Much Ado About a 'Do

Surely as important a market indicator as Greenspan's briefcase or the Super Bowl winner is Maria's Bartiromo's hairstyle, which recently changed when the "Money Honey" got bangs. What does it portend? Only time will tell.

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By Dayana Yochim (TMF School)
May 14, 2001

It's a sign. I'm sure of it.

CNBC's "Money Honey," Maria Bartiromo, is sporting a subtle new coif. In a telling move on the Street, the popular anchor of "Street Signs" and "Market Wrap," as well as her own "Market Week with Maria Bartiromo" has cut her bangs. (Unfortunately, her online bio only features the old look.)

Some people call the market's direction based on the width of Alan Greenspan's briefcase on Federal Reserve announcement day, or on the completely random winner of the Super Bowl. But they've overlooked Bartiromo, who for the past eight years has been moving markets in a distracting flurry of ticker tape from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Her access to the stock market's every move is unprecedented: Bartiromo was the first journalist to report live from the floor of the NYSE on a daily basis.

Bartiromo has long kept her hair within an anchor-acceptable three inches from the chin. More recently, she sported a modern bob slightly tapered towards the neck. Bartiromo's fashionable new fringe -- and not wimpy, Ally McBeal-type bangs, either -- is a clear sign.

But a sign of what?

In the spirit of the market prognosticators so often featured on CNBC, I can say only: I'll know when it happens. I'll be keeping an eye on it, Fools.

Dayana Yochim thinks she and Maria are "besties." Dayana's stock holdings can be viewed online, as can the Fool's disclosure policy.

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