Welcome to the Best of April 2008. Here you’ll find the best articles, posts, tools, resources and news about money, finance and investing from the past month.
News & Analysis
A New York Times’ article described the impact the subprime mortgage crisis is having on foreclosures in some areas, using this graph to depict the problem (click on graph to enlarge):
The Clinton’s released their tax returns through 2006, which show that they earned a cool $109 million. Here’s the breakdown from a WSJ article:
Unemployment hit new highs in recent times, rising to 5.1% as this chart depicts:
From Capitalism to Socialism: 101
I got this snippy comment the other day (I love snippy comments). I followed the link and found my way to The Wastrel Show. Very entertaining.
Check out this infographic to see the complexities of the auto industry.
Exchange books online for free.
This is definitely a post to bookmark if you’re looking to get rid of all the chemicals in your house and to save some money at the same time.
Here are some great money saving ideas for soon to be parents. And a belated congrats to Pinyo over at Moolanomy!
Handling My Finances in a Slow Economy
Most believe we are now in a recession, and Single Guy Money explains some of the steps he’s taking to weather the storm.
Having just purchased a MacBook Pro, I can really relate to this article, particularly the suggestion to buy a refurbished computer.
You can tell that spending less money has really been on the minds of the M-Network blogs. Here’s a great list of money saving tips, and yes, there really are 168 of them.
Money Tools & Resources
Rich Dad, Poor Dad–you either love him or. . . well, you don’t. Check out what Plonkee thought of the book.
Here’s a great way to evaluate your net worth.
Posted at Prosper’s blog, The Digerati gives us some great tips to climb out of debt.
Jim at Blueprint discusses a great tool for laddering CDs at ING Direct.
As a Vanguard fan and shareholder, this was a good tool to learn about.
Let me just say that I report the news, what you do with it is up to you. Here’s a dating service where you set the price you’d accept to go out with another for a cup of coffee.
Here’s another post on getting out of debt. Having control of your debt is critical to financial independence, so take note.
And while you’re climbing out of debt, you might as well build your first budget. JD talks about the 60% solution, which I read and followed years ago. It’s a great starting point if budgeting is new to you.
And then you can go right to building up your emergency fund.
Articles & Studies
I’ve mentioned snowflaking before, and it’s a must-read if you’re looking to tackle your debt. It represents one of the most important aspects of sound money management–recognize that the little things we do with our money, in the long run, determine whether we ever achieve financial independence.
Mrs. Micah asks a thought-provoking question about being middle class.
I laughed when I read this article. As some one who regularly uses credit cards and carries around quite a lot of credit, I always enjoy hearing a different perspective.
Making Money Online
If you make money online, whether blogging or something else, you’ll find these sites and articles of interest:
Cool Infographs is, well, cool. It’s a great site, and this article about pagerank is. . .cool.
I’ve mentioned Self Made Minds before, and it is a must-read. In this article they link to new WordPress theme by Revolution that is worth checking out.
I can only assume everybody online, whether they are interested in making money or not, reads Smashing Magazine. Here is another installment in a series of posts highlighting some of the best in blog design. They haven’t chosen The Dough Roller yet, and I am confident they never will.
Optimization Tips for Adsense
Here’s a great post on optimizing Adsense.