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Carnival of Financial Planning – July 19 2008 Edition

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Welcome to the July 19, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Financial Planning.

The Carnival of Financial Planning takes a long-term view of personal financial planning for individuals and families. We focus on efficient and sustainable personal financial planning practices that can lead to lifetime financial security.

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


The Skilled Investor


MoneyNing presents 7 Reasons Why We Need to Start Budget Tracking Now posted at Money Ning, saying, “Start building that discipline and stay on top of your finances!”

Larry Russell presents Living Expense Tracking Methods posted at Pasadena Financial Planner.

Nadege presents The actions I took that created my financial peak posted at fabulous finances.

Dorian Wales presents Budgeting As a Family Activity posted at The Personal Financier, saying, “Encouraging your family to take part in the budgeting process is crucial to its success”

Anand presents How to Master Money & Wealth | Money Management posted at Anand Dhillon . com, saying, “The key to financial success is managing your money well. This article details a simple management system you can use regardless of your income to pave the road to financial well-being.”


Adam presents What Happens To IndyMac’s Customers Now? posted at Mahler & Associates Appraisals, saying, “Now that the government has taken over IndyMac Bank, what happens to all their customers? That’s the question I’m sure thousands of people are asking themselves today. With the housing market already in a downward spiral, the seizure of one of the nation’s top mortgage lending companies only adds to the fear and confusion everybody in the real estate business is feeling, not to mention all the homeowners who got their mortgage through IndyMac. Even worse is the fact that IndyMac also has thousands of customers who bank with them.”

Bret Frohlich presents 10 Million Millionaires posted at Bret Frohlich.com, saying, “The ranks of millionaires worldwide is growing. This affects your own finances in ways you may not have considered.”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Wham! Bam! No Thank You, Phil Gramm! posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Busayo presents Learning from History posted at WWW.BUSAYOAKANRO.COM.

Dave presents Bank Failures in 2008 posted at Cheapo Groovo.

Financial Planning

Fitz Villafuerte presents How To Make A Personal Statement Of Assets And Liabilities To Calculate Your Net Worth posted at Ready To Be Rich, saying, “How do you calculate your net worth and more importantly, why is it important to know this value? This article explains this and provides everyone with a free worksheet download to help you.”

Larry Russell presents Objective Personal Finance Answers Are Hard to Find posted at THE SKILLED INVESTOR Blog

Barb A. Ryan presents Your Personal Financial Planning Skills posted at Pasadena Financial Planner.

Financing a Home

Silicon Valley Blogger presents How Much House Can You Afford? 10 Steps To Determine Your Home Buying Budget posted at The Digerati Life.

Joe Manausa presents Understanding Trends In Real Estate posted at Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, saying, “Actual inventory trend analysis helps us to understand the overall movement of our residential inventory over a period of time. Of all the trends in real estate that we study, inventory trends are the most important. The longer the period of time that we study, the less that “noise” affects our view.”

FMF presents It’s a Strange Real Estate Market posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “What’s going on in the real estate market.”

Financing Education

Ken Clark, CFP presents Four Neighborhoods That Will Pay For Your Child’s College Education posted at Saving for College – About.com, saying, “Live in the right neighborhood and college is free!”

Health Care

Jonathan Pletzke presents Medicare: What’s Covered and What’s Not posted at Consumer’s Health Insurance Blog, saying, “Consumer Health Insurance Advocate Jonathan Pletzke explains the pieces of the Medicare puzzle.”


Passive Income Investor presents Monthly Online Income Breaks $2,000 Barrier! posted at LIVING OFF DIVIDENDS & PASSIVE INCOME, saying, “I finally reached my goal of $3000/month in Passive Income through a mixture of online sites and dividend paying stocks. It may have taken 5 years to achieve but it was worth it!”

Heather Johnson presents Your Job Stinks but You Can’t Leave posted at Information Technology Dark Side.

SpiKe presents 6 Tactics For Staying Sane When You Are Unemployed posted at Organize IT.


Larry Russell presents Objective Personal Finance Answers Are Hard to Find posted at THE SKILLED INVESTOR Blog

Barb A. Ryan presents Your Personal Financial Planning Skills posted at Pasadena Financial Planner

The Dividend Guy presents The 9 Rules of Risk Management posted at The Dividend Guy Blog, saying, “The 9 rules of risk management – a must understand for any investor.”

The Shark Investor presents I?d Be The Growlingest Bear on the Internet If Only I Were a Bear posted at The Shark Investor.

Raag Vamdatt presents The stock market is falling – Time to invest? :: RaagVamdatt.com :: Financial Planning demystified posted at RaagVamdatt.com.

Jacob presents The cult of index investing posted at Early Retirement Extreme.

KCLau presents How to Calculate Your Investment Portfolio Return? posted at KCLau’s Money Tips, saying, “About how to calculate your investment portfolio returns.”

Dividends4Life presents Stock Analysis: Abbott Laboratories (ABT) posted at The DIV-Net, saying, “Stock Analysis of Abbott Laboratories (ABT)”


Walter W. Fouse presents Vanguard Index Mutual Funds Versus Vanguard Managed Funds posted at Best No Load Funds.

Richard M. Rothschild presents Bond Market Index Funds posted at Bond Market Index Funds.

Frank Vertin presents Top 10 S and P 500 Index Funds posted at NO LOAD INDEX FUND.

Managing Debt

Card Blogger presents The Best Credit Cards posted at Credit Card Blog, saying, “List of Forbe’s review of the best credit card reward programs”

Mr Credit Card presents Can Someone Elses Debt Affect Your Credit Score? posted at Ask Mr Credit Card.

Erik presents Kids And Money: Teaching Your Kids Not To Borrow Money posted at Money Crashers

Jim presents Ten Simple Steps to Eliminate Debt posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity, saying, “Ten simple steps to help someone paying down their debt.”

Helen Anderson presents 5 Credit Card Fees You Probably Didn’t Know About posted at Bankaholic.

Raymond presents How Credit Scores Work And How Scores Are Calculated posted at Money Blue Book, saying, “Breaking down how FICO credit scores work”

Retirement Planning

Poor Richard presents Planning Your Retirement: Roth vs. Traditional posted at Ben Franklin’s Penny, saying, “A simple approach towards choosing retirement methods.”

Wanda Grindstaff presents Retirement or Lifestyle – It is Your Choice! posted at Creating Abundant Lifestyles.


Joseph presents 26 tips to save money on gasoline posted at Penny Pinching.

Larry Russell presents The Top 25 Low Cost Best US Money Market Funds posted at THE SKILLED INVESTOR Blog.



Erica O’Leary presents Combine Sections 121 & 1031 for Maximum Tax Benefit posted at Bankers Exchange Services, saying, “If you are a baby boomer, nearing retirement and own investment real estate read this article on how to combine two sections of the IRS code to maximze tax savings.”

Barb A. Ryan presents Asset Allocation, Investment Asset Tax Location, and Emergency Cash Management posted at Pasadena Financial Planner.

Barb A. Ryan presents Independent Investment Counselors and Financial Advisors posted at Pasadena Financial Planner.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Financial Planning using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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