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  Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

The least stressful jobs for 2014

Posted By: Cindy Perman

The 10 least stressful jobs in America

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Let's face it, we are a stressed-out nation. Search for the term "stress" and it generates 152 MILLION results. Add a job in front of that and "job stress" generates 286 million results.

Well, if you have had it UPTOHERE with stress, you may want to take a look at this next list.

Job site CareerCast is out with its annual list of the 10 least stressful jobs for 2014. (See also the 10 most stressful jobs.)

So how does a job qualify as "least stressful?"

"They have more control over their day, they're not being as stressed to perform in the public eye, they don't have a lot of physical demands, and nobody's life is at risk," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com and JobsRated.com.

In all, there are 11 criteria, including job outlook, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While you might think it's an honor to be on the "least stressful" list, every year, without fail, there is backlash from people in these jobs saying, "How dare you! We have stress, too."

True, hairdressers and librarians of the world do have stress, too, but the key here is comparison. Compared to high-stress jobs, such as police officer and firefighter, these jobs rank as less stressful.

"How much time did you spend under deadline or with your life at risk?" Lee said. "It's data driven—not subjective."

To be clear, this is not to say that least stressful jobs don't work hard. That's a common misconception.

"It's not about not working—it's about working under conditions that make a job stressful"—or less stressful, Lee said. "There's no such thing as NO stress."

Without further adieu, here are the 10 least stressful jobs for 2014.

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The 10 most stressful jobs for 2014

By Cindy Perman
Posted 7 Jan 2014

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  Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

The most stressful jobs for 2014

Posted By: Cindy Perman

The most stressful jobs in America

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Stress—gaaaaaaaah! It's everywhere these days. And nowhere do we get more stressed out than at work.

Forty percent of American workers say their job is very or extremely stressful, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Well, job site CareerCast is out with its annual list of the 10 most stressful and 10 least stressful jobs for 2014.

"We look at things like: Is it a job in which your own life is at risk or the lives of others?" said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com and JobsRated.com.

In all, there are 11 different criteria that determine the most and least stressful jobs. But, it's not just dangerous jobs or jobs with great physical demands. Some jobs also make the list because there are constant deadlines, responsibility for others or the job involves a lot of work in the public eye, he said. They also factor in job outlook, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If the outlook is weak, that adds to the stress level.

The good news is that stress levels seem to be on the decline from a year ago.

"That's primarily due to economic conditions. As the country continues to recover, stress levels continue to fall, the hiring outlook improves a little, workload improves a little and overall job stress improves a little," Lee said.

So, did your job make the list? Click ahead for the 10 most stressful jobs for 2014.

By CNBC's Cindy Perman
Posted 7 Jan. 2014

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  Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 11:07 AM ET

And the ‘Funniest Person in Finance’ is …

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Caliph Scott, who will now insist you refer to him as Mr. "Funniest Person in Finance" when asking him to fix your computer.
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Caliph Scott, who will now insist you refer to him as Mr. "Funniest Person in Finance" when asking him to fix your computer.

Wall Street came out in full force Wednesday night at Gotham Comedy Club to find out who the "Funniest Person in Finance" was.

Everyone brought their A game and no topic was safe, from Google to the way hedge-fund managers laugh — though it took a little while to loosen up this Wall Street crowd.

"Are you worried about laughing at the wrong sh-- — worried you might have to go to HR?" asked host Ryan Reiss.

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  Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 8:57 AM ET

Comedy at CNBC: Bob Pisani action figures?

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Funniest person in finance?
Former trader Raj Mahal is one of the finalists in the "Funniest Person in Finance Contest." He dropped by "Power Lunch" to show off his comedy chops. The winner will be announced on Nov. 13 at Gotham Comedy Club.

So a trader walks into a comedy club …

Stop me if you've heard this one.

Former Bank of America trader-turned-comedian Raj Mahal (that's his stage name) is one of the contenders for Gotham Comedy Club's "Funniest Person in Finance." He stopped by CNBC's "Power Lunch" to show off his comedy chops.

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  Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | 11:33 AM ET

Turns out, finance guys are pretty funny

Posted By: Cindy Perman

From Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie to Lloyd Blankfein doing God's work, let's face it—business offers a lot of material for comedy.

Don't even get me started on Carl Icahn's tweets or what we overheard in the GSElevator!

The qualifying round of Gotham Comedy Club's "Funniest Person in Finance" contest, held over two days this week, turned up all sorts of hilarious Wall Street types, from investment bankers, financial advisors, and hedge-fund managers to an administrative assistant at a bank and even a corporate librarian who has HADITUPTOHERE with your demands.

They came from a variety of firms, including Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, MetLife, and Deutsche Bank.

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  Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 2:54 PM ET

Think you’re the funniest person on Wall Street?

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So, a banker, a hedge fund manager and a shark walk into a bar ...
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So, a banker, a hedge fund manager and a shark walk into a bar ...

