Archives for November 2008

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Thanksgiving Beer

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Still trying to figure out what beer to buy? Check out this news report with the National Beer Wholesalers Association. This guy is selling beer like it's going out of style. Could someone please tell him to relax. We're gonna buy some, alright dude?via AdFreak

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the United States and to all those who don't celebrate this fine holiday.....Happy Thursday. The bird didn't quite come out like I thought so I'm going to have to take the day off to try again.  I think this time I'm not going to cook it in the fireplace.

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A Cornucopia of Chicks

by TylerVHolidays make it so easy to be cynical. Thanksgiving and Christmas inspire so much ambivalence because of awkward relatives, embarassing drunken moments, long lines at grocery stores and malls, stupid sweaters and a whole host of other modern annoyances.This article won't fall into that trap. Without getting hokey, Chickipedia aims to start your holidays off on a more blissful note. Now's …

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The Dark Side Of Panda Marketing

Vs. We all knew something like this would happen eventually. The overbranding of franchises like Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and other anime products in China has caused the public to completely lose common sense when it comes to animals. I guess you could call it a perfect marketing campaign. These cutesy portrayals of personified pandas have gone on to replace the proper image of the ferocious …

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Winter Advertising Launch Heats Up

I've noticed a huge influx in TV advertising as the winter season approaches. Not sure if there's a real correlation here between the recession and the increase in TV advertising specifically, but here are the 5 best new ads coming your way sometime soon.1.) The first commercial I am particularly impressed with is this seasonal GameStop one. Moral of the story? If you don't use our service, your …

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What Was The Most Surprising News Today?

I'm incredibly torn to decide what the most exciting piece of business news is today. Here are my 4 options: 1.) The Obvious Citi Bailout - After the major selloff on Friday, people have been assuming this would happen all weekend. Finally last night we heard that the deal will boil down to taxpayers getting $250 billion of potential losses in exchange for $27 billion of Citi preferred stock. O …

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The Forecast Calls For More Hair In The Treasury Secretary Office

Say Hello to Tim Geithner who, CNBC is reporting, has been selected by Presidet Elect Barack Obama to be Hank Paulson's replacement as Treasury Secretary. Add him to the list! Check out Portfolio's article on him from back in June on how he saved the financial world from being destroyed. Is that what got him the job?

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Walmarts New CEO Shakes Up Retail Sales Season

It's not even Black Friday yet and already we're hearing about holiday shopping buying guides and retail sales numbers. Just as the date Christmas music gets played on the radio starts creeping sooner every year, the dilemma of what the hell retailers will put on their shelves becomes a bigger issue each season. Then mix into that frothy disaster pit of expectation the horrible state of the sto …

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The ‘Meh’ Conspiracy Theory

All the 'fun time' news sources are reporting on Collins Dictionary's addition of the word 'meh' to its upcoming 30th anniversary edition, but there is a darker secret lurking beneath the surface here. Sure this is great news. The word 'meh' originated in a 2001 Simpsons episode and has slowly gained momentum as the perfect expression of apathy and disinterest ever since. So what's so bad about …

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I’m Having A Hard Time Trusting This Guys Logic…

"Dear Taxpayers, Since the government-approved $700 billion bailout of institutions like the one that employs me as CEO, there has been a debate about whether such institutions can be trusted to use this capital in a responsible way.  More specifically, some members of Congress are calling for an investigation into what portion of that $700 billion will go to pay executive bonuses.  …

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SEC Confusion On ESPN

Vs. At the bar last night while watching SportsCenter, I overheard some confusion. The debate this group of inebriated gentlemen was engaged in was over a scrolling headline across the bottom of the telecast saying that 'The SEC is charging Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.' One dude wanted to know if it had something to do with Florida's win over South Carolina last weekend. Let this be a …

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SchoolHouse Rockin The Bonds

The Big Money, Slate's new biz site, unveiled a cool new educational series in the style of those SchoolHouse Rock specials from yesteryear. This little intro to 'bonds' will give you the basic knowledge that those disastrous credit default swaps and CDOs were based on. A newer episode of the original SchoolHouse Rock series called 'Walkin On Wall Street' after the jump: Lester 'The Investor …

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Looking Great in ’08

by Tyler VAnother year is about to pass us by, and oh so many hot ladies have caught our eye. In celebration of the New Year, we wanted to take a look back and pay homage to some newcomers who really moved to the forefront of movies and music because of their accomplishments and their ability to melt our retinas with their hotness. And, of course, here are our Chicki editors' resolutions (along wi …

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Nothing Takes Your Mind Off The Economy Like Some Good Old Fashioned Insider Trading

The SEC charged Mark Cuban with insider trading today relating to a dump of Mamma.com stock back in 2004. Can't anyone see, this is just what we need right now? While the workings of a GM/Ford bailout are being hatched in some secret bunker in Flint, Michigan, we can all pick apart lovable eccentric NBA owner and billionaire Mark Cuban. Can't you just imagine the TV coverage for the rest of the …

