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Nerdy Finance #13

Oct. 26, 2012
Personal Finance
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We’re closing out October with this edition of Nerdy Finance. Thanks for submitting, and see you next week for a brand new month of good finance reads!

The Submissions

Nick at My Dollar Plan tells us How to Use Snowball Debt Reduction to Pay Off Credit Cards – We’ve posted about the snowball debt reduction method before. Now, Nick reviews the basics.

Pierre at Intelligent Speculator wrote Adding Real Estate To My Passive Income Flows about how to add real estate to your portfolio. He lists the pros and cons of buying REITs, buying real estate on your own and buying real estate with partner(s).

Roger Wohlner at The Chicago Financial Planner submitted Mutual Funds – Are “Family Values” Important? – He says, “Over the years, I’ve been asked whether there is a mutual fund family (or families) that I prefer. [Generally,] I choose mutual funds and ETFs based on screening and their fit in a particular client portfolio. This is absolutely true, but there are families that I do tend to use more than others.” Find out what they are here.

Infinite Banker at Becoming Your Own Bank submitted Dividend Paying Whole Life Insurance – It’s a whole life insurance policy that has cash value and pays dividends. What advantages could it have for you?

John S at Frugal Rules tells us Why We All Should Care About High Frequency Trading, weighing the pros and cons of HFT.

Kerry at Frugal City Girl submitted Hampton Court Palace: What Henry the Eighth’s Bachelor Pad Taught Me About Minimalist Living – She asks, “What can a Tudor king’s palace show modern visitors about minimalism and a frugal lifestyle? With this entertaining piece, Kerry reminds us to spend money for the right reasons.

Glen Craig at Free From Broke wrote Using a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund – Pros and Cons – Using a Roth IRA as an emergency fund isn’t recommended, Glen says, but has its pros, along with its cons. Find out whether it’s a worth a try.

Free Money Finance wrote Checking Out Annuities – The pros and cons of immediate annuities are detailed, and a resource for learning about your options is provided.

The Other Guy at Average Joe’s Money Blog tells us How I Saved 35% on My Walt Disney World Vacation – A little planning saved this guy’s family a lot of money on their recent trip to Mickey’s house.