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Carrick on money: Why are these 10 things so expensive?

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 overpriced hall of fame
Eyeglasses frames, popcorn and eight other things we buy with massive markups buried in the price.

All about dividends
Some wise words of caution for investors who think they can't go wrong with dividend stocks.

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Here's a rundown on changes coming next year in Ontario and Quebec that will affect the marginal tax rate on dividends, interest and capital gains for higher income individuals.

Advice versus a sales pitch
This video provides a great explanation of the difference between an investment adviser who acts as a fiduciary (puts client interests first) and one who simply sells investments. Advisers are not required to be fiduciaries in Canada, but in this column from last week, I wrote about how securities regulators are thinking about changing this.

More money
Join the 18,000+ 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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