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Rob Carrick pulls together the best personal finance ideas of the week

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Carrick best reads: Is it time to scrap the seniors’ discount?

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

It’s time to scrap the seniors’ discount
A new report says seniors aren’t poor like they were in the 1960s and 1970s, and that means there’s no economic case for municipalities to offer them discounts on bus fares, fitness classes and even property taxes.

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Carrick best reads: This is Gen Y’s answer to expensive housing

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

This is Gen Y’s answer to expensive housing
Young adults are renting in the downtown core in some cities, leading to a process called youthification.

Ten money mistakes to avoid in your 20s
This is a U.S. list, so IRAs are mentioned instead of RRSPs. But there are some very good points here, including buying too much car and going into debt for a wedding.

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Carrick best reads: Eight things about the new family tax credit

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Eight things to know about the new family tax credit
A look at how this tax measure, announced last October, might affect your family.

Unleashing the dogs of the TSX
A look at a strategy of buying beaten down stocks, or those with the highest dividend yields. As a stock’s price falls, the yield rises.

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Carrick best reads: How to ratchet down risk in your retirement savings

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

How to ratchet down risk in your retirement savings
An extremely smart piece that argues for reducing the stock market risk in your retirement portfolio before a bear market slashes its value.

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Carrick best reads: I dare you not to touch your tax refund

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

I dare you not to touch your tax refund
A retirement blog for young adults challenges readers to save their tax refund instead of spending it.

McMansion wars come to Toronto
Neighbours fighting neighbours in the wealthy neighbourhood of Forest Hills over houses being torn down and rebuilt as McMansions.

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Carrick best reads: Retirement is a bankrupt industrial age idea

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Retirement is a bankrupt industrial age idea
There’s evidence that working past 65 keeps you happy and promotes longevity.

Canadians are in debt denial
This infographic suggests Canadians tend to overstate how responsible they are as borrowers.

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Carrick best reads: The stock market is no place for millennials

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The stock market is no place for millennials
An interesting take on what young adults should do with any money they have for investing. Spend it on self-improvement like training and leadership programs rather than putting it in the stock market.

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Carrick best reads: More people are cashing in their RRSPs early

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

More people are cashing in their RRSPs early
The number of people withdrawing money from registered retirement savings plans before retirement is on the rise, this Global News report says.

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Carrick best reads: What you need to know about CPP and OAS

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

What you need to know about CPP and OAS
A good rundown on how much retirement income you can expect to make from the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security if you take these benefits early, on time or you defer them.

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Carrick best reads: The top travel reward credit cards

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

These are the top travel reward credit cards
The GreedyRates.ca website picks top travel reward cards for 2015 in five different categories.

She’s 26 and still on her parents’ cellphone plan
A millennial writes here in defence of having her parents cover the cost of her cellphone.

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Carrick best reads: Eleven signs you might be broke

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Eleven signs you might be broke
Indicators that you’re in financial trouble.

For a happy retirement, have more sex
Sure, financial planning will help you live well after you retire. But there appears to be a relationship between happiness in retirement and frequency of sex, even after adjusting for health and finances.

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Carrick best reads: Renting? Here are Canada's cheap and expensive cities

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Renting? Here are the cheap and expensive cities
Montreal emerges as the screaming bargain in this infographic comparing rents in several Canadian communities.

Why married people need a secret slush fund
The author of a book called Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally thinks that having separate bank accounts makes sense.

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Carrick best reads: Is it ever a good idea to raid your RRSP?

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Is it ever a good idea to raid your RRSP?
This blog post says there are a few cases where it could make sense, but generally no.

How to live a happier financial life
Sensible, insightful parting words from the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Clements in his final Sunday column (he’ll still be writing for the Saturday WSJ).

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Carrick best reads: When taking a pay cut makes sense

ROB CARRICK

The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

When taking a pay cut makes sense
A blogger who has twice taken jobs with lower pay lists five cases where this type of move can work out well.

The frugalunatic’s guide to extreme saving
This list includes cutting your own hair, sleeping in airports instead of getting a hotel, swiping free condiments from restaurants and more.

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Carrick best reads: It’s OK to cheap out on these seven things

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

It’s OK to cheap out on these seven things
Groceries near the due date, dishes, children’s clothes and more.

The lowdown on low interest rates
Here’s some good perspective on low interest rates – they’ve been falling for 30 years and not just since the global financial crisis. The question is when do rates bounce off the bottom?

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Carrick best reads: Seven great U.S. cities for frugal foodies

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Seven great U.S. cities for frugal foodies
U.S. cities where your bucks go a long way in buying good food.

The kind of gross topic you must discuss before marrying
It’s money, which can be an awkward topic for people who are dating. In fact, a financial planner says money issues are a top source of tension in relationships.

