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Rob Carrick's Reader: Secrets of a safecracker

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

Secrets of a safecracker Meet Ken Doyle, safecracker. His job is to open safes when the owner forgets the combination or dies. And, yes, breaking into a safe is way harder than it looks in movies.

Getting real about real estate Add the Christian Science Monitor to the list of U.S. publications warning about a potential real estate bubble in Canada.

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How markets can make and then break you Making a few successful stock trades can be thrillingly addictive, says the author of a new book called The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust. Just don't delude yourself into thinking you've got the markets figured out.

Anyone need a new online broker? A blogger gives a quite favourable review to the online brokerage RBC Direct Investing after transferring his account from Scotia iTrade.

And here's my take on the best and worst online brokers.

More money Join the 13,000+ 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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Editor's note: If you don't receive Rob Carrick's newsletter twice weekly by email, you can sign up to get it for free at The Globe and Mail. All you need to do is register for the site, or if you've already registered, log in and go to your profile at the top of the homepage. Once you're in your profile, look under Newsletters and Alerts and look for the Personal Finance Reader and other newsletters. Other financial newsletters include: Business Ticker, a summary of the day's top business stories; and Berman's Market Update, a summary of the markets at the open, noon and close.

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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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