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  Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 4:31 PM ET

Sesame Street Explains the Madoff Scandal

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Mommy, what's a Ponzi scheme? Yeah, that's a tough one. Jimmy Kimmel recruited Ernie and the Cookie Monster to help explain the Madoff scandal. »Read more
  Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 2:53 PM ET

Executive Punishment: Make Them Go to Disney World

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Disney is launching “The Great Piggy Bank Adventure,” a new interactive exhibit at Epcot designed to teach kids about money. Amid the populist revolt over the AIG bonuses, here's an idea: Why don't we send Wall Street execs who don't "get it" to Disney World to learn a thing or two about money? »Read more
  Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 1:45 PM ET

Pasta for Your Troubles? Dinner’s on Bernie

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Bernie Madoff may have made off with their money but victims of the confessed Ponzi schemer are enjoying a nice meal — on him. One Manhattan eatery is offering free meals to Madoff victims. Plus, the recession-tini. Cheers! »Read more
  Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 3:15 PM ET

Five Signs We’ve Hit Bottom: From Bernie to Britney

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Market pros say their early signals of recovery are flashing and even the mainstream, celebrity-chasing media has started talking about the financial crisis — a sure sign things are about to turn. Here are some other signs you may have missed this week. »Read more
  Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 1:03 PM ET

Is Your Company in Trouble? Blame This Guy

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Talk about knowing how to hone your pitch to fit the current market: This guy posted an ad on Craigslist offering to be the "Fall Guy for Your Hedge Fund." His primary job responsibility? Taking all the blame for the current mess. »Read more
  Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 11:50 AM ET

Hold Bernanke, Paulson Accountable—Literally

Posted By: Cindy Perman
If this recession has you so mad you just want to shake someone, check out this new line of stress-busting dolls called "Squeeze the Banker," that lets you hold them accountable — literally! Collect the whole set: Paulson, Bernanke and Greenspan. Plus, more stress-busting outlets. »Read more
  Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 5:26 PM ET

Why a Microsoft Logo Makes a Bad Tattoo

Posted By: Cindy Perman
It’s generally a good rule of thumb to avoid tattoos of your company’s logo — especially in these hard economic times. For Microsoft solutions adviser Dan Woodman, that advice, unfortunately, came a little too late. »Read more
  Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 11:19 AM ET

Welcome to Generation OMG! Now Lose the Flip-Flops

Posted By: Cindy Perman

Every generation searches for an identity.

There were the Baby Boomers, the relief births that followed World War II.

Hooray, the war’s over!
Whoopsie, I’m pregnant.
Um … Hooray!

Then there were the slacker generations that followed, Gens. X and Y, who played their music loud, scoffed at how uncouth it was to reuse a tea bag, all the while scarfing down Ho Hos and collecting ninth-place ribbons for outstanding achievement in mediocrity.

Then, we hit the new millennium — omigosh, THE NEW MILLENNIUM! — and we were so excited at having arrived at THE FUTURE that we're completely at a loss for what to call this generation.

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  Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 2:54 PM ET

CNBC Look-Alikes—From Rick Santelli to Erin Burnett

Posted By: Cindy Perman
When stocks go down, we financial journalists get a lot of hate mail. People lose money, they get cranky and they want someone to blame. We understand. And, in that spirit, we're offering this hilarious list of CNBC "separated at birth" comparisons. Go ahead. Laugh with us. Laugh at us. We're here for you. »Read more
  Friday, 27 Feb 2009 | 3:26 PM ET

Zen and the Art of the Credit Crisis

Posted By: Cindy Perman
The credit crisis and downward spiral of the economy can be a drag. But put some pictures or music to it and it can be downright fun. Let’s turn that frown upside down! For your weekend viewing pleasure, a few artistic interpretations of the current hole we find ourselves in. »Read more

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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