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Rob Carrick's Reader: I shop, therefore I am

What's really behind that purchase?

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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.

Shopping Completes Me

Depression, low self-esteem and other psychological explanations for overspending.

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Best Brokers

Surviscor's latest ranking of online brokers has Qtrade in the No. 1 spot, which is exactly where I put it in my latest broker ranking.

Inheritances And The Taxman

A story of how ignoring tax issues can ruin plans in your will to leave money to your kids.

A-plus Mutual Funds

These mutual funds have scored a top A-plus rating on the basis of their risk-adjusted returns and consistency. Ratings like these tell you much more about what a fund has done in the past than what will happen in the future, but they can be a place to start if you're looking for investment leads.

Personal Finance on Facebook

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Do retirees spend less than they did when they were working? Check out the comments on this topic on my Facebook personal finance community.

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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; Berman's Market Update, a summary of the markets at the open, noon and close; and All-Star Investors, a monthly collection of articles exploring an investing trend or theme.

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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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