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  • Roginsky: Keep Yelling, Rush Limbaugh Tuesday, 11 Aug 2009 | 4:17 PM ET

    As town hall meetings this August have shown, any rational opposition to health care reform – and there is a rational case to be made against various Democratic proposals – has fallen victim to vitriol and hyperbole, which only strengthens the president’s cause.

  • Mad About Mad Men Monday, 10 Aug 2009 | 3:29 PM ET
    Jon Hamm

    I'm late to the "Mad Men" mania. Why would I want to watch a show about a bunch of chain-smoking, three-martini-drinking womanizing homophobic racists? Then I finally watched it.

  • Hirschhorn: Keeping Your Money Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 4:34 PM ET

    Making money is not hard, but keeping it is. That's why top traders maintain three beliefs when it comes to money management.

  • Dolan: The BOE Surprises, The ECB Bores, And NFP Looms Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 3:01 PM ET

    Central bank decisions aside, the current market environment remains driven by risk sentiment, which brings us to tomorrow's July U.S. NFP report. The optimism is palpable that we'll see a more meaningful decline in jobs being shed, so the risks seem tilted to disappointment, which may come from an above consensus rise in the unemployment rate judging by the new cycle low in the Conference Board's labor differential, writes Brian Dolan, Chief Currency Strategist at FOREX.com

  • Truth Is Card Industry Doesn't Need Kids Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 9:35 AM ET
    Upper Deck Trading Cards

    Major League Baseball is announcing this morning that it has signed an exclusive trading card deal with Topps. In an article commenting on the deal, Michael Eisner, who acquired the company two years ago, told the New York Times that the exclusive deal would lead to "redirecting the entire category towards kids." Baseball's executive vice president for business Tim Brosnan also mentioned how important it was to get kids back into the game

  • 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

    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

    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

    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.

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    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".