Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Wealth Builder Carnival #32

Welcome to the thirty-second edition of The Wealth Builder Carnival. The purpose of this carnival is to collect articles from the blogosphere on building, preserving and keeping enough wealth for a comfortable retirement. For reference, I have tried to keep the carnival content tightly focused on wealth building and did not include submissions that were off topic.

For reading convenience, the posts are listed with a brief summary or comment by the submitter and organized them into seven categories: Earning, Investing, Insuring and Protecting, Living Frugally, Retiring, Saving and Taxes.

And now onto the Carnival:


Job-Interview-Site.com presents MBA Online Programs: Why Get an Online MBA Program? posted at Job Interview Guide, saying, "Should you consider applying for GMAT examination and then choose upon an MBA college? Or should you consider enrolling for MBA online programs?"

FMF presents Free Money Finance: Measure What Matters posted at Free Money Finance, saying, "The most important thing to measure is actual interviews for jobs. Everything else is secondary. If you get interviews, you’ll get a job. If you don’t, you won’t. It’s that simple."

Insuring and Protecting

Jim Yih presents Charitable Giving Using Life Insurance posted at Retire Happy Blog, saying, "Most often when we donate money to charities, we do it in the form of a direct contribution. The most attractive advantage using life insurance is that it allows one to make a much larger gift to a charity."

Ryan @ CML presents What Investment Losses Are Covered by the SIPC? posted at Cash Money Life, saying, "The SIPC guarantees investments if your brokerage firm goes bankrupt. It isn't the same as the FDIC, but it has some similarities."


Dividends4Life presents 10 Dividend Stocks Raising Their Payouts And Yields posted at Dividends Value, saying, "When you purchase individual stocks, risk is inherit. Sometimes bad things happen to good stocks. Eventually, every investor will hold a stock that falls out of favor and endures a double-digit decline. Understanding this from the onset makes it easier to deal with. To minimize the risk of significant declines, your core portfolio should focus on blue-chip dividend growth stocks."

Darwin presents Understanding Correlation of Various Asset Classes – MBA Monday posted at Darwin's Money, saying, "Here's a handy guide to figuring out correlation of various asset classes like stocks, gold, oil and more. It's key to understanding if your portfolio is REALLY diversified!"

The Amateur Financier presents Don’t Let Feelings of Safety Make You Take More Risk posted at The Amateur Financier, saying, "A cautionary note about not letting your feelings of confidence lead you to take on more risk than you can afford when investing."

Living Frugally

FIRE Getters presents Top 5 Ways To Trim Our Grocery Bills! posted at FIRE Finance, saying, "We decided to optimize our grocery expenses and pull the strings on our food budget even tighter. So we spent some time researching on ways to cut down our grocery bill. In the process we discovered some fascinating facts ..."

Wenchypoo presents Groceries for Gas--Can You Save? posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket, saying, "These are a ripoff--you have to spend HUNDREDS to save CENTS at the pumps! If you're an extreme couponer, beware: only your final tally nets you points to use at the pump. It will take forever to earn enough points to qualify."

Annette Berlin presents The Complete Tightwad Gazette posted at Craft Stew, saying, "I’ve been a fan of the Tightwad Gazette, by Amy Dacyczyn, for ten years. Over the last decade, this book has helped me to save thousands of dollars on our housing, transportation, food and clothes."


Mike Piper presents Planning for Uneven Retirement Spending posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, "Most retirement planning articles assume that you spend the same amount from your portfolio every year of retirement. For most investors, that's not the case."

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents Lesser Known Thoughts About Retirement Planning posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, "Retirement planning is about more than just saving money for the future. Consider these lesser know facts when you plan for your retirement."


Boomer presents Financial Opportunities: Then And Now posted at Boomer & Echo, saying, "When I see all of the financial opportunities for young people to access today compared to when I was growing up, I’m amazed at the differences."


Kyle Berks presents The Myth about Mortgage Tax Deduction posted at Integrated Loans, saying, "Numerous people think that mortgage interest deduction is one of the major benefits that you will get if you buy a home. Although this is not entirely wrong, keep in mind that just like all other financial rules, this statement is not universal and it does not apply to everyone."

Steve Norman presents Tax Codes for 2011 posted at Tax Codes, saying, "Our guide to the new tax codes in 2011/2012, particularly the tax code 747L"

Madison DuPaix presents TurboTax Review posted at My Dollar Plan, saying, "If you're thinking of filing your own taxes this year, check out this TurboTax review first."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The Wealth Builder Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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