Welcome to the 110th Carnival of Personal Finance

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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