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Carrick on money: Knocking the halo off 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.

Knocking the halo off dividend stocks
Investor advocate Dan Solin runs roughshod over some of the most cherished ideas about dividend stocks, including the one that says they hold up better in down markets.

The book on taxes when you invest internationally
The Canadian Couch Potato blog tallies up the cost of foreign withholding taxes when you own exchange-traded funds investing in U.S. and international markets.

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The view from inside the mortgage penalty box
This blog post highlights the vastly different penalty calculations that lenders have for clients who want to break a mortgage. Don't be shocked - the big banks have the most onerous penalties.

How a house and car drive spending
Half the money spent by Americans goes to houses and cars, this article from The Atlantic's website says. High housing prices in many Canadian cities suggest we're not much better off.

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Personal Finance Columnist

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. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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