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Carrick on money: Are you a shopaholic? Blame your parents

New research shows that compulsive shopping may result from a difficult childhood.

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A new theory of overspending – blame the parents

Recent research suggests that compulsive shopping may result from a difficult childhood where, for example, the parents may have divorced.

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Plays well with others

The New York Post reports on parents hiring "play-date consultants" to help their kids better socialize with their peers and thereby improve their chances of being accepted to an elite private school. Seriously.

A career in coffee

This CBC report about an attempt to unionize coffee shop workers in Halifax highlights how more young adults are working in this field because they can't find work in their chosen careers.

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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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