Learn The Basics of Investing – Edition #197 of Carnival of Personal Finance

by Mike Holman

Learning about investing and money management is the key to handling your own money. Whether it’s buying mutual funds or individual stocks or just keeping track of your bank accounts. YOU have to know what is going on and YOU have to take responsibility for everything that happens to you financially.  This carnival’s theme is basic investment topics – each section will cover a different (almost random you might say) investment topic or product.

If you want to learn more about the basics of investment then check out my other blog ABCs of Investment – Learn the basics of investing with 2 short posts per week.

asset allocation

Asset allocation – One of the most important concepts when dealing with your money.  Do you roll the dice with all equities or play if safe with high interest bank accounts.

Here are the ‘asset allocation’ picks – otherwise known as the editor’s picks:

stock market index

Stock market index – Do you really know what a stock market index is? It’s important.

index funds

Index funds – These investment products are the cornerstone of an successful investing strategy – find out what they are!

exchange traded funds

Exchange traded funds – A distant cousin to the index fund, they too are worthy of a look.

financial planning goals

Setting financial goals – It’s hard to get somewhere if you don’t know where “somewhere” is.


Recession – Not that we are in one or anything but a bit of knowledge of economic events can go a long way.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mfd

Thanks for hosting the Carnival FP.

2 makingourway

Great organization of the different posts. Thanks for including me. Regards, makingourway

3 the weakonomist

woot, I’m at the top! Thanks for hosting!!!


Awesome carnival! Thanks for the hard work and the inclusion as an Editor’s Pick!

5 Funny about Money

Thanks for hosting! Great job–nice layout. Thanks for including Funny’s question about the worst financial mistake we escaped. :-)


Holy Toledo! Your eyes must be tired from looking at the screen for so long! Thanks for the hard work…

7 Penelope @ Pecuniarities

Thanks for hosting and for including my post (on helping businesses keep costs down).

Nice theme and pics, too; I really need to learn the basics of investing about which I know absolutely nothing!


8 Curt

Excellent carnical. Thanks for including by article.

9 BP

Thanks for including my post in this weeks carnival (twice). Including my rap in the featured article at Budgets are Sexy.

Great work!

10 Jeff@StretchyDollar

Thanks for the link – looks like a great carnival!

11 Mr. CC

Thank you very much for including my article in this carnival. One of the best carnivals I have ever seen.

Mr. CC

12 Flexo

Thanks for hosting!

13 Patrick

Thanks for hosting! :)

14 Dividend Growth Investor


Thanks a lot for the great work you’ve done hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance.

Best Regards,

Dividend Growth Investor

15 Monroe on a Budget

Thanks for listing me. I haven’t sent out a carnival post in awhile. Nice to see you all again.

16 Wojciech Kulicki

Thanks for hosting and including my article!

17 Do You Dave Ramsey?

My first blog Carnival! Thanks for allowing me to participate.

Clearly lots of work went into this and the results are stellar!


18 Green Panda

Great hosting such a large carnival.

19 Dividends4Life

Thanks for hosting this week and including my article on Intel.

Best Wishes,

20 Greener Pastures

Thanks for including my article Learn About Yourself With 100 Free On-Line Tests and Quizzes.

Also, thanks for all of your hard work compiling the carnival! I love the Monopoly money and Scrabble shots!

21 Jason @ MyMoneyMinute

4P – Thanks for the Editor’s Choice pick, and nice work on the Carnival. That’s a lot of entries, which means a lot of time spent. Thanks again!

22 J. Money

Word up, G. Thx for the special pick!

23 Mike

Very nice work! I updated my post to link back here.

24 Darwin's Finance

Hey, thanks for the mention; I just saw today that Costco, Walmart and some others are floating an idea to lessen the blow to us business on this card check thing. Will be interesting to see if the impact is as bad for US Business as they’re forecasting if it goes through!

25 My Life ROI

Thanks for the include 4P

26 nancy (aka money coach)

wow – that’s an awesome list, @fourpillars! I’ll tweet it and facebook it not to mention poke around myself. I plan to invest more heavily than usual this year, so I’m always up for a refresher.

27 Ray

Thanks for hosting this week Mike, great job!

28 RC@Thinkyourwaytowealth

Great job with the carnival, thanks for including my post!

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