Carnival of Wealth #26 – Stock Investing Edition

Welcome to the February 20, 2011 edition of Carnival of Wealth.

At Value Stock Guide, we are proud to host this carnival for the first time. For those who have never visited VSG before, this is where I discuss Value Investing and Undervalued Stocks. This is indeed an exciting time for Value Stock Guide as I am getting ready to roll out the Premium Access to our Value Investing Membership Site within the next few weeks. To mark the upcoming launch, I am offering 50 free lifetime memberships to Premium Access.

I loved reading through so many great submissions to this edition and I am sure you will too.

Careers presents What Are You Looking For In A Job? posted at Job Interview Guide, saying, “How to answer the question: What are you looking for in your next job? Speak about your – interests, motivation, challenges, work environment, job condition”

FMF presents Launching the Career of Your Dreams: How I Achieved My Dream Career Within 4 Years of College Graduation, Part 1 posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “These days, the likelihood that you will be competing career-wise with candidates that have real world work experience is high. You must prepare very well, and be able to communicate why an employer should choose to hire you over a plethora of experienced candidates and other new grads. You might be asking – how do I prepare better than other candidates in an age where everyone has access to absurd amounts of information on this subject? This series tells you how.”


Jeff Rose, CFP presents Can You Use Your IRA To Start A Business? posted at Jeff Rose, saying, “Here is a look at what you would need to use your IRA to fund your new business venture.”


The Amateur Financier presents How I Will Teach My Children About Money posted at The Amateur Financier, saying, “A post about how I hope to connect with my children and teach the do’s and do not’s of personal finance and money management.”

Mike Ross presents The Big Candy Box of Weird Valentine’s Day Facts posted at CosBlog!, saying, “Here are few weird Valentine’s Day facts you may not know.”


FIRE Getters presents Investing – Dilbert’s Personal Finance posted at FIRE Finance, saying, “In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal, Adams says he read about a dozen personal finance books and began working on one himself. However, he found it all boiled down to nine points and he “couldn’t figure out how to fluff it up” ….”

Robert @ The College Investor presents Can You Make Money With Yahoo Finance Community Sentiment? posted at The College Investor, saying, “An investing idea worth looking at? Not really…”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents How To Invest In Shares of Common Stock posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “We discuss how to invest in common stock.”

Ryan @ MFN presents How to Invest, Even if You Don’t Like Investing posted at The Military Wallet, saying, “Investing is important. even if you don’t like it. These tips can help you make sense of how to get started and follow through with your investing goals – even if you don’t like to do it.”

BankMan presents Are Online Brokerages a Good Deal? posted at High Yield Savings Accounts, saying, “Are online brokerages the best place for you to invest your money, or are you better off going with a full service brokerage or investment advisor?” presents DIY Asset Allocation posted at FamilyMoneyValues, saying, “Having been a couple for 39 years, my spouse and I have accumulated a variety of different types of investments and accounts over the years. Each year, I review the status of our accounts against our target allocation and then try to devise a plan to re-allocate as needed. Since I am also dealing with a lump sum distribution from a retirement account this year, I have been thinking a lot more about asset allocation. Because of my recent focus on allocations, I decided to share the process I use along with some of my challenges with DIY asset allocation with you.”

Hussein Sumar presents How to Analyze Mutual Fund Investment Risks posted at Best Mutual Funds, saying, “Before you head out to purchase mutual funds for your investment portfolio, you must analyze what your investment objectives are, the levels of risk you can take, your age, the # of years to your retirement, etc. Apart from these factors, you must also research the risks that an individual mutual fund contains if you put your money in to it.”

Neal Frankle presents What Is A Dividend? posted at Wealth Pilgrim: Money Management Advice, Financial Stress Management, Addiction Recovery Plan & Resources, saying, “A dividend is a cash payment to people who own shares in companies. The cash is usually paid out of the profits the company makes and they are usually paid quarterly.”

