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Rob Carrick's Reader: Mom, Dad and their parasite kids

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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.

Mom, Dad And Their Parasite Kids

The Japanese use the term "parasite singles" to decribe a phenomenon we're seeing more of in North America - young adults who are financially sponging off their parents while living at home. Here's an interview with the author of a book titled How to Raise Your Adult Children.

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Investing Four-Pack

Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola and the rest of the S&P 500 stocks that offered the least volatility over the past 10 years.

A deconstruction of the points that some money managers are using in today's market to argue against holding index tracking investments like exchange-traded funds.

The Dividend Ninja blog talks up real estate investment trusts, which are an income-producing investment with comparatively high yields. One thing to bear in mind as your read this is that many REITs have soared in price and aren't bargain priced.

Some sobering facts if you're getting excited about the higher yields available in the growing category of emerging market bond funds.

Fire That Adviser?

Members of my Facebook personal finance community help answer a reader's question about whether she should fire her investment adviser. The comments helped the reader decide to become a do-it-yourself investor.

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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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