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Carrick on money: Want to feel good? Get some retail therapy

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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.

Dr. Feelgood's prescription: Some retail therapy
Seriously, and you don't have to buy anything big. Studies show that even buying a snack can make you feel better.

Here's a quick rundown on when it's OK to go into debt to pay for something, and when it's not.

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The lowdown on risk-free investing
Once you understand the various types of risk, you'll realize there's no such thing as a true risk-free investment.

Of bulls, bears and sheep
An investing columnist worries that mom and pop investors jumping into the U.S. stock market right now are heading for trouble.

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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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