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Carrick on money: All the gold in the world

The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

All the gold in the world

A very cool infographic that shows just how much gold there is in the world. Not a lot, actually. Now you understand why gold is considered to be the one fail-safe currency.

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I'm not made of money

A financial blogger has been asked to be a bridesmaid at three weddings this year and estimates the total cost at around $3,800. There's also an infographic here on the cost of being a bridesmaid.

How to find ding-free ATMs

Canada's credit unions are getting a bit edgier in marketing themselves as a bank alternative. In this campaign, they're highlighting a cross-country network of "ding-free" ATMs where customers can make withdrawals without paying surcharges. There's a ding-free deal on participating ATMs, and a smartphone ATM locator app is available.

Your tax dollars at work

This look at the comparatively poor state of the U.S. health care system includes data for Canada and other countries. We're doing OK, but not great in terms of the value we're getting from our spending on health care.

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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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