Arjun Rudra presents Bull On Crude Oil, Bear On Natural Gas Is Portfolio Manager Daniel Cheng Of Matco Financial posted at Investing Thesis, saying, “Discussing the outlook and economics of crude oil and natural with the portfolio manager who runs the Matco Energy Fund.”

BIFS presents Scottrade and Other Broker Reviews posted at Budgeting In the Fun Stuff, saying, “Here is my review of Scottrade and a bunch of other investment company reviews from the blogging world.”

Dan presents ETF Stripping Explained – Insider Trading Scheme posted at ETF Base, saying, “ETF Stripping? It’s got nothing to do with the ladies. It’s the latest Insider Trading Scheme on Wall Street – both ingenious and illegal.”

Financial Uproar presents Am I A Sucker For Not Investing In Dividend Stocks? posted at Financial Uproar, saying, “My look at whether I should limit my stocks to only ones that pay a dividend.”


Stowe Family Law presents Why would a “very rich woman” fight for a larger divorce settlement? | Marilyn Stowe Family Law and Divorce Blog posted at Marilyn Stowe Family Law and Divorce Blog, saying, “How much is £5 million to a woman accustomed to a bottomless piggy bank?”

Barb Friedberg presents ACCOMPLISH MORE BY DOING LESS posted at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance, saying, “A productivity idea for increasing wealth in life.”

Nathan presents How Greedy Lawyers End Up Raising Your Car Insurance posted at Car Insurance, saying, “Thanks!”

Debbie Cluff presents Be Well: The Perks of Caffeine posted at The Cluff Family Files, saying, “I was just reading the Woman’s Day Magazine and this current article caught my eye. It says: The next time you head starts pounding you could reach for a pill — or just pour yourself a cup of joe. Caffeine helps fight headaches by increasing dopamine, a chemical that causes pleasurable sensations that counteract the pain”. It then goes on to explain, “Caffeine also constricts swollen blood vessels in the brain that associated with certain types of headaches like migraines. To reap this benefit, limit your usual intake to one strong cup of coffee per day; when a headache kicks in, a second cup should make you feel better. So a cup of coffee has about 100 grams of caffenine and since I don’t drink coffee I have to supplement the difference in another product.”

Bridget Nicholson presents Branding Gone Bad: 10 Most Ill-Advised Ads of All Time (Link removed at the request of the website’s marketing department who apparently subscribe to the philosophy that less exposure is better for their business. The article referenced is about branding so let’s just revel in the sweet irony)posted at

Personal Finance

Charles Tran presents Long-Term View of Financial Planning Basics posted at Tips, saying, “Worry less about your finances, and help you use the money you do have more responsibly. Financial planning can send your kids to college debt-free or help you retire in style.”

Housing Reporter presents Real Estate Math Helps Forecast Housing Market Moves posted at Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, saying, “If anybody claims to have a scientific method to forecast the future of the real estate market, I have yet to see it. I have devised my own version of “real estate math” in the hopes developing a model that will bring about accurate reports for near and long term expectations for trends in the housing market. I believe I have made some progress, as my blog post in 2008 (click to see 2008 real estate forecast) has done a good job thus far in forecasting home sales in Tallahassee.”

Ryan @ CML presents Save Money on Transportation Costs posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “These simple tips are easy to do and can help you save a lot of money on transportation costs.”

Ryan Hudson presents When Gift Cards Expire Everyone Loses posted at Best Credit Cards IQ, saying, “A story about a recent gift card expiration experience, and an update on the new laws surrounding gift card expiration dates.”

Marvin Grossman presents Credit Card Ripoffs To Avoid In 2011 posted at CardRatings Blog, saying, “Research uncovers five common ways some marketing companies, through relationships with credit-card issuers, try to get you to sign up for services you won’t use.”

