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Carrick on money: Aspiring home buyers, consider the rental gap year

Should I rent an apartment or buy a place?

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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.

Aspiring home buyers, consider the rental gap year

Outgrown your condo but not yet ready to buy a house? Bridge the gap for a year by renting, a real estate blogger suggests here.

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Build a financial toolkit

Marking the start of financial literacy month, this blogger gathers up half a dozen or so good online sources of financial information.

My banking utopia

A list of attributes for the ideal chequing account.

And here's a look at what a wonderful world it would be if the banks stopped trying to sell us something every time we stepped into a branch.

Stop using your RRSP to pay off your debts

A website for advisers laments how common it is for people to dip into their retirement savings to pay for debt they incurred on things trips and appliances.

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More money

Join the 32,000+ 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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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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