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Today's Best Rates for Savings, Checking, CDs, More

Today's Best Rates for Savings, Checking, CDs, More

Where to Stash Your Cash Back in the early 1980s, you could walk into a bank and get a six-month certificate of deposit yielding more than 15%. And even as late as 2001, you could get one yielding mo...

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Small Utilities

Small Utilities

In the first half of 2014, utility stocks soared 17%, on average, the best performance of the 10 major US stock sectors—surprising most analysts. Those analysts expected rising interest rates to hur...

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New Ways to "See" a Doctor

New Ways to "See" a Doctor

If you think that seeing a doctor could be simpler and more convenient than the current setup, then the emerging field of telemedicine may be just for you. Telemedicine, which is destined to radically...

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Beware of Fake Companies On Google

Beware of Fake Companies On Google

If you ever use Google to search for a nearby business, scammers may be targeting you. That’s because it’s easy to set up a fake company, address and telephone number on the Google Maps site using...

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How to Learn About Car Dangers Before a Recall

How to Learn About Car Dangers Before a Recall

An automobile recall notice often is not the best way to find out that there is a problem with your vehicle. Automakers routinely try to avoid or at least delay issuing full-blown recalls. Notably, Ge...

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Secret Consumer Scores

Secret Consumer Scores

They're not credit scores, but they can cost you big They know what you buy. They know what you eat. They know whether you're healthy. "They" are data-tracking and analysis companies, and they compi...

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Minor Traffic Tickets Have Big Hidden Costs

Minor Traffic Tickets Have Big Hidden Costs

Most people know that serious violations such as drunk driving can cause insurance premiums to rise. But relatively minor moving violations—such as driving a few miles per hour over the speed limit,...

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Why Are Contracts So Complex?

Why Are Contracts So Complex?

Have you looked at a contract lately—whether it’s from a bank or an insurer or a car-rental company? Easy to understand? Not! But we can do something about that. “Today’s consumers have more...

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How to Hide: Keep Your Movements, Your Purchases and Your Past Private

How to Hide: Keep Your Movements, Your Purchases and Your Past Private

People have the right to hide their pasts—as long as they are European. That essentially was the ruling of the European Union's highest court in May, which said Google must grant requests by individ...

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The Verdict on Prepaid Legal Plans

The Verdict on Prepaid Legal Plans

Prepaid legal plans promise to provide a lawyer’s help when you need it for a modest subscription fee of $20 to $30 per month (more for businesses). That sounds like a great way to protect yourself ...

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