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March 3, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this March 3, 2007 Saturday edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the only weekly review of the best business and money-related posts from each of the week's major blog carnivals! We seek out the best posts from among the hundreds posted to the various blog carnivals posted each week and we select one post as being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) As an added bonus, we also cite the near contenders for the best post of the week as being Absolutely essential reading!(TM)

Our carnival experiment may be toast. All it took was one link from John Mauldin, one comment from Alan Greenspan and a bad day on Wall Street, and suddenly our traffic surged as investors, economists, investment banks, brokerages, and others around the world came calling to use just one of our tools. The one that determines the probability that the U.S. will be in a recession sometime in the next 12 months.

While that sort of thing is good for our traffic, it does make it nearly impossible to tell how much of an increase we might have enjoyed from posting to over 20 blog carnivals.

We're going to have to spend some time sorting it all out, but in the meantime, the best of the week that was awaits below....

On the Moneyed Midways for March 03, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
30s and 40s Personal Finances Social Security Alternatives Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket Wenchypoo doesn't discuss alternatives to Social Security so much as she focuses on augmenting whatever you might receive from the program in retirement. Some pretty creative ideas for getting the most out of your IRAs!
Carnival of Career Intensity Differentiating Your Leadership Brand The Engaging Brand Anna Farmery provides the questions you need to answer to better develop your leadership "brand"!
Carnival of Customer Service Customer Service for Less Than a Dollar MODE A poor customer service experience involving a 75 cent charge led Dave Conrey to change where he fills his gas tank. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Debt Management Should Borrow Money to Pay Off Debt? War on Credit Cards credit comments on Blogging Away Debt's Tricia, who is reducing her debt through borrowing (and other not well known techniques.)
Carnival of Employer Branding Lions, Wolves, Beavers and Humans Passion, People and Principals David Maister's introduces a longer article (well worth reading!), in which he examines the role of different personality profiles of key players whose businesses depend upon their coming together to execute a firmwide strategy.
Carnival of Entrepreneurs The Power of "I" Presentation Revolution Scott Schwertly says that six "I"'s cover all presentation principles: Ideation, Information, Influence, Integrity, Impact and Ignition - we're not sure we like so many "I"'s, but what they represent will help you make a better presentation!
Carnival of Fraud The Link Between Fraud and Lobbying SOX First Leon Gettler reports the findings of new research that confirms that fraudulent firms lobby politicians more and use their connections to avoid penalties. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Investing Why You Should Not Dollar Cost Average veryLegal We've all heard that dollar cost averaging is best for long-haul investors, but veryLegal has a contrarian opinion backed by a recent study.
Carnival of Management Tips The True Meaning of Value to an Organization Disorganizational Behavior Travis Sinquefield defines and discusses what value really means to a business organization.
Carnival of Real Estate Investing The Cost of a Free Ride: Why Not to Use a Buyer's Agent Wisebread Lynn Truong passes along Ken Rick's story of how he and his wife saved quite a bit of money by working only with the seller's agent in buying a house. Exactly the kind of post that sparks heated debates. Exactly why it's here!
Carnival of the Capitalists Cost of Centralization Coyote Blog Warren Meyer weighs the advantages and disadvantages of centralizing H.R. and Purchasing operations for his business. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of the Credit Card Why BMO and CIBC Are Reissuing Credit Cards Canadian Financial Stuff The Big Cajun Man sees the possibility of big fraud as two of Canada's largest credit card issuers reissue cards in big way.
Cavalcade of Risk WSJ: Home Lenders Cut the Flow of Risky Loans Calculated Risk Calculated Risk combines commentary from two different sources in considering the impact of a subprime lending market that seems to be drying up.
Festival of Frugality Save Money, Save the Planet bean-sprouts Melanie Rimmer very nicely sums up the leftist viewpoint observes that if you feel you can't afford to be green, you probably already are. Although she doesn't realize it, her outlook expresses nicely the thinking behind why the world's fastest growing polluters get a free pass from the "Green" movement.
Festival of Stocks Sirius Buys XM Radio: What Should Investors Do Now? SciTech Investor H.S. Ayoub saw the potential for a merger between the satellite radio service companies and recommended then to hold both stocks. Now that the merger has been announced, he has new advice!
Festival of Stocks Gold Knows The Big Picture Barry Ritholtz offers a creative take on the battle between the Fed's Ben Bernanke in one corner and Gold in the other. Absolutely inspired. Absolutely essential reading!
Personal Development Carnival A Book, a Pen and a Post-It Creating a Better Life Lyman Reed reveals the unexpected power of Post-It® notes in unleashing creativity. Absolutely essential reading, especially for those working in creative endeavors!
Personal Growth Carnival The Do's and Don'ts of Asking for a Raise Getting Green Matthew Paulson presents all the things you should and shouldn't do before asking your boss for that raise!

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