We hope you enjoy this handful of links on a cold Monday morning. Please note that there is a new carnival focused solely on investing.

Doron Levin at Bloomberg catches up with Prof. Edward Altman. Altman, known for his contributions to credit analysis modeling, weighs in on on General Motor’s prospects. (Here’s a hint — it does not look good.) Any one interested in GM’s credit should check this article out.

welling@weeden interviews Leon Cooperman and Steve Einhorn of Omega Advisors, and discovers they have a long buy list.

Gerelyn Terzo at IDD notes a major insurance company is joining the hedge fund land rush.

Emma Trincal at TheStreet.com interviews a hedge fund manager that focuses on convertible bonds, a sector that has underperformed to date.

Pat Dorsey at Morningstar.com adds another year-end list of investment books for those looking for last-minute gift ideas.

The Long Tail weighs in on the controversy over at Wikipedia.

macroblog updates their nifty graphs on the probabilities of further Fed fund increases imputed from the futures market. The market still believes that two more 25 basis point increases are coming at the January and March meetings.