Carnival Of Investing #60 At FIRE Finance

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Heartiest welcome to FIRE Finance, the host of Carnival of Investing #60. Please feel free to take a look around our blog. There are many gems of personal finance strewn around. You are most welcome to take whatever appeals to your needs. We hope that these gems will help you ace the personal finance game thus leading to a deeply satisfying and joyous life.

Often life does not unfold according to our plans. Along this line, we sadly announce that due to some rather unfortunate technical problems, the website of Carnival of Investing and the associated submission system for the carnival posts were not functional over the weekend. Jonathan, the gentleman behind Carnival of Investing, has notified the web hosting company. Hopefully they will perform immediate trouble shooting and restore the web services at the earliest.

As a result of the technological goof up, the posts submitted over the weekend have disappeared. We do apologize for this mishap which came out of the blue and took control of the carnival submissions beyond our means. We hope that the authors whose posts were lost can resubmit them at the next carnival of investing.

Every cloud has a silver lining. That means all was not lost! There were 11 submissions (submitted before the tech mishap) that made it to the Carnival of Investing this week. Without much ado we go ahead in presenting them.

Steve Faber of Debt Free teaches us 4 Key Factors to Qualify Investment Property. For those of us thinking about investing in real real-estate, we ought to keep them in mind.

Do you have a sizable amount of money invested variously in your retirement account(s), perhaps a couple of IRAs or a 401(k) from your previous job? How about a little adventure off the beaten paths in return for satisfaction and potential higher gains? Wait a minute - is this another scam or a get-rich-quick solicitation? No friends, these are perfectly legitimate ways of investing albeit lesser known ways of doing so. Thanks to Paul of Extreme Perspective for enlighteneing us in Private Money Lending: Use Your Self-Directed IRA to Increase Your Returns. We hope he would continue to let us know how his own adventure went in forthcoming days.

Martin of Money Blog Site really wrote this one down for everyone and we mean it. This is such a basic know-how that every kid needs to be aware of long before investing real money in the market. To us all - How to Choose a High-Yield Savings Account.

Ever wondered how the likes of Warren Buffet pick stocks. They sure can see, what the rest of us fail to do - the intrinsic value of a business. Click on to find out the personal experiences of wcsinvestor from Worst-case Scenario Investing about Portfolio Weighted Discount to Intrinsic Value. We encourage Worst Case Scenario Investing to reveal the strategies followed in determining the intrinsic values. Many would benefit from that.

FMF presents a couple of helpful tips and a wise advice at Free Money Finance in How to Identify Chart-Topping Mutual Funds in Advance. Please do read the comments as well.

Sound investing and humor - yes sounds like an odd combination isn't it? Well no more, take a look at the article from Golbguru titled Investing For Dummies: The Dart Board Model Portfolio at Money, Matter, and More Musings. Is it really sensible to give our hard earned money to the Wall Street in various forms? Do we really need all these billion dollar marketing hypes centered around investing? Perhaps we should contemplate.

VeryLegal draws our attention to an eye-opener - Why You Should Not Dollar Cost Average. Apart from what the article says we feel that DCA is not a wise strategy since it would cost us a lot in paying several unnecessary trading fees to the brokerage. This single reason is enough for a smart investor to avoid DCA.

It is time for some serious study! William Wallets at A Financial Revolution educates us on various forms of The Efficient Market Hypothesis. He poses some very fundamental questions. We empirically believe that index investing is indeed a superior choice for average investors like us.

Quiz: Quick, tell us how long it would take a principal to double up at an APY of 8%? We don't have to be an Einstein to figure that out. Apparently Big Cajun Man at Canadian Financial Stuff has presented a graph at Einstein: The Rule of 72 to aid us.

Beware, currency trading is not for every one. It requires different mind set and strategies. Please read what Fedor at Forex Blog presents in Understanding Currency Trading Dynamics.

Dan Melson at Searchlight Crusade gives us an insider perspective of what is not fair in Demands Listing Agents Make That Aren't in Their Clients Best Interest. We wish there were more professionals adhering to such high standard of business ethics. This article provides hints about where we should not be investing our time and energy while buying a house.

Since there were only 11 submissions that could be published at this carnival, we have taken the liberty to humbly present a few of our investing tips that seem appropriate for this occasion. This was not in our original plan. However to ensure that your valuable time is well spent at this carnival, we have taken this step to provide a good mix of investing articles.

A Guiding Philosophy for creating an Investment Auto-Pilot for Early Retirement presents the guiding concepts for creating and maintaining a successful long term investment portfolio.

Riding the Recession with Awareness, Planning and Investment aids an investor to understand what is a recession, the market's behavior during a recession and how to best prepare for it.

Mutual Funds - The Economic Cycle of Sectors explains the bulls and bears of sector investing and tips for riding the sector wave to earn great gains.

That concludes the Carnival of Investing #60. We thank Jonathan for giving us an opportunity to host the Carnival of Investing.

Once again we apologize for the tech mishap which did not allow this carnival to bloom to its complete beauty. We wish you all a wonderful investing year in 2007 and thanks for stopping by :).

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