Weekend Edition: Vacation Time & Christmas Shopping Edition

Welcome to the weekend edition, a small collection of links to interesting personal finance related articles and economic news from around the web.

As of today, I’m happy to announce that I’m officially on vacation until January 3. The same shopping scenario repeats itself every year: while my wife had the time to finish her shopping for all of the family, I have to start running around to do my part of spending money. It’s the easiest thing to buy myself a gift but a little bit harder to find the perfect one for my wife. She’s so much better than me at this game and outstanding when it comes to respecting our gift budget. What makes it harder for me is that jewelry and perfume are not an option so I’m going to have to get creative as the “easy exits” are blocked!

With work out of the way, I will be able to scratch a lot of tasks off the to-do list. Even better, the kids will still be at daycare most of next week while we (I + wife) are on vacation which will make a great opportunity to catch up on quality time such as trying out some new restaurants. Finally, I will have the time to finish working on several posts I’ve had in the pipe for a while.

I hope your vacation is also around the corner, even better if it’s already here. Make the most of it and enjoy your time with loved ones as this has the highest rate of return for any investment!

Economic roundup:

Fed Surpasses China in Treasury Binge

2011 ‘Double Dip’ Would Damage US Banks

The West ascendant: Canada’s new political power

IRS audits jump by 11 percent; wealthiest targeted

China May Raise Interest Rates 6 Times Through 2011

On to our weekly blog roundup:

Invest it Wisely Book Review: Ramit Sethi’s Book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich

101 Centavos: Mainstream Financial Media vs. PF Bloggers: 401K loans

Money Smarts: Switching to e-bills and e-statements

Buy Like buffet: Why Index Investing Will Not Work For The Next Decade

Dividend Monk: Consumers and Investors Have Influence

The Righteous Investor: Monopoly Money vs. Virtual Money

Intelligent Speculator: The best investment of my life

Canadian Capitalist: Selecting Winning Managers Through Graphology

Financial Samurai: Clubber’s Guide to Saving Money and Having a Good Time

Wealth Artisan: 5 Money Saving Tips For Christmas

Enjoy your Weekend!