Trends & Fads


  • Hirschhorn: The Trader's Journal Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | 3:55 PM ET

    A trading journal can help investors create a plan of attack, structure trades, see patterns that help avoid slumps and, perhaps most importantly, remain objective in trading decisions.

  • Chairman And CEO of Universal Health Services, Alan Miller writes, "Now that President Barack Obama has made healthcare a priority for his administration, we should all hope that his plan to provide greater access to health insurance and lower the cost of healthcare will also include tort reform for medical malpractice lawsuits."

  • Thomas Skains, Chairman, President and CEO of Piedmont Natural Gas and Chairman, American Gas Association writes, "A key part of President Obama’s energy plan is a focus on significantly reducing current imports from the Middle East and Venezuela within the next 10 years. One of the ways to do this is by promoting the responsible domestic production of natural gas here in our own country."

  • Viceroy: Fuel The Fire, Not The Fear Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009 | 8:39 AM ET

    Anthony Viceroy, President of Global Operations, Porter Novelli writes, "Recently the fear of losing a job has led people to set aside their natural inclination to take chances. Even those with great track records are looking over their shoulders nervously. So should they believe a boss who tells them to be bold and dare to fail—who says “the only failure is not daring to try?"

  • Hirschhorn: The Trader's Mind, Pt. 2 Wednesday, 15 Apr 2009 | 12:28 PM ET
  • Ultimate Frisbee On The Rise Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 12:44 PM ET

    I was just reviewing stats put together by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, which always provides extremely interesting data that is rarely covered by the mainstream media.

  • Cool Factor

    I am the poster child of "Uncool" - I'm always light years behind trends. I'm a total embarrassment to my kids who truly think the song "1985" was written about me - but then, what is cool? Bernie Williams is cool!

  • It's OK To Cry Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 9:14 AM ET
    Dow Jones Hanky

    Lost everything in the market? Dry your tears with the Dow Jones Hanky. The linen handkerchief is being sold at Design Glut, which designs "culturally relevant products".

  • Hirschhorn: The Trader's Mind, Pt. 1 Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 5:37 PM ET
  • Hirschhorn: Fear of Missing Out Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

    Nobody wants to be left behind, particularly as they watch their peers' portfolios climb. It's that fear of missing out, says market coach Doug Hirschhorn, that can lead some investors to do some pretty stupid things.

  • Maslansky: Combating The "OutrAIGe" Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 9:45 AM ET

    float: left;display: inline; font-size:11px; font-face:Arial; border: 1px solid #CCC; line-height:12px; margin-right: 15px; width:100px;/CNBC/Sections/News_And_Analysis/_Blogs/Guest_Blog/__COVER/maslansky_m_100.jpg110010000truehttp://msnbcmedia.msn.comfalse1Pfalsefalsefalsefalse left/CNBC/Components/Images/spacer.gif1108500lefttruehttp://icnbc.msnbc.msn.comfalsePfalsefalsefalsefalse Michael Maslansky CEO of Luntz, Maslansky Strategic ResearchThe reasons to envy Edward Liddy, AIG Chairman and CEO, are few and far between these days.

  • Hirschhorn: Fighting the Fear of Re-Injury Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 5:05 PM ET
  • Salzman: Local Is The New Global Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 12:11 PM ET

    Among those young people coming of age today, we can see a shift in goals from just a few years ago. Gifting is creative: kids donating their big events for causes rather than spending on lavish parties. There’s less desire among graduates to plunge into big-money-making endeavors rather, there is genuine interest in giving back.

  • Hirschhorn: 5 Reasons to Get Back Into the Market Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

    Why would anyone want to get back into the markets now? Market coach Doug Hirschhorn says one reason is that no one else wants to do it.

  • Who Will Sing A Song For Our Times? Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    Everything old is new again. Here is a song recorded in 1929 by Frank Crumit, called "Tale of the Ticker".

  • Revenge Of The Nerds - Not Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 9:21 AM ET

    There's a new study showing that it pays to be popular in high school - that each extra close friend in school is associated with earnings that are 2 percent higher later in life.

  • Finally, Music Industry Innovation Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 9:38 AM ET
    Gwen Stephani of No Doubt.

    The music industry has been the example of what NOT to do in the face of technological change for so long. Now some artists are realizing that they've got to try something new, and the solutions are pretty impressive.

  • Can Movies Signal The Dow? Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 6:57 PM ET

    People come up with all kinds of formulas to determine which way the stock market will go. Craig Forgrave says he's hit a winning formula by examining which movies do well at the box office.

  • Is "Watchmen" Worth The Legal Battle? Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 5:41 PM ET

    I caught a pre-screening of "Watchmen" of one of the most hotly-contested and highly-anticipated movies of the year. Expect the power of marketing, the fanboy, and the success of the filmmaker's last film, "300," to help it prevail at the box office.

  • Music Ends For US Virgin MegaStores Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 11:17 AM ET

    What better punctuates the end of the CD age then Virgin Megastores shutting down its North America locations.