The World's Safest Banks 2011


Luxembourg
Safest Bank: Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État (No. 8)

Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État is the only Luxembourg bank to make Global Finance’s list. The institution is owned by the government of Luxembourg and provides all the functions of a commercial bank, including retail and private banking.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


Canada
Safest Bank: Royal Bank of Canada (No. 11)

In Global Finance’s 2011 report, Canada is home to the Top 4 safest banks in North America, led by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

Playboy’s Million-Dollar Modeling Offers


Denise Richards and Pamela Anderson
Neither Pamela Anderson nor Denise Richards are new to Playboy, with Anderson appearing a record 13 times and Richards gracing the front cover in 2004. The duo, who had become friends while working on the movie “Blonde and Blonder” in 2007, reportedly had been offered $1 million to appear together in an issue. This proposal never came to fruition, however, and Playboy has declined to comment on the offers it makes.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


Australia
Safest Banks:
National Australia Bank Limited (No. 12)
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (No. 12)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is one of Australia’s four major banking groups, and is the largest bank by domestic assets ($638 billion as of December 2010).

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Rachel Hunter
Another high-priced offer from Playboy was made to supermodel and actress Rachel Hunter, who reportedly had been sought by the magazine since she was 17. Hunter eventually appeared in the April 2004 issue at the age of 35, after reports surfaced that she had been offered $1.8 million to pose for the magazine.

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Melissa Joan Hart
Another celebrity who was reportedly offered a huge paycheck to appear in Playboy was actress Melissa Joan Hart. According to reports, Hart was offered a cool $1 million to pose for the magazine during her time on the hit TV show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

The World's Safest Banks 2011


United Kingdom
Safest Bank: HSBC Holdings (No. 16)

One of the largest banking systems in the world, the U.K. only manages to get three banks on the Top 50 list. HSBC, with 1,347 U.K. offices and a market cap of $149.6 billion, is the country’s largest and safest bank.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


Singapore
Safest Bank: DBS Bank (No. 19)

In Singapore, the safest bank in 2011 is DBS Bank, which operates a regional network of more than 200 branches across 50 cities throughout Asia.

Playboy’s Million-Dollar Modeling Offers


Lindsay Lohan
According to reports from TMZ, Lindsay Lohan recently finalized a deal for “almost a million dollars” to appear in the magazine. When contacted by CNBC.com, a Playboy magazine spokesperson would not comment on the report. TMZ says that Lohan initially balked at an offer of $750,000, but eventually reached a deal. It is unclear when Lohan’s photos will appear in the magazine.

Playboy’s Million-Dollar Modeling Offers


Foxy Brown
According to the New York Post, rapper Foxy Brown said in July 2011 that she was contemplating a $2 million offer to pose for Playboy. Brown’s music career has been hindered by everything from hearing loss to criminal convictions, and a $2 million paycheck would signal a reversal of fortune for the artist, who pled “not guilty” to a felony charge in 2010.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


Sweden
Safest Bank: Nordea Bank (No. 22)

The four largest banks in Sweden—Nordea, Swedbank, Svenska Handelsbanken, and SEB—account for approximately 75 percent of the country’s market share, according to the Swedish Bankers Association. Two Swedish banks make Global Finance’s list this year, Nordea Bank at No. 22 overall and Svenska Handelsbanken at No. 23.

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Ashlee Simpson
Another huge offer made by Playboy was to recording artist Ashlee Simpson, to the tune of $4 million, according to TMZ. Like Aniston, Simpson, the younger sister of singer Jessica Simpson, turned down a $4 million figure, demonstrating that big paychecks alone aren’t always the best way to secure a photo shoot.

Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011


Lytro Light Field Camera
Price: $499

Life happens at a fast pace, so it's easy to miss a good shot. But unlike the conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera uses light-field technology, which captures the entire light field traveling in all directions.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


United States
Safest Bank: Bank of New York Mellon (No. 24)

In the Global Finance rankings of the world’s safest banks, the U.S. banking industry has six names making it to the Top 50, with Bank of New York Mellon ranking the best in the country at No. 24 overall. JPMorgan Chase (No. 34), Wells Fargo (No. 36), US Bancorp (No. 40), Northern Trust (No. 44), and CoBank ACB are the other U.S. banks making this year’s list.

Playboy’s Million-Dollar Modeling Offers


Jennifer Aniston
After Jennifer Aniston’s revealing appearance on the cover of GQ magazine in 2008, Playboy reportedly offered the former “Friends” sitcom star $4 million to pose for the magazine. To the dismay of many Playboy fans, Aniston declined the offer, reportedly telling publisher Hugh Hefner that, “ GQ was art, but Playboy is sex.”

