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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.

And the Oscars for credit cards and bank accounts go to... picks the best financial products of the past year. This website receives revenues from ads placed by financial companies, but it says the awards are based on merit.

And now a ranking of the banks and online brokers most responsive to customer e-mails. These ratings were compiled by Surviscor, an independent analysis firm.

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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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