Economy and your finances carnival April 25 2010

There is something wrong with the tool that helps me create this carnival, so I am struggling a bit with the formatting. I think I have found a way to get close to where I need to be, but it is not perfect yet. So, I welcome you to this not – so – well formatted edition of the carnival, and hope you enjoy these entries. presents IRS Could Take Refunds for Health Insurance Penalties posted at Back Taxes Help.

Rob presents Save Energy by using Motion Sensing Light Adapters posted at Energy Saving Gadgets.


PT presents Credit Card Cash Advance: Bad Financial Move or Good Emergency Plan? posted at Prime Time Money, saying, “cash advances with a credit card are a horrible financial move under most circumstances.”

oneadvice presents Spring Clean Your Finances posted at One Advice, saying, “Woo, spring is in the air! Don’t neglect your financial-house. Ensure everything is in order with these simple top tips…”


Michael presents 2011 Tax Increases = -6% Drop in GDP? posted at 2011 Tax Increases = -6% Drop in GDP?, saying, “Why the 2011 tax increases may matter more than people may think.”

Pam Marino presents How To Be Frugal: Renters Can Save Cash Too posted at All Things Frugal, saying, “In this economic climate, it is not too difficult to get a good deal on rent.”

Rick Lindquist presents Health Care Reform is Causing Companies to Drop Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance posted at Clarifying Health, saying, “This is a good post. Look forward to participating.”

Allen Scott presents Gov. Regulation Fails to Regulate Bad Behavior posted at Journey Across the Sky, saying, “The sound of the word REGULATION gives a sense of safety. It makes people think there are people paid to keep an eye on certain industries and practices to make sure they operate within the law. But it turns out that those who are paid to keep watch are watching something else.These are hired hands, employees paid to be there, they have no vested interest in the people nor the families they are supposed to be looking out for. They are merely getting paid to do a job and when something bad happens they are quick to push the blame elsewhere. They have no concern over the well being of someone living hundreds or perhaps thousands of miles away. The halls of the government are cold and hollow.”


Patty Pedersen presents Janus Overseas JAOSX, A Worthy International Mutual Fund? posted at AlphaProfit MoneyMatters – Investing Blog, saying, “Janus Overseas Fund has many positive attributes that include strong performance and low expense. Its go-anywhere strategy looks appropriate for the current market environment. This article brings out factors investors need to consider before using JAOSX as a core international mutual fund.”

Jeff Rose, CFP presents Roth IRA Eligibility Guidelines posted at Jeff Rose.

Zach Scheidt presents Financial Reform Boost Exchanges posted at ZachStocks, saying, “The financial reform bill will likely boost revenue for exchange firms CME Group (CME) and IntercontinentalExchange (ICE). Both stocks traded sharply higher this week, breaking out of healthy consolidations.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Top Investment Brokers For Mutual Fund Investing posted at The Digerati Life

Super Saver presents Bubble Time? posted at My Wealth Builder.

Personal Finance

Megan Anne presents 5 Mistakes Consumers Make When Trying to Save Money posted at Moments with Megan, saying, “More than ever, consumers are trying various ways to pinch pennies. What many of them don’t realize, is that they make classic mistakes when shopping, and actually wind up wasting money! These are the top five mistakes they make when trying to save.” presents Inherited Money – Pay Debts, Save or Spend? posted at Credit Card Assist, saying, “Solid advice on what you should do if you should be fortunate enough to inherit money from family – pay debts, save or spend.”

PT Money presents Roth IRA vs 401K: Which is Right for You? posted at Prime Time Money.

Ryan @ MFN presents How to Apply for a VA Loan posted at Military Finance Network, saying, “A VA Loan is a great way to finance a home, but there are several steps you need to take before you can qualify for and obtain a VA Loan.”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Taxing Deadlines (Limerick) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. presents No Nonsense Advice on Overspending posted at Credit Card Assist, saying, “Simple, no nonsense advice on overspending on how to avoid it.”

LivingInVol presents Let?s play Russian Roulette! posted at Living in volatility, saying, “Russian roulette is a game only a maniac would play. But is there a price at which you would dare to play? Let’s explore the idea…”

Pinyo presents What is a Good Credit Score? posted at Moolanomy, saying, “Do you know your credit score? Do you know what’s considered a good credit score? Learn how to get your credit scores for free and compare your score to established credit ratings.”

Jim & Martha presents How Hilton HHonors Rewards Program Works posted at Wanderlust Journey, saying, “One of the best ways to save on travel is to understand how various reward programs work, this article looks at the loyalty program of Hilton family of hotels.”

FMF presents How to Ask for a Raise posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Tips on how to ask for a raise you deserve.”

Mike @ Green Panda presents 10 Promising Sectors for the Next Decade posted at Green Panda Treehouse, saying, “Choosing your career at the age of 20 is not an easy thing.Which jobs will be paid well by employers for the next 10 years? Here are my top ten picks (in no particular order) of the best sectors”

The Financial Blogger presents Covering My Wife’s Income Within A Year posted at The Financial Blogger, saying, “A year ago, I was struggling between my MBA, my new job as a financial planner and working on my online company. Today, I am done with my MBA, I have learned the financial planning game enough to succeed and my online company is generating a very interesting passive income.”

Consumer Boomer presents High Interest Savings Accounts Online posted at Consumer Boomer.

BWL presents Mvelopes Budgeting Software Review posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “Running a financial blog I hear about all the most popular budgeting tools out there (YNAB and Mvelopes) all the time, So, two months ago I finally decided to test out Mvelopes to see how I liked it…”

Nat presents Which Home Loan Is Right for You? posted at National Real Estate Blog, saying, “Whether you are buying your first home or are a repeat home buyer, you need to consider which home loan in the current economy is going to work to your greatest advantage. You’ll need to figure out your own home buying needs, what’s available and which loan works best for your situation.”

Jason @ Redeeming Riches presents 5 Things Dora the Explorer Teaches Us About Personal Financial Planning posted at Redeeming Riches, saying, “What could Dora possibly teach us about personal finance? Find out what you can learn from a cartoon!!”

Evolution Of Wealth presents Life Insurance’s Recent Overhaul posted at Evolution of Wealth, saying, “Life insurance premiums have dropped since the use of 2001 CSO tables. Meaning lower costs for term life policies and more importance on the design of cash value life insurance policies.”

6 thoughts on “Economy and your finances carnival April 25 2010”

  1. The recession has taken a major toll on industries and economies worldwide. Any signs of it calling it a day are bleak, particularly since any ravaged sector needs to revive itself gradually. It cannot happen overnight. But then again, I believe like many people believe that our economic woes could be solved by thinking as an entrepreneur

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