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Carrick on money: The four numbers that tell if you’re financially healthy

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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 four numbers that tell if you're financially healthy
Your credit score, your retirement savings and more.

Why aren't you paying down your mortgage faster?
It says here that not a lot of people are making extra payments on their mortgage, even though there are big benefits in doing so.

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The grandparent's guide to buying stuff for grandkids
All the items that today's new parents want their own parents to buy them, including high-end strollers and video monitors.

Is your teen throwing summer job money out the window?
Tips from the federal Financial Consumer Agency of Canada on teaching teens about money.

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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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