Economy and your Finances Carnival Oct 25 2009

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Welcome to this edition of the carnival. I want to thank everyone who participated and here are the entries to the carnival.

Deposit Accounts presents The Differences Between Certificate of Deposits and Brokered Certificate of Deposits posted at Deposit Accounts.

MatthewPaulson presents The Hidden Waste on Your Kitchen Shelves posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.

Matthew Paulson presents The Fine Print on the U Return Plan by GM posted at American Consumer News.

Billeater presents How to Get More Out of Your Bank Instead of Them Taking More From You posted at Billeater.


James Martin presents Current Mortgage Rates ? October 7, 2009 posted at, saying, “Mortgage rates have been going down since late 2008 and the beginning of this year. Lower U.S. Treasury yields and the Federal Reserve have played an active role in lowering mortgage rates to come to the rescue of the housing market.”

Linders presents 10 Extraordinary Creations Made of Money posted at Money Hacker – Australia’s Personal Finance Blog, saying, “I thought you might be interested in this fun article on money art. Don’t we wish we had the spare cash to waste it on making art?!

GLBL presents R1 Credit Rating: How to Keep it posted at Gather Little By Little, saying, “Your credit rating is a very precious thing as is trust; it is hard to earn and easy to lose. So, if you are lucky enough to enjoy an R1 credit rating, you want to make sure to keep it. There are a few tricks to help you keep a stellar credit score.”

oneadvice presents Am I Debt Management Suitable? posted at One Advice, saying, “Sometimes it is tricky to know if there are any debt solution out there to suit your circumstances so let this article help you find if you are debt management suitable…”

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents What to do About Increased Credit Card Interest Rates posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “Tips on your options if your credit card company raises your interest rates or changes the terms of your credit card agreement. Options include closing the card, transferring the balance to another credit card, or accepting the terms.”

SVB presents 0% Interest Credit Cards, 12 Months Balance Transfer posted at The Digerati Life

The Dough Roller presents Chase Slate with Blueprint Credit Card Review posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “Review of the Chase Slate credit card, which offers 0% on purchases and balance transfers for up to 12 months.”

Peak Personal Finance presents How to Compare Secured Loans posted at Peak Personal Finance, saying, “Selecting the right secured loan can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.”


Lucynda Riley presents Make Your Own Starch for Ironing posted at living cheap now.

Shadox presents Health Care Inflation & My Wallet posted at Money and Such, saying, “While the healthcare debate rages on, health care prices keep on escalating. While consumer price index declined 1.5% over the past year, my employer’s health care plan is 5% more expensive… something needs to be done.”

lavender presents 2.7 Million Job Losses after Stimulus Bill posted at News for Freedom Daily. presents Disputing Errors on Your Credit Report to Get Easier posted at SpendOnLife.

Taylor Boyle presents The Outlook Beyond “The Great Recovery” posted at The View from the Blue Ridge, saying, “This is an article written by Christopher Pavese, CFA on the economic outlook through the first half of 2010.”


The Dough Roller presents List of No Penalty CD (Certificates of Deposit) Rates posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “I can still remember earning double-digit returns on CDs in the early 1980s. I had saved a little money and was locking it away in 6-month CDs earning 12% or more.”

BWL presents 3 basics of stock market investing posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “These are 3 things every investor should be aware of…”

The Financial Blogger presents ETFs VS Index Mutual Funds: The Ultimate Battle! posted at The Financial Blogger, saying, “Let’s look at why you probably think ETFs are the best investment in the world:

The very first argument is the one that doesn’t lie: yield graph over the past 5 years comparing the TSX 60, the XIU (TSX 60 ETF) and the Altamira Canadian Index Fund (NBC814)”

Cooupon Artist presents The Dow Breaks 10,000 posted at camoney.

Rugbygirl Crosby presents The Definitive Guide To Natural Gas ETFs: Natural Gas ETF Investing 101 posted at ETFdb.

Mike Piper presents The Best (Lowest-Cost) Index Funds posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “A comparison of the primary providers of index funds, analyzing minimum investment, costs, and breadth of selection.”

The Investor presents Tax avoidance versus tax evasion posted at, saying, “You can’t afford to confuse these two tax terms — getting it wrong could mean prison time!”

The Smarter Wallet presents HSBC Direct Review: Top Savings Account posted at The Smarter Wallet

Leslie Brown presents The Ten Best ETFs You’ve Never Heard Of posted at ETFdb.

Retirement Savior presents Covered Call Funds – Just like Junk Bonds posted at Retirement Savior, saying, “If you think covered calls and options are a new, better way to help you gain extra income, think again. You would be better off just using high yield bonds.”

Dan at Everydayfinance presents Stocks Gone Wild – Until Apple Covered Call Crashes the Party posted at Everyday Finance, saying, “With Apple shares doubling within the past few months, the author reflects on the highs and lows of selling covered calls against high flying stocks.”

Personal Finance

Jeff Rose presents Term Life Insurance Vs. Cash Value Life Insurance: What Is the Difference? posted at Jeff Rose.

jim presents New ING Direct Added Value CD posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

David presents Frequent Flyer Miles Credit Cards posted at Credit Card Offers IQ, saying, “If you are searching for a travel rewards card that earns you airline miles, hotel stays, or other travel rewards, there are a few things you should know that might help you narrow your search.”

PT presents $50 TradeKing Account Opening Bonus posted at Prime Time Money.

Charles Chua C K presents Financial Freedom – 7 Successful Steps posted at Credit Card Lighthouse.

Peak Personal Finance presents Teach Your Child About Responsible Credit Use posted at Peak Personal Finance, saying, “Educating your child about the proper use of credit can save them years of financial struggles.”

Patrick @ Military Money presents Why You Should Only Bank at FDIC Insured Banks posted at Military Finance Network, saying, “Almost 100 US banks have failed this year, but the money was guaranteed by FDIC insurance. Make sure you only bank with an FDIC insured financial institution to guarantee you won’t lose your savings.”

Buck Weber presents How to Save Money by Using a Locker posted at THE BUCK LIST, saying, “I explain how it works and then let you decide how much you can save buying in bulk from a locker.”

Evolution Of Wealth presents Depending On The Market posted at Evolution of Wealth, saying, “Have you thought about how the sequence of returns is going to effect your retirement? You might not make it if you are depending on the market.”

Mr Credit Card presents Starwood preferred guest program review posted at Ask Mr Credit Card.

CreditCardAssist presents Borderline Credit Scores Equal Less Credit Opportunities posted at Credit Card Assist, saying, “New regulations are dramatically effecting the credit landscape as card issuers and banks are sharply restricting credit card access for applicants with borderline credit scores.”

Christien presents How Much Does it Cost to Refinance a Mortgage? posted at How Much Does Everything Cost?.

Claude presents Thousands Of Help Dollars For Solar Energy posted at Solar Home – Solar Systems for Homes.

Jeff Rose presents Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps Explained posted at Jeff Rose.

Darwin presents 5 Reasons Living Paycheck to Paycheck Costs You Thousands posted at Darwin’s Finance, saying, “5 Reasons Living paycheck to paycheck is costing Thousands of Dollars due to these hidden fees and missed opportunities.”

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