Unexpectedly Intriguing!
May 18, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the May 18, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's only weekly review of the best posts from the best-hosted of the week's major business and money-related blog carnivals!

Each week, we seek out the best post from the hundreds contributed to the dozens of blog carnivals, which we award the title of being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) For those that come close, but not quite, we award the title of being Absolutely essential reading!(TM)

Wow! This has been a unusually good week for posts - there's very little that separates The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! from the post we identified as being Absolutely essential reading!, and for that matter, each of the posts we selected for this week's edition of OMM. Don't take our word for it - the best posts of the week, anywhere, await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for May 18, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Financial Planning Are Your Friend's Investments Performing Better Than Yours? Money $mart Life A 29-year old software engineer compares his retirement funds to those of his co-workers in a discussion of risk and return, and wonders how discussing investments with others might change one's investing decisions.
Carnival of Financial Planning Why Aren't Money Mangers Paid Purely on Performance? My Money Blog What if, the 28-year old blogger behind My Money Blog wonders, an investment manager had to take all the risks to manage your investments? Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Real Estate Unarmed Robbery - Broker Style Larry's Take on the Cocoa Beach Real Estate Market A listing broker with whom Larry Walker was negotiating a transaction for his client tacked on a "regulatory compliance fee" to the settlement statement. Larry explains what it is and why it stinks.
Carnival of Small Business Issues Is the Manager Obsolete? Or When Does Consensus Stop? Reasoned Audacity Jack Yoest identifies what makes a "management-free" business structure attractive (and to whom), and explains why it won't work for the vast majority of businesses.
Carnival of the Capitalists Screwing Performance Review Software Project Management End of quarter performance reviews can be tough on employees, but Pawel Brodzinski notes they're tough on managers too and offers five suggestions for how managers should approach these events to make them go easier for themselves. Yes, it's tongue in cheek!...
Festival of Stocks Beat the Market with Only 15 Minutes of Work per Year Project Stocks Chris Burress reviews research that finds that buying the Number 1 diversified equity fund in the past 12 months, holding it for one year and then selling it to buy the new Number 1 fund at that time would have beaten the stock market by a wide margin over the past 20 years.
Lead Optimize! Trust-Destroying Selling Trust Matters Charles H. Green relates an anecdote on how two different salesmen destroyed their respective companies' potential for future business with a customer through late-in-the-game manipulations for a single sale.
Personal Growth Carnival Corporate Fear and Performance Anxiety Trust Matters Charles H. Green comments upon a Harvard Business School professor's "discovery" that "fear is endemic in modern corporate life." Charles has written two very, very good posts this week, but this one is The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Real Estate Investing Subprime Mortgage Apocalypse Salt Lake Real Estate Blog Nigel Swaby has been accused of being overly optimistic regarding the economy, so imagine his surprise that billionaire Warren Buffett shares his views on the potential impact that the "subprime meltdown" will have on it.

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