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This is a challenging blog to write. It’s very personal. The funny thing about being a Christian in this country is that, while Christianity is the dominant religion, I find it difficult to say, “I am a Christian.” I feel some people jump to conclusions, few of them flattering.
All stories lead to eBay, and in this week's Funny Business vlog, could the subprime meltdown lead to a rubber bubble?
You like wine? I do. That's one reason an estimated $30 billion in wine was sold in this country last year. You think wine is made out of fermented grapes? Well...mostly. Here's what most winemakers don't want you to know: they put other stuff in wine, and they use a lot of non-grape materials in processing it.
A man walked into a Giant Eagle supermarket in Pittsburgh Saturday and allegedly tried to change a $1 million bill. The clerk became "suspicious" (really? why is that?), and turned the bill over to the manager. The man with the mill bill got angry and then got arrested. He reportedly had no identification on him. I suspect he was just another disgraced CEO on the run, and that bill was no fake!
First, apologies to those of you trying to click and play the vlog from Friday. No, it wasn't another pathetic bait-and-switch by me to drive up traffic, like when I posted Erin Burnett's picture for no particular reason. There seemed to be some technical issues. Rumors that management yanked it for not being appropriate are allegedly not true.
There's just too much Funny Business going on in America to fit in one blog. So click on the video and see more--Viagra, mice, the "gay bomb," and Dutch spoken backwards.
There is a huge debate on Craigslist in New York City over a posting by someone claiming she's 25 and "spectacularly beautiful." However, she's striking out in marrying someone rich. She's approaching the dilemma like a marketing challenge, looking for tips to successfully sell herself to the highest bidder.
This is why CNBC makes money. We ask readers and viewers to come up with branding slogans...for free! I've asked you to help me develop a name for my weekly farm reports, and the response has been fantastic.
Jordan Belfort is the biggest Wall Street crook you've never heard of. He was the king of funny business (not in the ha-ha way) during the bull market of the '90s, nicknamed "The Wolf of Wall Street." I profile Belfort on "Business Nation" this month, and you'll learn how he created a brokerage called Stratton Oakmont which functioned like a cult.
Vladimir Putin is making moves to stay in control of Russia after he steps down next March as mandated by the country's constitution. What does this mean for the markets?
Not since 1990, has there been such a high percentage of foreigners opening their check books to buy U.S. companies (see state below). Today's $8.5 billion offer for Commerce Bank from Canada's TD Bank is just the latest and part of a growing trend of cross border transactions coming from Canada and other countries.
Off to the Yakima Valley in Washington to check out this year's apple crop. I'm hearing conflicting stories about whether there are enough pickers this year. Some farmers say they have enough, thanks in part of the homebuilding slump (subprime's silver lining: lower food prices!)
Today I'm flying to Wisconsin, where Friday you will see me standing knee deep in a flooded cranberry bog. How cool is that? CNBC has been berry berry good to Jane.
Here are your responses to my recent reports on foreclosures (here and here) in California. Mike from NY says people got talked into buying a house when they had no business doing so: "...all these people thought they were Donald Trump."
Global index compiler FTSE dashed hopes on Thursday that South Korea and Taiwan would be upgraded to advanced market status, saying more work was needed in areas such as off-exchange transactions.
What more can be said about the Fed's rate cut? Did Greenspan get us into this mess? Is Bernanke caving in getting us out? Are both trying to be popular? Here's my question: is Greenspan suddenly like Britney (we thought he was so hot but now...), while Bernanke is K-Fed (a strange background ornament who suddenly looks responsible)?
Last week I blogged about a study from Washington University linking gas prices to obesity. The study proclaimed that for every $1 rise in a gallon of gas, we should see a 15% drop in obesity levels over five years, because people would walk or ride bikes more, and they'd have less money to eat fatty restaurant food.
Grace Kelly and Jackie O are the two women Tommy Hilfiger sent down the runway yesterday. The collection of trench coats, silk knit dresses, tuxedo shirts and sport jackets referenced a glamorous 1950s-era wardrobe. Hilfiger said that his goal is to stay all-American in the sensibilities of the clothing but sell that polished American sportswear to a global market.
So I'm in Las Vegas, naturally on the day O.J. Simpson is questioned over an alleged robbery. It's an evolving story. Seems he's being named a suspect in the case though he says his involvement was part of a 'sting' operation to get the stuff back.
I'm here outside Edwards Air Force Base holding up a dead chicken on TV. Naturally! Actually, I am doing a story on how the military plans to test jet fuel made from chicken fat ("Yes, Erin and Mark now chickens can finally fly! Ha! ha... heh).