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Blended ETFs could help you outperform most index fund investors

Warren Buffett once said, "If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy."<p>Index fund investors wouldn't say they're patsies – and for good reason. Index funds are cheap. They stomp the performance of most actively managed funds. But the …

Top links: The Greeks want out

<i>A roundup of what The Globe and Mail's market strategist Scott Barlow is reading this morning on the World Wide Web.</i><p>Last week, prominent scholar David Shambaugh predicted the collapse of communist rule in China and, predictably, was immediately rebutted. This all seems like the usual academic …

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Carrick best reads: What you need to know about CPP and OAS

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>What you need to know about CPP and OAS</b><br>A good rundown on how much retirement income you can expect to make from the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security if …

How to Make Sipping Chocolate

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Don't be surprised if this incredibly rich Mexican sipping chocolate from Heather Hands at Flourishing Foodie becomes your go-to winter beverage</i> …

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

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Low-Key Caribbean: A Tale of Four Islands

In a world where the easiest route is usually the most popular, it’s no surprise that many vacationers limit their warm-weather winter getaways to the Caribbean’s more accessible islands—especially if they have kids in tow. And while the quick trip has its advantages, some of the best destinations …

Our most popular recipes of 2014. Hungry yet?

<b>10. Chicken Chilindron</b><p>This fragrant main is a traditional dish from the Aragon region of Spain<p>Fernando Morales for The Globe and Mail<p><b>9. Chef Daniel Costa’s Fried Ricotta Gnocchi</b><p>Pecorino Romano cheese and black kale round out this irresistible dish<p><b>8. Beef with Fragrant Curry Sauce</b><p>Warm up from the …

NASA Kepler Finds Milky Way's Oldest Known Earth-Mass Planets

Intelligent life in our Milky Way Galaxy may have gotten a gigantic head start, say astronomers who confirmed the detection of low-mass, rocky planets around a star that’s at least 11.2 billion years old, or more than twice the age of our own solar system.<p>In a paper recently published in <i>The</i> …

The Best Holiday Crawl in NYC

Every once in awhile my husband, Andy, and I make an effort to step out of our routines and remember why we chose to live in this chaotic, wonderful uproar of a city–and this month seemed like a good time to take advantage of one of the most festive places in the world.<p>When the city puts on its …