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Rob Carrick's Reader: Portfolio checkup time

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

Portfolio Checkup Time

Taking a fresh look at your portfolio in light of the recent stock market upheaval? This video offers some basic tips on what to look for.

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Lots of investors are thinking about adding some gold to their portfolio, even though bullion prices have already soared. Here's an argument that there may be better value in buying the shares of gold mining companies.

The Middle Class Gone Missing

What's wrong with the U.S. economy? One problem is that the middle class has disappeared into what's being called a plutonomy, or an economy where there are rich people and everyone else, with no middle class to speak of. This Atlantic article investigates.

Better To Buy New

Child car seats, tires and three other things you should never buy used.

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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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