Funny Business with Jane Wells


  Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

My Farm Report Names: The List So Far

Posted By: Jane Wells
This is why CNBC makes money. We ask readers and viewers to come up with branding slogans...for free! I've asked you to help me develop a name for my weekly farm reports, and the response has been fantastic. »Read more
  Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 11:38 AM ET

Who's Jordan Belfort? I'll Tell You Exactly Who He Is

Posted By: Jane Wells
Jordan Belfort is the biggest Wall Street crook you've never heard of. He was the king of funny business (not in the ha-ha way) during the bull market of the '90s, nicknamed "The Wolf of Wall Street." I profile Belfort on "Business Nation" this month, and you'll learn how he created a brokerage called Stratton Oakmont which functioned like a cult. »Read more
  Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

Apple To My Core And Brand My Farm Report!

Posted By: Jane Wells
Off to the Yakima Valley in Washington to check out this year's apple crop. I'm hearing conflicting stories about whether there are enough pickers this year. Some farmers say they have enough, thanks in part of the homebuilding slump (subprime's silver lining: lower food prices!) »Read more
  Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 3:57 PM ET

Wisconsin Is The Place For Me! (It's The Juice)

Posted By: Jane Wells
God Bless Wisconsin. Folks, you haven't really seen America until you've watched people wade into a cranberry bog and harvest one of the few fruits native to this continent. Better yet, put on waders and do the work yourself. I've done just that at Bill and Sandy Hatch's Dandy Creek Marsh, outside Wyeville, WI, population 146. People here could not be nicer. »Read more
  Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 1:56 PM ET

On Wisconsin! (Oh Boy, Dr. Laura Really Hates Me Now)

Posted By: Jane Wells
Today I'm flying to Wisconsin, where Friday you will see me standing knee deep in a flooded cranberry bog. How cool is that? CNBC has been berry berry good to Jane. »Read more
  Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 10:50 AM ET

Foreclosure USA: I Report And You Respond

Posted By: Jane Wells
Here are your responses to my recent reports on foreclosures (here and here) in California. Mike from NY says people got talked into buying a house when they had no business doing so: "...all these people thought they were Donald Trump." »Read more
  Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 5:15 PM ET

Home Foreclosures: Only Thing 'Funny' Is The Money

Posted By: Jane Wells
There's nothing funny about today's post, other than the funny money that went into mortgages. I am on the ground on Henry Long Blvd. in Stockton, CA. This is truly the epicenter of the foreclosure earthquake. I would say one out of every eight homes in this neighborhood is for sale: and you know which ones are vacant because the lawns are dead. »Read more
  Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 3:13 PM ET

Stockton, California: Center of A New Age Gold Rush?

Posted By: Jane Wells
Today I am in Stockton, California. A lot of what you eat comes from Stockton, a major center of Central Valley agriculture. I wouldn't exactly call it a garden spot, but it has kind of come up in the world as an affordable commuter community for people working in Sacramento or even the Bay Area (an hour and a half away). »Read more
  Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 3:04 PM ET

O.J. Becomes The iJ In His Own "Funny Business"

Posted By: Jane Wells
Another century, another O.J. Simpson trial. Las Vegas is gearing up for the ka-ching the media circus will bring to town. All the hotel rooms and meals that Marcia Clark and friends will take up covering the event should create quite a cash infusion. The bar tab alone will bail out several waitresses caught in the Vegas subprime meltdown. »Read more
  Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

The Business of the Undead

Posted By: Jane Wells
There is a group of do-gooders based in St. Louis who hold blood drives and sell t-shirts and generally try to educate people about how best to prepare for disaster. Any disaster. Like, even the ultimate-worst-horrible-oh-my-goodness-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening-to-me kind of disaster. Just would that disaster be? Well, the group is called the Zombie Squad (or ZS), and it claims the worst of the worst is... zombies. »Read more

About Funny Business with Jane Wells

  • If it was up to Jane Wells, she’d spend her entire day combing Mother Earth for stories and observations just for this blog. She has more fun writing Funny Business than anything else she does... professionally, that is. Funny business is whatever Jane considers hilarious, strange, fishy, or ridiculous, which pretty much covers everything on Wall Street. It is her hope this blog makes you smile, even when the news is grim. After all, it's only money.


  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.