The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick
You'd have to be barking mad to own a dog
The estimated lifetime cost of owning a small dog: up to $12,700. Large dogs: Up to $7,950 (they don't live as long on average). Something to think about before you check out that cute puppy. Full disclosure: I'm a dog owner who thinks those numbers aren't out of line.
The calculating investor
Here's an inventory of the state-of-the-art online financial calculators offered on the GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca website, which is run by the non-profit Investor Education Fund.
Why Canada's sky-high debt-to-income ratio of 164 per cent deserves serious attention, even if it isn't a perfect measure of how mired in debt we are.
The ABCs of ETFs
A useful primer on what to look for in choosing an exchange-traded fund. Number One is low expenses, which makes sense because cheap ownership costs are the main reason to consider ETFs as opposed to mutual funds.
The best of Globe Investor
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