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March 27, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, March 27, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where once again, we bring you the best money and business-related blog posts that we found in the past week's best money and business-related blog carnivals!

If there's a theme among the posts we selected for this week's edition, it's perverse incentives. Things like how closing down a credit card can actually lower your credit score. Or why measures implemented to control workers comp costs in California are actually driving the cost of workers comp up for employers in the Golden State. Or how the Democrat's proposals to expand health care to provide "universal" access by mandating it might instead drive primary care providers out of the business.

And best of all, how you can exploit a government program that allows you to buy U.S. dollar coins using your zero-interest APY for purchases credit card as a way to zero-out the interest on your existing high interest debt.

All these posts, and the rest of the best of the week that was, await you below!...

On the Moneyed Midways for March 27, 2009
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction How Do You Improve Your Credit Score When Credit Companies Close Your Account? Cash Money Life Patrick discusses how credit scores are determined in explaining how closing down a credit card account can actually lower your credit score.
Carnival of Personal Finance Should I Buy Pet Insurance? MyMoneyMinute Jason recently had a pet health emergency and does the math to work out if pet insurance is really worth what it costs.
Carnival of Real Estate The Death of a Real Estate Blog The Real Estate Tomato Jim Cronin considers when he should throw in the towel on his real estate blogging. Absolutely essential reading! because the logic applies to any activity.
Carnival of the Capitalists The Zombie Guide to Human Resources Inside Forty Should your company's hiring and firing practices resemble the plot to a zombie movie? James Archer's take on how the walking dead can influence your HR practices is Absolutely essential reading!
Cavalcade of Risk Comp Medical Managemenet: Study Profiles Runaway Costs, Weak Results The Sentinel Effect Richard Eskow reflects upon the findings of a study that reveals that perverse incentives to control costs that are really leading to runaway costs in California's workers' comp system.
Cavalcade of Risk Self-Reinforcing Negative Feedback Loops: A Simplistic Threat to Primary Care Disease Management Care Blog Jaan Siderov applies the lessons he learned from Paul Krugman's Depression Economics to Obama's proposed health care reforms to predict why they might cause local primary care practices in the U.S. to collapse. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Frugality I Don't Make Enough to Save Money Single Guy Money The Single Guy delivers a dose of reality to a friend who doesn't seem to get that her chronic lack of money has a great deal to do with her chronic lack of fiscal discipline and out-of-control spending habits!
Money Hacks Carnival Reduce Debt with a DIY Balance Transfer Five Cent Nickel Simply brilliant. Nickel explains how to create your own fee-free, zero-interest balance transfer for your high interest debt by exploiting the U.S. Mint's direct coin purchase program in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!

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