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Carrick best reads: The sexiest financial habit is a bit of a shocker

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The sexiest financial habit is a bit of a shocker
According to a survey reported by Time’s Money website, it’s a strong commitment to budgeting. Now, doesn’t that make your Valentine’s Day gift shopping easier.

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Carrick best reads: Other people’s reno blunders

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Other people’s reno blunders
This will put a smile on your face – a photo gallery of hapless home reno jobs

Retirees feeling frisky, but also lonely
This list is billed as 10 things retirees won’t tell you. It’s a U.S.-focused article, so the perspective in some cases is different than it would be in Canada. But a lot of the issues apply to seniors anywhere.

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Carrick best reads: Maybe you just think you want to retire

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Maybe you just think you want to retire
Personal finance writer Jonathan Chevreau wonders if people of retirement age would do better with a mini-retirement or a sabbatical before getting back to work in one form or another.

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Carrick best reads: He made his 12 kids pay for college themselves

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

He made his 12 kids pay for college themselves
A dad writes about his tough but fair approach to raising his kids.

Teaching kids about money – we’re doing it wrong
Focus on teaching math and not on money, this Wall Street Journal article says.

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Carrick best reads: Why your tolerance for tipping may be slipping

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Why your tolerance for tipping may be slipping
The New York Times on the increasing pressure people face to pay big tips not only at restaurants, but also stores and cafes. We’re talking here about those buttons with default tips of 20 or 25 per cent and more.

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Carrick best reads: Gen Y on car ownership – we’ll pass

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Gen Y on car ownership – we’ll pass
Spirits were running high at the recent Detroit car show as a result of surging new car and truck sales. What people weren’t talking about, Maclean’s reports, is how Gen Y isn’t much interested in cars.

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Carrick best reads: Why you should buy a house near a Starbucks

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Why you should buy a house near a Starbucks
U.S. data shows houses located near a Starbucks outlet have appreciated more in value than those that are not.

Where millennials live like kings
It’s Buffalo, N.Y., where one young couple just bought a three bedroom house for $16,000 (U.S.). That’s part of the reason why the number of college grads living there has jumped by more than in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

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Carrick best reads: Check out this house porn

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Check out this house porn
It’s all very tasteful – a tour of early 20th century architectural styles in Toronto. I assume other cities have similar styles.

Location, location, location
You won’t find much content in this blog that originates from financial companies – their prime directive is to sell product, not make you savvier about money. However, this interactive tool from Royal Bank of Canada and a thinktank called the Pembina Institute is pretty cool. It uses the Toronto market to show how transportation costs should figure in your choice of where to live in a city.

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Carrick best reads: Need a house? Rent a mansion (with friends)

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Need a house? Rent a mansion
Read here about how a group of people in Vancouver solved their housing problem by renting a mansion. Split many ways, the average rent in this $5-million home comes to $750 per month.

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Carrick best reads: Imaginary girlfriends, just $25

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Imaginary girlfriends, just $25
Check out Invisible Girlfriend  - pay $25 and get text messages and photos that will make it look like you have a real girlfriend or boyfriend.

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Carrick best reads: Is renting really a $700,000 mistake?

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Renting – the $700,000 mistake
This story about the preference of U.S. millennials to rent rather than buy a home is presented to highlight the incomplete math that is often used to make a case for ownership. With today’s low rates, it’s said to be cheaper to buy in U.S. cities than rent, even with insurance and property taxes. Not mentioned are the upkeep, maintenance and improvement costs that owners must pay. I’ll be looking into the rent-ownership comparison in Canadian cities in an upcoming column.

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Carrick on money: Cruises are seriously gross

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Cruises are seriously gross
Stats here on the incidence of nasty gastro-intestinal disorders on cruise ships, as well as on shipboard fatalities.

Best ways to buy U.S. dollars and other foreign currencies
Top currency exchange options for travelers. Interesting to see ATMs and credit cards on this list.

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Carrick on money: Strange things happen to men in their 40s

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Strange things happen to men in their 40s
All about the things men buy when the passage of time starts to unnerve them.

His parents called him boring
This family is living a frugal lifestyle by having no TV or cable. Does that make them boring? The family members think so.

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Carrick on money: Thank you, emergency fund. You saved my cat

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Thank you, emergency fund. You saved my cat
A millennial blogger writes a thank you note to her emergency fund for covering a $2,000 emergency vet bill for her cat.

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Carrick on money: Mean girls in the retirement home

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Mean girls in the retirement home
A New York Times story about a 97-year-old woman who moved into an independent living facility and found it hard to break into the social cliques. High school revisited, in other words.

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Carrick on money: Why I’m happily renting and not owning

The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Why I’m happily renting and not owning
A blogger offers a mix of practical and whimsical reasons why she and her partner are cool with renting for the next few years.

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Carrick on money: The Top 25 countries to retire in, 2015 edition

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The Top 25 countries to retire in, 2015 edition
Latin American countries rule on this list produced by Forbes.

