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Rob Carrick's Reader: And to think you could have had a Ferrari

The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

And to think you could've had a Ferrari
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated the cost of raising a child to age 17 at $235,000, which is roughly the same amount as you'd pay for a Ferrari.

Black swan insurance
The Canadian Capitalist blog looks at a new exchange-traded fund that is designed to provide protection against stock market declines caused by rare, catastrophic "black swan" events.

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Calling all couponers
For several reasons, the best store for using your grocery coupons is Wal-Mart.

Countries rich in millionaires
A look at the countries with the most millionaires per capita, including Ireland, the United States and Qatar.

More money
Join the 14,000+ 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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Editor's note: If you don't receive Rob Carrick's newsletter twice weekly by email, you can sign up to get it for free at The Globe and Mail. All you need to do is register for the site, or if you've already registered, log in and go to your profile at the top of the homepage. Once you're in your profile, look under Newsletters and Alerts and look for the Personal Finance Reader and other newsletters. Other financial newsletters include: Business Ticker, a summary of the day's top business stories; and Berman's Market Update, a summary of the markets at the open, noon and close.

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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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