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  Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 2:30 PM ET

Double-Digit Growth a Good Sign for the Economy: The Tooth Fairy

Posted By: Cindy Perman
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In our desperate attempt to predict economic cycles, we look at all kinds of crazy indicators—like men's underwear sales or how hot a waitress is—for insight. Well, guess what: the answer may have been under your pillow the whole time.

Delta Dental is out with its annual Tooth Fairy Poll and it showed that the average amount left under kids' pillows for lost baby teeth shot up more than 15 percent to $2.42 in 2012 from $2.10 a year earlier.

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  Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 2:24 PM ET

The Love Is Gone—Breaking Up With Your Bank

Posted By: Cindy Perman
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It's that time of year again, Valentine's Day, when the hearts and roses come out in full force – look out, dog in the Pajamagram commercial, undergarments headed your way! – and businesses attempt to woo customers with memorable images of love, loyalty and lingerie.

Well, while you were trying to unzip your onesie, dear lady who got a Pajamagram, much of the bank-going public has "Lost That Loving Feeling." Whoa oh whoa oh whoa …

More than two-thirds (71 percent) of consumers said they would break up with their bank if offered a better alternative, according to a recent survey by the McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union.

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  Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 4:31 PM ET

Co-Workers From Hell: Bodily Functions and Ryan Gosling

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I once had a co-worker who clipped his nails at his desk. I am still not over the horror of it all. To this day, the sound of a clipper is still like that screeching sound during the shower scene in "Psycho."

I had another co-worker who was so universally disliked, other co-workers would Tweet "__^__ " when she was approaching, meaning -- "shark in the water."

(Read More: 10 Ways Sharks and Bankers Are Alike)

Yep, we all have our horror stories about co-workers from hell. Well, PayScale.com pinged their users on the worst co-workers they've ever had and man, did they get an earful!

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  Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 2:35 PM ET

Tell the Truth: There Is No 'I' in Team

Posted By: Cindy Perman

Man, if we had a nickel for every time we said: "There is no 'i' in team." We'd be rich!

Well, we may not be rich, but turns out — we're right!

A whopping 95 percent of people who have worked on a team say teams play an important role at work, according to recent survey by the University of Phoenix.

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  Friday, 11 Jan 2013 | 8:02 AM ET

25 of the most outrageous interview questions

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"If you could get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?"

Florida? C'mon, you've always had a thing against Florida since that whole hanging chad business. California? Alaska? One of the Dakotas? Do we really need two Dakotas?

This is just one of the 25 weird questions that job site Glassdoor.com found in its annual survey of oddball interview questions. The question was asked by a Forrester Research interviewer for a position as a research associate.

Most people walk into a job interview expecting, "Tell me a little bit about yourself," or "What are your strengths and weaknesses," but the truth is, these crazy questions get asked at all types of companies, from Bank of America to Amazon.com.


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  Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

The College Tuition Bubble May Be Bursting…Um, Yay?

Posted By: Cindy Perman

The recession has taken a huge toll on families — everything from job loss to shrinking family budgets — but here's a recession statistic parents can finally cheer about: College tuition may be near its peak.

One-third of universities expect tuition revenue to either decline or grow at a rate below inflation in fiscal 2013, according to Moody's annual tuition survey. Before the recession, roughly one in 10 universities expected such declines.

"The cumulative effects of years of depressed family income and net worth, as well as uncertain job prospects for many recent graduates, are combining to soften student market demand at current tuition prices," said Emily Schwarz, a Moody's analyst and the lead author of the report.

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  Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 2:47 PM ET

2013 May Be the Year Employees Say 'I Quit!'

Posted By: Cindy Perman
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The steady drumbeat of "you're just lucky to have a job" that played through the recession is finally starting to fade and employees may be getting ready to say, "I quit!" and bolt for the nearest exit.

One in three employees (33 percent) say they plan to look for a new job this year and nearly one in five (18 percent) say they'll be looking in the next three months, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive for job-search site Glassdoor.com.

Over at Indeed.com, their survey showed the number of employees making a New Year's resolution to get a new job jumped to 38 percent.

