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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.

Santa Blogger's cheap and cheerful gift suggestions
Dozens of frugal gift ideas from the Squawkfox blog, including a bunch you can buy at the dollar store.

Tastes great, less volatile
A two-part look at the new low volatility exchange-traded funds introduced recently. ETFs from BMO and PowerShares are covered here, while iShares products are covered here.

Fiscal cliff = Y2K
Political writer Frank Rich dismisses the "fiscal cliff" negotiations in the United States as a phony drama not unlike the Y2K scare of 2000.

Economists unfiltered
Bank economists have to be circumspect about what they say in public, but that doesn't mean they don't have opinions (or a sense of humour, for that matter). Here are some short, sweet economist quotes picked out of a recent roundtable held at a mortgage industry conference.

The best of Globe Investor
Globe Investor is highlighting some of the best features of our website this month with Globe Investor Tips. Here's the list so far.