Outsiders tend to think of Wall Street as buttoned up and a bit boring but we here at CNBC know the truth: You guys work hard, you play hard — and you're freaking hilarious!

Look, any business where "What line on your resume is the most bull****?" and "Can I sleep with your girlfriend?" are asked during the job interview is not boring.

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  Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

Busting the model: Buy this book—or just the cover

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Photo: Laura Evans Photography

If you've ever heard about Jason HeadsetsDotCom (formerly Sadler), the guy who made six figures as a professional T-shirt wearer, and wondered how did he do it? Well, he's about to tell you.

HeadsetsDotCom is writing a book called "Creativity for Sale," where he'll share his and others' experiences to help other budding entrepreneurs learn how to make money doing something they love.

He hasn't written it yet, but that will happen just as soon as he sells every last piece of it—from advertisements on every page to the front cover, the back cover and the inside flaps.

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  Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 4:32 PM ET

10 things you didn't know about Kentucky & bourbon

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Kentucky is where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made and when you embark on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you'll learn a whole lot about bourbon— and the state of Kentucky along the way. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Kentucky and bourbon:

1.) All bourbon is whiskey is but not all whiskey is bourbon. The folks over at Jim Beam say, "Bourbon is kinda like whiskey's 'sweet spot' … because corn is a sweet grain. The more corn, the sweeter the whiskey. And to be called bourbon, it must be at least 51 percent corn. (Most distillers use 65 to 75 percent corn.)

2.) Bourbon, by law, must be aged in a brand-new, charred white oak barrel to be called straight bourbon whiskeythat means, a barrel can only be used once for bourbon. Where do they go after that? They get shipped to Mexico for aging tequila, Scotland for aging Scotch or elsewhere to store all kinds of things, including coffee, tobacco, beer and maple syrup. For the best infographic you'll see all day, check out Mutineer Magazine's, "The Secret Life of Bourbon Barrels."

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  Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 4:31 PM ET

A bourbon lover's Holy Grail: The Bourbon Trail

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California has its wine trails but what many people don't know is that Kentucky, where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made, has a bourbon trail.

Louisville is the home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, but the countryside outside of Louisville is dotted with rolling hills, horse farms, and more than a dozen distilleries, which invite visitors to come see how bourbon is made and do a tasting.

"There's a lot of good juice being made here," said Gary Lewis, a tour guide for Mint Julep Tours.

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  Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 3:17 PM ET

Bourbon Country: Rolling hills & flaming barrels

Posted By: Cindy Perman

This is bourbon country

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Kentucky is horse country, home of the Kentucky Derby, but it's also bourbon country. This is where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made.

Louisville is a uniquely cosmopolitan city, peppered with old world luxury, a hip urban vibe and a healthy dose of kitsch. Here, you can get some of the finest bourbon cocktails you'll ever drink and any bourbon-related product you could imagine, from bourbon coffee to bourbon shower gel! Churchill Downs is in Louisville. In the rolling hills of horse country outside of the city is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

This is where the bourbon distilleries are and many open their doors for tours. You can also tour the Brown-Forman cooperage, where they make the barrels for their bourbons.

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You can do a public tour, where you hop on a bus and they'll pick the stops for you. Or, you can do a custom tour, where you get to choose the distilleries. Two things to know before planning a trip to the bourbon trail: 1) The distilleries can be anywhere from 8 to 74 miles apart and 2) bourbon isn't that kind of drink. So, you're not going to be able to hit five in a day. The best way to do the distilleries is one by one, but if you're from out of town and don't have that luxury, you'll get a max of three in a day—two distilleries where you'll do the full tour and tasting and one just for the tasting. No matter which ones you go to, leave time for the gift shop! Each has some unique bourbon offerings, from copper shot glasses at Woodford Reserve to turkey callers at Wild Turkey.

Prices vary depending on how many distilleries you want to do and how many people are in your group. The two main tour companies are Mint Julep Tours and R&R Limousine. Or, you can drive there yourself. Just be sure to drink responsibly.

They'll issue you a Kentucky Bourbon Trail passport upon your arrival, as well as an Urban Bourbon Trail passport, which will help jump-start your tour of all the fine bourbon offerings the city and countryside have to offer—some you may have been dying to try and some you didn't even know existed! Collect enough stamps in your passport, and they'll name you an official citizen of Bourbon Country!

There are only eight distilleries on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail—Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and Evan Williams—but there are other distilleries that do tours.

Here on the bourbon trail, you'll see everything from giant mash vats the size of swimming pools, to big copper stills, secret passageways of bourbon and the system used to transport the barrels around the distilleries—train-track like barrel runs. Oh, and did we mention the flaming barrels?

Click ahead for photos from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

—By CNBC's Cindy Perman. Follow her on Twitter @ponyblog
Posted 24 Sept. 2013.

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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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