Trends & Fads


  • 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.”

  • Hirschhorn: How to Learn Patience Friday, 12 Jun 2009 | 5:16 PM ET

    Losing patience can cost a lot of money. Yes, the Market can be frustrating, especially when there is a lot of uncertainty. Unfortunately, impatience can lead to losses and cause traders to behave in ways that kill a portfolio.

  • Hirschhorn: 5 Steps to Successful Trading Friday, 5 Jun 2009 | 3:24 PM ET

    Let's be honest, trading is not rocket science. In fact, trading succes has little to do with how smart you are. Rather, it's more about your mental process. Successful traders generally do many of the same things, regardless of which market or product they trade.

  • Is Competitive Eating The Best Bang For The Buck? Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | 5:04 PM ET
    Joey Chestnut after winning the 2008 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest.

    Those of you who know me, know I love the world of competitive eating. I'm credited with bringing the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest to ESPN (I did sideline reporting for the live broadcast for two years) and I'm recognized by most of the stars of the Major League Eating tour.

  • Taking Stock Of Work-Life Balance Monday, 1 Jun 2009 | 10:43 AM ET
    Young Employees

    Which careers are better for people who care about family and loved ones as much or more than their precious careers?

  • Meet Your Neighbor, The Survivalist Friday, 29 May 2009 | 4:05 PM ET

    There's a new breed of Americans stocking up on canned goods and ammunition. It's not the guy hiding out in a backwoods shack. It's your neighbor.

  • The S&P has been stuck in a 300-point range, from 700 to 1,000, since last October. Here are seven reasons traders fail to make money in range-bound markets.

  • The sudden, surprising move by Pequot Capital’s Art Samberg to shut down his hedge fund operation in the long shadow of a stubborn probe into insider trading may hit Morgan Stanley shareholders.

  • Hirschhorn: Trader Talk with Charles Poliacof Friday, 22 May 2009 | 4:35 PM ET

    Charles Poliacof has been a trader for more than 12 years. He's trained hundreds of traders, manages between $10 and $20 million, and is considered one of the top traders on the Street. This week, he talked to market coach Doug Hirschhorn about his approach.

  • Salzman: This Memorial Day, Tweet To Remind Friday, 22 May 2009 | 12:00 PM ET

    Anybody I’m connected with on Twitter or Facebook has surely noticed me giving lots of character-love to the online charity event Tweet to ReMIND, which hits fever pitch now as we approach Memorial Day Weekend.

  • At risk is not only Ramirez’ legacy, who was (and may very well still turn out to be) a sure-thing Hall of Famer but also his brand as a hitting savant and that of the Dodgers as a wholesome franchise, one of the most potent brands in all of sports and particularly in the tradition-rich national pastime, writes Ray Kotcher, CEO, Ketchum Public Relations.

  • Frugal Shoppers May Be Here To Stay Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 3:00 PM ET
    Shopper at Talbots

    As if the retail sales report wasn't depressing enough, it looks like our newfound frugality might not be just the latest fad. Retail Forward is out with a survey that spells more bad news for women's apparel retailers, particularly for those who cater to those with champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

  • How Long Will You Live And How Much Will You Make? Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 11:27 AM ET
    Old man thinking

    Have you been wanting to go back to school but keep putting it off? Do it. It'll be good for you. The United Way has unveiled a new calculator today which predicts how one's level of education can indicate future income and lifespan. This calculator actually does it on a county-by-county basis for the entire U.S.

  • Hirschhorn: Essential Rules for Trading Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | 2:26 PM ET

    There are 7 essential trading rules that can help investors be successful in any market.

  • Twitching Over Twitter Friday, 8 May 2009 | 4:33 PM ET

    Like a 2009 version of "Less Filling" versus "Tastes Great", there's a smackdown going on in cyberland over whether Twitter has legs.

  • Aretha Wants R-E-S-P-E-C-T Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | 1:38 PM ET
    Aretha Franklin

    Apparently there are so many fans wanting to buy the same hat Aretha Franklin wore to President Obama's inauguration that the Queen of Soul wants a cut of sales.

  • Maslansky: It’s The Symbols, Stupid Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 11:05 AM ET
    Question Marks

    Multimillion-dollar compensation packages. Private jets. Hormones in milk. Plastic water bottles. Chemicals in baby products. High credit card rates. Retention bonuses. .....Each is a symbol – a shorthand representation of a much larger ideological perspective. Each tells a story without having to say a word.....For better or worse, symbols now dominate the debate.

  • Hirschhorn: Staying Objective Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 4:00 PM ET

    Most traders lose money because they lose objectivity in their trades. They anchor to prices, try to be right rather than make money, trade for revenge or over trade because they're afraid to miss out.