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Columbus Blue Jackets' Bryan Berard, left, skates up the ice as the New Jersy Devils' Grant Marshall chases in the second period on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Berard was picked 1st overall in 1995 by the Ottawa Senators, but refused to report to the team. He was then traded to the Islanders with Martin Straka for Wade Redden and Damian Rhodes. (PAUL VERNON/PAUL VERNON/Associated Press)
Columbus Blue Jackets' Bryan Berard, left, skates up the ice as the New Jersy Devils' Grant Marshall chases in the second period on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Berard was picked 1st overall in 1995 by the Ottawa Senators, but refused to report to the team. He was then traded to the Islanders with Martin Straka for Wade Redden and Damian Rhodes. (PAUL VERNON/PAUL VERNON/Associated Press)

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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 case of the hoodwinked hockey player
Former all-star NHL defenceman Bryan Berard is among a group of pro athletes and others who lost millions of dollars in a massive financial scam.

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An investment writer reviews the recent history and outlook for RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, which has been steadily paying income to investors for 20 years.

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Investors often believe they’re better off owning individual bonds instead of bond funds at a time of rising interest rates, and there definitely are some benefits. But, as outlined here, there are also some risks in buying your own bonds.

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