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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 murky, scary world of real estate stats
All about how real estate agents freshen up properties that won't sell by creating a new MLS listing. The result is that potential buyers don't have a clear picture of how long the property has been on the market.

Mentioned in the above blog post is a report by the big U.S. investment dealer Goldman Sachs that says Canada's housing market is heading for a sharp decline.

Finding the best rates
Introducing a new website called RateSpy that will match your mortgage needs with the lowest-rate lender in your area.

How are your investments doing?
Advice on how to see what your personal rate of return is. Don't assume that because the markets are going up, so is your portfolio.

Countries that are good with money
Canada and 10 more countries with a perfect credit rating.

More money
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