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September 15, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this special Saturday, September 15, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's only collection of the top posts from this week's best business, economics, investing and otherwise money-related blog carnivals!

We're happy people this week! Normally, when we track down the blog carnivals we cover for each edition of OMM we use Blog Carnival as our primary tool for finding the past week's something-to-do-with-money-related blog carnivals. It gets the job done, but Blog Carnival's clumsy user interface, sluggish response times, and sporadically-updated listings of the most recent carnivals have caused us to grow to hate Blog Carnival.

What makes us happy this week is that we've found an alternative! Google's Advanced Blog Search makes the job of finding the most recent versions of the blog carnivals we scan to produce each edition of OMM a lot easier. It's not perfect, as we find a lot of scrolling is involved to find good results in a general search, but finally, there's competition out there with a new, highly useful product!

We realize we may be the only people using Google's Advanced Blog Search for this purpose right now, but hopefully, the people behind Blog Carnival will take this as a clear signal that they need to start some serious innovating to stay relevant.

And that's all our commentary this week! The best posts of the week that was await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for September 15, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Personal Finance Not Overpaying When Buying a Home Silicon Valley Real Estate Blog Steve Leung argues that the best way to avoid paying too much for a house is to read the signals being sent by your potential neighbors, and offers tips for negotiating a satisfactory deal.
Carnival of Real Estate Attn. Market Timers! The EXACT Best Day to Buy! Blog.FranklyRealty Frank Borges Llosa cuts through the real estate market noise and has, in our view, outlined an ideal method prospective home buyers can use when deciding when they should buy their next home.
Carnival of the Capitalists Insiders Tripping Over Each Other to Buy Trader's Narrative How should we read the signals being sent by company insiders with their recent stock trades? Babak examines the psychology of insiders in reading the tea leaves and what it might mean for the future of the stock market.
Carnival of the Recruiters What I Wish Recruiters Knew JibberJobber Jason Alba worked with a lot of recruiters in his job search after being laid off and describes what those in the business of hooking up job seekers with job providers really ought to be doing for their opportunity seeking clients. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Trust Why Social Networks Don't Work for Business Oracle AppsLab Paul Pedrazzi discusses why the concepts of Web 2.0 won't cut it when it comes the relationships needed in a business to get things done.
Cavalcade of Risk WSJ on the Dutch Health Care System Healthcare Economist The Dutch have begun implementing free market reforms to their national health care system. Jason Shafrin praises the elimination of centralized pricing and rationing, but worries over what type of basic health insurance will be mandatory and is concerned over the private insurer's lack of negotiating power.
Festival of Stocks S&P 500 Next Gen Volatility Model Results Neural Market Trends Tom Ott reports that the model he's developed to predict the direction of the S&P 500's Historical Volatility is achieving an accuracy between 60-70% (and shares a link to his results.)
Odysseus Medal (Real Estate) New You Can Use - Real Estate Is a Business BloodhoundBlog Kris Berg describes not just what it takes to achieve long term success in real estate, but in any business in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Small Business Issues The Powerful (and Addictive) Nature of Giving Millionaire Mommy Next Door The Millionaire Mommy Next Door is inspired by Oprah and former President Bill Clinton's highlighting of charitable donors on a recent show and enters the world of micro-financing third-world entrepreneurs through Kiva.

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