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personal finance reader

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

For Those Who Haven't Saved Enough

A look at the tough choices you'll have to make if you've been lax about saving for retirement. The author is Gail Bebee, author of No Hype - The Straight Goods On Investing Your Money.

Granny Flats And Solar Power

A look at some of the latest trends in homebuilding, including greater use of solar power and the inclusion of fully appointed guest suites suitable for an aging parent.

Is There Anybody Out There?

You're an online brokerage client with a problem or a question. If you e-mail for help, how quickly can you expect a response? Here's a ranking from the firm Surviscor on which brokers are most responsive to customer e-mails.

How To School Your Kids About Debt

Tips for parents who don't want their kids to lean the hard way about the trouble you can get into with credit cards, student loans and other forms of debt.

More Money

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