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January 25, 2008

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, January 25, 2008 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, featuring the best posts from best of the past week's major business and money-related blog carnivals!

The big news this week is that the venerable Carnival of the Capitalists, the second oldest blog carnival and the only one with continuous editions since being founded, has unveiled its new format! The CotC now focuses much more strongly on the quality of the contributed posts while sliding into its new permanent home at Jay Solo's bizosphere.com. As an additional bonus, the new version of the CotC is also willing to pull occasional articles from well-established media outlets that might be considered exceptional - as it does this week with an article on the most and least profitable businesses for an entrepreneur to launch from Forbes.

We should also note that the Carnival of Small Business Issues, which had no edition this week, is also going to go through its own reboot cycle, promising to differentiate the CoSBI from all the other blog carnivals out there.

As for us here at OMM, we're going to keep bringing you the best posts we find in the best of the blogosphere's business and money-related blog carnivals from the past week. We figure that's why you're here, so let's get right to it!

On the Moneyed Midways for January 25, 2008
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Carnival of Debt Reduction Do Not Fall for Rent to Buy Mortgage Loan Schemes 2MortgageLoanCalculator.com There are four reasons why renters should avoid "rent to buy" offers: the non-refundable option deposit, if you choose not to buy you lose your "equity", you'll end up paying higher rent than you might otherwise, and you have to wait to buy until the purchase option time arrives.
Carnival of HR Proposed Microsoft Package Would Take Employee Monitoring to a New Level WorkplaceHorizons.com What evil hath Microsoft wrought, now?! Richard Hankins reveals that a 2007 patent by Microsoft for monitoring an individual's health condition using the technologicial devices in their office could open the door to extreme levels of personal scrutiny by their employer.
Carnival of Money Stories Carnival of Money Stories: Bedtime Story Edition Plonkee Money Themed blog carnivals are hard to execute, especially those that attempt to weave regular carnival contributions into a readable story. Plonkee has pulled it off, producing a story that you could read to your children (or perhaps that a British parent could read to theirs) while providing just enough relevant information to decide whether or not following the contributed links might be worthwhile. And who knew people actually blog about goats?!
Carnival of Personal Finance Lessons Learned from the Used Forklift Me vs. Debt Amanda's work recently bought a used forklift via Ebay, which provided the opportunity to learn how to get the most out of the stuff you own or the things you can salvage. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Real Estate Fast Equity? Think Commercial Real Estate Investing, with Tony John Just because the market for real estate has turned downward doesn't mean real estate investors still aren't looking to make money. Tony John provides insight into the kind of deals that the landed investor set is seeking to make today.
Carnival of the Capitalists How to Manage a Deadbeat Employee About.com: Human Resources How do you deal with an employee who's not really cutting it? Susan Heathfield looks at the impact of having a deadbeat on the payroll, considers your responsibility as a manager and discusses how to approach the deadbeat employee and what to do next to turn their barely marginal performance into solid performance.
Festival of Frugality Can I Live Without a Microwave? Stop the Ride! Stephanie finds that it's not so much whether she could, but rather, does she want to? Especially after going through three microwave ovens in just three years….
Festival of Stocks Reliance Power: An Indian IPO Living Off Dividends Indian energy company Reliance Power (RELFF) just went public on the Bombay Stock Exchange, but the enthusiasm for the stock is reminscent of that for Enron in 1999, making Living Off Dividends' fan of passive investing think it might be better to sell short.
Odysseus Medal Theology, Postmodernism, and a Different Kind of Buyer Blue Collar Agents Trevor Smith on what homebuyers are looking for from their agents today that they weren't seeking before. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!

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