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Personal Finance Reader

Credit card rewards, bonds and insurable body parts Add to ...

Welcome to the Globe and Mail Personal Finance Reader. I'm Rob Carrick, personal finance columnist at The Globe, and twice weekly I compile a list of articles, blog postings and websites that represent the best of what the online world has to offer on money-related subjects.

Credit card reward programs are designed to foster customer loyalty, and they work to an extent. But my interaction with readers when I write on this topic tells me that some people are constantly on the lookout for better reward deals. If you're in this group, you have to check out NerdWallet. Featured in this edition of the Reader, NerdWallet is a website that will generate a list of the top credit chard choices for your personal needs.

You can't talk about rewards in the Canadian market without Air Miles being mentioned. Changes are coming to the Air Miles program and you can read about them here. Also look out for scads of investing coverage, mortgage advice and a list of 10 celebrity body parts that have been insured.

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Reward Central

Find the best credit card for your personal needs and preferences using NerdWallet.

The Rewards Canada website discusses some changes to the Air Miles program that make it easier to book reward flights.


Worried about a stock market crash in October, a month of dramatic downturns over the years? Here's a strategy for protecting your portfolio using put options, which rise in price as a stock or index market falls.

If you're one of the crowd of people buying bonds or bond funds, read on to find out how much value and risk there is in the bond market right now.

Daniel Gross, author of a book on financial bubbles, looks at the bond market and says it's not very bubblicious.

A calming, long-term look at what bonds have done. Turns out there's nothing too exceptional about where bond yields are today.

A critical look at one argument in favour of buying U.S. stocks right now - that they're cheap.

Some reasons for investors to look beyond gold to silver.

Mortgage Moment

The Canadian Mortgage Trends blog argues that one-year fixed-rate mortgages are a "fantastic alternative" to variable-rate mortgages.

Eating Out

Fast Company magazine takes a look at Darden Restaurants, the company behind the highly successful Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains.

By contrast, Burger King has been having its problems.

Driving A Bargain

The Black Book is a definitive source of information on the value of used cars and now it's available online for anyone to use at no cost.

Premium Parts

NFL football player Troy Polamalu's hair, plus nine other body parts belonging to famous people that have been insured.

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