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  Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

Countrywide Talks (Employees) And Fake Jane Responds

Posted By: Jane Wells
So I'm sitting in the bagel shop on Saturday morning having my usual breakfast and coffee, when a woman approaches me with a sunny smile and says, "I work at Countrywide and we watch you all the time!" I grimaced, thinking she must hate me. Instead, she said, "Are you OK?" I said, "Yes I'm fine, but, more importantly, how are you?" "Great!" She proceeded to tell me that everyone on the inside knows Countrywide is going to be fine... »Read more
  Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

You Laugh Because It Hurts Too Much to Cry Pt. 2

Posted By: Jane Wells
The folks who run a song parody site called VERSUS have sent me their "song of the week." If this doesn't make you smile through the pain, well, pour yourself another scotch and then listen. »Read more
  Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 11:35 AM ET

Angelo Mozilo Unplugged

Posted By: Jane Wells
The Countrywide Investor Relations site is promoting its 2007 Investor Forum. It takes place Sept. 5-6 and includes a "Servicing Tour"at the company's offices in Simi Valley, followed by a day-long panel discussion and Q&A at headquarters in Calabasas. Discussions include a "Servicing Overview -- Managing Through Turbulent Times" and "Bank Integration and Capital Strategies." »Read more
  Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 4:28 PM ET

You Laugh Because it Hurts too Much to Cry

Posted By: Jane Wells
Regarding my earlier blogs on Countrywide spacer calling customers to remind them to pay their mortgages (which Countrywide confirms), I received this email from Michael Paslawskyj. He's a Senior Economist for the American Institute for Economic Research who says he's spent much of the last 25 years working in financial services and says he's never heard of such a policy. »Read more
  Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 2:42 PM ET

A Celebrity-Studded Economic Outlook (And More Erin)

Posted By: Jane Wells
Just putting Erin Burnett's picture on my blog boosted my traffic more than 100% yesterday. Or maybe it was the Fake Jane pic. »Read more
  Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 2:10 PM ET

Naked, Nigeria, Notes

Posted By: Jane Wells
Ok, so some of you felt a little ripped off by the last blog. You were. But it worked. Wondering what other key words I should use to promote clickage. "Buffett"? "Beastiality"? "Naked.... shorts"? Some suggest the answer might be to actually blog about something meaningful. Oh. »Read more
  Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 9:55 AM ET

Erin Burnett and Me

Posted By: Jane Wells
  Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 5:05 PM ET

That's Hot

Posted By: Jane Wells
A company called Summer Soles says our feet are sweating sooooo much in this heat that we'd do ANYTHING to stop it. Naturally, the company sells peel-and-stick fabric sole inserts which whisk away foot sweat. Hey, somebody's gotta do it. »Read more
  Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 12:04 PM ET

Not So Funny at Countrywide

Posted By: Jane Wells
Sometimes I'm funny, and sometimes I just THINK I'm funny. Here are some of the responses to the blog I posted Friday, while camping outside Countrywide Headquarters. »Read more
  Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

Countrywide: How Their "Pain" Got Me A Free Lunch Invite

Posted By: Jane Wells
So, I've been spending the entire morning today sitting outside Countrywide's corporate headquarters in Calabasas, California (at least there's a nice breeze). I'm covering the nuggets inside the company's quarterly regulatory filing which doesn't paint a pretty picture. Bottom line, the future of lending looks murky. Countrywide can't sell a lot of its loans to investors, so it's having to hold onto them. »Read more

About Funny Business with Jane Wells

  • If it was up to Jane Wells, she’d spend her entire day combing Mother Earth for stories and observations just for this blog. She has more fun writing Funny Business than anything else she does... professionally, that is. Funny business is whatever Jane considers hilarious, strange, fishy, or ridiculous, which pretty much covers everything on Wall Street. It is her hope this blog makes you smile, even when the news is grim. After all, it's only money.


  • Jane Wells

    Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for