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Rob Carrick's Reader: I feel guilty, therefore I tip

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

I Feel Guilty, Therefore I Tip

A look at why we tip. Not for good service, but because of social pressure and feelings of guilt about being waited on.

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Can I Stay At Your House?

Airbnb is a website where people all over the world list homes and apartments that they will rent out to visitors. There are some fancy digs here, but also lots of options that will save you a bundle over a hotel when you're travelling.

Mind The Risk

Mutual fund analyst Dave Paterson says you shouldn't take mutual fund companies at their word when they describe the risk level of their products. Example: A gold fund that bills itself as being for "low risk investors with a long term time horizon."

50 Years Old And Still Growing

Four companies that have been increasing dividends for 50 years or more.

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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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