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

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Carrick on money: Avoid RRSPs in these five situations

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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.

Avoid RRSPs in these five situations
This article for advisers lays out several situations where contributing to a registered retirement savings plan doesn’t make sense.

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Carrick on money: No free lunch? No kidding

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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 negotiate a cheaper hotel room
Lots of useful suggestions here on how to pay less when booking a hotel room.

Affordable home upgrades
Some ideas in this blog post for inexpensive ways to spruce up your home, inside and out.

No free lunch? No kidding
All about the U.S. trend of parents buying expensive re-useable, non-toxic containers for their kids’ school lunches. No more Ziploc bags and juice boxes.

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Carrick on money: Nineteen things you must do before having kids

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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 costs HOW MUCH to raise a kid?
A U.S. estimate puts the number at $250,000 (U.S.) for raising a child to age 18, up 2 per cent from last year.

Nineteen things you must do before having kids
Many of them involve spending money you will not have once you’re a parent.

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Carrick on money: Mortgage shopping? Go five-year fixed

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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.

Mortgage shopping? Go five-year fixed
A mortgage broker with a banking background sizes up the current economic environment and concludes that a five-year fixed rate mortgage is a better choice for most buyers and people renewing mortgages.

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Carrick on money: How to wean a spoiled kid off your chequebook

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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.

Proper care and feeding of your spoiled 23-year-old
Those poor, poor rich kids. Coddled by their parents, they can grow up to be “to be entitled, materialistic and unhappy slackers.” Read here about how to prevent this from happening.

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Carrick on money: Some of you are shockingly bad at investing

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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.

Some of you are shockingly bad at investing
“The performance of the typical investor over [the last 20 years] is shockingly poor,” a market strategist has written. Blame our tendency to let emotions rule our investing decisions.

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Carrick on money: Buying a condo? Here’s what you need to know

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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.

Buying a condo? Here’s what you need to know
A list of details that can affect your mortgage financing when buying a condo.

How to prepare for retirement
Six key points to cover in looking ahead to retirement.

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Carrick on money: Tax tips for cottage owners

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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.

Tax tips for cottage owners
Some thoughts on how cottage owners can transfer or sell the property to family members while minimizing taxes.

Seven steps to a cheaper hotel room
The New York Times’ frugal travel blogger shows you how it’s done.

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Carrick on money: Nine reasons to love your mortgage

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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.

Nine reasons to love your mortgage
No joke. Some solid points are made here about how mortgages are a cost-efficient way to borrow.

My stupid money mistake
This blogger’s blunder is offered up to let you know that mistakes do happen in personal finance. Your goal is not to be fooled again.

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Carrick on money: It’s my latte and I’ll indulge if I want to

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Will retiring boomers kill the stock market?
The theory is that the coming wave of retiring baby boomers will want to invest conservatively, and that means taking money out of stocks. Here’s a reality check.

These financial rules of thumb are unreliable
Fifteen financial rules – some useful and some out to lunch.

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Carrick on money: The four numbers that tell if you’re financially healthy

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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 four numbers that tell if you’re financially healthy
Your credit score, your retirement savings and more.

Why aren’t you paying down your mortgage faster?
It says here that not a lot of people are making extra payments on their mortgage, even though there are big benefits in doing so.

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Carrick on money: Toronto is well supplied with millionaires

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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.

Wealthy people – where they live and how they invest
Canadian Business highlights the richest neighborhoods by province. Mine didn’t make the list.

By world standards, Toronto is well supplied with millionaires
Here’s some intel on how wealthy people are investing these days.

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Carrick on money: Seven truths people can’t accept about investing

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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 truths people can’t accept about investing
A tour of the many ways investors delude themselves.

Uber-bear says we’re in a stock bubble
The bear is John Hussman, a U.S. money manager who has been negative on stocks throughout the rally of recent years.

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Carrick on money: Confessions of a spoiled rich kid

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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.

Confessions of a spoiled rich kid
He’s the son of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who was a generous father. Perhaps too generous, as you’ll read here.

The 411 on index funds
A look at how index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds differ in the indexes they track, and the fees they charge.

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Carrick on money: Don’t ever say this to your spouse about money

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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.

Don’t ever say this to your spouse about money
Four tips about talking to your partner about financial matters. The thing you should never say: “I went through the credit card statements and can’t believe you spend so much on stuff we don’t even need!”

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Carrick on money: These U.S. housing markets are drawing Canadians

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These U.S. housing markets are drawing Canadians
According to this blog post, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit and Florida in general are big.

Why you should worry about longer car loans
Car loans are increasingly being stretched out over six to eight years. This makes the monthly payments more affordable, but it also means that you could owe more after five years than your car is worth.

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Carrick on money: High house prices are a burden on society

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High house prices are a burden on society
This financial blogger used to think warnings about high real estate values were overblown. Now, he thinks high prices are a societal problem.

