Carnival of Traders and Investors – Edition #3

Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Carnival of Traders and Investors.

Stock Market

Lee presents Oil Stocks Exposed to Kurdistan posted at Earnings View, saying, “I thought it would be useful to look at some of the Western oil companies that are focused on Kurdistan.”

MikeAhi presents Cramer’s 10 Best Dow Stocks for 2011. posted at After Hours Investing, saying, “Jim Cramer’s picks for the 10 best stocks of 2011, and my take on his picks.”

Mr. Cents presents Investing in Stocks During an Economic Crisis posted at Personal Cents, saying, “When times are tough, the tough…buy stocks? Yes! In this down-turned economy, it’s a great idea to make a few wise investments.”

Patty Pedersen presents Fidelity Mutual Funds: Best, Worst, and 2011 Forecast posted at AlphaProfit MoneyMatters – Investing Blog, saying, “Fidelity Select Automotive (FSAVX) appears set to take honors for being the top performing Fidelity fund in 2010. This article provides insights on Fidelity funds that are likely to do well in 2011.”

Mr. Cents presents Consumer Confidence – What Gives? posted at Personal Cents, saying, “The September consumer confidence reports state that confidence is down and consumers aren’t too keen on the market. However, major retailer stocks tell a different story – CarMax and Office Depot lead the way with increases in stock value of over 30% each, and JCPenny, Nordstrom’s, and Best Buy have all seen increases of over 25%. So consumers say they feel one way but are acting another way. What does this mean?”

Sun presents 2010 Chinese IPO Stock Performance posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary, saying, “As the economy started to improve in 2010, though very slowly, the IPO market also rebounded nicely. Actually, 2010 turned out to be a pretty good year for US IPOs…”

Sean Hazlett presents Think You Can Make Money Investing When Your Party is in Power? Guess Again posted at Reflections of a Rational Republican, saying, “Analysis of market performance under different political administrations and control of Congress.”

Long Term Investing

Darwin presents Finally, The Facebook and Twitter Fund is Here – Secondary Market CEF posted at ETF Base, saying, “Finally, regular retail investors can invest in Facebook, Twitter and other private tech companies that have historically only been open to “accredited investors” (meaning millionaires). It’s all possible due to this new closed end fund (CEF).”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents ETF Investing: Why Exchange Traded Funds Are Part of My Portfolio posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “A closer look at investing with ETFs.”

The Amateur Financier presents Book Review: Investing for Dummies posted at The Amateur Financier, saying, “A guide to investing, covering a variety of investments including stocks, real estate and small business. Methods of evaluating these investments are provided throughout the book, giving investors plenty of advice on choosing the right ones.”

Lee presents Generating Alpha by Using Behavioral Finance Approach: Biotech and Oil posted at Markets and Culture, saying, “How to use a behavioral finance approach in order to structure an investment strategy.”

FIRE Getters presents Tax FREE Money Market Mutual Funds! posted at FIRE Finance, saying, “Most astute investors are aware of municipal mutual funds also known as MUNIs. These funds invest in term debts issued by various state and local governments. In general dividends and gains from muni funds are exempt from federal as well as state taxes…”

Mike Piper presents Does This Count as Market Timing? posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “People often ask whether a strategy “counts as market timing.” The name doesn’t matter though. All that matters is whether it’s a good idea.”

Aussie Investor presents Highest Dividend Paying Stocks In The ASX100 posted at Australian Investing, saying, “It might surprise you to learn that over the long term dividends make up a large part of a share portfolio’s returns. And for retirees, dividends are the life blood of their investment portfolio. While growth in the value of the portfolio is important in order to keep pace with inflation, it is the steady stream of dividends which pays the bills. So which stocks have the best yield?”

Sun presents Stocks with 5% Dividend Yield posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary, saying, “In such a low rate environment, you probably will need to look outside the traditional savings accounts for a decent yield…”

Aussie Investor presents Australian Stock Market_ Investing Blog – Buying Shares As Long Term Investments posted at Australian Investing, saying, “So you’ve managed to save a little extra money. You know that to make it grow you’ll need to consider some other investment options beyond term deposits and online savings accounts. You’ve heard that buying shares is one of the investment options you should consider – but what’s the next step? This article discusses how to get started if you want to buy shares as an investment.”

Financial Planning

Mike Piper presents 2011 Tax Brackets: What Will Change and How Should We Plan for It? posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “After the passing of the new tax act, what is going to change in 2011, and how should we plan for that?”

Ryan @ CML presents How to Interview a Financial Planner posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “Tips on how you can interview, screen, and hire a financial planner to help you manage your money; includes tips on doing a background check to verify credentials.”

Steve Norman presents What Everyone Should Know About Tax Codes posted at Tax Codes, saying, “Our guide explains what a tax code is and what the various letters and numbers on your tax code mean.”

Economic News

Janet presents Fed Debit Proposal Pounds Visa and MasterCard posted at Credit Cards Canada, saying, “The Fed’s proposal, released Thursday, is to cap debit interchange fees at 12 cents, which represents a 70% haircut. The news from the Fed crushed stocks of credit card giants Visa and MasterCard.”

Lee presents The Causes of Economic Bubble and the Role of Behavioural Finance in Predicting Them posted at Markets and Culture, saying, “Blog devoted to keeping investors up tp date with economic and cultural developments.”

Tony Cars presents The Big Three confirm auto industry recovery posted at Auto Monster Cars Blog, saying, “GM, Ford and Chrysler have reported strong sales increases in december, capping the auto industry’s steady recovery during 2010.”

David de Souza presents One million more people to be affected by tax mistakes posted at Tax Return Blog, saying, “Tax Mistakes – We look at the tax blunders affecting millions of UK taxpayers.”

Money Management

Jane Sanders presents Debt Elimination Mind Map posted at Debt Management, saying, “One of the most common questions we get here is, ‘I’m up to my eye balls in debt. What should I do?’. Unfortunately, this isn’t the type of question the lends itself to a yes or no response.”

David de Souza presents 3 New Year’s Tax Resolutions You Should Make posted at UK Tax Blog, saying, “Guide to three easy New Year’s Resolutions you can make in 2011 in order to pay less tax.”

Stock Trading

Demitrios Kalos presents Netflix CEO goes long posted at Sigma Swan, saying, “Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings has gone on the record to say you shouldn’t bet against his company’s stock right now.”

Steve presents Cummins Inc (CMI) Earnings February 1st posted at FastSwings, saying, “Cummins Inc looks like a strong trade going up to its next earnings announcement at the beginning of February.”

Michael presents TradeKing $50 Cash Bonus For New Accounts posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “From now until the end of the month, TradeKing is offering a $50 bonus on all new accounts.”

Options Trading

Flexo presents OptionsXpress Review and $100 Cash Bonus posted at Consumerism Commentary, saying, “OptionsXpress is offering a $100 bonus for new accounts in conjunction with the best trading tools you can find online today.”

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