Trends & Fads


  • What Ribbon To Wear For National Toilet Month? Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 | 3:41 PM ET

    Did you know that October is also the month where the entire country needs to think about repairing its toilets?

  • Roginsky: The Lieberman Opt-Out Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 10:53 AM ET
    Joe Lieberman (CT -D)

    Now in an a new fit of pique, Lieberman has threatened to join a filibuster of a health care plan that includes a public option, even if there is a state opt-out provision.  His ostensible reasons for joining Republicans in killing health care reform is his concern that Congress is “trying to do too much at once” and that a public option would spell trouble for the growing national debt.

  • See The World, Save On Health Care Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | 2:33 PM ET
    stem cell

    Individual patients seeking healthcare solutions beyond our borders is nothing new. What is new is that Corporate America, facing rising medical costs, is considering sending employees overseas, and paying the bill.

  • Hirschhorn: Viewer Questions Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 1:30 PM ET
  • Technical Workers in Clean Room

    History teaches us that it is unlikely one country will remain a superpower forever. To say nothing of military strength, America’s economic power is shrinking as other countries have quickly emerged as competitive forces in economic might, technology prowess and cultural influence, writes Gary Shapiro, President & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association.

  • People are understandably cautious about the economy – and their own wallets – as we head into this year’s holiday season, but “value” does not equate only to “lowest price” for most customers, writes Brian Dunn, CEO of Best Buy.

  • Roginsky: He Who Pays the Piper Fails to Call The Tune Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 11:35 AM ET

    Those who protest these limits on executive compensation are pushing back by arguing that top talent at the 7 firms will flee to Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan or hedge funds that have no limit on executive compensation. So what?

  • I Want A New Drug Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    I'm about to head out to my 30th high school reunion in L.A. this weekend. 30 years! Impossible. Seems like only yesterday that I saw my parents off to their 25th.

  • Viceroy: Bean Counters - Vision Or Value? Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 9:58 AM ET

    Anthony Viceroy, President of Global Operations, Porter Novelli writes, "Upon peering into its crystal ball late last year, the Economist dubbed 2009 "The Year of the CFO" — which sounds like a pretty exciting prospect for a guy like me. But in its article, the magazine went on to posit, “Recession, credit crunch and the increasingly complex nature of global companies will all play directly into the bean counter’s hands......that’s harsh"

  • Now That It's Everywhere, Has Apple Lost Its Shine? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 12:26 PM ET

    Apple’s iPhone initially caught the public’s imagination because it was the high-fidelity cell phone. Nothing else looked or acted like it.

  • Whatever Happened to The Sarah Palin XBox? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 12:05 PM ET
    Xbox autographed by Sarah Palin

    It finally listed. It didn't sell. In a shocking development, no bids came through for the $1.1 million Microsoft Xbox autographed by Sarah Palin.

  • Hirschhorn: Earnings Schmernings Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 11:16 AM ET

    Lots of investors get hung up on earnings season -- they simply spend way too much time thinking about what the numbers mean. But here are four reasons why, if you're a typical investor, you might want to re-think an investment strategy based on earnings data.

  • Roginsky: Thank You, AHIP Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 2:24 PM ET
    Healthy Horizons -- A Special Report

    When the etymology of the word “chutzpah” is recorded, Karen Ignagni, who heads the American Health Insurance Plans industry group, will surely earn an honorable mention. On the eve of the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to reform health care, AHIP released a report claiming that committee’s legislation will raise premiums on the average family by thousands of dollars.

  • Social Networking—The New Cigarette? Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 4:05 PM ET

    It appears social media applications may be the new addiction, particularly for the younger generation, according to a "Gadgetology" study by Retrevo.com, a consumer electronics shopping site, which polled nearly 800 people. The sample size isn't huge, but the trends are striking:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch

    Now that September retail numbers are behind us, Brian Tunick at J.P. Morgan is looking at October, and beyond. For one thing, he says 45 percent of teenagers say the whole vampire thing is "getting a little played out". Well, sort of. More on that in a moment.

  • Roginsky: The Republicans Bizarro World Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 11:04 AM ET
    Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    Unlike the modern Republican Party, President Obama is smart enough not to commit political suicide by curtailing senior access to health care.

  • Hirschhorn: Smart Risk, Stupid Risk Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 3:56 PM ET

    For now, the market really has no idea where it's headed. Are we set to take off, test new lows or stay flat for the foreseeable future? The truth is, people always speculate, but no one knows for sure what's going to happen. And that's why it's a market.

  • Who's Full of (Red) Bull? Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 3:42 PM ET
    No Ho Drink

    The beverage business can be brutal, just ask Gatorade over the whole "Got G?" thing. But few companies have managed to do so well so quickly as Red Bull.

  • How You Can Get An Endorsement Deal With Nike Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

    There's a new company called Udorse. It allows you to get paid - in cash and in product - by companies whose products you wear in pictures you tag on social media sites.

  • Roginsky: The Wrong Way To Punish Bad Behavior Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 2:37 PM ET

    In an effort to address the very real epidemics of smoking and obesity, the Senate Finance Committee approved a well-intention but reckless amendment that would allow employers to hike premiums by as much as 50% on those who engage in so-called unhealthy behavior.