In our uncertain and turbulent world we need days such as Valentine’s Day to concentrate on our loved ones. I want to thank the following carnival participants for sharing their wisdom with us. I hope you enjoy and learn something from these posts:
Economics and Politics
Investor Junkie submitted Capitalism is NOT a Zero Sum Game! Capitalism is about expanding the economic pie, not trying to divide a static pie equally.
Miss T at Prairie Eco Thrifter presents Bond Laddering for Retirement. Bonds are called fixed income securities for a reason. They give you the ability to manage your cash flows. You can create a bond ladder using coupon bonds that will pay quarterly, monthly, or even weekly. It all comes down to creating your desired cash flow with the proper bonds.
Kanwai Sarai at Simply Investing gives us What are Dividends? Why Should You Care? Investing with a focus on companies that have a strong record of producing consistent dividends has many advantages over other, more risky styles of investing.
Doctor Stock at Invest In the Markets presents How to Develop an Exit Strategy Before Entering a Trade. How to develop an exit strategy before you enter a trade on the Dow, Nasdaq, S&P, or any other stock exchange, is one of the most important steps to making money in the stock market. Failing to plan an exit strategy before you enter a trade can lead to clinging to a falling stock…and losing significant amounts of your wealth capital.
Value Investing Strategies
Rob Bennett at Out Of Your Rut writes If Valuations Matter It Must Be Possible to Profit From This Reality. Why do investors believe that valuations matter but that having valuations on their side does not help you win at the game of investing?
Specific Investment Ideas
Mich at Beating The Index submitted How to Invest in Oil to Maximize Profits and Minimize Risks. Let’s face it, the era for cheap oil is behind us, oil has become more expensive to find and to extract from the ground, which requires sustained high oil prices to ensure future supply. A look at ways to invest in oil.
Investment Planning Strategies
Glen Craig at Free From Broke submitted Cost Basis Reporting – How it Affects Your Taxes. Cost basis reporting is an important concept to understand when you are selling investments as it can affect what you pay in taxes. See how new rules can change your filing.
Rob Kuban at One Money Design presents What Christians Should Keep in Mind While Planning for Retirement [Christian Financial Alliance]. What is one thing a Christian should keep in mind while thinking about/planning for retirement? Consider the advice from Christian financial bloggers.
Jason Van Steenwyk at MoneyCrashers gives us Index Funds vs. Managed Mutual Funds. One of the great debates in the investment world centers on whether mutual fund managers, in the aggregate, add any value for investors.
Marissa at Thirty Six Months presents How to Use a Mock Investment Portfolio. One of the best ways to start feeling comfortable with investing is by using a mock investment portfolio.
Boomer at Boomer and Echo gives us How to Set Up a DRIP. A DRIP, or dividend reinvestment plan, is a great way to build up your investment portfolio, especially when you are just starting out.
Jim at Bargaineering gives us Basic Rules to Make Your Portfolio More Tax Efficient. It’s important to keep taxes in mind when investing; specifically, making the right types of investments in each account to maximize tax efficiency.
Barbara Friedberg at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance submitted Don’t Spend Your Dividends. Don’t get me wrong; dividends are fine, but just because a stock pays a hefty dividend, does not mean it is a great investment. And the dividends the stock throws off are not “free money”.
Teacher Man at My University Money submitted Should You Invest In Individual Stocks? What’s that? You’re a 34 year old who works a blue collar job, without any post-secondary education, and you’re student loan free? Well, in my defense, I’ve never met you. The good news is most of you will be able to relate to this post, no matter your age, education level, or indebtedness. We’re going to talk about investing.
From the AAAMP Blog I have added Making Probability Theory Practical For Investment. Understanding investment probability theory will help investors avoid short term prognosticators and concentrate on a long term investment plan.