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Carnival of Financial Planning No. 254


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Carnival of Financial Planning – Money Management Edition #254 – September 14, 2012

Welcome to the September 14, 2012 Money Management Edition #254 of the Carnival of Financial Planning.

This edition is arranged by subject heading, so that you can browse efficiently.

Enjoy!

The Skilled Investor, Editor

Budgeting and Economics

A Blinkin presents This Just In: Stocks Will Rise and The World Won’t End posted at Funancials, saying, “I bring this up because I see lots of nothing. Nothing is what people do when they are too scared to do something. A nice mixture of uncertainty and pessimism has kept many people from investing. Were in what some refer to as a liquidity trap.

Odysseas presents How Foodborne Illness Impacts the Economy posted at Wallet Blog, saying, “Does the food we eat (or don’ eat) impact the economy? You bet your E. Coli it does! Take a look at the far reaching impact food poisoning can have.

Jeremy presents Guilt Induced Frugality posted at Modest Money, saying, “If someone is frugal though, do they constantly maintain that mindset? Some people might be disciplined enough to keep it up, but I think most people still occasionally splurge.

Dan presents Wall Street Markets posted at Wall Street Stocks , saying, ” From the days when front-running involved actual running to the “Victorian Internet era” brought on by telegraphy, we can learn a great deal from looking back at a simpler era.”

PPlan presents Building an Emergency Fund posted at Provident Plan, saying, “Find out how you can build your emergency fund and what to do with it.

Financial Planning

MR presents Fincon12 – A Unique Perspective – Part 1 posted at Money Reasons, saying, “This is my take on the fincon12 conference from a city exploration standpoint! The cost of the conference was worth it just to visit the great city of Denver! More to come soon and other experiences.

Ashley presents Time to Think About the Christmas Budget posted at Money Talks Coaching, saying, “Christmas!! In September?! Are you nuts-o? No I haven’t lost my mind and believe me, it feels less like Christmas here in Phoenix than it does probably

Invest It Wisely presents The #1 Reason Why European Waitresses Love Americans posted at Invest It Wisely, saying, “Perhaps you should not tip that European waitress quite as much as you do when you are overseas?

YFS presents How to Resolve Money-Related Disputes in a Relationship posted at Your Finances Simplified, saying, “Did you know that the average couple spends 250 and 700 hours planning their wedding? This number is INSANE.

Jason presents Top 10 Reasons Why You Need an Emergency Fund posted at Work Save Live, saying, “Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund You’ve heard all the pundits in personal finance extol on the fact that you need to have a emergency fund. I’m not going to preach to you about how much you should have, or where to put it.

Aloysa presents How I Spent $300 on Wicked Parents, a Sick Child and a Slurpie posted at My Broken Coin, saying, “Read my interesting tale of how I spent $200 dollars in the most unusual ways!

Jester presents Not Enjoying A Family Vacation By Focusing Too Hard On Money posted at The Ultimate Juggle, saying, “I had to work on my spouse so that he would enjoy the family vacations we go on and not focus too hard on money! Perhaps you should do that same.

Michelle presents See Elephant Run posted at See Debt Run, saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One credit card payment at a time, of course! Add two teaspoons of love and a pinch of support for optimal flavor.

Parker presents Index Funds posted at Preferred Funds, saying, “Some mutual funds and ETFs must be better than others, but which ones are they?”

Ted Jenkin presents The Best Financial Move A Young Adult Can Make Get A J-O-B! posted at Your Smart Money Moves, saying, “I just had a birthday last week which always gives you a chance to take stock on where you are and where you are going. I still believe that making clear concrete goals and monitoring them closely on an ongoing basis is still the most powerful tool that people can adopt in their lives to get where they want to go more quickly. I love that idea of checking off what got accomplished each and every year and setting new challenges for the next year by constantly raising the bar.

Pinter presents No Load Bond Funds posted at Cheap Bond Funds, saying, “Lower cost fixed income funds tend to yield higher bond investing returns.”.

Daisy presents How to Deal with a Difficult Coworker posted at Add Vodka, saying, “Ive had my fair share of having to deal with difficult coworkers. This makes me sound like Im the problem, and to be honest I probably was part of the problem.

Don presents 12 Month of Goals: September posted at MoneySmartGuides, saying, “Welcome to the start of another month. September is an interesting month as you start to see cooler weather, but the threat of an Indian Summer is still a possibility.

Tushar presents What Kinds of Mutual Funds Can You Get? posted at Start Investing Money, saying, “Are you thinking about getting a mutual fund? Read my information about the different types.

