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The 20 Most Valuable Brands In The World

Every year, BrandZ and Millward Brown Optimor calculate and rank brands based on their global value. These are the 20 most valuable brands for 2013. (Think mobile.)

U.S.: 19th Best Place for Retirees

For retirees hoping to live long and prosper in their golden years, the U.S. is only the 19th best place to be, according to a new index.

Teens Reveal the Craziest Things They've Done to Save Money

The two companies have launched a quirky new campaign to get teens motivated to save more and spend less. At its center is a simple, teen-friendly challenge titled: "The Craziest Thing I Did To Save Money." We've got some of the best responses from those submitted so far.

Go Inside McDonald's Secret Test Kitchen

Business Insider visited McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., and the company gave them a peek inside its test kitchen, where new menu items are developed for its global fast food empire.

The 10 Most Expensive Cities in the United States

The Council for Community and Economic Research just released its sixth annual city cost-of-living rankings. We'll tell you which cities made its top 10 list, plus the average costs of a few ordinary purchases in each one to help put those expenses in perspective.

10 States with the Most People Living on Edge of Financial Ruin

Across America today, millions of people are unable to save for even short-term emergencies -- but in some places, people have it worse than others. Business Insider reveals the states where residents are the least able to cope with unexpected money troubles.

The Dangers of 401(k) Loans

Dipping into your 401(k) plan is tantamount to journeying into the future, mugging your 65-year-old self, and then booking it back to present day life. And yet, a new study finds that one in four workers resorts to taking 401(k) loans each year.

Are Mortgages from Walmart the Future of Lending?

Since the financial crash of 2007, banks have lost their luster and alternative financing options like peer-to-peer lending have grown rapidly. Now, a new study suggests the next phase of lending's transformation will be companies like Walmart and eBay offering big loans at lower rates.

Nate Silver Almost Certainly Has Millions at Stake in Tonight's Election

The other day, Nate Silver proposed a $2,000 bet (for charity) with Joe Scarbrough on the outcome of the election. But let's be honest, the New York Times polling guru has WAY more at stake than that. We're talking millions of dollars on his being right that Obama will stomp Romney in the Electoral College.

13 Ways Americans Throw Away Money

Blame the government or blame the economy, but Americans should also blame themselves for their declining net worth. We waste over half a trillion dollars each year -- and that's just for areas with available data. And what do we waste that money on? Read on ...

Woman Trying to Sell Her Soul on eBay

People can sell their souls on eBay? A New Mexico woman named Lori is doing just that, and bidding has already jumped from $100 to $405 in just a day. But this auction doesn't appear to be about the money.

This German Woman Has Lived Without Money For 16 Years

As we edge closer to a cashless society, some consumers are quietly challenging the idea of money in the first place -- by giving it up completely. Meet Heidemarie Schwermer, who gave up a cushy career to do just that.

7 'Sure Thing' Stock Market Predictors Put to the Test

The problem with trusting in so-called market truisms is that they often defy common sense. But before we chalk them up to coincidence, let's see how oddities like the January theory or the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover theory have done so far this year.