Our annual roundup of top picks is a timely guide for every facet of your financial life: the most-promising investments, rewards cards with the biggest benefits, highest-yielding bank accounts, best bets in travel, phone plans for every profile, great ways to save on health care and more.
Best Mutual Funds You Can Invest in for $125 or Less
Some fund families are willing to take on tiny accounts in the hope a long-term relationship will eventually blossom.
Best Mutual Funds for Dividend Investors
Dividends have accounted for some 40% of overall U.S. market returns. We've rounded up several you don't want to miss.
Best Mutual Funds for Rising Interest Rates
The Fed has held rates artificially low for years. Investors need to prepare for their inevitable rise.
Best Mutual Funds for Investing in Value Stocks
These funds will benefit from the shift away from growth and toward value stocks.
Best Stocks for Yield at a Reasonable Price
Here's an old-school idea: Buy big-name stocks with above-average dividend yields and below-average price-earnings ratios. Try these four.
Best Online Brokers
Investors can pocket a few hundred bucks just by opening an account with an online broker these days. But don't let a signing bonus sway you. Take a look at our reviews of seven of the biggest brokers in the industry to see which is the best fit for you.
Best Rewards Credit Cards
The selection of great rewards cards is so ripe, choosing the right one for you can be tricky. Do you spend a lot on groceries? Gas? Do you eat out frequently or regularly fly across the country or overseas? We've sorted through the cards and picked the ones that offer stellar deals in a variety of categories.
Best Online Banks
What's the attraction of internet banks? Because they don't have the overhead costs that come with full-service branches, they tend to have lower fees and higher interest rates. We've picked seven top accounts from online banks in a variety of categories including hassle-free savings and high-yield checking.
Best Personal-Finance Websites, Apps and Software
If you've been putting off getting your financial house in order, you're in luck. There are a variety personal finance-related websites, apps and tools that are available for free or purchase that can help get you on track. Here are 11 we think are worth testing out.
Best New Car Values
These picks from Kelly Blue Book will hold their value and save you money at the pump.
Best Shopping Websites and Apps
For the shop-a-holics that are constantly looking for the next best bargain, save yourself some hassle by using these deal-hunting sites and apps before your next shopping trip.
Best Ways to Save Time and Money on Travel
After booking flights, reserving a hotel, packing your bags and taking care of all the other to-dos, your trip may feel like a huge time and money investment before you even walk out the door. To take a bit of the weight off when it comes time to plan your next adventure, we present our best-in-travel picks of the year.
Best Package Tours for Your Money
Do you love to travel, but cringe at the thought of having to plan all the details of your trip? A package tour has you covered, with amenities like airport transfers, lodging, excursions and meals included. Take a look at our picks for the best package tour deals of 2016. They'll do the work so you don't have to.
Best Travel Discounts for Seniors
Getting older can have its advantages. Here are a few of our favorite travel deals of the for senior travelers.
Best Cell Phone Plans
From family plans to prepaid phones to the best options for heavy data users, we've narrowed down four cell-phone plan options to best suit your needs.
Best Websites and Tools to Save on Your Health
If you're looking for ways to cut down on health care costs, we've rounded up several websites that can help you track down less-expensive pharmaceuticals and medical services in your area.
Considering a 1031 Exchange? The Rules You Need to Know
Taxes are an inevitable part of investing in real estate. You can, however, defer or avoid paying capital gains taxes by following some simple rules of a 1031 exchange. Yes, you read that correctly!
By Daniel Goodwin • Published
Stock Market Today: Stocks End the Week on a High Note
Intel stock plunged after a big earnings miss, but encouraging inflation and consumer sentiment data created tailwinds for the broad market.
By Karee Venema • Published
Stock Market Holidays in 2023: NYSE, NASDAQ and Wall Street Holidays
Markets When are the stock market holidays? Take a look at which days the NYSE, Nasdaq and bond markets are off in 2023.
By Kyle Woodley • Published
Stock Market Trading Hours: What Time Is the Stock Market Open Today?
Markets When does the market open? While it's true the stock market does have regular hours, trading doesn't stop when the major exchanges close.
By Michael DeSenne • Published
Bogleheads Stay the Course
Bears and market volatility don’t scare these die-hard Vanguard investors.
By Kim Clark • Published
Best Cash Back Credit Cards of January 2023
Smart Buying Looking for the credit card that pays the most cash back? These lenders may pay hundreds of dollars, with minimum hassle.
By Lisa Gerstner • Last updated
I-Bond Rate Is 6.89% for Next Six Months
Investing for Income If you missed out on the opportunity to buy I-bonds at their recent high, don’t despair. The new rate is still good, and even has a little sweetener built in.
By David Muhlbaum • Last updated
What Are I-Bonds?
savings bonds Inflation has made Series I savings bonds enormously popular with risk-averse investors. How do they work?
By Lisa Gerstner • Last updated
Your Guide to Open Enrollment 2023
Employee Benefits Health care costs continue to climb, but subsidies will make some plans more affordable.
By Rivan V. Stinson • Published
Watch Out for Flood-Damaged Cars from Hurricane Ian
Buying & Leasing a Car In the wake of Hurricane Ian, more flood-damaged cars may hit the market. Car prices may rise further because of increased demand as well.
By Bob Niedt • Last updated