I get a lot of "should I put money I'll need in ____ years in the market?" kind of questions. FMF at Free Money Finance gives some guidelines in 4 Rules for Asset Allocation.That's it for this week. Look around the Carnival, since there are a lot of articles that didn't "do it" for me, but might for you. After all, everybody's needs (and tastes) differ.
I'm a big fan of Ben Stein, so I'm glad to see this week has two "Stein" pieces-- nickel at fivecentnickel.com presents An Interview With Ben Stein, Part 1, while Jonathan at MyMoneyBlog has an review of Stein's book (with Phil DeMuth) Yes, You Can Time The Market!
JLP of AllThingsFinancial discusses the relative merits of Index Funds or ETFs.
Fred Fry at Fred Fry International tells us you should not be trading on margin. Good advice.
Dan Melson at Searchlight Crusade breaks down Annuities, Fixed and Variable.
Jeffrey Strain at Personal Finance Advice presents Guaranteed Double Digit Returns. He actually understates the returns, since they're tax-free.
Retire at 30 at gives us an introduction to Dollar Cost Averaging.
This Week's Carnival of Investing
This week's Carnival of Investing is up at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. For a young carnival, it has a pretty good information-to-fluff ratio. Here are eight of this week's offerings that were worth highlighting: