Unexpectedly Intriguing!
February 24, 2006

Once again, we here at Political Calculations have sorted through all the business, personal finance, investing, debt reduction, economics and other money-related posts from this week's blog carnivals so you don't have to! The best posts this week follow:

Carnival of the Capitalists

Real Madrid: The Importance of the Brand

Mark at Sportsbiz shows how Spain's Real Madrid became the world's richest football team by developing the power of its brand.

Prosper People-to-People Lending Marketplace

Last week, we cited a post announcing the arrival of peer-to-peer lending in the U.S. Jim at the Blueprint for Financial Prosperity offers a look at the potential pitfalls in participating in Prosper's person-to-person proposition. [Did you do that without a thesaurus? -ed. Yep. Stop it. Now. You're the boss.]

Carnival of Personal Finance

Is Wealth Bad?

Jared Iverson and Richard Miller, the minds behind the beautifully designed Firevalt blog, note that whether an individual creates value or not for the economy determines the answer to the question, and finds that on the whole, making money and building wealth is a good thing.

Reverse Carnival of Money Mistakes

MyMoneyBlog hosts a "Reverse Carnival," detailing the personal experiences of many personal finance bloggers' worst errors in money matters. Maybe the best post of the week!

Dealing with the Loss of People Resources

Yaro Starak of Entrepreneur's Journey ventures into what options are available to a manager should their small business lose members of their staff.

Carnival of Entrepreneurship

Things to Remember When Bootstrapping Your Start-Up

Benjamin of I Got News For You offers his list of nine things to remember when you start your own business.

10 Steps of Marketing with No Money -- Then Sell Out

Jack Yoest provides real life lessons in how to market a product when your business doesn't have the money to do the job the "traditional" way.

Carnival of Investing

The Biggest Risk

Dan Melson of Searchlight Crusade identifies the biggest risk in financial planning.

Festival of Frugality

Money Saved Using Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

This entry from the Blueprint for Financial Prosperity is exactly the kind of post that might will inspire a tool here!

Laundering Stamps

Did you ever put a book of stamps through the laundry? Five Cent Nickel did, and found that the U.S. Postal Service has a way to recover most of the value of the damaged stamps. Who knew?

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