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CNBC Franchise Archive Trends & Fads


  • The Business of Bad Art Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 | 11:01 AM ET

    For those who've stood in a museum in front of a bazillion dollar work of modern art and wondered, "That is art?," here is an art museum which may appeal to your sense of humor, if not your sense of taste.

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    Despite a major announcement by the President yesterday on the expansion of drilling, the price of crude oil has moved higher, not lower. This is in direct contrast to all those folks that said in 2008 that expansionary drilling announcements from the government would immediately lower oil prices.

  • Unemployment

    For the last few 2 quarters, it has been clear that while job losses have been slowing, unemployment levels are still stubbornly high. Yet in the last two quarters, we have seen much stronger than expected consumer spending.

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    That tattoo you’ve been considering on your next trip to Minnesota may fall off your to-do list, if the state’s legislature is successful at passing a bill to tax that service. The push is part of a drive in various states to raise revenue by taxing services that largely go untaxed.

  • Isaac: Dodd Knows Better And Can Do Better Monday, 22 Mar 2010 | 2:38 PM ET
    Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) speaks at a news conference following the Senate's cloture vote on health care reform legislation on Capitol Hill.

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) finally unveiled his financial reform legislation. It was not worth the wait.

  • Pitts: The Good News About This New Health Care Bill Monday, 22 Mar 2010 | 8:56 AM ET
    American healthcare reform

    The day the President signs this into law could be viewed by a near-future generation of Americans as a day of infamy -- if we let it.

  • CEO Blog: Our Greatest New Threat Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 1:05 PM ET

    The threat is no longer low-cost manufacturing; it’s high-tech and ideas. And the proof? As of this year, China has overtaken Germany as the world’s biggest exporter. And it’s not limited to less expensive products.

  • CEO Blog: Addicted To Social Media Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 9:52 AM ET

    Our most recent study asked social media users questions such as, when, where, and how much time they spend on sites and services like FaceBook and Twitter. We were not surprised to learn how many people appear to be, shall we say, obsessed with checking in with their social media circles throughout the day and even the night. Not only did we confirm what most people suspect about a new generation of social media users (bordering on abusers), but we also detected an interesting trend where social media is providing many consumers with their morning cup of news.

  • New Pet Craze or Just Plain Crazy? Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 11:57 AM ET
    Rear Gear

    "Americans are expected to spend nearly $48 billion on pet products this year, a number that has continued to rise despite the recession. Where do we draw the line? I may have found that boundary.

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    For every pets.com flameout, there are dozens of successful businesses that have either emerged because of the Internet, or have incorporated online business as a critical part of their operations, writes Mark McLaughlin is the President and CEO of VeriSign, Inc.

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    By setting risk retention requirements at each step of the process, the very legislation intended to avoid a housing crisis could drastically reduce liquidity and cripple the ability of the secondary mortgage market to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars of low cost mortgage credit needed each year.

  • Hirschhorn: Trader Personality Types Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 4:07 PM ET

    Is there an ideal trader personality? In my opinion, no. Actually, it’s more important to develop your own style based on your own personality.

  • Gerendasi: Russia And The Emerging 7 Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 9:50 AM ET

    The economies to watch now are the "Emerging Seven"...Their combined gross domestic product could overtake that of the G7 this decade and open up a 30 percent lead by 2030, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers forecast. But what will Russia look like in 2030?

  • Morici: Greece's Tragedy and Naked Swaps Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 10:23 AM ET

    It never ceases to amaze how political leaders can shamelessly blame free markets and faceless speculators for the consequences of their lousy financial decisions.

  • Hirschhorn: Pulling the Trigger Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | 2:53 PM ET

    Have you ever watched the market move but been afraid to get in, only to find out later a trade would have made you a lot of money? If you have, then you’ve experience what’s called “fear of pulling the trigger.”

  • Alice's $1 Billion Consumer Products Tea Party Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | 9:33 AM ET
    Alice in Wonderland

    "Alice in Wonderland" opens in theaters today, accompanied by Disney's most wide-ranging array of consumer products ever, chasing an unprecedented broad audience.

  • The Boomer in Me, We and Technology Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 1:07 PM ET
    Brian Dunn

    Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn shares what being a Boomer has meant to him and to his business.

  • Boomers Continue to Fuel High-Tech Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 11:33 AM ET
    Close up of someone typing on a laptop.

    As they approach retirement age they are witnessing the rise of the most technology-savvy digital natives in the history of humankind. Is there any way for Baby Boomers to compete with a generation that has been completely immersed in technology since birth? The answer is....

  • Man's Newest Weapon—The Five-Inch High Heel Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 11:12 AM ET

    High-end fashion is one area that's been holding up better than other areas of retail. But one colleague has discovered its dark underbelly—a trend that may actually be a plot by men to make women miserable.

  • Interview

    I recently coached a Boomer – 20 years of varied experience, deep industry expertise, substantial management background including P&L and staff oversight. You’d almost never know it!