1st Ever Carnival of Passive Investing – December 31, 2010 – Hittin’ The Open Road Again Edition

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Welcome to the 1st ever edition of the Carnival of Passive Investing!

As discussed in my introductory post for this carnival, the purpose of this carnival is two-fold:

  • To provide a forum to showcase articles and research in passive investing strategies (i.e. investing in ETFs, index mutual funds, etc. in such a way that one avoids employing active stock picking). By investing with the market, we are able to beat 70% of investment “professionals.”
  • To create a community of passive investment bloggers to connect and share expertise.
Considering that the Carnival is less than a week old, I am proud to report that there has been a very positive response thus far from the blogosphere!
The theme for this month’s Carnival is world travel! Below, you will find various images of some of the amazing places my family has had the privileged of seeing through the years. This theme is quite fitting since I am very excited about going to Chile next week for a family vacation! 
Please enjoy!
Listed below are this month’s top 3 editor’s picks! Congrats to Free Money Finance, PT Money, and Smart On Money for winning!
1) FMF presents The Active versus Passive Decision posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Why passive investing is a more reasonable approach to investing.”
2) PT presents Dividend Mutual Funds Provide Protection From Complete Losers posted at Prime Time Money, saying, “The basics of dividend paying mutual funds.”
3) Mr. Money Smarts presents 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Open A Roth IRA posted at Smart On Money, saying, “Why you should never open a Roth IRA.”

View from the Porch at Our Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – 2009

Listed below are the top picks of this month’s awesome passive investing articles in the various Carnival categories.

Financial Planning

Mike Piper presents shares some valuable tax considerations to keep in mind as we are executing our passive investing strategy in 2011 Tax Brackets: What Will Change and How Should We Plan for It? posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “After the passing of the new tax act, what is going to change in 2011, and how should we plan for that?”
Michael Pruser presents The Disappointing Status of Social Security posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “Social Security seems to be getting worse with each passing day but don’t lose hope yet!”

Me at Mont Blanc, France – 2008


FreeFromBroke presents Busting Common Investing Myths – A Tweetup With Motley Fool’s Tom Gardner and ShareBuilder’s Dan Greenshields posted at Free From Broke, saying, “I had the fortune to see Tom Gardner of The Motley Fool speak. One of his pieces of advice? Invest for the long run and control your emotions.”

Aussie presents Buying Shares posted at Australian Stock Market Blog, saying, “So you’ve managed to save a little extra money. You know that to make it grow you’ll need to consider some other investment options beyond term deposits and online savings accounts. You’ve heard that buying shares is one of the investment options you should consider – but what’s the next step? This article discusses how to get started if you want to buy shares as an investment.”

FIRE Getters presents Tax FREE Money Market Mutual Funds! posted at FIRE Finance, saying, “Most astute investors are aware of municipal mutual funds also known as MUNIs. These funds invest in term debts issued by various state and local governments. In general, dividends and gains from muni funds are exempt from federal as well as state taxes.”

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain – 2008

Personal Finance

Michael presents Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits posted at Consumerism Commentary, saying, “When filing your taxes this year, don’t forget to count the money you’ve deposited into your IRA!”
Sun presents Six Money Moves To Make Before Year End posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.
Highest CD Rates presents What is a Jumbo CD? posted at Highest CD Rates Info, saying, “A jumbo CD can be a safe place to earn some extra money on a large sum of money.”
That concludes this month’s edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Passive Investing using our handy carnival submission form.

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