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August 15, 2008

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, August 15, 2008 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's only weekly review of the best posts found in the best of the past week's money and business-related blog carnivals!

How will you respond when the roaches invade? Why does the devil think it's a good idea to charge patrons a dollar to use a public restroom - and why would only charging a quarter be more evil? Could diversifying into just 15 stocks be a better investment strategy than diversifying into 150?

These are just a few of the questions asked by the authors of this week's top selections from among all the blog carnivals we surveyed - those posts, and the rest of the best posts from the week are waiting for you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for August 15, 2008
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Order of Debt Repayment My Debt Blog If you owe money, who should you pay off first? Jim organizes a strategy based upon the potential nastiness of those to whom you might owe the money, but we can't help note that the list is organized so debts covering depreciating assets come before assets that appreciate.
Carnival of Personal Finance Taste the Rainbow… Globally Thornton Wealth Management Russ Thornton uses "Skittles" charts to demonstrate why diversification into non-U.S. stock markets might be a very smart thing to do for your portfolio.
Carnival of Real Estate 3 Bogus Real Estate Statistics - Know Them Or Be Burned By Them Really Better Real Estate Joe Manausa has a bone to pick with the National Association of Realtors and bad real estate agents on the numbers they throw around at clients! Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Taxes How to Choose an Accountant The Business Lounge Ian Cunningham provides sound advice for how to go about selecting an accountant. His advice is oriented for the U.K., but much of it translates to other parts of the world!
Cavalcade of Risk Consider the Total Cost of Jerks to Your Organization Risk Management for the 21st Century How much does bad behavior by either employees or the boss cost a business? Nancy Germond considers the costs and the steps several large companies are taking to avoid jerk-driven expenses in Absolutely essential reading!
Cavalcade of Risk Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Is Secondary Coverage?! Blueprint for Financial Prosperity Jim reads the fine print for auto rental insurance from a major credit card issuer and discovers that it doesn't cover what he thought it did!
Festival of Stocks 150 Stocks - The Secret to Proper Diversification? Qovax Ye is unimpressed by the story of Anurag Gupta, an average investor who beat the stock market with his 150 stock portfolio, arguing that he could have done better with a diversified portfolio of 15 stocks of companies he knows better!
Money Hacks Carnival How to Kill Roaches and Get Rid of a Home Cockroach Invasion Money Blue Book There are problems we normally just talk about, and then there are problems that you have to do something about. Raymond relates how he dealt with a roach invasion in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Money Stories Paying $1 to Use Public Bathrooms Is Good. Paying 25c Is Bad Budgets Are Sexy J. Money says it might make sense to turn your business' public facilities into a serious profit center. We think J. Money is the devil.

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