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Carnival of Financial Planning — The A Side — October 19, 2012


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BUDGETING AND ECONOMICS

John @ Card Hub writes American Express and Walmart Bluebird Prepaid Card Evaluation – The avalanche of prepaid cards is in full motion now. Once you un-bury yourself from all the media surrounding them, how do you know which one to pick? The new American Express/Walmart offering – Bluebird Prepaid Card- may just be the best option to date.

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes Benefits of Online Banks for Young People – Most young people I know today already know and love the internet banking model, but it isn’t just “hip” in terms of a fad, there are actually a lot of solid reasons for going with internet banking. First and foremost, much like the online shopping model I have come to know and love, online banks have much better rates on certain financial products and generally have substantially lower fees.

Mike @ Experiglot writes The Art of the Emergency Fund – How you can finally build your emergency fund the smart way.

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes Business 101: 6 Steps to a Successful Small Business – Today we will talk about 6 Steps to a Successful Small Business. If you are considering starting a business, start by what you know and like. Test your ideas first to make sure that your potential clients like your idea too. Next you need to plan ahead.

Young @ Young And Thrifty writes A Woman’s Perspective on Engagement Rings – As a woman who has been dating her boyfriend for the past 7 years, bought a home and moved in together for the past 1.5 years, my perspective on an engagement ring is simple. I think I just want one.

CAREER AND INCOME

Kathryn @ Financial Highway writes Common Interview Questions and Answers – This guide not only tells you what the interview questions are but also provides insight into what the interviewer is really asking and what types of answers will help you get the job.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes How to Manage People – Part 2 – How to Manage People – Part 2 is a post from: Broke Professionals if you enjoy it, please visit us and subscribe to the Feed. Real tips from a real manager – support your staff. A while back, I explored the top paying jobs of 2012 and noted that 6 of them involved management positions.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Why comparing your budget to this of other people is a really dumb thing to do – Your budget is a reflection of yourself and should feel comfortable. Your preferences and wants are your own and you are the one to work these out.

Mike @ The Financial Blogger writes How Do You Go Back to Work When Being Self-Employed Flops? – Nobody ever discusses the reverse. What if you fail as an entrepreneur?

Robert @ Entrepreneurship & Life writes Treat Your Business Finances Like a Business – It is incredibly important for you to track your business finances separate from your own. Even if you operate as a sole proprietor, you need to have separate bank accounts for your business.

DEBT AND CREDIT

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Simplicity Saves a Lot of Financial Headaches – Do you get overwhelmed with looking at too many details in your budget? Find out why keeping it simple is inherently better.

Lance @ Money Life and More writes Should I Pay Off My Car Loan Update – In August I asked my readers “Should I pay off my 0.9% car loan?“. There were many different opinions on what I should do. After a few weeks of considering the facts I’ve finally come to a decision.

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes How to Compare Credit Cards – 4 Great ways to compare credit cards and make the right decision when choosing the right card for you.

INVESTING AND SAVING

FMF @ Free Money Finance writes Real Estate 101: Running the Numbers – If you research real estate financials you will find there are literally dozens of different numbers and ratios that you can use to measure the performance of the business. I am going to focus on 4 different ratios, which combine to give a complete financial picture of the investment. They are cap rate, cash on cash return, return on investment, and cash flow margin. These are all very straightforward to calculate.

Miranda @ Excess Return writes What is an ETF and How Does it Work? – One of the fastest growing investing products is the exchange-traded fund, or ETF. ETFs haven’t been around for very long, but they are quickly gaining in popularity, due to how easy it is to trade them, and the relatively low costs that come with them. Undoubtedly, most investors have heard of ETFs, yet many are still wondering exactly what an ETF is and how it works.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Par Value – What it is and How it Works – In this article we define par value from a bond investors standpoint. Everything you need to know about par value before buying a bond.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes The Rise of the Female Trader – Female Traders on the Rise For months I’ve been wanting to post an Infographic here on WSL, but I just haven’t found the time to do so.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Enough, ok? Job Evaluation makes the 2012 Amapceo Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement Indigestible. – The tentative collective bargaining agreement between Amapceo and the Ontario Government was palatable until Joe Evaluation specifics were revealed.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes UPDATED: Stupid Sewer-A Mini Update – We’re all moved in, but it’s still a disaster here. OMG! All this stuff keeps coming up and needing to get done and so many expenses.

Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes How Big Is Your Carrot? – I saw this picture the other day and loved it. Which carrot would you rather have? I think it speaks so clearly to the financial decisions we have to

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes Presidents are at the Mercy of the Business Cycle – If you’ve been following along, you know that we have been looking at the economic track record of past Presidents. Hopefully, this will allow us to make an informed decision when we cast our vote for Mitt Romney or President Obama (or neither). I’m searching high and low for possible trends. Unfortunately, the trend that I have noticed (thus far) is that there is no trend.

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Free Things Cost You Money Too – There are times when free things cost money too. Sometimes much more than you could imagine. Check out my examples, they surprised me when I wrote about them.

Pierre @ Intelligent Speculator writes Which One of The Stocks Could Rebound? – We look at popular stocks and their ability to bounce back.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Some Thoughts on Crowdsourcing – If there’s a task you need to get done, there’s plenty of ways to go about completing it nowadays, each with their own pros and cons. You can do the task yourself, although you’ll need to know how to do whatever it is, and do so well enough to achieve your desired goal.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Prosper: an American Peer to Peer Lending Club – This Post was Originally published at Prosper: an American Peer to Peer Lending Club on Start Investing MoneyPeer to peer lending is certainly becoming more popular, and Prosper is one of the leading clubs of its kind for investors and borrowers in the US to consider.

MR @ Money Reasons writes Are You Always Ready To Fight Financially? – Today, we just continually fight financially to keep our finances intact and to accumulate wealth some day.

Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Dividend Growth Index – 2012 Q3 Results – It’s that time of the year where we review the Dividend Growth Index (DGI). A year ago, a group of blogger focused on dividend investing got together to create a dividend growth index. This quarter (Q3 2012) marks the first year of the index. Here is a background on the Dividend Growth Index (DGI).

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes 6 Frugal and Fun Activities for Fall and Halloween – We are truly experiencing the best of both worlds right now with borderline crisp mornings melting away into warm and sunny afternoons.

Joe @ Midlife Finance writes Staying Warm This Winter – The key, of course, is think ahead. Prepare now. Then you’ll be able to enjoy the winter weather…instead of just shivering and making do.

RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE

Michael @ Financial Ramblings writes How Much Life Insurance is Enough? – This post looks at factors to consider when deciding how much life insurance to buy. My advice: skip the arbitrary rules of thumb and give it some real thought.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Why Your Stay At Home Spouse Needs Life Insurance – Far too many families forget to purchase life insurance for a spouse that stays at home and takes care of the children. This can be a tragic mistake should the stay at home spouse die unexpectedly.

REAL ESTATE AND PROPERTY

Miranda @ Wallet Hub writes Foreclosure Defense – Worried about forclosure? There are some steps you can take to mount a valid defense. Know your options

JP @ My Family Finances writes Buying a House is definitely an Asset for Your Family – Freezing your housing costs and avoiding rent inflation are big assets. They don’t change on the whims of the housing market and they aren’t subject to the foolishness of investors.

RETIREMENT AND TAXATION

FMF @ Free Money Finance writes How Much Should I Save Toward Retirement If I’m Starting Late? – I often get comments like “It’s too late for me to do this” or something similar. Granted, it’s usually better to start financial efforts sooner rather than later so compounding can work for you. But it’s better to start now rather than put it off any longer. And while you’ll need to make sacrifices if you start late, it’s not hopeless.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes The Financial Cost of Getting a DUI – Most people don’t think about how costly getting a DUI could be because nobody ever plans to get a DUI.

PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes Which Path to Early Retirement? – Self-employment has inherent risks, but working a day job that I don’t like is even more difficult. Which one should I choose?

Martin @ Studenomics writes How You Can Retire at 25 (or any other young age) – How any young adult can retire at an early age.

TDB @ Tax Deduction Blog writes Tax organization : Organize Your Home By Setting Up A Home Filing System – How many times were you caught up in a situation wherein you were trying to get hold of your tax records or bank statements but could not locate them? For this reason, it is vital for anyone to save time and set up a home filing system, that best suits their needs.

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