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Carrick on money: The sad song of the boomerang parent

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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 sad song of the boomerang parent
A woman who was enjoying her empty nest blogs about her mixed feelings as two of her sons move home after university.

Why you need an emergency fund
A financial blogger dips into her emergency fund for the first time since 2010 to pay for a computer repair and put a new windshield in her car. Stuff happens - have some cash safely parked in a savings account to help pay for it.

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What to read in 2013
Eight financial books you should read this year. Among them is my latest, How Not To Move Back In With Your Parents: The Young Person's Complete Guide to Financial Empowerment.

It's both hot and cool
The Nest thermostat was designed by a guy who oversaw Apple's iPhone and iPod divisions. It looks great, it programs itself based on your living patterns and you can control it via your smart phone. How cool is that?

Calling all cheapskates
Are you that person with the fistful of coupons clogging up the grocery store checkout? If so, The Globe video team wants to hear from you.

The best of Globe Investor
Globe Investor is highlighting some of the best features of our website this month with Globe Investor Tips.

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About the Author
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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