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Your parents are richer than you think

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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 parents are richer than you think
A survey shows that young people significantly underestimate the wealth of their parents.

Customers complain about this Aeroplan flight
A look at some of the complaints of people who were switched from CIBC to TD as part of a revamping of Aeroplan-linked reward credit cards at the two banks.

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Four kinds of insurance you don't need

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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.

Four kinds of insurance you DON’T need
Identity theft coverage, extended warranties and more.

Mind those monthly income funds
Mutual fund analyst Dan Hallett warns investors here that they should expect more monthly income funds to cut their distributions.

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Carrick on money: Cheap vacations? Look no further than these 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.

Cheap vacations? Look no further than these cities
Top 10 lists of cheap U.S. and international cities as judged by costs for hotels, airport taxis, restaurants and cocktails.

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Carrick on money: The hottest, quietest Canadian real estate market

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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 hottest, quietest Canadian real estate market
It’s Hamilton, roughly one hour’s drive from Toronto (barring highway traffic problems).

How a brighter U.S. jobs outlook could push up mortgage rates
A mortgage broker explains the linkage between the health of the U.S. economy and Canadian mortgage rates.

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Carrick on money: Is trading stocks for suckers?

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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.

“With houses, Canadians expect only gains”
Housing bear Garth Turner makes this important point in an analysis of our differing attitudes toward risk in the stock and housing markets.

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Eight steps to raising money-savvy kids

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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 steps to raising money-savvy kids
Personal finance bloggers share ideas they’ve used to teach their own kids about money.

The fairy dust stock market
An argument is made here that the stock markets have been shrugging off some alarming global developments lately, which suggests the second half of the year won’t be as good for markets as the first.

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Stop blaming boomers for their retirement woes

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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.

Stop blaming boomers for their retirement woes
A blogger disputes the often-heard narrative that baby boomers lack the money they need to retire with financial security because they’re better spenders than savers. She argues that there are other factors at work, including corporate downsizing and the shift away from defined benefit pension plans.

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Five bad money habits you really should break

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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 bad money habits you really should break
Paying bills late, spending money as soon as you receive it and more.

Check out the six “spending personalities” listed here to see which one best matches you.

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Carrick on money: Canadian investors are (mostly) losers

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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.

Canadian investors are (mostly) losers
The U.S. investor advocate Dan Solin writes here that while there is much to admire about Canada, investors here are “clueless about basic principles of investing.”

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Carrick on money: Boomerang kids aren’t bouncing back

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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.

Boomerang kids aren’t bouncing back
The New York Times looks at how moving back home is working out for millenials. In some cases, they’re just not able to find jobs that will enable them to achieve financial independence. Note the stunningly high debt levels some of these young adults have racked up. A reminder of how much higher U.S. post-secondary tuition costs can be.

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Carrick on money: Eight money mistakes that newlyweds make

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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 seniors wish their financial advisers knew
This list is aimed at advisers, but it’s worth reading by seniors who want to start a dialogue with their advisers to get better service. Key points: Trust is paramount, and aggressive sales pitches are not appreciated.

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Carrick on money: Stop saying those nasty things about the super-rich

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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.

Stop saying those nasty things about the super-rich
A lot of the things we believe about the uber-wealthy just aren’t true. For example, they didn’t all inherit their money, and they don’t all own private jets and yachts.

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Carrick on Money: Must-haves for your investing toolbox

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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.

Must-haves for your investing toolbox

1.) Calculators: The Investing For Me blog offers a tonne of calculators and worksheets on budgeting, debt management, retirement planning and investing.

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Carrick on money: Five horrifying truths about funeral homes

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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.

Houses as an investment? Get over it
A blogger deconstructs the widely held notion that houses are an investment.

Meet the ATM of the future
Biometric scanning of your palm prints and delivery of cash in your choice of denominations are among the features already being tested.

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Carrick on money: What we’re really teaching our kids about money

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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 we’re really teaching our kids about money
All about the “money scripts,” or personal beliefs about money that we pass on to kids.

How to raise money-smart kids – some suggestions come from a mortgage and credit counselling expert.

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Carrick on money: Hockey pricier than horseback riding for kids

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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.

Hockey now pricier than horseback riding for kids
A study shows that hockey is the second most expensive of 44 sports for kids. Water-skiing came in at Number One.

Tales from two expensive housing markets
Toronto Life profiles some young families raising kids in condos, including a couple with a 10-month-old baby living in a 607-square-foot, one-bedroom-plus-den unit.

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35-year-old completes his million dollar journey

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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.

Winners and losers in Canada’s housing market
This infographic highlights wins like lower mortgage rates and losses like unsustainable price growth in come cities.

35-year-old financial blogger completes his million dollar journey
The guy behind the Million Dollar Journey blog has for years been chronicling his attempt to reach $1-million in net worth. Read here about how he reached that goal and the advice he has for others to reach their financial goals.