Consumer Boomer presents Beware of Debt Relief Scams posted at Consumer Boomer, saying, “If you have considered a debt relief company to assist you with becoming debt free or to a better part solvent, there are several things to consider.”

Kevin presents High Interest Savings Accounts posted at Savings

Bob Shark presents 50 Resources Every Financial Blogger Must Know posted at The Shark Investor, saying, “Useful for the fellow bloggers who are reading the carnival!”

Craig Ford presents Free Budget Spreadsheet posted at Money Help For Christians, saying, “A free budget worksheet you can download.”

2 Cents presents The First Rule of Personal Finance and Investing posted at Balance Junkie, saying, “When I sit down to plan our finances I keep coming back to the same idea again and again. It’s a good starting point whether you’re thinking about budgeting or investments.”

N.W. Journey presents Understanding Debit Card Transactions posted at Networth Journey, saying, “Important facts to learn before using your debit card.”

Jeffrey Weber presents Using Chase Blueprint to Become a Smart Credit Card User posted at Credit Card Wisdom, saying, “Chase Blueprint can be an effective tool for consumers who need help managing their credit card spending and sticking to budgets.”

BWL presents Amazon Mom: Save 30% On Baby Purchases posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “A look at a little known program that Amazon offers for new parents…”

CreditShout Kevin presents Why Is It So Hard To Get Approved For An American Express Credit Card? posted at CreditShout, saying, “American Express is notorious for denying those with even good credit, this week we look at why it’s so hard to get approved for an Amex card.”

Odysseas presents Don’t Learn Your Credit Card Lesson the Hard Way posted at Wallet Blog, saying, “There are so many people who find themselves not only in debt, but with crumbling credit scores. I think your readers will find my submission useful because I show how I helped one young man try to rebuild his credit after finding himself in exactly this type of situation. Have a great weekend!”

Ask Mr. CC presents Would You Notice A $800,000 Charge On Your Credit Card? posted at Ask Mr Credit Card, saying, “According to the New York Post, a limo driver just plead guilty to stealing $800,000 from a Hong Kong business man who left his credit card in the back of his limo. Amazingly, the victim of the theft did not notice the charge! He only found out about it when his bank’s security team notified him.”

Sun presents The Five Best Countries To Retire To posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.

Janet presents Credit Cards Canada Urges the Goverment to Ditch the Penny posted at Credit Cards Canada, saying, “In a world where plastic is the preferred method of payment, whether in the form of credit cards or debit cards, the penny is obsolete.”

Madoline Hatter presents 10 Things You Need to Know About Potential Pell Grant Cuts posted at Best Universities.


David de Souza presents 7 Things You Should Know About Getting A Tax Rebate posted at Tax Return Blog, saying, “Our guide to when you may be due a tax rebate and how you go about claiming a tax rebate”

Peter presents » Some Will See A Federal Income Tax Increase In 2011 posted at Bible Money Matters, saying, “Some people got their first paychecks of the year last month only to find that they have less money to deposit in their account. Why are some seeing an increase in taxes in 2011?”

Mr. Money Smarts presents If You Itemize On Your Taxes You Can File And Have Returns Accepted As Of February 14th, 2011 posted at Smart On Money, saying, “Those taxpayers who itemize on their taxes are now able to file their tax return and have it accepted, after having a delay of a month and a half.”

Andy presents 2011 & 2012 Paycheck Changes: Making Work Pay Credit Expiry Offsetting Payroll Tax Credit posted at Saving to Inve$t.

Craig/FFB presents Which is More Valuable: Tax Deduction or Tax Credit? posted at Free From Broke, saying, “Anything that reduces what we pay in taxes is pretty good to me. But there are differences between deductions and credits and one may be more valuable than the other.”


CreditCardGuru presents American Express Car Rental Discounts & Deals posted at credit card forum [the blog], saying, “If you’re traveling and need to rent a car, there are a wide array of free discounts and deals available from American Express.”

That concludes this edition.


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