Annika Mengisen

Prior to joining Thestreet.com, Annika worked as an investigator with First Advantage. She was also a columnist for Sallie Mae and a research assistant to Wayne Barrett at The Village Voice.

Annika received a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University, where she had a weekly column and contributed to Rutgers Alumni Magazine.

Recent Articles By The Author

Luxury Wheels Within Reach

To the outside observer, Ken Wirth buys a new car every 18 months. For the past 30 years or so, you'd be hard-pressed to find him driving the same make or model for more than two years. As the owner of a financial service in Connecticut, Wirth is well off, but not that well off. Wirth leases and he's not bashful to say it. In fact, he feels it shows off his intellect.

What's Hot Now: A Wine Cellar in Your Home

But today, the home-entertainment system is as common a luxury as an iPod. Now a new breed of specialty room -- the wine cellar -- is fast on its way to becoming the next standard in luxury real estate, says Jim Donald, president of Tuscan Wine Cellars. He estimates that nine out of 10 homes in the high-end areas of most cities have them.

Rick's Cabaret Makes Naughty Look Nice to Investors

Find out how a CEO took the adult nightclub chain from the back alleys to Wall Street.

Undercover Worker Spills Corporate Secrets

Alex Frankel, author of 'Punching In,' reveals big business' best and worst management strategies.

Small-Biz Tax Tips for Procrastinators

These five last-minute moves might save you money.