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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.

Driving A Hard Bargain

In the frugalocracy - that's what I call arbiters of proper frugal behaviour in the blogging world - one of the most basic principles is that you buy your cars used, not new. We have one car we bought new and one we bought used, so I'm agnostic on this. But let's remember the risk that the used car you're buying is actually a used-up car. That's what made the person behind the Boomer and Echo blog buy a new car recently, even if the frugalocracy may disapprove.

More on cars - save money on gas with low-rolling-resistance tires.

Dividends Deluxe

The wonders of dividend-growth investing, where a company increases its dividend payouts to investors on an annual basis. The example used here is one of the all-star global dividend stocks, Johnson & Johnson.

Investing in Rental Real Estate

How to make a smart investment in a rental property.

Best Brokers

Here's my 12th annual ranking of online brokers, along with lots of extras like comparison charts for stock-trading commissions, foreign-exchange costs and customer satisfaction.

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