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  Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 3:01 PM ET

Big Data Download: Best and Worst Jobs

What are the best and worst jobs are for 2013? Cindy Perman breaks it down with Courtney Reagan on this episode of "Big Data Download." »Read more
  Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

Arggggh! American Workers Are at a Breaking Point

Posted ByCindy Perman
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The economy is supposed to be in recovery mode, but you wouldn't know it by the grunts and groans coming from the next cubicle.

A whopping 83 percent of American workers said they are stressed out by at least one thing at work, up sharply from 73 percent in 2012, according to a survey by Harris Interactive for Everest College.

"When you look at all the other economic indicators, there have definitely been some positive signs," said John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College. But relief of workplace stress isn't one of them.

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  Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 1:52 PM ET

Google Selects People to Test Glasses

JC Penney is embracing a new sales tactic, and Google has selected 8,000 people to test its glasses, making them pay $1,500 and fly to New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco to get their hands on them. CNBC's Cindy Perman and Bob Pisani discuss. »Read more
  Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 1:58 PM ET

Big Data Download: Stressssss!

Work-related stress costs companies up to $300 billion per year. John Swartz from Everest College and Cindy Perman break it down on this episode of "Big Data Download." »Read more
  Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 2:13 PM ET

Ha! The Rubber Chicken Economy Is Booming

Posted ByCindy Perman
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Prices bottomed out on everything during the recession, from homes to new cars, but now everything seems to be on an upswing, including the price of a good laugh.

The Cost of Laughing Index, which includes everything from rubber-chicken prices to comedy-club admission, rose 1.7 percent in 2013 from a year ago, according to Malcom Kushner, a lawyer-turned-humor consultant who compiles the index.

That was largely due to an 8-percent jump in rubber-chicken prices and an 11-percent increase in the cost of whoopee cushions.


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  Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 3:29 PM ET

Exit Strategy: Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

Posted ByCindy Perman
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It used to be common for someone to stay in a job for 20 to 25 years and then retire. But now, a person who's been at the same job that long is as rare as a unicorn. So, how long is too long nowadays—and is it time for you to quit?

"Years ago, a colleague of mine who had held the same title for a number of years went to HR to discuss why she wasn't getting promoted," Jen Hubley Luckwaldt wrote on PayScale.com. The HR person replied: "People really only have your job for two years, max. Then they leave and go somewhere else. You've been here, what, six years? That's too long. I don't know what to tell you," Luckwaldt wrote.

"The norm is for people to move around a lot more than they did a few decades ago," said Marie McIntyre, a career coach and author of "Secrets to Winning at Office Politics." "I think when you're looking at resumes now, it's kind of unusual to see a resume where someone has been with the same company for 15 to 20 years."

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  Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 5:23 PM ET

Power Rundown: Weighing In On YouTube, JC Penney, CVS

Posted ByJohn Carney
YouTube generates users, but what about revenue? CNBC's John Carney and Cindy Perman discuss. Read More
  Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 1:55 PM ET

Sandberg: Men Still Run the World

In light of Sheryl Sandberg's interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," CNBC's Jane Wells and Cindy Perman chat about balancing work and family. »Read more
  Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

How to Get a Free ‘Test Drive’ of Retirement in Nicaragua

Posted ByCindy Perman
Granada, Nicaragua
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Granada, Nicaragua

You can test drive a car, so why not retirement?

InternationalLiving.com, a magazine and website with a self-explanatory name, is holding a contest to "test drive" retirement in Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.That includes airfare and rent for the winner and a spouse or friend, plus $1,500 for extra spending money.

Why Nicaragua?

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  Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 2:30 PM ET

Double-Digit Growth a Good Sign for the Economy: The Tooth Fairy

Posted ByCindy Perman
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In our desperate attempt to predict economic cycles, we look at all kinds of crazy indicators—like men's underwear sales or how hot a waitress is—for insight. Well, guess what: the answer may have been under your pillow the whole time.

Delta Dental is out with its annual Tooth Fairy Poll and it showed that the average amount left under kids' pillows for lost baby teeth shot up more than 15 percent to $2.42 in 2012 from $2.10 a year earlier.

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About There Must Be A Pony In Here Somewhere

  • The news can get a little heavy sometimes, with debt crises, vicious markets and crappy earnings reports. So, we dispatched our crack reporter, Cindy Perman, to find some levity amid all this seriousness. Why a Pony? To be clear, there were no ponies harmed in the making of this blog. The blog’s name, “There Must Be a Pony In Here Somewhere,” comes from an old joke, a favorite of Ronald Reagan’s, that essentially means, with a pile of you-know-what this big, there MUST be a pony — a bright side — in here somewhere!

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