Festival of Stocks #141

Welcome to the May 18, 2009 edition of the Festival of Stocks. The Festival of Stocks is a blog carnival dedicated to highlighting bloggers best posts on stock market related topics. Fat Pitch Financials is the actual birth place of this online weekly event, so it is always a special occasion when I get the chance to host this roving event.

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Now that you are familiar with Fat Pitch Financials, let’s take a look at this week’s Festival of Stock participants. Here are this week’s entries:

Value Traps posted at OneMint. There is no formula for detecting value traps, but, there are some common sense guidelines that can help investors watch out for value traps.

PowerShares Shut down 19 ETFs posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary. This post list the 19 PowerShares EFTs that closed recently and discusses why these funds were shut down.

Get the Most Effective Day Trading Charting Software posted at Mikes Millions.com. A quick review of three options for charting software: Sierra Chart, Trade Maven, and ESignal.

BMO InvestorLine Discount Brokerage Review posted at Quest For Four Pillars. Review of BMO InvestorLine discount brokerage in Canada.

Earnings Yield: Better than P/E for Valuing Stocks posted at MagicDiligence. The second component of Joel Greenblatt’s “Magic Formula Investing” (MFI), Earnings Yield represents a better way of measuring the valuation of a stock. This article tells you why as well as how it’s calculated for MFI purposes.

Stock Market Rally: First Stage Of A Primary Bull Trend? posted at Jeflin’s Investment Blog. This blogger believes we’ll be in a range bound market in the months to come.

Brady Corp (BRC) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value. A detailed quantitative analysis of Brady Corp (BRC).

Warning – Not All Index Funds and ETFs Are Low Cost posted at ABCs of Investing. Some index funds and etfs are too expensive.

Comparing Fixed Annuities & Certificates of Deposit posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. Jim covers the similarities and differences between fixed annuities and certificates of deposit.

Zecco Online Stock Trading for Free posted at The Dough Roller. A review of online broker, Zecco.

Should You Contribute to a 401k Without an Employer Match? posted at Cash Money Life. Why you should invest in your 401k even if your company doesn’t offer a matching contribution.

See No Evil… posted at My Wealth Builder. This blogger doesn’t understand the current rally in financial stocks, and I can’t blame him. However, abandoning contrarian investing and following the trend blindly sounds like another recipe for disaster.

What are Vanguard Admiral Shares? posted at fivecentnickel.com. You could safe money on expense fees by converting your Vanguard funds to this special fund class that rewards loyalty.

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That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. Next week’s Festival of Stocks is still looking for a home. If you are interested in volunteering to host a future edition of the Festival of Stocks, just contact me right away with the name of your site, blog URL, email address, and the date your prefer to host. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Festival of Stocks using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our Festival of Stocks index page for those of you interested in reviewing the archives.

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