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CNBC Franchise Archive Trends & Fads


  • I Want A New Drug Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    I'm about to head out to my 30th high school reunion in L.A. this weekend. 30 years! Impossible. Seems like only yesterday that I saw my parents off to their 25th.

  • Viceroy: Bean Counters - Vision Or Value? Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 9:58 AM ET

    Anthony Viceroy, President of Global Operations, Porter Novelli writes, "Upon peering into its crystal ball late last year, the Economist dubbed 2009 "The Year of the CFO" — which sounds like a pretty exciting prospect for a guy like me. But in its article, the magazine went on to posit, “Recession, credit crunch and the increasingly complex nature of global companies will all play directly into the bean counter’s hands......that’s harsh"

  • Now That It's Everywhere, Has Apple Lost Its Shine? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 12:26 PM ET

    Apple’s iPhone initially caught the public’s imagination because it was the high-fidelity cell phone. Nothing else looked or acted like it.

  • Whatever Happened to The Sarah Palin XBox? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 12:05 PM ET
    Xbox autographed by Sarah Palin

    It finally listed. It didn't sell. In a shocking development, no bids came through for the $1.1 million Microsoft Xbox autographed by Sarah Palin.

  • Hirschhorn: Earnings Schmernings Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 11:16 AM ET

    Lots of investors get hung up on earnings season -- they simply spend way too much time thinking about what the numbers mean. But here are four reasons why, if you're a typical investor, you might want to re-think an investment strategy based on earnings data.

  • Roginsky: Thank You, AHIP Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 2:24 PM ET
    Healthy Horizons -- A Special Report

    When the etymology of the word “chutzpah” is recorded, Karen Ignagni, who heads the American Health Insurance Plans industry group, will surely earn an honorable mention. On the eve of the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to reform health care, AHIP released a report claiming that committee’s legislation will raise premiums on the average family by thousands of dollars.

  • Social Networking—The New Cigarette? Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 4:05 PM ET

    It appears social media applications may be the new addiction, particularly for the younger generation, according to a "Gadgetology" study by Retrevo.com, a consumer electronics shopping site, which polled nearly 800 people. The sample size isn't huge, but the trends are striking:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch

    Now that September retail numbers are behind us, Brian Tunick at J.P. Morgan is looking at October, and beyond. For one thing, he says 45 percent of teenagers say the whole vampire thing is "getting a little played out". Well, sort of. More on that in a moment.

  • Roginsky: The Republicans Bizarro World Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 11:04 AM ET
    Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    Unlike the modern Republican Party, President Obama is smart enough not to commit political suicide by curtailing senior access to health care.

  • Hirschhorn: Smart Risk, Stupid Risk Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 3:56 PM ET

    For now, the market really has no idea where it's headed. Are we set to take off, test new lows or stay flat for the foreseeable future? The truth is, people always speculate, but no one knows for sure what's going to happen. And that's why it's a market.

  • Who's Full of (Red) Bull? Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 3:42 PM ET
    No Ho Drink

    The beverage business can be brutal, just ask Gatorade over the whole "Got G?" thing. But few companies have managed to do so well so quickly as Red Bull.

  • How You Can Get An Endorsement Deal With Nike Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

    There's a new company called Udorse. It allows you to get paid - in cash and in product - by companies whose products you wear in pictures you tag on social media sites.

  • Roginsky: The Wrong Way To Punish Bad Behavior Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 2:37 PM ET

    In an effort to address the very real epidemics of smoking and obesity, the Senate Finance Committee approved a well-intention but reckless amendment that would allow employers to hike premiums by as much as 50% on those who engage in so-called unhealthy behavior.

  • Hirschhorn: Dow 10,000. Who Cares? Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 11:47 AM ET

    There has been an incredible amount of hype lately about the Dow Jones Index hitting the magic 10,000 level. So, I had to ask myself, does the Dow hitting 10,000 really matter? Well, here are four reasons I don’t think it carries the weight it used to.

  • Hirschhorn: Why Many Americans Aren't Great Traders Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 4:22 PM ET

    Generally, I'm just as patriotic as the next guy. I mean, I even got married on July 4th. But when it comes right down to it, there are six reasons why Americans can be, well, dumb when it comes to investing.

  • The Crisis: 1 Year Later - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    The events of the past year should have put an end once and for all to the misguided notion that government and Wall Street are not inextricably interconnected.

  • piggy_bank1.jpg

    In today’s financial economy, many of us are re-evaluating our financial situations and making increased efforts to spend less and save more. As you make these changes, you may find that there are people and obstacles in your life that keep you from meeting these goals…this is what I call your “Crabs in Your Bucket.” Every time you try to make financial improvements, they reach up and pull you back into the bucket with them.

  • AOL's Tim Armstrong: The Recession’s Silver Thread Monday, 21 Sep 2009 | 8:48 AM ET

    Interestingly and painfully, the very economy we’ve been suffering through for more than a year is accelerating a third Internet wave and is opening up the media business of the future, writes Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL.

  • Hirschhorn: Why You May Never Make Money as a Trader Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 3:47 PM ET

    It’s time for a wake-up call folks. Here are six reasons why you do not — and may never — make money as a trader.

  • Winkers Jeans, The Love Story Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 12:11 PM ET
    Winkers Hipnotic Jeans

    Last week we made quite a splash writing about Winkers Jeans, the jeans that "wink" at you if you are walking behind someone's...behind...who is wearing them. The YouTube video demonstrating how the jeans "work" is now closing in on 650,000 hits.