Carnival of Traders and Investors – Edition #5

Welcome to the 5th edition of the Carnival of Traders and Investors.

Financial Planning

Craig presents What Are Dividends? posted at Free From Broke, saying, “See why companies issue dividends and why you should care.”

Hemant Beniwal presents Financial Planning Process posted at, saying, “Make sure your financial planner follows this 6 step financial planning process.”

Craig presents Best Retirement Plans For The Self Employed or Small Business Owner posted at Free From Broke, saying, “The small business owner has a number of options for their retirement. See a rundown of each of them along with their benefits.”

Long Term Investing

Steve presents Four Top ETF Funds for the past 30 Days posted at, saying, “ETFs that have done well over the past 30 days include ERX and DIG.”

Hussein Sumar presents How to Analyze Mutual Fund Investment Risks posted at Best Mutual Funds, saying, “Before you head out to purchase mutual funds for your investment portfolio, you must analyze what your investment objectives are, the levels of risk you can take, your age, the # of years to your retirement, etc. Apart from these factors, you must also research the risks that an individual mutual fund contains if you put your money in to it.”

Mike Piper presents Investing Life Insurance Proceeds posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “How would you invest a portfolio if you were expecting to need to withdraw from it for potentially 50 years or more?”

Hussein Sumar presents How to Examine a Mutual Fund’s Portfolio Turnover posted at Best Mutual Funds, saying, “Portfolio turnover is a great way to measure the investment quality of a mutual fund because a higher turnover means increased costs of trading, which is paid for by investors’ money and not the fund manager’s salary.”

Alexander presents Do You Know Your Return on Investment? posted at Dividend Stocks, saying, “Any time you invest in something, you should figure our your return on investment (ROI).”

FIRE Getters presents How to Turn $5000 into $22 million? Lessons From One Successful Individual Investor posted at FIRE Finance, saying, “We can learn some basic tenets of investing from Anne Scheiber, who was an auditor at IRS and went on to become a multi-millionaire. Scheiber had a law degree, but because she was a woman, she believed that she had been thwarted in her desire to move up to a better job position at the IRS. She decided to get back by saving until she had a fortune and never give a penny of her profits to the IRS …”

Mitch Archuleta presents A Roth IRA Isn’t a One Year Commitment posted at’s Retirement Planning Blog, saying, “I have good news and bad news. Retiring is not an instantaneous event that happens when you snap your fingers together or decide to get serious about it. Saving and preparing your finances for retirement should be a long, sometimes arduous, process…”

FMF presents Not All Index Funds Are the Same posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “When investing in stock index funds, it’s vital to remember that all funds, and their associated expenses, are not the same.”

Stock Market

Patty Pedersen presents Best Oil ETFs: Looking Beyond Energy Select SPDR XLE posted at AlphaProfit MoneyMatters – Investing Blog, saying, “Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF wins the contest among oil ETFs when it comes to popularity. This ETF however wasn’t the best performing ETF in this category in 2010. This article analyzes different energy ETFs and explains why energy service and natural gas ETFs have the potential to be top performers in 2011.”

One Family presents Qiagen NV (QGEN) – Stock Review posted at One Family’s Blog, saying, “An analysis of Qiagen NV (QGEN) Stock.” (Editors note: If there’s a problem loading this page in Internet Explorer, you must delete your “Temporary Internet files”. Go to “Tools” –> “Internet Options” –> under “Browsing history” click Delete –> In the “Delete Browsing History” page that comes up, only the “Temporary Internet files” box should be checked. –> Press Delete again.)

Money Management

Hussein Sumar presents Risk Adjusted Return & its Applicability to Mutual Funds Investing posted at Best Mutual Funds, saying, “Risk Adjusted Return aims to measure the return on investment (ROI) of a particular asset compared to its peer assets with similar risk profiles. Risk adjusted return helps to analyze whether an investor is getting the highest possible return for the least possible risk on a particular investment.”

Economic News

Ella Moss presents From Middle East To Middle Of America posted at Zodiac Times, saying, “Wisconsin governor, by taking away the power of unions to bargain collectively, has put that state on Tunisia path.”

Traders Stories

Carlos Sera presents A Tale of Might posted at Financial Tales, saying, “Today’s release is called A Tale of Might. It is part of a duet that should be read along with A Sweet Tale. I hope you enjoy it and if you have similar stories to these, please send them on to me so that I can pass them on at a later date.”

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

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