Welcome to the 110th Carnival of Personal Finance

Monday, July 23rd, 2007 | Carnivals, Personal Finance with 21 Comments

Welcome to the 110th edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance.  This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance is hosted by yours truly, Fat Pitch Financials

Fat Pitch Financials is the personal blog of a value investor with a strong interest in personal finance. Here at Fat Pitch Financials you can learn how to taken the next step beyond investing in index funds. I have learned to exploit some of the advantages of being an individual investor (yes, there are advantages) by investing is special situation opportunities in the stock market in a similar manner to the way Warren Buffett used to invest in what he called “workouts” when he was younger. Fat Pitch Financials is also the birth place of another blog carnival, the Festival of Stocks, which was inspired by the Carnival of Personal Finance.

This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance submissions have been placed in specific categories below and listed in no particular order. The categories include banking, debt, frugal living, investing, planning, taxes, and other topics. Now fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.

Carnival of Personal Finance



Frugal Living


  • The Dough Roller explains how you can technically buy real estate for no money down, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t still cost you cash to deal with capital improvements. Discover the myth of zero-down real estate investing.
  • Accumulating Money provides an interesting profile of Carlos Slim. It sounds like Carlos Slim created his wealth from intelligent value investing and I’m interested in learning more about him.
  • Smart Saving and Investing explains how to select mutual funds. While I liked the graphics that illustrate the information from Morningstar and FundAlarm, I think the article missed two critical things to keep in mind while selecting mutual funds. It is important to remember that past performance doesn’t necesarily indicate future performance and fund fees can really cost you so it is important to keep them as low as possible.
  • The Finance Buff deconstructs some market stats provided by Schwab about market returns from 1996-2006 if you missed the ten best days.  I didn’t check all the math but the approach and answers looked about right to me.
  • Kmull goes over his 401K options.
  • The Time & Money Group is using basket trading to get ahead of the herd.



Other Topics 

That’s it for this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance.  I hope you enjoyed the ride.  Next week’s host will be Blogging Away Debt.  You can catch up on past editions of the Carnival of Personal Finance, submit an entry, or even volunteer to host a future edition of this carnival by following any of these links.

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    Terrific job, George! Good categories, easy on the eyes, lots of interesting posts.

    Thank you for hosting!

    hgstern July 23rd, 2007 at 8:39 am
  • Thanks for putting the carninval together. Lots of good reading to dig into.

    saving advice July 23rd, 2007 at 9:11 am
  • Nicely organized carnival. I’ll be linking to your post this Friday in my Carnival Roundup. Lots of great reading material. Thanks for hosting!

    Millionaire Mommy Next Door July 23rd, 2007 at 9:36 am
  • Thanks for hosting this week! I’m looking forward to reading all the great articles. :)

    Patrick July 23rd, 2007 at 9:37 am
  • Thanks for hosting and including my article!

    junger July 23rd, 2007 at 9:42 am
  • Thanks for a great hosting job!

    The Digerati Life July 23rd, 2007 at 9:52 am
  • Thanks for hosting and including my article!

    KMull July 23rd, 2007 at 10:52 am
  • Awesome! This is my first visit to your site and I’m definitely going to look around ^_^

    Cory July 23rd, 2007 at 11:18 am
  • Thanks so much for hosting!

    David July 23rd, 2007 at 11:37 am
  • Thanks for hosting!

    Flexo July 23rd, 2007 at 2:55 pm
  • Great Carnival! Thanks for hosting.

    KRG July 24th, 2007 at 12:13 am
  • Excellent post

    I am glad you included a link to Carlos Slim. He is an investing powerhouse down in Latin America. I have owned TelMex since the late 1980s and America Movil since it’s spin-off from TelMex. Both have done fantastic for me.

    He has a few new opportunities he’s working on, two constructions companies IDEAL and CISCA. You can buy IDEAL on the pink sheets (IPSBF) and if you want you can buy CISCA through a broker who deals international. Both are members of the Bolsa index in Mexico.

    Nate July 24th, 2007 at 2:10 pm
  • Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip!

    cjtang July 24th, 2007 at 3:13 pm
  • Hello. I submitted “Beware Vanguard 500 Faulty Logic & False Performance Measures for Investments” (click name link) and received a receipt but the submission did not appear in the carnival. I emailed you after the carnival posted without it. You might have email-filter problems. Thank you.

    J at IHB and HFF July 25th, 2007 at 3:54 pm
  • George,

    Thank you for your compliments on my article, “To Consume, Save, Invest, or Speculate? That Is The Question.”

    Logan @ PowerWealth.com

    Logan Flatt, CFA July 25th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

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