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Carrick on money: What history says about your investments

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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.

What history says about your investments
The GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca website has introduced this very cool chart comparing how stocks, bonds and other investments have performed since 1935. A balanced portfolio clocks in with a tidy annualized gain of 8.7 per cent.

Giving the Goldfinger to James Bond villains
An amusing look at the business schemes hatched by some of the villains in James Bond movies over the years.

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What's so special about gold?
Hear a chemist work his way through the periodic table to explain why gold is such a good choice for use as money. It's rare, stable and easy to work with and maintain. Only platinum comes close.

Protect your severance cheque
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Join the 18,000+ people who subscribe to my Facebook personal finance community for talk about investing, retirement, real estate, banking and other financial matters. I'm also on Twitter .

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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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