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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.

Is Home Ownership Overrated?

This question is increasingly being asked in the United States, where the housing collapse has caused people to question assumptions about housing that we in Canada still hold dear.

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How Are You Doing?

A technical paper on the various approaches to calculating the rate of return for your investments. If your brokerage firm or adviser doesn't offer personalized rates of return, bug them about it.

Annuity Takedown

This Wall Street Journal article says annuities, where you pay a lump-sum amount to an insurance company in exchange for income for life, are a bad deal right now because interest rates are low and set to move higher.

Best of the Blogs

Globe journalists (myself included) and outside bloggers have teamed up to create lists of top money blogs. Now, we want you to vote on which of our picks you like best. In a week, we'll publish your choices for the best of the blogs.

Click here for an overview of 2011's Best of the Blogs nominees

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Vote: What's the best Canadian personal finance blog?

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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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