As Senior Talent Producer at CNBC, Lori Ann LaRocco has the ear of some of the world's biggest business minds. LaRocco has been working at the network since 2000. She was first hired as one of Maria Bartiromo's producers on her first prime-time show "Market Week." LaRocco produced, and booked interviews with some of the biggest unattainable names in business. LaRocco's track record has garned the trust and respect from Wall Street rainmakers to Washington. Establishing relationships with some of the best in business, LaRocco's contacts have told her first of business deals in the billions of dollars, enabling her show, "Squawk Box" to break the news first. LaRocco is also the author of "Dynasties of the Sea" (Marine Money International 2012), the upcoming book,"Opportunity Knocking" (Agate Publishing, 2014)and "Thriving in the New Economy" (Wiley, 2010). Prior to joining CNBC, LaRocco was an anchor, reporter and assignment editor in various local news markets around the country.
The Defense Department recently announced its plans on how they will improve "the Pentagon's buying power.” So what does that mean for defense stocks like Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin? I sat down with Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security Secretary and founder of The Chertoff Group—which, among other things, helps private equity firms hone in on potential acquisitions of companies that might be developing the next big thing for defense.
Democrats and Republicans are locked in the same old fight they have been in for decades. You know the one, the fight about tax cuts and their role in stimulating the economy.
I decided to talk to one of my contacts who has seen his share of economic uncertainty—Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard and the author of a new book "Reflections on Investment Illusions, Indexing, Capitalism, "Mutual" Funds, , Idealism, and More ". We started off our discussion looking at how capitalism has changed. I asked him how does he define capitalism now.
Its the classic jumping of the gun — just when people start uttering the cliched words could they be seeing the "light at the end of the tunnel" in the real estate market, some economic data elongates the tunnel that the real estate market is in.
President Obama's softer tone towards business at CNBC's Townhall Monday did help lift the markets but for my contacts I was told yet again, "He was all rhetoric and didn't say anything."
The arranged marriage between Uncle Sam and its unwilling bride, the private sector has never been more dysfunctional since the fall of the financial crisis.
Uncle Sam's ugly, unmarriable children, Fannie and Freddie already have a mountain of misery and challenges and their problems are about to get bigger as signs of the softening real estate market and anticipated foreclosures are expected to climb and continue.
Friday's nonfarm payrolls report easily beat Wall Street expectations but may not be quite what Wall Street wanted.
China has experienced its first debt default in years, and that might be the best thing that's happened to its market.
The SEC issued a warning about the rapidly growing segment of mutual funds, liquid alternatives.
Investment firms have sharply increased the protection they buy to protect against macroeconomic shocks.
The falling out between Bill Gross and his one-time partner Mohamed El-Erian has quickly turned into one of the ugliest bust-ups in recent history.
The founder of a hedge fund with $21 billion under management provided three investing rules and three favorite stocks.
Former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf were accused of using accounting gimmicks to fool banks and investors.