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Carrick on money: Slaughter of the bond investors

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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.

Slaughter of the bond investors
A blunt, scary analysis of the potential dangers ahead for investors who are holding extra large positions in bonds for safety. This is a U.S.-focused piece, but it applies completely to Canadian investors.

Waking up from a coupon coma
A former extreme coupon clipper explains why she gave it all up. Basically, she ended up spending a lot of time and effort to buy stuff she really didn't need.

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Junk alert
We're starting to see more and more warnings about high-yield bonds, aka junk bonds, which investors have been buying heavily in recent years because they offer much higher yields than government or blue-chip corporate bonds. The problem, as explained here, is that the companies issuing junk bonds these days are very far from the highest quality.

Financial literacy for seniors
This guide for professionals who work with older adults covers a wide variety of financial issues, including financial planning, power of attorney and financial abuse. Useful for seniors themselves, and their families.

More money
Join the 17,000+ 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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