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CNBC Franchise Archive Trends & Fads


  • Puma Unveils Bodywear With Strip Show Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | 1:41 PM ET

    If an iPhone app is good or crazy, it’s going to get a lot of attention and certainly draw some downloads. While it’s probably not cool to have the medicinal marijuana locator app on your iPhone, the new iPhone app from Puma has all the ingredients of scoring plenty of viral buzz.

  • In a Recession, Get Married at the Heartbreak Hotel Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 11:59 AM ET

    Today they're expecting big wedding business in Las Vegas, as 9-9-09 is considered a lucky day to tie the knot. Vegas has always been a cheap and quick way to get married. No expensive wedding, no stressing about a guest list. Nothing, however, may be as economical as a the 99 cent weddings being offered to nine couples this morning at the 99 Cents Only store in Hollywood.

  • Hirschhorn: Are Women Better Investors? Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 5:23 PM ET

    Traditionally, men dominate the financial services industry. But given recent events, many people are wondering if that’s a good (or bad) thing. Here are five reasons why your wife or girlfriend may be a better investor than you.

  • New Product May Distract Terrorists Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 12:14 PM ET
    Winkers Hipnotic Jeans

    I've found it. An American-made product which can defeat terrorism without firing a shot- Winkers jeans. The jeans, created by retired Seattle designer William Jones, "wink" at you if you're walking behind someone wearing them.

  • Roginsky: The Meritocracy Myth Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 10:03 AM ET

    So much for the meritocracy myth on Wall Street. According to a recent study...the top five executives at the 20 banks receiving the largest amount of federal bailout dollars took home an average of almost $13.8 million in personal compensation last year – or 37% more than the average leader of an S&P 500 company. This most recent revelation underscores that rewards on Wall Street are completely disconnected from job performance.

  • Sir James Dyson: Why the World Needs More Engineers Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 12:13 PM ET

    I have always advocated for investment in engineering – to both improve society and stimulate economies. It’s true that as engineer myself I have a vested interest. But following the financial fallout this is no longer just a point of view. It’s a necessity, writes Sir James Dyson.

  • Hirschhorn: Trader Talk with Todd Gordon, Pt. 2 Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 5:23 PM ET

    Todd Gordon is a senior technical strategist & trader at Forex.com. In part two of this interview with market coach Doug Hirschhorn, he discusses style and having trust in yourself, something he's learned in his 10 years of trading.

  • Roginsky: Selective Amnesia on Deficit Spending Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 10:40 AM ET

    Apparently, a little hypocrisy never hurt any of the politicians and pundits who decry health care reform as a budget buster that the nation cannot afford.

  • Pento: Forget Bernanke Buzz, Flush the Fed Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 2:34 PM ET

    While most people in our industry are quick to hoist Mr. Bernanke on a pedestal-just as the former maestro Allan Greenspan was—I think the entire institution should be canned.

  • Hirschhorn: Trader Talk with Todd Gordon, Pt. 1 Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 5:03 PM ET

    Todd Gordon is a senior technical strategist & trader at Forex.com. In part one of this interview with market coach Doug Hirschhorn, he discusses the approach he's developed in his 10 years of trading. His most important lesson: Learning how to sit on his hands.

  • Hirschhorn: Good Losses, Bad Losses Friday, 14 Aug 2009 | 3:14 PM ET

    It's a fact that not all losses are created equal. There are good losses and bad losses, and it pays -- literally -- to know the difference. Here are four basic reasons why traders find it difficult to take a loss.

  • Roginsky: Keep Yelling, Rush Limbaugh Tuesday, 11 Aug 2009 | 4:17 PM ET

    As town hall meetings this August have shown, any rational opposition to health care reform – and there is a rational case to be made against various Democratic proposals – has fallen victim to vitriol and hyperbole, which only strengthens the president’s cause.

  • Mad About Mad Men Monday, 10 Aug 2009 | 3:29 PM ET
    Jon Hamm

    I'm late to the "Mad Men" mania. Why would I want to watch a show about a bunch of chain-smoking, three-martini-drinking womanizing homophobic racists? Then I finally watched it.

  • Hirschhorn: Keeping Your Money Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 4:34 PM ET

    Making money is not hard, but keeping it is. That's why top traders maintain three beliefs when it comes to money management.

  • Dolan: The BOE Surprises, The ECB Bores, And NFP Looms Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 3:01 PM ET

    Central bank decisions aside, the current market environment remains driven by risk sentiment, which brings us to tomorrow's July U.S. NFP report. The optimism is palpable that we'll see a more meaningful decline in jobs being shed, so the risks seem tilted to disappointment, which may come from an above consensus rise in the unemployment rate judging by the new cycle low in the Conference Board's labor differential, writes Brian Dolan, Chief Currency Strategist at FOREX.com

  • Truth Is Card Industry Doesn't Need Kids Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 9:35 AM ET
    Upper Deck Trading Cards

    Major League Baseball is announcing this morning that it has signed an exclusive trading card deal with Topps. In an article commenting on the deal, Michael Eisner, who acquired the company two years ago, told the New York Times that the exclusive deal would lead to "redirecting the entire category towards kids." Baseball's executive vice president for business Tim Brosnan also mentioned how important it was to get kids back into the game

  • Finally, A Useful Product Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 5:00 PM ET
    Fingerfood Party Plates

    Snuggie for Dogs isn't especially useful, considering dogs come with their own Snuggie (aka fur). Handerpants are hilarious but unnecessary. But I've finally found something worth buying.

  • The Latest Hotness Indicator Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 9:59 AM ET

    There are many ways to measure where we are in the economic cycle. GDP, unemployment numbers, housing starts, hot waitresses.

  • Hirschhorn: Achieving Greatness Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 4:50 PM ET

    Everyone can achieve inner greatness. The key is to set goals. And while that may seem obvious, there are very few people out there who understand how to do this properly. For that reason, I've created a five-step process called C.H.A.M.P.

  • Boxers or Briefs-For Your Hands? Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 2:27 PM ET

    I give up. Just when I think I've seen it all...suddenly, there's Handerpants. "Underwear for your hands!" proclaims the marketers of the fingerless gloves designed to look like men's briefs.