Meet the personal finance rule-breaker
A personal finance blogger writes about how he paid for a new car instead of buying used, rented instead of bought a home, didn’t save 10 per cent and more. In this follow-up, he writes about four more rules he broke.

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Carrick on money: The number that shows Canadian homes are overvalued

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The number that shows Canadian homes are overvalued
Look to the relationship between income and prices, this article from a CBC business commentator says. The traditional relationship is for properties to be about three times income. In Vancouver, the ratio is now around 10; in Toronto, seven.

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Carrick on money: What a million bucks buys you in housing

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

What a million bucks buys you in housing
Million-dollar homes in Vancouver vs. 25 other U.S. and Canadian cities.

Individual investors not as klutzy as advertised
This blog post says a widely quoted study on the behavior of retail investors exaggerates their tendency to make mistakes.

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Carrick on money: Your shiny new appliances are junk

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Your shiny new appliances are junk
CBC’s Marketplace TV show talks to a couple of repairmen about how today’s appliances aren’t made like they used to be.

You’re being played by the wedding industry
All about how department stores, jewelers, magazine publishers and wedding consultants push the idea of lavish weddings. “Prior to the mid-20th century, weddings of this ilk were the domain only of the wealthy,” it says here.

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Carrick on money: A warning to young Canadians about real estate

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

A warning to young Canadians about real estate
This blog post argues that young adults shouldn’t let their parents talk them into buying a house. Parents benefited from a long cycle of interest rate declines that boosted housing prices. As a result, houses are much more expensive than they used to be in relation to income.

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Carrick on money: He’s saving 10 per cent, but it’s not enough

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

He’s saving 10 per cent, but it’s not enough
A blogger figures he’ll need to save 20 per cent of net income to reach his goal of retiring in his 50s.

What a year without clothes did for me
A blogger called Mrs. Frugalwoods assures us she wore clothes in 2014, but she didn’t buy any. Here’s how her finances benefited.

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Carrick on money: Credit cards will be less rewarding in 2015

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Credit cards will be less rewarding in 2015
That’s a prediction from Patrick Sojka of the RewardsCanada website. He says here that card issuers will be less generous with rewards after bowing to pressure from the federal government to limit the interchange fees charged to retailers when a purchase is made on a credit card.

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Carrick on money: The three best things about being retired

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The three best thing about being retired
A retiree says it has taken him a few years to get the hang of retirement, but he’s now able to appreciate the benefits.

For those who need retirement saving motivation
Here are 10 reasons to get moving.

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Carrick on money: Are you house rich, but cash poor?

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Are you house rich, but cash poor?
A financial adviser has clients with valuable homes but under-fed retirement plans. This prompts him to look at the idea of selling the house, investing the proceeds and renting. Read here to see what he found.

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Carrick on money: Best value travel destinations for 2015

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Best value travel destinations for 2015
Tunisia, South Africa, Uruguay and more

Fifteen tips for frugal city living
A semi-serious list of ways you can save money while living in the city.

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Carrick on money: Five factors that will drive mortgage rates this year

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Five factors that will drive mortgage rates this year
A mortgage broker’s analysis of where borrowing costs will head in 2015. Bottom line, he sees downward pressure on rates.

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Carrick on money: The biggest threat to boomer retirement plans

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The best of the Web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The toughest threat to boomer retirement plans
It is a lack of support in the workplace for older workers who want to remain on the job, says this article from Time’s Money web page.

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Carrick on money: The big mortgage milestones of 2014

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The big mortgage milestones of 2014
This infographic highlights the year’s major mortgage developments. The numerous references to low rates and intense competition are a reminder of just how favourable the environment is for home owners right now.

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Carrick on money: A stealthy rule for becoming wealthy

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

A stealthy rule for becoming wealthy
It’s called the “ten times test” – before buying anything, make sure you have 10 times the amount you want to spend in savings.

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Carrick on money: How much to tip everyone, like your dog groomer

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

How much to tip everyone
Useful info at this time of the year.

Lies investors tell themselves
A nice collection of ways investors fool themselves. Well worth reading, even if you think you’re an investing pro.

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Carrick on money: Walk away from 2015 know-it-alls

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Walk away from 2015 know-it-alls
That’s the message from Burton Malkiel, highly respected author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He doesn’t have much time for year-end pronouncements on which markets will be up or down.

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Carrick on money: Let’s all calm down about over-valued housing

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Let’s all calm down about over-valued housing
A mortgage broker with a banking background says too much is being made of a Bank of Canada analysis of valuation in the housing market.

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Carrick on money: The super frugalistic guide to the holidays

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

The super frugalistic guide to the holidays
A blogger admits here he and his wife have been wasting money the past couple of years and, as a result, won’t be giving each other presents this Christmas.

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