Competitors in the Go Banking Rates 2012 Personal Finance Olympics have worked hard these last two weeks, submitting their best articles and garnering votes from fans of their work. We would like to thank everyone for participating — there were some really impressive entries!
Of course, all this hard work has especially paid off for a lucky few, who have placed as finalists in the PF Olympics and will now compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals (and some serious cash!).
Who Are the Finalists?
Originally, the rules stipulated that the three writers in each category who received the most votes would move on to the finals. However, because a couple of blogs/writers won in multiple categories, and the vote numbers are so incredibly close, the PF Olympics Committee has deliberated and decided to let all 4th place participants compete in the finals as well!
Strategies for Getting Out of Debt
- Donna Freedman
- Jenny — The Jenny Pincher
- Tom — Canadian Finance Blog
- Maria — The Money Principle
Cutting-Edge Banking Technology
- Ryan — Planwise
- Miranda — Planting Money Seeds
- Ilyce — Equifax Blog
- One Frugal Girl
Best Ways to Earn and Save Money
- Donna Freedman
- Josh — CoverHound
- Tracie — Penny Pinchin’ Mom
- Jim — Retire Happy
Approaches to Building and Using Credit
- Diane — Equifax Blog
- Scott — One Smart Dollar
- Randy — Daily Dollar
- Nathan W. Morris
What Happens Next?
Finalists have one week to write an original article addressing the final topic below (writers who placed in more than one category will only submit one article in the finals). Finals submissions will be published on August 6th, and the final round of voting will take place from 8/6 to 8/12. Note: It will be possible to vote again each day!
The three writers with the most votes at the end of the finals will be our gold, silver and bronze medalists. However, we won’t be announcing who won until the Official Medal Ceremony during FinCon12.
So What’s the Final Topic?
Finalists: Please submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org addressing the following topic by August 5th:
What is the one financial “golden rule” that you’ve since abandoned in our post-recession economy?
The financial crisis of 2007 and resulting recession have significantly changed the way we earn, save, spend and invest our money. Is there a long-standing financial belief or practice that no longer holds true in this economy? What has changed and why?
Congratulations to Diane, Scott, Randy, Nathan, Donna, Jenny, Tom, Maria, Josh, Tracie, Jim, Ryan, Miranda, Ilyce and Frugal Girl — and good luck!