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personal finance reader

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

Costly Protection

Financial writer Gail Bebee discusses the ins and outs of extended warranties for cars, big-screen TVs and such.


The world's super-rich are stocking up on gold bars as a hedge against an economic downturn.

Investing guru Jim Rogers favours commodities over stocks, and his top picks are silver, sugar and rice.

Canadian Business blogger Larry MacDonald updates his super-simple One-Minute Portfolio, which is built on two exchange-traded funds.

The Flat Rate Society

The panel of experts at see mortgage rates remaining flat this month.

The Killer Inventions

The recent death of the owner of the company producing the Segway personal transportation device inspired this look at inventors who died at the hands of their inventions.

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