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Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011


Chanel Sunglasses
Price: $550

The eyes may be a window to your soul, but these sunglasses are a symbol of your fashionable style. These Chanel cat-eye shaped sunglasses accentuate the face. The temple tops are made of interlaced lambskin leather and a leather chain stamped with a metal CC signature. The frames come in brown, black, and wood.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


Finland
Safest Bank: Pohjola Bank (No. 28)

Finland’s Pohjola Bank, ranked 28th overall, is the country’s only bank to make the list. Traded on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, the institution has a market cap of $2.4 billion as of August 2011.

Playboy’s Million-Dollar Modeling Offers


Heidi Montag
According to then-fiancée Spencer Pratt, celebrity Heidi Montag was offered $1 million to pose in Playboy in order to show off her “new” body following reconstructive surgery. Although Montag eventually appeared in the September 2009 issue, she broke with Playboy convention and appeared with no nudity. It is unclear whether she was paid the original $1 million for her appearance.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


Italy
Safest Bank: Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (No. 31)

Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011


Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram
Price: Ranges

Why give a generic gift when you can personalize a product and be unique?

Under the famed French luxury goods house's "Mon Monogram" program, you can personalize a version of classic LV luggage and handbags with different stripes styles, colors, and initials.

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Porsche Panamera Hybrid
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $95,000

When it comes to luxury sedans, Edmunds.com ranks the Porsche Panamera as one of the best on the market. It seats four comfortably, its interior is luxurious and its powerful performance should satisfy even the most discriminating.

Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011


Burberry Check Pajamas
Price: $250

Pajamas are another popular gift choice. These pajamas in Burberry’s iconic check design are comfortable and stylish. While wearing pajamas in public has become a growing trend, we recommended just hanging out in them at home.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


China
Safest Bank: China Development Bank (No. 38)

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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $67,700

The Porsche Cayenne was redesigned from top to bottom for 2011. The new hybrid version costs $67,700 , which is not exactly cheap, and it has a trunk with somewhat limited capacity, but otherwise, Edmunds.com characterizes it as “a top pick.”

Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011


Elements by KC Designs’ 'Evil Eye' Necklace
Price: $598

Jewelry, often a symbol of love and an expression of gratitude, is on the top of many wish lists. Online jewelry retailer Bluefly recently launched a diamond collection that features fashion pieces and pendants bearing words and initials. This diamond and sapphire "evil eye" necklace by KC Designs is a symbol often worn to ward off the “evil eye.”

The World's Safest Banks 2011


Japan
Safest Bank: Shizuoka Bank (No. 43)

For the second year in a row, Shizuoka Bank comes in as Japan’s safest bank, rising to No. 43 on the overall list from No. 50 in 2010. In 2010, Shizuoka reported net income of $463 million on $2.34 billion in revenues, and had $8.4 billion in Tier 1 capital vs. $661 million in Tier 2 capital.

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Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $91,000

Edmunds.com gives a chilly review to Mercedes-Benz’ ML450 Hybrid. On the other hand, the website has a completely different take on the company’s S400 Hybrid.

An Airbus Just For You



Comlux, a charter company based in Zurich, unveiled its latest custom-fitted ultra-luxury jet, an Airbus A320 Prestige. The 200-seat airliner has been reconfigured to hold just 19 passengers. The unique cabin features two galleys, a lounge area with an L-shaped divan, a six-seat dining table, and a private compartment that can be used either as a lounge area or a bedroom. Top-quality, exclusive materials were used throughout, with a natural color palette that echoes the sand and sky of the desert. The airplane will be available for VVIP charters from its base in Bahrain. Comlux operates a fleet of 18 aircraft, featuring Bombardier and Challenger models as well as a range of Airbus jets. (+41 43 888 7250, www.comluxaviation.com)

Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011


YSL Malibu High-Top Sneaker
Price: $745

Animal prints are hot this winter. These high-top Yves Saint Laurent leopard-print, cowhide sneakers will bring out your wild side. They sport the classic YSL logo on the sneaker's tongue and heel.

The World's Safest Banks 2011


United Arab Emirates
Safest Bank: National Bank of Abu Dhabi (No. 46)

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Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $55,790

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an SUV series that debuted in the 1990s. It’s currently available in a dizzying number of variations. One is the ML450 Hybrid, which comes tricked out with all-wheel drive, Bluetooth, an iPod input, and all the bells, whistles and luxuries that one would hope to get for $55,790 .

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The World's Safest Banks 2011


Kuwait
Safest Bank: National Bank of Kuwait (No. 47)

Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011


Johnnie Walker Private Scotch Tasting
Price: $5,000

In the latest edition of the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book , which puts out its list of fantasy gifts, the retailer is offering a limited number of private tasting events for spirits lovers. This time around, the focus is on Johnnie Walker, the most widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky in the world.

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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $34,645

The 2011 MKZ Hybrid from Lincoln is a moderately priced option for those wishing to buy a luxury hybrid vehicle. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $34,645 .