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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.
Please enjoy and stop by my blog on my non-carnival days as well.
Congrats to our 3 winners this month! Listed below are the rest of this month’s spectacular passive investing articles!
Jon the Saver presents Rick Ferri and Passive Investing posted at FreeMoneyWisdom.com
Mike Piper presents Investing Life Insurance Proceeds posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “How would you invest a portfolio if you were expecting to need to withdraw from it for potentially 50 years or more?”
Gyutae presents What Is Asset Allocation and Stock Investment Diversification? posted at Money Crashers.
FMF presents Free Money Finance: Not All Index Funds Are the Same posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “One thing to remember when investing in index funds: not all of them are the same.”
BankMan presents Are Online Brokerages a Good Deal? posted at High Yield Savings Accounts, saying, “Are online brokerages a good deal for cheap mutual fund trades, or do they skimp on the features you need most to make informed investing decisions?”
Ryan @ CML presents Investing Lessons From Warren Buffett posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “Warren Buffett is one of the world’s greatest investors. Find out some of his best investing tips in this article.”
Note from Jacob – Even though doing what Buffett did (investing in individual stocks) is against the tenets of this carnival, we can learn some valuable lessons about employing a contrarian style of investing when we need to rebalance our portfolios to purchase more shares of equity index mutual funds when markets go down.
Probability of having your identity stolen – 1 in 200 (So, pretty likely!)
Jim Yih presents Understanding Index Linked GIC Products posted at Retire Happy Blog, saying, “There is a new breed of GIC (Canadian investment instrument) products that continue to guarantee your capital from losing money but provide some variability in terms of your investment return. These products are commonly known as index-linked GICs.”
Boomer presents How To Invest Your Money: Part Four – Building Your Portfolio posted at Boomer & Echo, saying, “The main focus of this series of articles is to discuss the psychology of investing, how to get started, finding your strategy, and building your portfolio.”
Note from Jacob – Before deciding to buy a house completely with cash, it’s important to consider your overall asset allocation. This article gives some great insight in to this decision.
Note from Jacob – CDs can be a valuable tool for housing the cash portion of your asset allocation in your overall passive investing strategy.
Probability of being on a plane with a drunk pilot – 1 in 117 (Scary! I hope this one isn’t true!)
Hemant Beniwal presents Bond Fund – Complete Guide posted at mutualfundlab.com.
Probability of being considered “possessed by Satan” – 1 in 7000 (uh, OK…? haha)
And, if you are a serious passive investing nerd like me, you might enjoy the following articles on Passive Investing that I came across on Get Rich Slowly and Free Money Finance while reading through this month’s submissions.
Improve Your Investment Returns with Vanguard’s Admiral Shares – Free Money Finance
The Beauty of Index Funds – Free Money Finance
Well – that concludes this month’s edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition (scheduled for March 31st) of Carnival of Passive Investing using our handy carnival submission form
The top editor’s pick of the March 31st, 2011 Carnival of Passive Investing will receive a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.
March’s Carnival will be our first “guest-hosted” edition of the Carnival of Passive Investing. Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog has been kind enough to volunteer to host!
If you are interested in hosting an upcoming edition of the Carnival, take a quick look at the hosting requirements, and then contact me with your preferred open slot in the hosting schedule.
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