Part of this shot of confidence comes from the early signs of recovery in the job market, like the December jobs report, and part of it comes from the fact that most companies, while more stable than in recent years, are not confident enough to start handing out raises.

(Read more: Economy Adds 155,000 Jobs in December)

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  Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2013

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Most Stressful Jobs for 2013

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When was the last time you heard someone say: "I am soooo stressed out right now?"

Three minutes ago, right?

Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of workers are stressed out by at least one thing at work, according to a recent work-stress survey by Harris Interactive for Everest College.


Of course, not all job stress was created equal. CareerCast is out with its list of the Most Stressful Jobs for 2013 … and the Least Stressful Jobs.

What makes a job stressful?

CareerCast used 11 criteria, including physical danger, having your life at risk, having responsibility for other people's lives or livelihoods at risk and how much you work in the public eye or have someone breathing down your neck. Other considerations include the unemployment rate and job growth in a particular career, all things that could seriously add stress.

"There are different types of stress. It can be physical danger. Actually being in harm's way," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "There can also be stress that's deadlines, competitiveness and being in the public eye," he said.

However, just like with CareerCast's "Worst Jobs" list – the people on the "Most Stressful" list don't necessarily hate their jobs. In fact, some downright love them!

"One man's stress is another man's job! Some are adrenaline junkies. Some thrive off stress," Lee said. "A firefighter may really enjoy running into burning building to save somebody."

So what are the most stressful jobs for 2013? Did yours make the list? Click the arrow above to find out.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO: Gahhhhh! Cindy Perman Talks About Which Jobs Made the List of MOST Stressful Jobs of 2013.

By Cindy Perman
Posted 2013 Jan. 3

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  Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2013

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Least Stressful Jobs for 2013

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When was the last time you said, "Man, I wish I had a less stressful job!"

Three minutes ago, right?!

But if pressed, would you know exactly what type of jobs are the least stressful?

Well, CareerCast is out with its annual list of the Least Stressful Jobs of 2013 as well as the Most Stressful Jobs.

So what makes a job "least" stressful?

"If you look at the list, the key that you see there is these are jobs where people are in control of their day – working as fast as they feel they need to be effective," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "You don't have somebody kind of breathing over your shoulder. There's no physical risk at all, and no one is depending on you in your job to make their life expectancy last longer!"

"These are jobs that that keep your blood pressure nice and low," Lee said.

And while you won't hear a lot of "thank yous" for the most stressful jobs, these least stressful jobs are loaded with them!

"Most people tend to be thankful for what they do," Lee said. "They get a lot of 'thank yous' and smiles and warm fuzzies!"

Wow, low blood pressure and warm fuzzies – where do I sign? Are there any downsides?

"They don't necessarily pay particularly well," Lee said. "Salaries on average are higher for the most stressful jobs than the least stressful."

So what are the least stressful jobs of 2013 and is yours on the list? Click the arrow above to find out.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO: Gahhhhh! Cindy Perman Talks About Which Jobs Made the List of MOST Stressful Jobs of 2013.

By Cindy Perman
Posted 2013 Jan. 3

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  Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 2:34 PM ET

Fifty Shades of the Weirdest News of 2012

Posted By: Cindy Perman
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We nearly ran out of Twinkies and bacon, and Snooki from the"Jersey Shore" gave birth – all apocalyptic signs if there ever were any – and yet, the world didn't end in 2012.

High five! Like an Olympic gymnast, we totally stuck the landing on surviving 2012.

Here's a look back at some of the weirder moments of 2012 and what we learned from each one.

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About Pony In Here Somewhere

  • The news can get a little heavy sometimes, with debt crises, vicious markets and crappy earnings reports. So, we dispatched our crack reporter, Cindy Perman, to find some levity amid all this seriousness. Why a Pony? To be clear, there were no ponies harmed in the making of this blog. The blog’s name, “There Must Be a Pony In Here Somewhere,” comes from an old joke, a favorite of Ronald Reagan’s, that essentially means, with a pile of you-know-what this big, there MUST be a pony — a bright side — in here somewhere!

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  • Cindy Perman is a writer at CNBC.com, covering jobs, real estate, retirement and personal finance.

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