Income

PITR presents Getting your Business Off the Ground posted at Passive Income To Retire, saying, “Every business begins with an idea. But an idea alone does not make a successful venture. You need to develop and hone many aspects before you can really get your business off the ground. From conducting a market analysis to picking the leading business bank accounts, here are the essentials for getting your business up and running.

Insurance and Risk Management

Glen Craig presents Renters Insurance Quotes – What You Need to Look For posted at Free From Broke , saying, “Most people don’t think they need renters insurance. And when they do get quotes they don’t understand what to look for. See what renters insurance is made up of.

Lawrence presents Identity theft protection posted at Best Financial Planner, saying, “Identity theft sometimes entails a loss of your money, but is always take a very large amount of your time to fix.”

Investing

TRL presents Why I am Interested in Real Estate Investing posted at The Retired Landlord, saying, “Find out what I find attractive about real estate and what it offers me. In other words, find out why I love real estate investing.

Dave @ Excess Return presents How to Pick Good Dividend Stocks posted at Excess Return, saying, “Learn how to pick dividend stocks. Understand key terms like dividend yield and dividend payout. Evaluate stocks based on business fundamentals and growth.

Franklin presents Traditional and Roth Accounts  posted at Early Retirement Planning , saying, “For most people, contributions to traditional tax-advantaged plans will probably provide a higher net present value over their lifetimes than Roth accounts.”

Dan presents Ramping Up Yields with the SuperDividend ETF posted at ETF Base, saying, “Not to be outdone, this new “Super Dividend ETF delivers with astronomical yields and performance.

Kelly presents Personal risk tolerance posted at Investment Risk, saying, ” Individual investors with different risk tolerance fare more satisfied with strategies aligned with their risk and return profile.”

Managing Debt

Liana presents Q2 2012 Credit Card Debt Study posted at Card Hub, saying, “Perhaps the best way to build your wealth is to start by staying/getting out of debt. If these statistics don’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

Daniel presents Do You Prefer Advice From An Expert Or Someone Who Has Had Experience? posted at Sweating the Big Stuff, saying, “While nobody is perfect, I pride myself on making as few financial mistakes as possible. Thats not to say every investment Ive made has gone well, but for the most part I dont waste money and have made pretty good decisions regarding my personal finances. I take advantage of my credit cards by paying them.

Echo presents Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards In Canada posted at Boomer & Echo, saying, “Balance transfer credit cards can be a good deal under the right circumstances. A 0% balance transfer card can give you time to get your spending under control and pay off your debt.

Real Estate

Wayne presents Self-Employment – Is it all it’s Cracked Up to Be? posted at Young Family Finance, saying, “For as long as I can remember, I recall hearing the notorious work from home scams. They seem more popular today, but maybe it is just because I am spending more time on the internet.

Suba presents Why We’re Taking Our House Off The Market posted at Broke Professionals, saying, “After dropping our asking price to the basement, we’ve given up on selling our house – at least for now – and have decided to take it off the market.

John presents Auditing Your Emergency Food Stash posted at Married with Debt, saying, “Let’s talk about your emergency food stash. You do have an emergency food supply for your home, right? I’m not talking about hoarding buckets of grain in your basement in anticipation of the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse.

Retirement

Dividend Growth Investor presents How to retire with dividend stocks posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, “Investing $1000/month in a portfolio of dividend stocks yielding 3% today, which has a dividend growth of 12% per year, would generate over $26,300 in annual dividend income in 24 years. If dividends are reinvested, chances are that this investment would generate much more than $39,600 per year in 24 years.

Whitney presents Retirement Software posted at Retirement Savings, saying, “Build up your investment portfolio, and weather potential financial risk and misfortune across your lifetime.”

Knowles presents S&P 500 Funds posted at Large Cap Index Funds, saying, “The Schwab S & P 500 Index Fund tracks the S and P 500 stock index and is one of the top 25 lowest cost index mutual funds.”

Savings

Jon the Saver presents Save Money Easily: 4 Things You Can Live Without posted at Free Money Wisdom, saying, “Save money easily with these top four tips. Saving money can be a pain but with proper planning it can be really easy!

TSI presents Work and wealth posted at The Skilled Investor, saying, ” How much you earn, spend, budget, and save are by far the most dominant determinants of your long-term financial well-being. Self-control in your financial decision-making regarding budgeting and consumption is far more important than clever investing.”

Taxes

Darwin presents 2013 FICA Tax Explained and Strategies posted at Darwin’s Money , saying, “The 2013 FICA tax is set to change which will impact your take home pay next year. See what it’s all about and where it’s headed given government inflationary estimates and tax policy.

Monroe presents Roth IRA Conversions posted at Do-It-Yourself Finance , saying, “Roth account contribution and asset conversion strategy decisions need financial planning software tool.”

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