Welcome to the Curious Cat Investing, Economics and Personal Finance Carnival: find useful recent personal finance, investing and economics blog posts and articles. The carnival is published twice each month.
- India’s panel price crash could spark solar revolution – “In India, electricity from solar supplied to the grid has fallen to just 8.78 rupees per kilowatt-hour compared with 17 rupees for diesel.”
- Buffett Says Bonds Among Most Dangerous Assets on Inflation – “Over the past century these instruments have destroyed the purchasing power of investors in many countries, even as these holders continued to receive timely payments of interest and principal… Current rates… do not come close to offsetting the purchasing-power risk that investors assume.”
- How much should you save with each paycheck to reach retirement goals? – “For many, saving 10-15% will indeed be enough. If you find that you’re not currently on track for the retirement you envisioned, you can take steps now to change that.” [10-15% of income for retirement probably can be about right if you plan on working a standard 40-50 years and start adding close to 10% before you reach 30, and investment results are decent, and … and … and … Obviously if you don’t add at those levels starting earlier you will need to save more later. – John
- Why Spain’s Unemployed Are Heading For Germany – “Spain’s near-23 percent unemployment rate is driving highly educated people like Fuente and Sandino abroad by the tens of thousands. This year more people left Spain than moved there for the first time in more than a generation. And Germany’s a principal destination.”
- We Prefer Being Forced To Save – “Employers can do a number of things in addition to automatically enrolling employees and increasing their contributions amounts. They can make the websites easy to understand and be proactive about forcing the providers of the plans to make things less complicated. Even something so simple as having the retirement account website automatically bookmarked on work computers could go a long way.”
- Why Has the Baltic Dry Index Collapsed? by Steven Hansen – “just a small increase in the supply of ships can make a major difference in a very competitive marketplace. It makes the BDI an inoperative economic indicator, and one less tool which can be used as an economic metric.”
- Looking for higher dividend yields–and dividend growth? Here are three picks by Jim Jubak – “Pipeline master limited partnership Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP). The partnership paid $4.32 a unit in 2010 and $4.58 in 2011 and thanks to new pipelines serving the U.S. energy boom and the likely drop down of assets from general partner Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) acquisition of El Paso (EP), I think the partnership will see growing cash flows that it can pass through to unit holders.”
- 5 Big Car Buying Mistakes by David Weliver – “We ignore financing terms. This makes no sense: Fighting tooth and nail with a car salesman for three hours to get an extra $500 off the price, and then financing the car with no money down at 6.0% for four years at a cost of over $2,000.”
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