prices have risen. The New York Times reports.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investing advice, including gold stocks and bank bets, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.

  • Serial Innovators

    "Sometimes, but only sometimes, firms resist the aging process. Such firms adapt and thrive in dynamic markets; they are serial innovators; they continuously reinvent themselves; they change their industries," the author writes and offers seven ways to turn your company into a a serial innovative

  • Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should resist pressure from European Union leaders to take part in inadequate bailout programs for European countries, Mohamed El-Erian wrote in the Financial Times.

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    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard in Europe in 2011. In 2012, there could be an even bigger shift, with several key countries facing possible changes at the top.

  • Mad Money, December 29, 2011

    Mad Money host and former hedge fund manager, Jim Cramer, provides stock traders with all manner of investing advice.

  • Unemployment Line

    Unemployment has become a lot like the weather. Everyone talks about it but no one really does anything about it.

  • The Progress Principle - by Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer

    The line between professional “office” jobs and day-labor is blurring and for professionals in this position, there’s good news and bad news.

  • Weekly Jobless Claims: Up 15,000

    CNBC's Rick Santelli analyzes this week's jobless claims, coming in at 381,000 - up 15,000 from last week. Santelli also weighs in on currencies, specifically the euro vs the dollar.

  • If you want to be a model, a bike messenger or a ball boy, it pays to be young. However, if you want a job in which you’re expected to convey reliability, wisdom or gravitas, people over 50 have the advantage. They’ve been around the block a few times, and they have years of hard-earned knowledge with which no amount of postgraduate education can compete.However, job-hunters over the age of 50 may be apprehensive about what’s out there. Will they be written off prematurely thanks to ageism? Will

    It pays to be young. but if you want to convey reliability, wisdom or gravitas, people over age 50 have the edge. See the new careers for workers over 50.

  • No Excuses

    "New Year resolutions are often only exercises in excusing your own failure—unless you resolve something you truly, authentically want for yourself," the author writes.

  • CareerBuilder's Annual Hiring Forecast

    The hiring outlook for 2012 is cautiously optimistic, says Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder CEO, who reveals an improving labor market in the year to come, but not by much.

  • A detailed view of the prototype design of the new golden Olympic torch during its unveiling at St Pancras Station on June 8, 2011 in London, England. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70-day relay, which starts at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.

    Ten percent of the 40,000 construction workers employed for the 2012 Olympic Games were previously out of work, according to a report by the Olympic Development Authority (ODA).

  • The Number That Killed Us - by Pablo Triana

    "What if I told you that the true culprit behind the 2007-2008 credit crisis and, indirectly, the current Euro crisis was a mathematical model known as Value at Risk? And what if I told you that VaR, present in the markets for more than two decades, had caused trouble before and that its obvious structural deficiencies were amply known?" In this guest post, the author writes about "The Number That Killed Us."

  • Stand Out - by Marcus Buckingham

    In this guest post the author writes, "We need to capture and share the best practices of top performers, and match those best practices with people best suited to use them. The catch is that you have to individualize."

  • The Conference Board's U.S. consumer confidence index jumped in December to 64.5 from a downwardly revised 55.2 in November, the private business research group reported  Tuesday.

  • Global Economic Forecast for 2012

    It is going to be a very complex year across the board, says Roger Altman, Evercore Partners, who adds that the U.S. will see slow growth in areas of employment and enormous risk and volatility posed by Europe, and some developing uncertainties on China's growth.

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    Banks are the key to fixing Europe's ongoing economic crisis, and they must be helped to lend while recapitalization of European financial institutions takes place early next year, analysts said on Tuesday.