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  • New Year's Resolution: Best Diet Apps for the New Year

    Trying to get fit this year?

    Let these Diet Apps help you reach your goal.

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  • A Wall Street Woman on the Two Types of Wall Street Men

    By John Carney,

    ..I've recently been trying to do some research into divorce rates on Wall Street.

    The data is hard to come by, in part because the census doesn't do a very good job between differentiating between high-powered Wall Street jobs and people who work in "banking" but might just be regional loan officers or even bank tellers. Anecdotally, however, it seems that working on Wall Street makes it hard to get married and stay married.

    There are a lot of divorced folks on Wall Street and lots of people who stay single far later than the rest of the population.

    So I decided to check my impressions with a young woman who works for a high-powered financial firm. For obvious reasons, she asked me not to use her real name or the name of her firm. Let's call her Gwen for convenience sake.

    According to Gwen there are two types of successful men on Wall Street.

    One type is "very regimented."

    "They get up at the same time (early) every morning, never drink too much. They get

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  • Celebrity Insured Body Parts

    By Jill Weinberger and Joseph O' Dell,

    Athletes and celebrities depend on their physical prowess and appearance to earn their livelihoods, and some will go to great lengths to secure it. Though the practice may seem outrageous to many, these stars have shelled out big money for insurance policies on the assets that have been benchmarks of their success: their bodies.

    Taking out a policy on a body part, although rare, has been around for decades. During the 1920s, silent film clown Ben Turpin, who was known for his crossed eyes, took an insurance policy out if his eyes were to ever become uncrossed, TIME magazine reported. From their legs to the hair on their head and everything in between, the rich and famous are seeking to protect their money makers, and sometimes to gain a little publicity as well.

    And who exactly is penning these policies? UK-based Lloyd's of London, has become known for providing some of the most famous celebrity body part policies. The company

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  • High-end doggy daycare: no downsizing for Fido

    By Ellen Lee,

    "People are willing to spend money on their dog and their dog's care because they're as close to a member of your family [as you can get]." - Mitch Marrow, Owner, Spot Experience

    Mitch Marrow walks his dog in front of Spot Experience.Mitch Marrow walks his dog in front of Spot Experience.Drafted by the Carolina Panthers after an Ivy League education, Mitch Marrow had planned on a career playing in the National Football League.

    But a serious back injury cut short his dream. Now, after more than a decade on Wall Street managing hedge funds, Marrow is hoping to score big in an unlikely enterprise, an high-end doggy day care business in New York.

    Marrow, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, opened the Spot Experience earlier this year, offering a combination of day care, overnight boarding, training, grooming, retail and even dental care for the city's many dog lovers.

    With dogs substituting as children in many families, Spot taps into an industry that is growing despite the flailing economy. Owners spent an estimated $51 billion this year on their pets, up

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  • Countries with the Most Holidays

    By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani,

    Countries With the Best Holiday Entitlements

    It's that time of year again, when workers go on leave, businesses shut down and the general work-life balance scale dips toward "social." But employees in some countries have it especially good, with generous government-mandated holiday entitlements.

    With that in mind, we've put together a list of the top 10 countries with the highest number of mandated paid holidays per year, according to a 62-country report "Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines" released by the human resources consulting firm Mercer.

    The rankings are based on the minimum mandated holidays an employee is entitled to per year, not counting national holidays. (In cases where countries have the same number of statutory holidays we sorted them alphabetically.)

    Some of the results may surprise you and some of the benefits may make you envious. Check out which countries give their workers the most time off each year.

    See the full

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  • Celebrity Real Estate Woes of 2011

    By Colleen Kane,

    Live like a celebrity

    Some celebrities, like "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz and the cast of "Friends" seem to be constantly buying and selling properties. But famous or not, it's not so easy for everyone to sell.
    It could be the market and the economy. Maybe specific properties have specific reasons they aren't selling: staging issues, odd choice of décor, massive size or perhaps outrageous cost.