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Carrick on Money: The stress-free guide to downsizing your 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.

The stress-free guide to downsizing your home
A thorough look at how to manage the process of downsizing. Did you know there are downsizing or relocation services that will manage the move for you?

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Carrick on Money: Eight surprise costs for new homeowners

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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 surprise costs for new homeowners
Changing the locks, repairing appliances, adding window coverings and more.

Dear Mrs. Buffett…
An ETF analyst gently calls out Warren Buffett for investing his wife’s inheritance in an exchange-traded fund tracking the S&P 500. It’s not that Buffett chose an ETF. Rather, the issue is that he should have chosen one that tracks a broader index that includes small- and medium-size companies instead of just big blue chips.

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Carrick on money: The secret to finding winning investments

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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 secret to finding winning investments
This New York Times column says it’s more useful to look at how much a product costs to own than at its past returns.

The travel reward cards that travel bloggers use
Twenty travel enthusiasts were asked what travel reward credit cards they use, and for their best tips on saving money while on the road.

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Carrick on money: Where the smart real estate money is going

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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.

Words of wisdom
A father’s advice to his graduating son on money and life.

What the latest economic news means to mortgage rates
A mortgage broker examines the past week’s economic developments and finds they support his view that mortgage rates will stay low for the foreseeable future.

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Carrick on money: Need money for retirement? Cut off your kids

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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 money for retirement? Cut off your kids
That’s one of the points listed in this blog post on how to cut retirement expenses.

In this recent column, I note the significant level of financial support that parents are giving their adult kids. Some are re-mortgaging their homes and dipping into their retirement savings.

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Carrick on money: Retirement isn’t all golf and grandkids

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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 isn’t all golf and grandkids
Five myths about retirement, the sum of which is that it will likely cost more than you think to retire.

Car leasing grows in popularity
A rising number of Americans are leasing cars rather than buying. This article discusses the trend in the context of the growth of “non-ownership” consumption, where people rent temporary access to things rather than buying them.

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Carrick on money: When a Canadian buys a U.S. home

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When a Canadian buys a U.S. home
A mortgage planner answers a question asked by a woman who is moving to the United States and wants to know how to finance a home purchase there.

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Carrick on money: How Canada shamed the wealthiest nation on earth

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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 Canada shamed the wealthiest nation on earth
A writer for the website Salon looks at how Canada’s middle class came to be wealthier than its U.S. counterpart.

For a long life, buy booze over vitamins
This blog posts looks at a study of people who lived past 90. One interesting finding is that taking vitamin supplements does not increase lifespan, while having up to two drinks per day does.

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Carrick on money: Nine signs you’re in debt denial

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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.

Nine signs you’re in debt denial
You bought a house expecting your income to rise later. Instead, your debt has risen sharply in the past year.

The investment industry at its ugliest
CBC reports on an Ontario couple that gave some proceeds from the sale of their house to a mutual fund salesman who forged their signature to buy high-risk investments. The company that employed this guy has ignored a ruling from the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments to compensate the couple.

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Carrick on money: Will millennials ruin parents’ retirement dreams?

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Will millennials ruin parents’ retirement dreams?
This Wall Street Journal video treats young adults moving home as slackers who are bleeding their parents dry.

Here’s my perspective on what Generation Y’s financial problems mean to parents. I’ll be writing more on this shortly.

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Carrick on money: Fight inflation in retirement with dividend stocks

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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.

Fight inflation in retirement with dividend stocks
Here’s a look at five U.S. dividend stocks that have the potential to offset inflation through regular dividend increases.

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Carrick on money: Are low mortgage rates here to stay?

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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 low mortgage rates here to stay?
A look at how financial markets are getting more comfortable with the idea that interest rates will stay low for longer than expected.

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Carrick on money: London's slimmest house – just 99 inches – hits the market

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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.

Weird stories from a hot housing market
Here’s a London home costing $1.3-million (Canadian) that has buyers queuing up despite the fact that the previous owners are buried in the garden.

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Carrick on money: Claim denied – the trouble with travel insurance

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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.

Claim denied – the trouble with travel insurance
CBC reports on three cases where people bought travel medical insurance from banks and had their expensive claims denied.

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Carrick on money: Ask yourself these questions before buying a 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.

Ask yourself these questions before buying a home
I like this list because it gets you to think about preferred lifestyle and future plans.

Here’s a calculator you can use to help you work through the question of buying or renting a home. It was created by the New York Times, so it’s U.S.-focused. But it does help outline the many costs that homeowners face and renters avoid.

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Carrick on money: Retirement advice for 30-year-olds

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 advice for 30-year-olds
Some retirement experts were asked what advice they wish they had when they were 30. Here are their answers.

Why you should toss your jeans in the freezer
They’ll last longer, the CEO of Levi’s says. Plus, you’ll help the environment by not washing them.

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About the writer

Rob Carrick

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998.

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