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April 2, 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, April 2, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways! Each week, we scan the world of money and business-related blog carnivals to pick out the best posts in each, which we then present to you here to kick off your essential weekend reading.

This edition has something for everyone. From a professional acrobat who tries out being homeless for a day, to a single mother in bankruptcy acting to drop her satellite television service, to a study of how definitively Warren Buffett outperforms many market measures, to a blog carnival that's been effectively put up for sale, and even what happens when frugality is taken just one step too far!

And that doesn't even describe all we've found this week! The best posts we found in the week that was await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for April 2, 2010
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Carnival of Debt Reduction Breaking Up with Dish Network Miss Bankrupt No cable. No satellite. And oddly enough, Miss Bankrupt reports no withdrawal symptoms or bad feelings after doing away with her DTV, although she has come to the conclusion that she should be dating people and not utility companies.
Carnival of HR Why Corporate America Can't Build a Training Program Worth Squat Jason Seiden Jason Seiden exchanges employees for kids, quality training for vegetables and development programs for donuts in explaining what's wrong in using post-training surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of corporate training. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Personal Finance Customers Sue Banks for Compliance Hope to Prosper Bret finds a growing trend: bank customers suing their banks to compel them to stop playing games, whether it be for failing to modify mortgages or for milking overdraft fees. Update 4 April 2010: Sometime after we originally posted this edition of OMM on 2 April 2010, Bret's site decided to aggressively peddle an anti-spyware application, thus earning OMM's first-ever link termination. Fortunately, all the other posts featured in this edition of OMM more than make up for the loss, as they meet all our usual requirements for eligibility, plus our newly added requirement that the posts we consider ought not attempt to hijack our readers' web browsers for the sake of trying to push some bogus malware.
Carnival of Real Estate The Carnival of Real Estate Could Be in Your Hands Carnival of Real Estate How much is a blog carnival worth? The founders of the Carnival of Real Estate at Zillow are preparing to exit the management of the CoRE blog carnival to focus more on their core business, but are looking to keep the carnival alive, launching a contest whose winner will get to own it.
Festival of Frugality Frugality on a Whole New Level! Budgets Are Sexy How far will you go to keep from having to spend money? J. Money shares what strange events occurred when a friend opted to "double-pop" popcorn in the microwave at their office…
Festival of Stocks Just How Good Is Old Weezy (Warren Buffett)? Living in Volatility LivingInVol discusses why the Sharpe ratio is only really good for quick and dirty assessments and introduces the Omega ratio along the way to revealing just how effectively Warren Buffett has outperformed many "market-beating" strategies.
Carnival of Money Stories I Went Homeless So You Don't Have To Soul Acrobats Alvin Tam wanted to confront his fears of becoming homeless by living like a vagrant for a day in Las Vegas. His experience is The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Best of Money Lessons in Saving Money and Your Marriage from Tiger Woods Wealth Pilgrim A very close contender to being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!, which makes this post about you-know-who's midlife crisis Absolutely essential reading!

OMM's Running Index for 2010

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