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  • Finally, A Useful Product Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 5:00 PM ET
    Fingerfood Party Plates

    Snuggie for Dogs isn't especially useful, considering dogs come with their own Snuggie (aka fur). Handerpants are hilarious but unnecessary. But I've finally found something worth buying.

  • The Latest Hotness Indicator Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 9:59 AM ET
    Waitress

    There are many ways to measure where we are in the economic cycle. GDP, unemployment numbers, housing starts, hot waitresses.

  • Hirschhorn: Achieving Greatness Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 4:50 PM ET

    Everyone can achieve inner greatness. The key is to set goals. And while that may seem obvious, there are very few people out there who understand how to do this properly. For that reason, I've created a five-step process called C.H.A.M.P.

  • Boxers or Briefs-For Your Hands? Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 2:27 PM ET
    Handerpants

    I give up. Just when I think I've seen it all...suddenly, there's Handerpants. "Underwear for your hands!" proclaims the marketers of the fingerless gloves designed to look like men's briefs.

  • Hirschhorn: Manage Risk or it Will Manage You Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 5:01 PM ET

    The recent financial struggles of two formerly great athletes are a reminder that risk management is vitally important, no matter how much money you have.

  • Pitts: New Rx For New FDA Chief Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | 4:46 PM ET
    FDA

    Newly confirmed FDA Commissioner Dr. Peggy Hamburg has got her work cut out for her. The FDA is responsible for policing a wide array of consumer goods, from foods and pharmaceuticals to cosmetics and medical devices...the agency has limited resources, so she’ll have to identify policies that can do the most for the greatest number of Americans, writes Peter Pitts a former Associate Commissioner for External Relations at the FDA.

  • Many times over the past several months, I have opened a newspaper or tuned into a show to hear opponents of health care reform say that it’s not that they oppose universal health care – they just don’t want to pay for it.  Why, they argue, should they have to pay higher taxes when they are perfectly satisfied with the way the current system benefits them?

  • A Wetsuit For Your Dog, Advice For Your Life Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 9:53 AM ET
    Homer the dog

    Friday I got to dress up my basset hound, Homer, in a new, as-yet-to-be-released, beach knapsack made especially for dogs by Body Glove.....Pet products and services are a $40 billion business in the U.S. which may be recession-proof, so everybody would like to dive in.

  • Hundred Dollar

    One major bank's recent announcement that it will boost base pay while reducing bonus opportunities for certain employees spawned headlines around the globe, and with good reason.

  • Roginsky: Rating the Raters Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 11:05 AM ET
    Financial Crisis

    No account of the financial collapse last year would be complete without an in-depth discussion of the role played by the credit rating agencies – the supposed impartial arbiters of debt whose decisions determine creditworthiness.

  • Roginsky: No More Mr. Nice Guy Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 3:08 PM ET

    If human beings were purely rational actors, people would never enter into a mortgage contract they did not understand and our elected officials would be motivated entirely by policy – and not political – considerations.

  • Hirschhorn: Profiting from Persistence Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 2:37 PM ET

    Never underestimate the power of persistence. Throughout history, political, literary and sports figures have learned that lesson. In fact, Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

  • Hirschhorn: Profiting From the 4th Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 12:01 PM ET

    Just because it's Independence Day, that doesn't mean you can't make some investing hay. In fact, holidays are a great time for the average Joe to earn money. During holidays, most top traders take time off. And that spells opportunity for those who stick around.

  • Hirschhorn: Don't Get Madoff'd Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 1:39 PM ET

    People tend to see what they want to see, so it's not surprising Bernie Madoff was able to convince scores of investors his scam was legit. And while many still wonder how such a large-scale fraud could happen, there were a number of missed warning signs for investors.

  • Rich People With A Death Wish Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 5:00 PM ET

    Money makes some people crazy. And no one can exploit that better than the Russians. According to an Austrian newspaper called Wirtschaftsblatt....Russian luxury ocean liners are offering customers "pirate hunting cruises".

  • Is It Time To Re-Think Your Cyber Connections? Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 4:03 PM ET

    Maybe the one-two punch of the Brooks and Markoff cases are the warning sign we needed—a reminder that it’s time to rethink how we relate to one another and reconsider the wisdom of cyber connections morphing into face-to-face liaisons, writes guest bloggers Marian Salzman and Jim Diamond.

  • Jon & Kate Plus The Apocalypse Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 1:59 PM ET
    Jon & Kate Gosselin

    It's hard to walk away from a gold mine, but Discovery Communications' TLC is doing just that. After more than ten million viewers tuned in this week to learn that Jon & Kate Gosselin were divorcing, the show is going on hiatus until August, following a retrospective next week. How long have the Gosselins been estranged? What did TLC know and when did it know it?

  • Jerry Bowyer

    This is the problem with the new 'personal branding' business model: persons are more fragile than business. We are deeply wired to identify with other people more than with corporations or logos or abstractions.

  • Hirschhorn: Navigating Range-Bound Markets Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | 12:57 PM ET

    Range Bound markets can make your portfolio bleed cash. And with all the unanswered questions looming about what’s next for the economy, it looks like we could be stuck in a range for a while.

  • Bartender, Make It a Stiletto Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | 12:40 PM ET
    Your Job, Your Life | A CNBC Special Report

    A man walks into a bar. He’s carrying a carpet under his arm. He wraps himself in the carpet, lies on the floor, covers his face and waits for people to step on him. A sign taped to the bar reads: “Step on carpet.”