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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.

Panic time for housing That's what Maclean's magazine says in a cover article about Canada's housing market. What I took from this article is that the economy is sunk if the housing market falls hard because of the potential impact on consumer spending.

Housing woes stateside After the crash: In the U.S. housing market, more and more 20- and 30-somethings are choosing not to buy houses.

Is Netflix for you? A look at whether Netflix's Canadian service is worth the $7.99 monthly subscription cost. Netflix allows unlimited streaming of its limited archive of movies and TV shows.

Breaking the bank to buy glasses The CBC TV show Marketplace takes a look at why eyeglasses - "these little pieces of plastic and screws" - routinely cost $300 to $500.

Water to cost more Why your water bill could soon soar in cost. This is a U.S.-based analysis, but it's just as relevant to Canada. Water bills are set to jump in Ottawa, where I live, because of the need to overhaul a sewer system.

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