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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.

The Economics of Getting Married

The Bucks blog on the New York Times website uses the occasion of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to note the existence of wedding insurance. And, yes, it's available in Canada, too.

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Would you like fries with that wedding reception? In Hong Kong, McDonald's offers a wedding package that includes a corsage for the bride and McDonaldland character gifts for 50 guests. Maybe if enough couples demand it, they'll introduce this low-cost option here.

The Economics of Sex

A cost-benefit analysis of the various birth control options available from the blog.

Looking Out For Number One

The investor advisory panel of the Ontario Securities Commission has called for regulators to impose a fiduciary duty on advisers - in other words, to require advisers to put client interests above all. No, I can't believe advisers aren't already required to do this, either.

Here's a column I wrote recently on how to find advisers who already work to a fiduciary standard.

Best of the Blogs

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Globe journalists (myself included) and outside bloggers have teamed up to create lists of top money blogs. Now, we want you to vote on which of our picks you like best. In a week, we'll publish your choices for the best of the blogs.

Click here for an overview of 2011's Best of the Blogs nominees

Vote: What's the best Canadian personal finance blog?

Vote: What's the best Canadian investing blog?

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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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