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Welcome to the Globe and Mail Personal Finance Reader. I'm Rob Carrick, personal finance columnist at The Globe, and twice weekly I compile a list of articles, blog postings, videos and websites that represent the best of what the online world has to offer on money-related subjects.

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Reward credit cards are a topic I like to write about for two reasons: One, readers devour this coverage and often respond with their own astute analysis of card ins and outs. Two, I'm an avid rewards collector myself who is always looking for the best deal. If you're wondering about the best travel reward cards, check out the latest annual ranking from the Rewards Canada website, the smartest source I know on reward cards.

Lost wallets, used car prices and pet insurance are also covered in this edition of the Reader, and there's also a big selection of investing stories. There's must reading here if you've been wondering if the stock market is just too risky for you.

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For Canadians with pre-existing medical conditions, finding health insurance in the United States can be next to impossible. Find out why the U.S. Affordable Care Act is making it easier to move south. And check out tips on how to make the move from Robert Keats, author of The Border Guide, who will be joining us for an online discussion on Friday, July 30, at noon (ET).

If you're young, you've probable never considered the reasons you should think about long-term care insurance.

In this Let's Talk Investing video, financial guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of 'Til Debt Do Us Part, looks at Canadian debt, how deep we're in it and its most debilitating aspects.

If you're one of those people who rushes out to buy the latest tech toys, here are some reasons why you should wait.

Forget coupon clipping: Angela Self offers some advice on coupon "clicking" in her Smart Cookies column.



Must Reads From Around the Web

Economic Update

The Today's Economy blog looks at where the Canadian economy stands at a time when the Bank of Canada has just nudged interest rates higher again.

Rewards Roundup

Rewards Canada picks the top travel reward credit cards in various categories. I suggest you bookmark this for future reference.

Vampire Stories

The CNNMoney website has stories from former debt collectors about how business is done in their field. Nasty stuff.

Disaster Relief

How to plan for and recover from the loss of your wallet, and all the important stuff therein.

Driving A Bargain

How to find out how much a used car is really worth.

Tips for using less gasoline on a road trip.

Paying For Pets

A meditation on pet insurance, a topic I've been thinking about after being quoted a very high number for the tooth removal our dog needs. Should we have bought pet coverage from the get-go?

Investorama

Meet Karen and Roger Potyk, a retired couple in San Antonio, Tex., who hung on to some of their stock market holdings following the 2008 crash and then bailed out entirely after the volatility in May. They're an example, according to a Wall Street Journal article, of how small investors are losing faith in the stock market.

Here's a blog post on this WSJ article that looks at the question of whether stocks are even dicier than people think.

Big demand from China suggests uranium prices could rebound after a few years of declines.

A look at what's happening with an initiative to require investment advisers to give clients a simple two-page disclosure document when they buy mutual funds. Investor advocates say the document is too watered down to be useful.

A look at investments that have a risk profile between bonds and stocks. Here's Part One, and here's Part Two.

Look Out Below

The Canadian Mortgage Trends blog on what to make of news that the housing market last month posted its first price decline in 2010.



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