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May 26, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the May 26, 2007 Memorial Day Weekend edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's 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 money-related 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)

We're beginning to see a pattern in which blog carnivals are most worth reading each week, which we'll feature in an upcoming special edition of OMM. In the meantime, the best posts of the week that was await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for May 26, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Employee Benefits Leave It? Or Roll It Over? The Float Interlake Capital Management examines whether people should roll their 401(k) balances to an IRA when changing jobs or retiring, coming strongly down on the side of rolling them over.
Carnival of Fraud Dewey, Cheatham and How Trusted Advisor Your lawyer may be shafting you. Charles H. Green comments upon a piece that appears in the Wall Street Journal's law blog that suggests the legal industry's billing practices are crossing into unethical territory (and that those in the legal profession don't seem to have a problem with that!) Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Real Estate By Withholding the Secrets of the Mystical MLS System Are We Betraying the Home-Buyer's Interests? BloodhoundBlog Gregg Swann uncovers why the rules that govern the MLS have evolved the way they have and advocates for a major change that would eliminate the need for secrecy and really benefit the consumer.
Carnival of Shopping This Lazy Woman's Used Car Buying Method Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket Nobody enjoys the process of buying a used car, but Wenchypoo reveals how she gets the upper hand when negotiating!
Carnival of the Capitalists The 4 C's - The New Marketing Mix A New Marketing The 4 P's (Product, Price, Place and Promotion) have long dominated the practice of marketing, but Matt McDonald notes the appearance of a new paradigm: The 4 C's (Create, Connect, Correct and Cancel). Absolutely essential reading!
Cavalcade of Risk Workplace Disabilities Are on the Rise Worker's Comp Insider Unhealthy worker lifestyles and aging baby boomers are combining to threaten trouble for U.S. employers. Julie Ferguson looks at the magnitude of the problem and at how companies are adapting to keep ahead of the curve.
Festival of Frugality Common Myths About Traffic Tickets Broken Arrow The former police officer busts the commonly held myths about what motivates the police to write up so many traffic tickets and offers tips for staying on the right side of the law! Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Frugality Free Food! My Money and My Life The Story Girl shares how she cut her grocery bill by taking advantage of free food offers - perhaps some grandstanding politicians seeking to make headlines by feeding themselves only off the supplemental portion of the food stamp program should take note!
Festival of Stocks Is Early Release of Study Data to Doctors Unfair? BioHealth Investor Do doctors unfairly benefit from having early access to research data about new and upcoming drugs? Hisham Ayoub wonders if the release of these early results doesn't trip over insider trading regulations. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks Chasing 39% Profit a Year Interactive Investor Blog Richard Beddard reports on University of Durham's Keith Anderson's research into what might be described as the ultimate criteria in value investing: the "Naked PE Ratio!" Absolutely essential reading!
Personal Development Carnival Jack of All Trade vs Specialization Ultracrepidate Causalien balances specialization and generalization in a wide ranging, yet short post that provides unexpected insights into the nature of innovation and the benefits of networking. We feel this is The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!, but then again, we're partial to these topics, so we may be biased!
Personal Growth Carnival Why Reaching Your Goals Will Never Make You Happy Steve-Olson.com "Accomplishment isn't what you really want. It's a hoax" is the leading idea Steve introduces in identifying where happiness really resides.
Real Estate Investing How to Get Cash from a Previous Owner for Repairs MichaelEmilio.com South Florida Realtor Michael Emilio Rodriguez explains what steps a new homeowner needs to take if they find significant problems in their home after buying.
Small Business Issues Business Failure Business Advice Daily John van der Graaf and Ralph Blakely share the lessons they learned from their failures in running their small business - including learning how to "fire" their more overly-demanding clients!

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