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December 6, 2008

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Saturday, December 6, 2008 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the only place on the web where you can catch up with the best posts from the best of the past week's money and business related blog carnivals!

We deliberately delayed this edition since we hosted the Cavalcade of Risk earlier this week! I know the big question that those who checked in there is "did the best post of the Cavalcade become The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere" or did it just turn out to be Absolutely essential reading!?"

Well, maybe it did, and maybe it didn't. Just scroll down to the best posts of the week that was to see for yourself!...

On the Moneyed Midways for December 6, 2008
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Carnival of Debt Reduction The Hidden Costs of Credit Protection DebtGoal Scott Crawford spotlights how credit insurance, or credit protection, really works and questions whether it's really worth the cost.
Carnival of Personal Finance Do You Need a Bailout? bripblap Steve at brip blap wields a pretty mean clue-by-four. Here's a quick sample of what to expect: "If you think someone is going to pay off your debt, or lose your weight for you, or fix your crappy job for you… you're wrong."
Carnival of Real Estate Is the Housing Market Performing "As Expected"? Rain City Guide Ardell DellaLoggia illustrates how housing prices actually move over time and explains how she uses that illustration to set realistic expectations with her clients.
Cavalcade of Risk Eight Reasons Why the Health Insurers Ar Agreeing to Community Rating & What It Means to Disease Management Disease Management Care Jaan Siderov explains why "Big Health Insurance" wants mandated health insurance coverage and spells out what the resulting impact could well be. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Frugality Extreme Christmas Shopping Ask Mr. Credit Card Mr. Credit Card plays all the angles in getting the best deals for keeping his Christmas shopping bills low. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks Quick Take: Net 1 UEPS Technologies (UEPS) MagicDiligence Well over half the people in the world live off-the-grid (no electricity, telephone, data access and perhaps banking systems), but UEPS Technologies' has a solution for making electronic payments the standard for transactions in these places. Steve reviews the company's prospects and finds them intriguing, but finds a lot of risk as well.
Money Hacks Carnival Let's Dance! Who Knows the "Bill Shuffle?" No Debt Plan Sometimes, the best insights are the most obvious - No Debt Plan discusses how to stop living paycheck to paycheck by establishing a budget and sticking to it.
Carnival of Money Stories Home Never Seemed So Sweet Economic Crunch Polly Poorhouse explains how she and her family came to live in the "house with the weird porches." The Best Post the Week, Anywhere!

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