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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.

Deal-Hunting South of the Border

Here's a list of best bargains for Black Friday, which happens Nov. 16, or this Friday, in the United States. It's a bigtime shopping extravaganza with sales everywhere, huge crowds, mobbed parking lots and many other delights. If you live near the border and want to partake, here's a list of top bargains. Me, I'd rather stick a fork in my eye.

Here's a link to the RedFlagDeals.com forum on Black Friday bargains of interest to Canadians.

The Debt Threat

Ace CBC host Michael Enright gets Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney to explain the problem with today's high personal debt levels in the clearest language you're likely to get from a central banker. Read the transcript, or listen to the audio clip.

Bond ETF Wakeup Call

Canadian Couch Potato blogger Dan Bortolotti sets the record straight on the returns provided by bond ETFs. Some investors think they're getting returns of 4 per cent (exceptionally high in today's world), but in fact they are not

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