The best of the Web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.
Shop Till You Drop
A checklist of things to be aware of when doing your holiday shopping in the States.
Losers on wheels - the 10 worst-selling car models in Canada.
The car models that best hold their value.
The No-Plastic Diet
Can people make meaningful changes for the better in their spending habits? Eight million Americans have stopped using credit cards. Credit experts call the drop unprecedented.
Check out the new Watchlist tool on Globeinvestor.com. An easy way to follow and analyse stocks you own, or stocks you're following. Five different views of your holdings are available, or you can build your own. Dividend investors, look out for hard-to-find information like payout ratios and dividend growth.
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