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December 11, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, December 11, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways! Each week, we review the best of the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals and find the best posts in each, which we then list here to kick off your essential weekend reading!

Are you a gambler or an investor? Did Fannie Mae just hose you if you're shopping for a house? What do managers who fear confrontation do with their non-performing employees? What might make so-called "good debt" be bad for you?

The answer to these questions, and the rest of the best posts of the week that was, are just a click away....

On the Moneyed Midways for December 11, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction How to Reduce Your Debt Significantly Without Tightening Your Belt Personal Finance Analyst David R. Lampsen's idea isn't revolutionary, but it can be effective: you change what you consume by replacing higher priced things you currently buy with less expensive substitutes. The real trick is to channel your savings toward reducing your debt or increasing your savings!
Carnival of HR The Cowardly Manager's Guide to Dealing with Poor Performers Great Leadership Got an employee who's not pulling their weight? Don't really want to confront them about the issue? Dan McCarthy lists 11 ways managers without guts handle the poor performers among their staffs in Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Personal Finance When Good Debt is Bad Modern Gal Student loans and mortgages have the reputation of being "good debt," but Elizabeth says that's not necessarily true. She asks the questions about these kinds of debts whose answer might put them in the "bad" category.
Carnival of Real Estate Getting a Loan Just Got Tougher: Fannie Mae Changes Debt to Income Ratio MyHomeHouston The team at MyHomeHouston reacts to Fannie Mae's dropping of the maximum allowable debt-to-income ratio a potential homebuyer must satisfy from 55% of their income to 45%, wondering if that change will make a recovery in U.S. housing markets less likely to gain traction.
Carnival of Taxes Should Someone Receiving Government Aid Give to Charity? My Life ROI MLR reacts to an angry letter written to a New York Times Magazine columnist condemning an individual's decision to donate 10% of his income received from unemployment compensation to his church.
Festival of Frugalilty No Costco Membership? Shopping at Costco Still Saves Money Digerati Life Julia Scott describes how membership isn't necessarily required to take advantage of the services the warehouse retailer provides!
Best of Money Are You a Gambler or Investor? Bullishness Soo-Young flow charts The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! in helping you determine whether you're investing or gambling. We love Question 1: "Is your position based on a rumor, hunch or Cramer recommendation?"

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