Advertisement
retirement

Best of Everything 2010: Best Personal-Finance Resources

Before you pick a company, find out whether it has a reputation for hassling people about claims.

Best way to check out an insurer

Knowing its claims record is critical. Before you pick a company, find out whether it has a reputation for hassling people about claims. Check out the insurer’s complaint record at the National As­sociation of Insurance Commissioners’ Consu­mer Information Source.

Best way to protect yourself from fraud

Here’s a deal: A free, hourlong DVD that will teach you how con men bilk even sophisticated investors and how to protect yourself from the bad guys. Plus, it’s replete with case studies showing different kinds of cons. You’ll learn from both the people ripped off and the perpetrators of the scams. The show is Tricks of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud, produced by the Finra Investor Education Foundation in partnership with AARP. Order it online or call 866-973-4672.

Best consumer blog

Consumerist.com is the always useful, frequently fun and deliciously snarky place to get the latest on a wide array of consumer issues. Recent posts: A ripoff at Target, foreclosure hell and a toddler-costume tag that’s dangerous to toddlers.

Best financial books

The skinny on the meltdown, landing a job and outsmarting your brain.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Big Short (W. W. Norton, $28) Leave it to Michael Lewis to nail Wall Street’s greed-charged myopia. In a compelling and sometimes hilarious read, Lewis explains the financial crisis through accounts of the colorful few who saw the subprime crisis coming and bet against it to get filthy rich.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

MarketPsych (Wiley, $40) The market is flooded with books on investor psychology, but most only outline the various ways we screw up with our investments. This is the first book that identifies the root causes and gives a variety of practical, imaginative ways to heal thyself.

Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0 (Wiley, $22) Anyone unfortunate enough to be seeking a job in this market knows that the traditional methods can be dead ends. Here, many of the latest techniques recommended by headhunters are punc­tuated with war stories and step-by-step advice.

Best legal advice online

And most is at no cost.Nolo.com has been our go-to source for legal information for a long time, and it’s still the best. Nolo’s been around for 40 years, and its easy-to-navigate Web site is packed with practical advice and clear information about a wide range of legal issues.

Best blog for frugalistas

Wisebread.com isn’t about being cheap, it’s about being smart with your money. Or as its tagline says, “Living Large on a Small Budget.” It features everything from restaurant strategies to 30 uses for the humble cardboard box.

Best blog for saving money

From feeding your family steaks for the price of burgers to making your water heater more efficient, TipHero.com has more than 3,000 money-saving ideas. Tips are posted daily, or receive them weekly in your in-box.

Advertisement

Most Popular

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?
tax brackets

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?

The IRS unveiled the 2020 tax brackets, and it's never too early to start planning to minimize your future tax bill.
June 20, 2020
Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year
tax law

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year

Americans are facing a long list of tax changes for the 2020 tax year...and it's never too early to start thinking about next year's return.
June 22, 2020
10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class
tax deductions

10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

Tax breaks aren't just for the rich. There are plenty of them that are only available to middle- and low-income Americans.
June 30, 2020

Recommended

Where Should You Retire?
retirement planning

Where Should You Retire?

This week, our Your Money's Worth podcast host Ryan Ermey interviews co-host Sandy Block about her recent story about the best retirement destinations…
July 7, 2020
Find a Great Place to Retire
happy retirement

Find a Great Place to Retire

Our cities provide plenty of space to spread out without skimping on health care or other amenities.
July 2, 2020
Searching for the Perfect Place to Retire
Empty Nesters

Searching for the Perfect Place to Retire

We home in on two places with less traffic and lower costs. 
July 2, 2020
Hail to Your Finances, Regardless of Who Wins Presidency
retirement planning

Hail to Your Finances, Regardless of Who Wins Presidency

Don’t try to navigate your investment choices based on election uncertainty. And don’t wait to find out who wins in November to make financial decisio…
June 30, 2020