Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick brings you the Personal Finance Reader, his twice-weekly picks for the best online reading about money, the markets and more. If you’re having trouble reading this newsletter or want to read the archives, click here.
Found something on the Internet that your fellow investors might enjoy?
Must reads from the Globe and Mail
Investing according to age? Bad idea. Why a simple age-based portfolio strategy is not right for everyone
What your insurance broker doesn’t want you to know. A Globe and Mail investigation shows that commissions, bonuses and pricey all-expense-paid trips often factor into a broker’s decision to recommend particular policies — a conflict of interest
Nine for-sale-by-owner mistakes. Avoiding some of the following mistakes can go a long way toward having a smoother and more rewarding transaction
The lottery: is it ever worth playing? You have better odds of being bitten by a poisonous snake, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play
The financial resolution poll. Is keeping better track of your spending one of your resolutions for 2011?
Must Reads From around the Web
Buffett not Sold on Gold
Gold Is Useless – that’s Warren Buffett’s take on one of the hottest investing categories of the past couple of years.
Selling your scrap gold (ie: ugly jewelry you don’t want any more)? Try this calculator to get a rough idea of how much you might get.
Impressions of Recession
The Today’s Economy blog looks back at some of the smart and not-so-smart comments made on the state of the economy in the past year.
Get Control of your Credit Cards
Debt is going to be a big topic in 2011 as interest rates rise and there’s no worse kind of debt than a big credit card balance. Learn how to better choose and manage credit cards on the Get Smarter About Money website.
Books for Investors
Fortune offers this list of the best books on investing. On the list is ‘A Random Walk Down Wall Street’ by Burton Malkiel, who was interviewed by my colleague John Heinzl recently.
Searching for Yield
A guide to emerging market bond funds, which offer both higher risk and the potential for higher returns than Canadian bond funds.
A Buffett Buffet for 2011
TheStreet.com took a look at the stocks in Warren Buffett’s portfolio and decided the 10 on this list have the most upside.
Here’s a SmartMoney.com article on how medical technology is being brought to bear on pets in a way that can generate massive vet bills.
The Dividend Kings
Top U.S. dividend stocks for 2011. With our dollar close to parity with the U.S. buck, now’s a good time to think about adding some U.S. content to your portfolio.
Thank You, Mr. Madoff
An investor in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme says he learned a valuable lesson from his losses – pay close attention to your investments and don’t delegate everything to others.
Don’t be Suckered
Home buyers often find the bank will lend them a lot more money than they thought. here, the Invest It Wisely blog argues why you should not borrow to the max.
I took a critical look at the ways banks assess the ability of clients to afford mortgages in this recent story.
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