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


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.

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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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