Money Hacks Carnival #60: The File Your Tax Return Edition

by Junior Boomer on April 15, 2009


Welcome to the 60th edition of Money Hackers Carnival.  Being on April 15th, what not more fitting than making it The File Your Tax Return Edition. Be sure to file your taxes or else face the wrath of the IRS.

A Little Housekeeping:

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Editor’s Picks

First, I have to mention the only three tax posts that were submitted in honor of the “Tax Return Edition”:

And the rest of the editor picks:



Debt & Credit




Frugality & Saving Money




  • Walter W. Fouse presents 7 Ways to Pick the Best Noload Mutual Funds and ETFs posted at Best No Load Funds, saying, “The vast body of investment research studies show that there really are better approaches to buying and owning mutual funds and ETFs. You do not need to frantically chase fund performance. Performance chasing simply does not work.”
  • Tallahassee Real Estate presents How To Make An Offer In Today’s Real Estate Market posted at Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, saying, “Regardless of who is receiving the offer, there is a definite plan one should follow if attaining the property at the best price is the primary goal. Too often, I see buyers and agents alike making amateurish mistakes that end up costing them the home that they wanted to buy.”
  • Richard M. Rothschild presents The Top 14 Low Cost Taxable United States Bond Mutual Funds (Low Minimum Deposit) posted at Bond Market Index Funds, saying, “The top 14 low cost taxable US fixed income funds with a $10,000 or lower initial deposit. Low investment management fees are very important with fixed income funds. Simply put, if you pay higher bond mutual fund fees, then these bond management expenses tend just to be a deadweight loss to you. When you pay more in bond mutual fund fees, you are just wasting your money.”
  • Stock Trading Brokers presents SEC Considers Proposal for Uptick Rule posted at Stock Trading Brokers, saying, “Bring back the uptick rule. There was actually no harm done when it was there. When it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Now that people have shed light on it, of course there are criticisms.”
  • Dividends4Life presents 10 Dividend Stocks That Excelled In March posted at Dividends Value, saying, “For many investors, the glass is always half full. Even in the darkest of times, they always see the bottom just around the corner and it really doesn’t take much good news to get them into the buying mood. The month of March provided those investors with a lot to celebrate, and they did!”
  • Dan at Everydayfinance presents Best CD Yields in April 2009 posted at Everyday Finance, saying, “This article shares the highest current CD yields available from around the country, including special offers.”
  • Darwin presents Colombia ETF – A Return to Supercharged Frontier Market Returns? posted at Darwin’s Finance, saying, “This review of a newly launched Colombia ETF considers whether the 2000%+ returns we saw in Colombia’s only US-traded ADR are a predictor of the broader ETF performance when the global economy recovers.
  • Ripe Trade presents Ripe Trade: Leveraged and inverse ETF pitfalls posted at Ripe Trade, saying, “This post explains the underperformance of leveraged and inverse ETFs because they are designed to track the underlying index based on a 1 day performance, these ETF’s wont track well over longer periods of time.”
  • J. Savings presents Brokerage Roth IRA’s are where it’s at baby! Yesirrr… posted at Budgets are Sexy., saying, “Wanna pick up cheap stocks and afraid you’ll start day trading? Check out a Brokerage Roth IRA!”
  • Investing School presents Etrade vs Tradeking vs Zecco – Trading Commissions Comparison posted at Investing School, saying, “Have you written Etrade off just because the commissions are higher? Is Zecco or TradeKing better? This takes a look at these three stock brokers on a fees comparison.”
  • Dorian Wales presents Stock Surges Are Usually Unexpected – How To Make Sure You Won’t Miss Out posted at The Personal Financier, saying, “Historical market data explains why many investors, including myself, missed on the recent surge in stock prices”
  • The Smarter Wallet presents S & P Index and Crude Oil Market Trends: Next Steps? posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”
  • Summer Munyon presents How To Construct A Well-Written Real Estate Offer posted at Really Better Real Estate, saying, “This weekend I received a text from a friend whose Tallahassee home I recently sold. She plans to place an offer on a home in TX this weekend and wanted to know the binder amount that she should place on the home. Literally, the text states that the list price is $350,000. She plans to make an offer of $300,000, and how much binder should she offer? Unfortunately, it’s far more complicated than a numeric reply with the “send” button.”
  • VC presents When Will The Economy Turn? posted at The Penny Daily, saying, “What direction is the economy going in? This article discusses how you can tell if the economy has been past the worst or not.”



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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrick April 15, 2009 at 6:31 am

Thanks for hosting and for the editor’s choice! :)

Independent Beginnings April 15, 2009 at 8:17 am

Thanks for hosting and including my post! Great article!

Chris Holdheide April 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

Awsome carnival this week. Thanks for adding my post as well. My article about an overseas scam going on by a company called Milton Hayward was brought to my attention by a reader of mine who had been ripped off by these people. Check it out and and leave a comment on it if you have any information about this scam. Their is little to no information about this scam out their so any info will be helpful.
Also I will definatly give you a good stumble and sign up for your RSS as well.


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Monitor Bank Rates April 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

Great editor’s picks and thanks for including us!

FFB April 15, 2009 at 11:41 am

Love the Tax Break pic! Gotta get one of those for my little tax break to be. Thanks for hosting!

MLR April 15, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Thanks much for the inclusion and the work.

If any readers miss filing for an extension they can’t blame the PF blogosphere… that’s for sure! :p

Pinyo April 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Thank you for hosting J Boomer, and thanks for including my article. I second the good work on Tax Break pic.

RipeTrade April 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Great compilation of links. Thanks for the effort.

The Digerati Life April 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Thanks, great carnival! :)

Mike April 16, 2009 at 12:38 am

Thanks for hosting this massive carnival!

Budgets are Sexy April 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

That baby shirt is AWESOME! i love it. thanks for hosting!

Jason Unger April 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Thanks for hosting the carnival! Great work.

MoneyEnergy April 18, 2009 at 12:28 am

Thanks for putting this together….and for including my article. Alot of great new blogs in here I need to check out.

Also, I’d like to invite you (and everyone!) to submit an article for the new Carnival of Cashflow Consciousness, which I’ve just started – email me your link and see my post on it for details (or on twitter).

TStrump April 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for hosting and including me!

PT Money April 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Hey, I’m honored to be an editor’s pick. Nice work on the carnival!

Mark Thompson October 28, 2009 at 1:40 am

Regarding Milton Hayward. I have just started to try and track them. I am advised to go through the banking route to see whether the accounts have been closed yet, and where the company was registered initially. Like your other victim, I googled the company before investing, and the directors, and it all seemed to check out. I have kept all the e-mails and account details etc, but I think my money is down someones drain. The main name was John Cannon, who still appears in a google search appointed by Milton Hayward etc to specialise in gold investments! Web site etc now no trace. Mark

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