Personal finance from around the Web:
- The Leapfrog Group, an organization comprising large corporations and public agencies that buy health benefits on behalf of their employees, has released a list of what it calls the 45 top hospitals in America. Is yours on the list? [The Leapfrog Group]
- There's turmoil at the $110-billion investing firm TCW Group: The two longtime co-managers of the top-performing TCW Total Return Bond fund [fortune-stock symbol=TGLMX" target] are out the door. Chief investment officer and fixed-income star Jeffrey Gundlach was fired; Philip Barach is said to have resigned. [The Los Angeles Times]
- Where do your tax dollars go? To defense, Social Security and health care, mostly. [Economix]
- Barnes & Noble's new electronic book reader, the Nook, goes on sale today. But don't rush out to buy one -- compared to Amazon's Kindle, the Nook is "achingly slow," says Bloomberg's Rich Jaroslovsky. "Might-as-well-go-pour-yourself-a-cup-of-coffee slow." [Bloomberg]
- New tax rules next year will let more higher-income taxpayers have access to a Roth IRA. Learn how to maximize the benefit. [The Wall Street Journal]
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