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Economic Crisis Spreads To Pop Up Ads

Has anyone else seen this ad on the web yet? I just saw it on the sidebar of a few different news sites. I'm glad at least they've narrowed down the blame for the economic crisis to the three major sources: a.) President Bush b.) a 1920s-era Chicago gangster c.) a guy having computer problems

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Our 22 Favorite Hank Paulson Pictures

There is a lot of speculation about who will replace Hank Paulson as the next Secretary of the Treasury. Especially during the financial crisis, the position has taken on a new amount of weight, authority, and importance. Did you know the Secretary of the Treasury is 5th in line to become the Commander In Chief if the Prez is assassinated or resigns? Surprisingly high, right? Well, join us on a …

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DuckTales Themed Economic Education Continues

Why is it that the Duck Tales cartoon has proven to be such a solid source for all things financially educational? Is it because Scrooge's vault-ful of millions proved he had the investing chops to take on the world? Perhaps. I prefer to think it's all due to the fact that none of the main characters wear pants, but that's just me. As we've shown before, DuckTales gave us a solid lesson on the hor …

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Should GM Get A Bailout? Your Thoughts, Please.

Everyone wants a bailout these days. And to be honest, why wouldn't they? Just in case you're insulated in some sector of the workforce that is completely unaffected by this recession/depression (health care worker, porn star, professional dreamer, just to name a few), I'll clue you in on what's been going on -- things suck out here right now. Bush seems to be all for helping out the automakers …

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The Problem With Financial Headlines

Despite the corny graphics and lame father/daughter convo setup, Marek Fuchs of TheStreet.com makes some good points about the problem with financial press headlines. Kind of makes me slightly regret proclaiming, "Starbucks Is Dead, Sell All Your Shares. Do It Now!" while covering the same news. Only slightly though.

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Oh No! Not The Bull!

Looks like Portfolio magazine is trying to make up for its colossal 'dropping of the ball' last month when they had Dov Charney, American Apparel's controversial CEO, on the cover of their magazine when ALL OF WALL STREET WAS FALLING APART. They got a lot of heat for appearing to be completely clueless about the very industry they were meant to cover. But when I look at this awesome rendering o …

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Citi Loses All Self-Respect

It wasn't easy for Citi to sink any lower than its current position. Between their horrible 'citi never sleeps' slogan , Vikram Pandit becoming an elfen laughing stock, Meredith Whitney constantly being on their ass 'dominatrix style', and more massive cutbacks, layoffs, and writedowns than one could feasibly calculate, you would think they had already lost what little self-respect they possessed. …

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How Did The iPhone Beat Out Blackberry For Business Users?

A recent J.D. Power and Associates consumer satisfaction survey (you hear about them all the time in car commercials) has revealed business/enterprise professionals prefer using the iPhone to the Blackberry. How did this happen? Ever since the iPhone came out we've heard that it's a fun little gadget for the average consumer, but for serious business functionality the Blackberry is still the in …

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Why We Should Listen To Merrills Richard Bernstein

For years Merrill Lynch's chief investment strategist, Richard Bernstein, has been a sound, informative, analytical voice in the turbulent world of the markets. I actually had the chance to meet and speak with Bernstein after a Dow Jones event earlier this year taking place before anyone could have predicted the ensuing panic and destruction that would come to Wall Street. But that's just the t …

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Bankers Continue To Be Jerks

Colorado-based FirstBank released this new commercial that's supposed to make us feel more secure about the banking system. Kind of just makes me hate bankers more: via AdFreak

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The Day Tim Sykes Got His Restitution

A few weeks back we interviewed none other than stock trading whiz kid Tim Sykes as a retort to Amit Chatwani's (author of Damn It Feels Good To Be A Banker) epic slamming of all things Tim in our previous interview. Needless to say, the financial world exploded in the ensuing weeks and the Sykes/Chatwani rivalry needed to be put on the back burner.... until now! Not sure if I can really play t …

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If All Movies Had Cell Phones

If every one of our cinematic classics had a cell phone or mobile internet device we could get them in and over with in no time. Save everyone a lot of valuable time, maybe even cram 30 or 50 'movies' into a single sitting. It could single-handedly revolutionize the movie industry. Just think of all the great product placement we could do with the phones... Genius!

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Is Giving Away Free Stuff On Election Day Good For Business?

Starbucks is giving out a free cup of coffee, Ben & Jerry's will offer a free scoop of ice cream, Krispy Kreme will give you a donut, Babeland is offering a free sex toy for men and women, and a plethora of local watering holes are giving away a free beer to all discerning citizens who cast their vote today. But does giving away free merchandise on Election Day really promote a business or jus …

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The Economist Branches Out To Pizza Boxes

In an effort to get more curious, young, literate college students to pay for subscriptions to costly paper magazines, The Economist has launched a new ad campaign to target the demographic. It also appears that the age-old cliche of college students loving 'pizza' continues to hold true. As David Griner from AdFreak points out, a lot of The Economist's advertising tends to go over our heads an …

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