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Carrick on Money: Eight surprise costs for new homeowners

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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.

Eight surprise costs for new homeowners
Changing the locks, repairing appliances, adding window coverings and more.

Dear Mrs. Buffett…
An ETF analyst gently calls out Warren Buffett for investing his wife's inheritance in an exchange-traded fund tracking the S&P 500. It's not that Buffett chose an ETF. Rather, the issue is that he should have chosen one that tracks a broader index that includes small- and medium-size companies instead of just big blue chips.

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Debunking dividend myths
Wall Street Journal investing columnist Jason Zweig on how investors may have unrealistic expectations for dividend funds, along with four key metrics for choosing the best dividend-paying stocks.

Stocks and bonds – what goes where?
The MoneyGeek website has created a calculator that shows you where your stocks and bonds are best held - in a TFSA, RRSP or unregistered account. Here's the manual on how to use the calculator.

More money
Join the 45,000+ 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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