    Or maybe there's a glut of luxury homes mostly in the L.A. area that are too similar-so many of them are Spanish, vaguely Mediterranean in style, in a gated community, decorated in neutrals, with pool, spa, home theater, fitness room, wine cellar, guest house and so forth.

    Other celebrity real estate headaches this year include a lawsuit-entangled property involving water damage.

    Here's a look at 5 palaces on the market, with photos provided by

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    Hilary DuffHilary DuffHilary Duff
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  • 7 holiday scams to avoid


    Mail ScamsMail ScamsThe festive season should be a time of celebration - so you obviously don't want to spoil it by falling victim to holiday scams. Busy, high-spending times are precisely the opportunity crooks look for to try to trick you out of your money or steal your identity.

    According to, many holiday scams are variations of tricks you may encounter at any time of the year. Here, we highlight the seven most common areas where they're likely to strike, with the most frequent trick in each group and a list of other seasonal scams to watch out for.

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    1. Internet Shopping Scams

    By far the fastest-growing online holiday scam is the setting up of bogus websites offering just about everything you could want for Christmas, especially those hard-to-find gifts at fantastic bargain prices.
    You do a search for a gift you're planning to buy and suddenly you find it far cheaper than you had imagined. The website sales page looks

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  • Busiest Cities for the Holidays

    By Colleen Kane,

    Despite continuing economic troubles, more Americans are planning to travel this holiday season. According to a new report from AAA, an anticipated 42.5 million will be traveling 50 miles or more, which is 4 percent more than last year.

    Palm Springs, CaliforniaPalm Springs, CaliforniaTo find out where the greatest numbers of those Americans will be traveling, Bert Sperling of Sperling's Best Places looked at airline flight statistics from last year. The resulting top 10 busiest cities are those that have the highest percentage of flights during the holidays. However, the list was not determined just by looking at raw numbers. Sperling's team arrived at a list of the 100 largest airline destinations, counting only those flights that ended in each particular city so as not to include transfers.

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    "The large number of Florida cities in the top spots likely points to holiday travel to visit elderly parents who have retired to that state," Sperling remarked.

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  • 7 deadly financial sins

    By Suze Orman,

    Suze Orman's 7 Deadly Financial Sins

    People are always asking me for advice on what to do with their money. But if you really want to get ahead financially, the smarter question is what you shouldn't do with your money.


    1. Borrowing From Your 401(k)

    For starters, the money you take out of a traditional 401(k) is pre-tax, but when you pay it back it will be with money you already have paid tax on. Then, years down the line, when you withdraw the money in retirement you'll owe tax again. I think paying tax once is plenty.
    You also lose out on the compounding of that money. Just think about folks who pulled money out of their 401(k) in late 2008 and early 2009: That's money that wasn't invested when the stock market staged its epic rally beginning in March 2009. Lastly, there's the risk that if you are laid off, or just choose to switch jobs, you typically must repay the loan within a few months. Fail to do that and the loan is treated like an early

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  • Cupcake Killer: How Cake Pops Became the Next Big Trend

    By Lisa Flam,

    "The cupcake pop sent [people] over the edge. People just kept emailing me. ... It inspired me to want to keep challenging myself." - Angie Dudley, aka Bakerella

    Angie Dudley, aka Bakerella.Angie Dudley, aka Bakerella.By day, Angie Dudley is a mild-mannered graphic designer who lives near Atlanta. In her off hours, she's Bakerella, cake-pop maker, blogger, and culinary star to home bakers around the world.

    As Bakerella, Dudley started a mini-revolution in baking after one of her cake-on-a-stick creations went viral and she was invited on Martha Stewart's TV show in April 2008.

    Now, about four years after Dudley first wrote about how to combine cake crumbs and frosting into petite treats, her blog gets nearly 3.8 million page views a month and she's a New York Times best-selling cookbook author.

    And the bite-sized morsels of cake and frosting, for which she is often credited with popularizing, have inspired at least one cake-pop-making appliance, the Babycakes cake-pop maker. It's expected to be a popular gift for

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