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CNBC Franchise Archive Trends & Fads


  • Hirschhorn: 13 Trader Resolutions for 2010 Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 5:42 PM ET

    As 2010 approaches, we have time to reflect on what we’ve done this year and what we intend to do next. Because I'm a trading coach, I have access to some of the greatest minds on Wall Street. Here's a list of best practices I’ve gathered from them this past year.

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    While the slow economic recovery is bad news for retailers, it may be good news for consumers, as retailers find themselves with elevated inventories and a fast approaching end to the holiday season. I expect discounting could become very aggressive.

  • Maybe Tiger Should Have Rented a Robot? Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

    Here in this season of holiness, I'm bombarded with more than the usual quotient of stories about...sex.

  • Hirschhorn: Position Yourself for 2010 Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 5:14 PM ET

    Traders at banks and hedge funds get paid once a year, at the very end. Since most traders on Wall Street did not get paid much, if anything, last year, this years’ profits are even more near to their hearts.

  • Jones: 20 Insights On 2020 Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 2:41 PM ET

    By bringing together views from Google, Shell, Ericsson, General Mills along with those from leading academics and governments from around the world, The Future Agenda program has already highlighted 20 key insights on the world in 2020: To date 155 countries are involved.

  • BA-ROCK, The Pet Rock With 'Hope' Thursday, 10 Dec 2009 | 7:19 PM ET

    Last year it was the Chia Obama craze. This year, it's Prez BaRock, a new take on the old pet rock--one of the most disturbing and unfathomable must-have gifts of the 1970s.

  • A Killer Gift Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 12:37 PM ET
    Laptop Steering Wheel Desk

    It may be against the law in many states to talk on a cellphone or text while driving, but I don't see any law anywhere that says you can't work on a computer while at the wheel!

  • Hirschhorn: Tiger & Risk Management Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 4:34 PM ET

    So this week we learned that Tiger Woods is human, after all. And for traders, well, his situation is an excellent reminder about proper risk management.

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    In order to experience the madness of the holiday shopping season, one author wanted to experience for himself what it's like to see the American consumer in action when greed sometimes replaces need - so he got a job at Target as a floor walker.

  • Madoff—The Holiday Drink Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 12:44 PM ET

    The Cognito PR group has done it again. Last year, to add a little levity to the miserable doldrums of Wall Street, Cognito came up with some special cocktails for its holiday party with names like the CosmoPaulson and the TARPatini.

  • Hirschhorn: Greed...or Fear Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 4:08 PM ET

    The age-old belief that greed moves the markets is just plain wrong. There is only one thing that moves the market: fear. Whether it’s a fear of losing money or a fear of missing out on making money, the simple fact is that fear is the main driver.

  • Entrepreneurs cannot singlehandedly save the American economy, but recovery won’t come without them.

  • Coffee, Tea or My Ad? Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 10:50 AM ET

    No one reads newspapers anymore, everyone speeds through commercials on their DVRs, and people generally have the attention span of a gnat. What's an advertiser to do to get your attention? Where can marketers hold you captive?

  • Elvis Has Left The Building, But His Scent Remains Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 2:43 PM ET

    Wanna smell like Elvis? Joan Crawford? Nixon? I mean, smell like them when they were alive?

  • What Were The Northwest Pilots Really Doing? Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    From "Balloon Boy" hoaxes to beauty queens who make their own sex tapes, we are a nation of goofballs. So much funny business—like two experienced pilots who miss their destination and don't realize they're out of contact with controllers for over an hour...because they were trying to figure out the new scheduling program.

  • Hirschhorn: Risk-Averse Traders Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | 5:23 PM ET

    There are 3 reasons I believe this week’s trader temperature is risk averse.

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    The American Consumer Institute just released a study that examines the perception and the facts as to whether Wal-Mart is the low-priced retailer for consumer electronics products.

  • Tommy Lee Wants You to Be a Rock Star Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:53 PM ET
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    You'd be hard pressed to find an industry harder hit the last decade than the record biz. Like mothers warning their daughters for centuries, people stopped buying the cow when they could get the milk for free. As free music became the norm, many wondered who would survive.

  • Hirschhorn: Steroids & Hedge Funds Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    There are two things I love most in life: trading and baseball. Historically, peak performance in baseball involved finding something that gave players an edge over their opponent. Some players used amphetamines. Others thought steroids gave them the edge.

  • The Gift That Stops Giving Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 1:29 PM ET
    Motorized Rolling Pin

    The Funny Business Product of the Week! An idea that ensures no one will ever want you to buy them a gift again.