Trends & Fads


  • BA-ROCK, The Pet Rock With 'Hope' Thursday, 10 Dec 2009 | 7:19 PM ET

    Last year it was the Chia Obama craze. This year, it's Prez BaRock, a new take on the old pet rock--one of the most disturbing and unfathomable must-have gifts of the 1970s.

  • A Killer Gift Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 12:37 PM ET
    Laptop Steering Wheel Desk

    It may be against the law in many states to talk on a cellphone or text while driving, but I don't see any law anywhere that says you can't work on a computer while at the wheel!

  • Hirschhorn: Tiger & Risk Management Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 4:34 PM ET

    So this week we learned that Tiger Woods is human, after all. And for traders, well, his situation is an excellent reminder about proper risk management.

  • In order to experience the madness of the holiday shopping season, one author wanted to experience for himself what it's like to see the American consumer in action when greed sometimes replaces need - so he got a job at Target as a floor walker.

  • Madoff—The Holiday Drink Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 12:44 PM ET

    The Cognito PR group has done it again. Last year, to add a little levity to the miserable doldrums of Wall Street, Cognito came up with some special cocktails for its holiday party with names like the CosmoPaulson and the TARPatini.

  • Hirschhorn: Greed...or Fear Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 4:08 PM ET

    The age-old belief that greed moves the markets is just plain wrong. There is only one thing that moves the market: fear. Whether it’s a fear of losing money or a fear of missing out on making money, the simple fact is that fear is the main driver.

  • Entrepreneurs cannot singlehandedly save the American economy, but recovery won’t come without them.

  • Coffee, Tea or My Ad? Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 10:50 AM ET

    No one reads newspapers anymore, everyone speeds through commercials on their DVRs, and people generally have the attention span of a gnat. What's an advertiser to do to get your attention? Where can marketers hold you captive?

  • Elvis Has Left The Building, But His Scent Remains Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 2:43 PM ET

    Wanna smell like Elvis? Joan Crawford? Nixon? I mean, smell like them when they were alive?

  • What Were The Northwest Pilots Really Doing? Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    From "Balloon Boy" hoaxes to beauty queens who make their own sex tapes, we are a nation of goofballs. So much funny business—like two experienced pilots who miss their destination and don't realize they're out of contact with controllers for over an hour...because they were trying to figure out the new scheduling program.

  • Hirschhorn: Risk-Averse Traders Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | 5:23 PM ET

    There are 3 reasons I believe this week’s trader temperature is risk averse.

  • The American Consumer Institute just released a study that examines the perception and the facts as to whether Wal-Mart is the low-priced retailer for consumer electronics products.

  • Tommy Lee Wants You to Be a Rock Star Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:53 PM ET
    Tommy Lee

    You'd be hard pressed to find an industry harder hit the last decade than the record biz. Like mothers warning their daughters for centuries, people stopped buying the cow when they could get the milk for free. As free music became the norm, many wondered who would survive.

  • Hirschhorn: Steroids & Hedge Funds Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    There are two things I love most in life: trading and baseball. Historically, peak performance in baseball involved finding something that gave players an edge over their opponent. Some players used amphetamines. Others thought steroids gave them the edge.

  • The Gift That Stops Giving Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 1:29 PM ET
    Motorized Rolling Pin

    The Funny Business Product of the Week! An idea that ensures no one will ever want you to buy them a gift again. 

  • Roginsky: It’s (Still) Change, Stupid Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 12:24 PM ET
    Your Money Your Vote

    Anyone looking to last Tuesday’s elections as the harbinger of things to come can draw several lessons from the bipartisan results across the Eastern seaboard. Quite simply, Tuesday was the sequel to the 2008 “Change” election – and elected officials in Washington would do well to pay attention to voters in New York, New Jersey and Virginia, whose message resonated loud and clear.

  • How Low Will You Go? Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 12:17 PM ET

    I need your help. I'm looking for high-intensity shoppers demanding the absolute lowest prices this holiday season.

  • The Perfect Job On 'The Go' Monday, 2 Nov 2009 | 12:49 PM ET

    If you're like me, just looking at a glass of iced tea or coffee or wine makes you have to go to the bathroom. I sometimes wonder what's the point of actually drinking the stuff—I should just pour it down the flusher and save time. Sound familiar? Then I have the BEST JOB EVER for you.

  • Hirschhorn: Gaining Edge in a Post-Galleon World Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 4:26 PM ET

    Rules are changing when it comes to the way we used to think about having competitive advantages. As the Galleon situation plays out, we no longer know if it's ok to access and actually trade on certain information.

  • Barbie's Sugar Daddy? Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 | 4:48 PM ET
    Barbie Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll

    There is one man in Palm Beach who hasn't lost his fortune in a Ponzi scheme: Ken. For those of you who thought Barbie's boyfriend couldn't be any more emasculated, Mattel is releasing the "Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken".