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Rob Carrick's Reader: Spending your golden years in mortgage manor

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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.

Spending your golden years in mortgage manor
A look at changing trends for people paying off their mortgages in full. The average age for becoming mortgage-free is rising, and some seniors are carrying mortgages well into retirement.

Slow motion economic slowdown
This analysis of what's happening in the U.S. economy says conditions are worsening, especially in the job market. "What should have happened, and perhaps looking ahead, may be the only effective government response, is a direct work relief program like in the 1930s." Yikes.

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Checking in with Vanguard
A six-month checkup on the series of exchange-traded funds that the U.S. low-cost investing giant Vanguard has introduced in the Canadian market.

When I grow up, I want to be a financial advisor
A blogger in the financial industry riffs on why people become advisors.

More money
Join the 14,000+ people who subscribe to my Facebook personal finance community for talk about investing, retirement, real estate, banking and other financial matters. I'm also on Twitter.

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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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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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