Carnival of Passive Investing # 2 – Jim Cramer Rants Edition – January 31, 2011

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Welcome to the January 31, 2011 (only the 2nd ever!) edition of Carnival of Passive Investing – a monthly collection of the best and most intelligent passive investing strategy articles around the internet! Some people foolishly want to beat the market (want being the key word), but we just want to invest with it.

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 70-80% of investment “professionals.”
  • To create a community of passive investment bloggers to connect and share expertise.

The theme for this month’s Carnival is rants by Jim Cramer! As a passive investor, Jim Cramer is one of the people I most thoroughly enjoy disagreeing with and writing about. 

However, I completely respect the man for making people more aware and enthusiastic about finances. I love his show and books as well! Both are very entertaining to watch and read. I especially like when he bursts out in his rants!!! So, I’ve decided that today would be the perfect occasion to share some with you all!

Please enjoy and stop by my blog on my non-carnival days as well.

Listed below are this month’s top 3 editor’s picks! 

1. Craig presents A Better and Less Risky Way to Invest in Stocks posted at Free From Broke, saying, “Stocks provide great returns. There’s really only one thing wrong with this investment class. It’s the risk! Lots of middle-class people feel that they must invest in stocks to have any realistic hope of attaining a good retirement but live in fear of the stock crashes that can wipe out the accumulated savings of a lifetime in a few years. If only there were a better way!”

2. FIRE Getters presents Investing – The Mistake Of Timing The Market posted at FIRE Finance, saying, “We sometimes ponder and try to speculate the market. Basically we try to time the market to maximize our gains. Often we give up in despair! There are so many factors to be taken into account, volumes of information to be considered (not all of them are all reliable either) and finally there is a humongous number of unknown parameters that may influence the market! How on earth does one tackle all that?”

3. Barb Friedberg presents HELP, I’M CONFUSED ABOUT INVESTING, WHAT SHOULD I DO? posted at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance, saying, “Investors frequently wonder, should I get out of stocks because they are too risky, or stop investing in bonds, or avoid cash because the yields are too low? TB, my student, voiced concerns that I’ve encountered on investing forums and from countless friends and acquaintances.”

Jim Cramer – Bernanke, WAKE UP. THEY KNOW NOTHING!!!!!! (Go to 2:05 if you are short on time!)


Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents Want An Investment That Can Manage Itself? posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, “ETFs are investments that manage themselves. Some investors are moving to Exchange Traded Funds as more reliable and more dynamic investment options.”

Dan presents 7 Fresh ETF Launches for the New Year posted at ETF Base, saying, “There have been some great new ETF launches so far in 2011. Here’s a comprehensive review of 7 new ETFs across various asset classes and strategies.”

Financial Planning

Steve presents Finding the Best Retirement IRA Companies posted at 2008 Taxes, saying, “Moving money to a self-directed IRA can allow your investment funds to produce a better yield.”

Index Funds

Investor Junkie presents Vanguard Review posted at Investor Junkie.

FMF presents The Beauty of Index Funds posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “This post details why investors should love index funds.”

Jim Cramer – Bear Stearns is fine! Famous last words!


Mike Piper presents Does This Count as Market Timing? posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “People often ask whether a strategy “counts as market timing.” The name doesn’t matter though. All that matters is whether it’s a good idea.”

Alexander presents Build Passive Income with Dividend Stocks posted at Dividend Stocks, saying, “The ability to maximize money – without having to do a great deal of additional active work – is a concept that most people can cherish.”

Arjun Rudra presents Blending Global Macro Economic Research and Technical Analysis With Jason Priest, CFA posted at Investing Thesis, saying, “Blending Global Macro Economic Research and Technical Analysis With Jason Priest, CFA”

Jim Yih presents Dividends, Interest and Capital Gains posted at Retire Happy Blog, saying, “Dividends, interest and capital gains are the three amigos of taxable income sources and the tax aspects can have a dramatic impact on your income when employing your passive investing strategy.”

Michael Pruser presents Minimize Risk With LendingClub’s 60-Month Notes posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “Lending club is now offering investors a way to earn a return and gain exposure to the fixed income asset class, with less risk involved.”

Michael presents CNN Money’s 8 Least-Evil Banks posted at Consumerism Commentary, saying, “CNN recently surveyed America and found while most banks charge ridiculous fees, these banks don’t. These can definitely help provide a place to store your cash funds in building your passive investing strategy.

Jim Cramer Blow Up Trying to Explain Why Keeping Your Money in Bear Stearns – (I don’t envy him for having to answer that question!)


BIFS presents Our Stock Portfolio posted at Budgeting In the Fun Stuff, saying, “This is the full run down of our stock portfolio and the target date mutual funds our retirement accounts are squirreled away in.”

Well – 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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