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Rob Carrick's Reader: Housing balloons and bubbles

The best of the Web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Housing Balloons And Bubbles

The Economist weighs in on Canada's housing market and decides a soft landing, like a balloon deflating, is the most likely outcome.

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Facebook And Friends

With Facebook preparing to sell its shares to the public, it's an opportune time to look at how other tech giants fared in their first days as publicly traded companies.

Why Snow Tires Rule

In case anyone is wondering about the benefits of spending money on snow tires, here's a chart from Consumer Reports showing how much extra traction you get in snowy conditions.

Millionaires Versus Billionaires

A look at tensions among the so-called 1 per cent of wealthy people in the world. Apparently, millionaires would be much happier if they were billionaires.

Spreading The Good Word

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Members of my Facebook personal finance community talk about the financial products and strategies that have worked out well for them.

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