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Rob Carrick's Reader: Where the cheap flights are

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

Where The Cheap Flights Are

A study shows the best time to book cheap airline tickets is six weeks before you travel.

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The 411 On Preferred Shares

Want more income than you can get with bonds, with less risk than the dividend-paying commons stocks that are so often suggested as a bond alternative? Then think about preferred shares, a complex but potentially rewarding investment option that is explained in this video series.

Here's a column I wrote earlier this month on an opportunity in the preferred share market.

Mr. Smith And You

Here's an analysis of the Smith Manoeuvre, where you use the equity in your house to invest and benefit from tax-deductible interest. The author has found this approach too risky to use in his/her own life.

The Great CPP Debate

Start payments at 60, at a reduced rate or wait until you're 65 to get the full amount? Read about it here.

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Personal Finance on Facebook

Subscribe to my Facebook page to hear what people are saying on issues like the government's intention to reform Old Age Security and whether young adults should use TFSAs or RRSPs.

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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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