The Carnival of Smarter Investing #11

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carnival.jpgWelcome to the Eleventh Edition of The Carnival of Smarter Investing! Each week we’ll post featured articles by investors and writers in the areas of business and real estate, with the best article of the week being featured on the front page of, for thousands to see! So get those creative juices flowing and send in your submissions. A new Carnival will be posted every week. To submit your article for next week’s edition, you can do so here.

As The Carnival of Smarter Investing surpasses double-digits in Editions (thus already making it one of the longer running scheduled carnivals out there - thanks readers and submitters!!), weekly readership and submissions increase dramatically as well. Therefore, in order to keep the carnival small enough to read over a lunch break (or coffee break, or mid-morning or mid-afternoon "I need a break from work" break),  we've decided to limit the posted submissions to the highest quality. So, below, in no particular order, are's Top Picks of the Week. Congrats to the below authors, and thanks for your great work!! Enjoy!


Ryan-Careonecredit presents The Mortgage Loan Process posted at Care on Credit, saying, "Buying a new home could be the single largest purchase you ever make, and applying for a mortgage may feel intimidating and seem like a daunting task"

Kathie Goldsmith presents A lesson in the dangers of distressed property purchases… posted at Seattle's Rain City Real Estate Guide, saying, "Reba Haas is a regular contributor to Rain City Guide. You can visit Reba’s site at Team Reba blogs about residential, investment, and commercial real estate topics and many related subjects."

Lucy Baldwin presents Buying Gold 101 For Beginners posted at Gold To Buy: Investing in Gold, saying, "This is a quick introduction to the ways you can invest in gold."

Marcus Hochstadt presents Pay Business Expenses Wisely And Travel For Free posted at Marcus Hochstadt, saying, "Do you pay your business expenses wisely? Or like the headline indicates, would you like to travel the world for free (which is one opportunity that occurs when you pay your expenses wisely?) Marcus Hochstadt tells you how..."

Raymond presents I Wish I Could Make Money From Fantasy Football and Other Fun Hobbies posted at Money Blue Book, saying, "Musings about making money from ordinary hobbies and interests."

Jay M presents Business Plan Basics II posted at 4 entrepreneur, saying, "Separate yourself from the rest by preparing a sound business plan"

Ryan-Careonecredit presents When Should You Refinance? posted at Care on Credit, saying, "There are several reasons to refinance your home mortgage, and knowing when is the right time depends on your particular situation"

Sagar presents 20 Reasons Why a Falling Dollar Isn't Necessarily a Bad Thing posted at Currency, saying, "The dollar’s strength is often seen as a sign of American prosperity, but a high-valued dollar isn’t always a boon to the economy."

Lori Prokop Keyboard Culture Co-Founder presents The First Financial Planning Step to Achieve Financial Freedom posted at Marc Woolf Personal Finance Expert at Keyboard Culture Expert Community, saying, "In his article “The First Financial Planning Step to Achieve Financial Freedom,” Keyboard Culture Personal Finance Expert Marc Woolf gives us an exercise illustrating the first step to focus on what you desire, because whatever you focus on is drawn to you. Marc Woolf gives you steps to determine and create what you want in your life at his Keyboard Culture Personal Finance blog."

Investing Angel presents Is Trading For You? posted at Stock Tips, saying, "See if stock trading is the right for you!"

Ryan-Careonecredit presents The Power of Pre-Approval posted at Care on Credit, saying, "Additionally, it can also give you tremendous bargaining power when you make an offer on that perfect house you have decided you can't live without."

Pivotal Investor presents Fertilizer stocks sow the seeds of profits posted at Pivotal Investing, saying, "Share prices of fertilizer manufacturers have soared in recent months, fueled by growing demand for ethanol and feed crops, and the industry outlook remains sunny."

Kathie Goldsmith presents Give your house a step up in education - make it ?smarter? with these high tech toys posted at Team Reba Real Estate, saying, "Team Reba blogs about residential, investment, and commercial real estate topics and many related subjects."

And here's some submissions that didn't follow the submission guidelines, but are still worth a read...

Danilo Bogdnaovic presents Loudoun Foreclosures: If You Have To Think About It, You Will Lose Out posted at Loudoun Foreclosures.

Dorian Wales presents Buying a Stock? Keep In Mind Someone Else Is Selling … posted at Personal Financier.

Dan Johnson presents Setting Financial Goals for 2008 posted at Credit Cards That Pay.

Dorian Wales presents Personal Financier: Some rules for speculating posted at Personal Financier.

Vahid Chaychi presents When You Will Be A Professional Forex Trader? posted at


That's it for the first Carnival of this year. Thanks again for the great above submissions, and thanks also to our rapidly expanding base of loyal readers. And remember, if you’ve got something to say regarding real estate investing, general investing, business, entrepreneurship or small business management, get it written up and submit it today! We’re always looking for more article submissions. So get writing!! Thanks for reading, and see you here next week!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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realEblogger29 said:

Thanks for the Top Pick!! I'm flattered! I'll definitely be submitting to next week's carnival - I'm shooting for 2 in a row!!

posllk said:

love the carnival. thanks for hosting.

mikenassento said:

Thanks for the mention!! Can't wait to read all these!

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