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Carrick on money: The $2,400 winter jacket

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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.

The $2,400 winter jacket
It's puffy, it's shiny and it comes from the German firm Bogner. For an extra $300, add raccoon fur trim for the hood.

Buy stocks, not bonds
There's a growing sense among even bearish analysts that bonds have nowhere to go but down, while stocks look good from a long-term perspective. Stocks have come a long way in the past several months, which explains the thinking that waiting for a pullback before buying makes sense.

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The lessons of Apple
All about the dangers of investing in high flying stocks like Apple. Better approach: Buy the entire market through an index investment like an ETF.

High yield, low appeal
High yield bonds have been a very popular choice for investors looking for higher yields than they can get in government bonds or GICs. What's the outlook for high yield? "Below-average returns with above-average risks," according to analysts at Morningstar.

More money
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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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