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Rob Carrick's Reader: Are used cars for suckers?

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

Are used cars for suckers?
A contrarian take on the theory that financially savvy people buy used cars and not a new vehicle. This is a U.S. blog post, so the prices may not line up exactly with our market. But the points here are valid - used cars of recent vintage may not be as cheap as you think in comparison to buying new.

Tax tips for dividend investors
A useful look at how dividends are taxed in the hands of Canadian investors. There's a good summary here on how the dividend gross-up works, and on holding dividend stocks in a registered plan.

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Smart phones: What a trip
This infographic shows how the smart phone is changing the way people shop for and book their vacations.

An all-star team of junk products
An amusing list of useless products that includes premium bottled water and extreme fuel treatments for your car.

More money
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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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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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