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  Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 2:35 PM ET

US vs. Canadian Bankers: The Ultimate Smackdown

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Canada Eh!

Fewer sporting rivalries are more riveting than when the U.S. takes on Canada in hockey. Pit the two nations against each other when it comes to making money and —

OH, IT'S ON!

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" did a piece last night on U.S. financial reform and it turned into a super smackdown … the ultimate clash of titans … U.S. vs. Canadian bankers!


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  Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 4:01 PM ET

These People Have the Best Jobs in the World

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Best Jobs in the World

Well, it's official! These seven people have the best jobs in the world. They won Australia's "Best Jobs in the World" contest, where they were looking for everything from a wildlife caretaker to a chief funster.

Each of the jobs takes place in a different state or territory of Australia and involves a six-month contract with a salary package of A$100,000 (US$92,000) including all accommodations, food and expenses.

Their initial application involved a 30-second video and a test of their ability to generate buzz. (Watch the winning videos.)

Then, they headed to Australia for a one-week test — call it the Olympics of tourism. The events included — no, not balance beam and uneven parallel bars — reviewing Perth's best restaurants, attending VIP parties and festivals in Sydney and feeding the kangaroos on Kangaroo Island.

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  Friday, 17 May 2013 | 4:27 PM ET

Chief Funster? Yep, That's a Job

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Source: Tourism Australia

From the land down under that brought you the "Best Job in the World" — island caretaker! — comes a contest for, not one, but SIX dream jobs: chief funster, outback adventurer, park ranger, wildlife caretaker, taste master, and lifestyle photographer.

Each of the six jobs takes place in a different state or territory of Australia and involves a six-month contract with a salary package of A$100,000 (US$97,200) including all accommodations, food and expenses.

Tourism Australia received a whopping 620,000 applications from 196 countries. Naturally, chief funster (which involves reviewing festivals and events) was the most popular job, with 20.2 percent of the applicants going for that one, followed by wildlife caretaker with 19.9 percent and park ranger with 17.5 percent. The others got about 13 to 14 percent of the applications.


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  Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | 1:52 PM ET

Power Rundown: Stronger Housing Data

New housing data shows prices in 20 cities rose at the fastest rate since 2006. CNBC's Cindy Perman and Robert Frank discuss. »Read more
  Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 3:17 PM ET

The 10 Best Graduation Speeches of All Time

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Top 10 Graduation Speeches

Ahhhhh, graduation season! That time of year when we take our youngest and brightest and kick them out of the academic nest and into the real world. Before they go forth, flapping and squawking into the world, we usually send in one of our top leaders of business, politics or pop music to offer some words of inspiration and wisdom to guide their flight path – or at least entertain them while they flail. And so, without further ado, here are the 10 Best Graduation Speechs of All Time -- from Will
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Ahhhhh, graduation season! That time of year when we take our youngest and brightest and kick them out of the academic nest and into the real world. Before they go forth, flapping and squawking into the world, we usually send in one of our top leaders of business, politics or pop music to offer some words of inspiration and wisdom to guide their flight path – or at least entertain them while they flail. And so, without further ado, here are the 10 Best Graduation Speechs of All Time -- from Will

Ahhhhh, graduation season! That time of year when we take our youngest and brightest and kick them out of the academic nest and into the real world.

Before they go forth, flapping and squawking into the world, we usually send in one of our top leaders of business, politics or pop music to offer some words of inspiration and wisdom to guide their flight path – or at least entertain them while they flail.

And so, without further ado, here are the 10 Best Graduation Speechs of All Time -- from Will Ferrell to Steve Jobs!

By Cindy Perman
Posted 13 May 2010

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  Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 2:33 PM ET

Officer, I Can Explain! My GPS Made Me Do It

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Whooo oo whoo oo whooo!

As soon as we hear the wail of the police siren, we panic, and start running through the Rolodex of excuses in our head so we can get out of it, because—oh man, not me, not today—we just have to get out of it.

Well, they saw you coming a mile away, lead foot! Here are the top five excuses we give to police when pulled over for traffic violations, according to a survey by insurance-comparison site Insurance.com:

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  Friday, 24 May 2013 | 1:35 PM ET

Furlough Friday For the IRS

The IRS is off today ahead of Memorial Day weekend, with CNBC's John Carney, Cindy Perman and Hampton Pearson. »Read more
  Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 1:55 PM ET

Power Rundown: Millennials Face Another Hurdle

A USA Today report says millennials are performing poorly in job interviews, and BlackBerry CEO says tablets will be useless in 5 years. CNBC's Robert Frank and Cindy Perman, discuss. »Read more
  Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 4:08 AM ET

The Best Jobs in America for 2013

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The 10 Best Jobs in America

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When the going got tough in the job market in the past few years, many employees were forced to just stick it out no matter how frustrated they were about their pay or workload. Well, let's just say all that hunkering down has left many employees with cabin fever.

"Look for a new job" was one of the top new year's resolutions of 2013, with one in three employees (33 percent) telling Glassdoor.com that they were looking to jump ship this year.

Before you go blasting out the resume, you might want to take a look at the jobs landscape.

CareerCast is out with their annual list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Jobs of 2013. They took a look at 200 jobs and ranked them based on a variety of criteria, including income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.

So, what are the best jobs?

"Overall, what you see is most of the jobs break up into two categories — high tech and health care," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "A lot of the health care, and even some of the non-health care, tie in … to the aging population. Almost every one of these jobs with a couple exceptions are benefiting from aging baby boomers."

Click ahead for the 10 Best Jobs for 2013, the midlevel income and whether the job moved up or down from last year's list.

By Cindy Perman
Posted 22 April 2013

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  Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 4:10 AM ET

....The Worst Jobs in America for 2013

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The 10 Worst Jobs in America

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There are a variety of reasons a job can get slapped with the "worst job" title. It could be that it's an extremely dangerous or stressful job or, in the case of this year's No. 1 worst job, it could be that the job outlook is dismal.

So, while the economy and hiring outlook may be improving overall, for some of these jobs, it doesn't matter.

"Even with an improving economy, it doesn't make a different with the worst jobs," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.

CareerCast is out with their annual list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Jobs of 2013. They took a look at 200 jobs and ranked them based on a variety of criteria, including income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.

Interestingly, some of the jobs that made the "10 Worst" list last year but managed to skirt it this year were in the food-service industry — butcher, dishwasher and waiter/waitress. They are, of course, still tough jobs with low pay and little job security, but the economic recovery may have helped the restaurant industry start to come back as more people go out to eat or treat themselves to a steak at home. Indeed, the National Restaurant Association reported that the restaurant job growth hit a 17-year high in 2012.

"The restaurant industry bounced back quickly after the recession," the NRA said.

So, what are the worst jobs this year?

Click ahead for the 10 Worst Jobs for 2013, the midlevel income and whether the job moved up or down from last year's list.

By Cindy Perman
Posted 22 April 2013

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About There Must Be A 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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