The Motley Fool's CAPS investing service is a great way for investors to work together as a community to beat the market. One feature in CAPS allows users to set up a blog to exchange ideas about their picks, investing strategies, market views, or favorite football teams (if they so desire).

I've scoured the CAPS blog universe to bring you a generous helping of the top blog posts of the past week.

Trouble ahead -- a banker's perspective
We've heard a lot about the prospective fate of the housing market from floridabuilder -- a CAPS player intimately familiar with the homebuilding market. This week, though, we get an additional perspective from nuf2bdangrus, a CAPS player who claims to be a lender with a decade of experience, with a view from the eyes of bankers. I'll give you a preview: He's not bullish.

Why investing is like dieting
In a very Foolish blog post, TMFKmoney -- a Top Fool on CAPS -- delves into his investing style and how being a good investor is like successful dieting. One of my favorite lines from the post is: "I don't need to beat the market, I just need to avoid beating myself." Amen to that!

CAPSCenter: the passion of the Mansloth
Turning to the always exuberant TMFHollywoodDan, we get this week's installment of CAPSCenter. This week Dan visited the scorecard of CAPS All-Star mansloth, a sharpshooter in the biotech and pharma industries, who has corralled big gains in stocks like Align Technology, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY), and AMAG Pharmaceuticals.

Oh look, a falling knife!
I imagine there are few among us who haven't asked ourselves at least once over the past year whether there's a deal to be had among homebuilding stocks. For TMFTenacious it was Meritage Homes with its 0.5 tangible book value multiple and 0.4 revenue multiple. Others, such as Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV) and Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL), don't look much different by the numbers. Is there something there? Or will we get sliced for our trouble?

Skype & the tomato
In some rapid-fire coverage of recent news, TMFJoeInvestor manages to hit on eBay's (NASDAQ:EBAY) Skype slip, Heinz's (NYSE:HNZ) newer sweeter tomato, and the mystery behind Chevron's (NYSE:CVX) continued share buybacks.

Why housing bears are wrong
Stepping to the plate with the fifth part in his "Why housing bears are wrong" series, EScroogeJr argues that major frictional factors involved in the housing market will prevent many people from selling their homes at lower prices. In the post he cites both financial and psychological factors that he believes will keep housing prices from going into freefall.

Builder 101 -- all quiet on the Western Front
That's right, rounding it all out, floridabuilder is still going strong in his well-written, insightful series on the housing market and homebuilders (we're on part 16 of a promised 20 now). In this post, floridabuilder talks about the relatively quiet period we're going through now and whether we're coming to some light at the end of the tunnel -- or if it's yet another train headed straight for us.

Now it's your turn -- get off the sidelines, join CAPS, and start your own CAPS blog to share your knowledge and insights with the rest of the CAPS universe.

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