Welcome to the Curious Cat Investing and Economics Carnival: we highlight recent personal finance, investing and economics blog posts we found interesting.
- 5 Financial Milestones to Aim for By Age 30 – 1. Contribute to a Roth and a Traditional IRA… 2. Build Six Months Worth of Expenses in your Emergency Fund… 3. Make the Credit Card Companies Hate You…
- USA again the leading manufacturing country, data of the Largest Manufacturing Countries in 2008 by John Hunter – The USA’s share of the manufacturing output, of the countries that manufactured over $185 billion in 2008, 28% in 1990, 28% in 1995, 32% in 2000, 28% in 2005… 24% in 2008. China’s share has grown from 4% in 1990… 10% in 2000… to 18% in 2008.
- Afraid to stay in but scared to get out? Join the club by James Jubak – “If you have to keep $60,000 in cash so that you can sleep at night knowing that you’ve got your financial bases cover, then the loss of a potential gain on that money is, in my book, worth it. I’ve sold into this rally to sock away my kids’ tuition for 2010 and my 2010 tax payment.”
- Invented, Completely New Meaning of the “Invisible Hand” by Gavin Kennedy – “In fact, Stigler explicitly criticises ‘legends’ of the ‘naïve doctrine’ that Smith should be associated with notions that ‘whenever a person seeks to serve his own ends, he invariably serves the ends of society’.”
- The Quiet Danger of Non-Inflation-Adjusted Stock Returns by Stephen Dubner – “the ‘real-real’ value of stocks does make you appreciate how so many people got so jazzed about the spike in housing prices over the last decade: it’’ exciting to see inflation working in your favor day after day…”
- Think You Don’t Need Health Insurance? Think Again – “Very bad medical problems can and do happen to many of us – maybe even you. Those very bad medical problems can be very expensive and potentially ruin one’s financial future if they do not have adequate health insurance.”
- Don’t Be Suckered By Stock Market Rally In 2010 – “For those who do not want to invest, it is best to save up your money and wait for better opportunities since valuations are high right now… I suggest fixed deposits as the best option to preserve your principal.”
- Resolving U.S. Indebtedness: Various Scenarios by Arnold Kling – “Some major technologies, probably either wet or dry nanotech, produce so much economic growth that the ratio of debt to GDP stays under control. I give this a 20 percent chance… Inflate away the debt with moderate inflation… I gives this a 15 percent chance….”