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Carrick on money: Real estate rage in Toronto

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Real estate rage in Toronto
Against their better judgment, a blogger and her partner enter a bidding for a house in Toronto. Click here to see how it worked out.

Suck it up, savers
Here are two narratives aimed at people who are fed up with low interest rates. The first looks from the U.S. perspective at why rates must stay low, and the second tries to persuade people from getting around low rates by investing in riskier things than bonds and term deposits.

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Going l-o-o-o-ng with your mortgage
Maclean's takes a look at the low-rate 30-year mortgages Americans can get.

The precarious lives of the middle class
Read here about an HBO documentary that looks at eight middle-class families in Portland, Ore., who ran into financial problems in the recession and struggled to cover basic costs like rent and food. "…Many seemingly prosperous parents are only a few misfortunes away from dark houses and empty refrigerators," it says here.

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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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