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Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, provides tidbits, insights, and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME from the notepad of the show's senior executive producer.

It's mind boggling

Larry Fink
Adam Jeffery | CNBC

Larry Fink built BlackRock from a boutique investment firm in 1988 with eight employees into one of the biggest and most influential on Wall Street.

They manage more money than the GDPs of entire European countries. We're talking "TRILLIONS" here. "North of $4 trillion," Fink told us Thursday.

When he says, don't get out of stocks yet we tend to listen to him. He also said the Fed should speed up its bond-buying exit.

As for jobs in America, Fink sees a shortage of educated workers in the labor force.

Master stock picks

John Rogers Jr., Ariel Investments Chairman & CIO
Adam Jeffery | CNBC

John Rogers oversees $9 billion for Ariel Investments, not to mention he's a member of the Squawk Box Platinum Portfolio.

He came on the show Thursday from the Morningstar conference in Chicago to talk about his long-term investing strategy and three stocks he's betting on.

Insider trading rogues

A groundbreaking new study on insider trading finally put what we've instinctively thought into hard numbers. Check out Andrew Ross Sorkin's column which generated a lot of buzz this week.

Rick Perry … in his own words

We had Texas Gov. Rick Perry on this week. We started out talking business, specifically the Lone Star State's bid for Tesla's planned battery and the governor's stance on the immigration debate.

But our Joe Kernen held Perry's feet to the fire about comments he recently made—comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. His answers, if nothing else, definitely made headlines.

A clip from the interview even made "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Check Joe out at about 5 minutes and 42 seconds into the above video.

Take a breath

It's one of the worst feelings you can have as a TV anchor. It's your turn to speak, the red light on the camera goes on, and you can't catch your breath.

It's an anchor's worst nightmare. Panic city!

And the longer you have to talk, the worse it becomes. You can't catch your breath and the panic builds and builds to the point that you think you are going to choke on live TV.

But then again, if you are still in the makeup room chair 60 seconds before air, some producers might say, you get what you deserve!

Watch Becky with this read as the panic builds and builds as the air gets thinner and thinner.

News tidbits you can (kind-of) use

In the middle of the night one day this week, Facebook went down for 17 minutes. Joe slept through it. We are trying to confirm that the Earth kept its normal rotation during the outage.

Earnings on tap

Hair Nation

We're very thankful Larry Fink still comes on "Squawk Box," despite our control room shenanigans that created "Larry Kernen" or "Joe Fink." (We blame, wink thank, our director @PaulDeFabo and technical director @Keith_Falcone.

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How about a shout-out to our own "International Woman of Mystery" Michelle Caruso-Cabrera @MCaruso_Cabrera and her trusty producer @KatieSlaman for going to Iraq and filing reports all week. Anybody who goes to Iraq for work for any reason deserves a shout-out. Get home safe!

Overheard on the set Monday morning

Anchor No. 1: "Are you going to this thing tonight?"

Anchor No. 2: "Which thing?"

Anchor No. 3: "I can't. What about the Thursday's thing?"

Anchor No. 1: "I can't go to that thing because I have that other thing Wednesday night."

Anchor No. 2: "Which thing is that?"

Anchor No. 1: "But what about tonight's thing?

Anchor No. 2: "Oh yeah, maybe the cocktail hour, but not the whole thing."

Anchor No. 3: "What's the Wednesday thing?

Anchor No. 2: "I don't know about Wednesday's thing, I don't think I was invited."

Anchor No. 1 and No. 3: "Lucky!"

Word Jumble

"Squawk Box" co-hosts Joe Kernen and Becky Quick keep a handwritten record of their daily Word Jumble standings going back years.
Matthew J. Belvedere | CNBC

It was a short week for the Word Jumble with Becky out on assignment Tuesday and Wednesday. But Joe and Becky did play Monday and Thursday and they each got one win. Joe's bonus Jumbled word of the week is CIURTS. Becky's word is CTREKI. The answers can be found at the end of the blog.

Mark your calendar (or set your DVR)

  • Monday: Mark Grant, Grover Norquist, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Harold Hamm
  • Tuesday: Larry Bossidy, Jeff Rosenberg (BlackRock), Scott McNealy
  • Wednesday: Jim O'Shaughnessy, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
  • Thursday: Richard Gelfond (Imax CEO), David Kelly (J.P. Morgan Funds)
  • Friday: Ralph Schlosstein (Evercore Partners CEO), Blair Effron (Centerview Partners Founder)

Moments of the Week

Source: DreamWorks

Joe to Becky: "I can't believe they made a movie called "How to 'Drain' your dragon."

Joe to guest Stephen Roach: "Yes, Stephen you are an official Squawk Box "Master of the Market" and based on your discussion earlier with Becky you are also a 'Master-Debater.'"

Joe to guest Dick Hoey: "Those eyebrows ... they're going to impair your vision soon."

Joe to Andrew: "37 years old and you can't make it three hours? Did you wash your hands?"

Next week's economic calendar:

  • Monday: Existing Home Sales
  • Tuesday: New Home Sales
  • Wednesday: Durable Goods, GDP
  • Thursday: Jobless Claims, Personal Income & Spending
  • Friday: Consumer Sentiment

The Corny-Sappy Motivational Business-Based Inspirational Quote

"Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while."
—Jack Welch

*Joe's Jumble bonus word answer: CIURTS = RUSTIC
*Becky's Jumble bonus word answer: CTREKI = TICKER

—By CNBC's Matt Quayle