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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.

Fear of Scammers

What are older investors most afraid of? Getting ripped off by their adviser, according to a U.S. survey.

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The Preferred Solution

Preferred shares pay a stream of dividend income that can yield 4 to 6 per cent, which is outstanding in today's low-rate environment. The problem with preferreds is they're surprisingly tricky to understand. Luckily, the Million Dollar Journey blog has taken on the task of explaining these securities.

ING Vs. PC Financial

There are two banks offering no-fee chequing accounts right now, ING Direct and President's Choice Financial. The Give Me Back My Five Bucks blog has just begun a comparison of the two, and already readers are chipping in with their own comments. Great stuff if you're thinking of going fee-free in your banking.

The Blogs A Blogger Reads

Here's a list of the financial blogs followed by the guy behind The Reformed Broker blog.

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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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