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Consumer Reports Magazine | January

Published: January 2016
January 2016

Cover Story

Choose the Best Bank for You Do you value 24/7 digital access over the personal touch? Looking for thousands of branches or low fees? If you're willing to shop around, you'll find more choices than ever.
How Secure Is Your Bank Account? There's no guaranteed safe haven, but some banks have better security than others.
How to Fire Your Bank Fed up with your financial institution? Consumer Reports shows you how to switch banks as painlessly as possible.
Join Our Fight for Better Banking Services Consumer Reports' advocates are battling against high banking fees.
Spread Your Wealth to Save Money You don't have to get your mortgage and your credit card from the same institution.
Is a Prepaid Card an Alternative to Checking? Prepaid cards may be easier to get than a bank checking account but some are loaded with 'gotchas'


Can You Trust the Label on That Steak? If you want meat or poultry with no antibiotics, you have to know how to decode the claims on the package.
How to Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics in Our Food Supply Join Consumer Reports' efforts to stop the use of these drugs in animals raised for meat.
How Much Snow Blower Do You Need? Depends on how much snow you need to move and how quickly

Lab Tests

Car Batteries: Which Ones Do Best? The battery is the unsung hero of your vehicle, especially in extreme weather.


Car Owner Satisfaction Owners tell us whether they would buy their cars, SUVs, or trucks again.
2016 Volvo XC90 Review If you want to brag to your neighbors about your totally brand-new car, this is it.
2016 Hyundai Tucson Review This compact SUV is the king of competency.
2016 Mazda CX-3 Review Fun in a small package.
2016 Fiat 500X Review A long-term relationship with this subcompact SUV is likely to be fraught with frustration.


Save Money on Meds: 6 Tips for Finding the Best Prescription Drug Prices Prices can vary widely from store to store, even in the same town. The trick is to shop around.


Forging New Frontiers Consumer Reports President, Marta L. Tellado, highlights Consumer Reports' investigative work in consumer banking & finance and the food industry's response to antibiotics in food.
Viewpoint: Improving the Marketplace for Consumers This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace.
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

The January 2016 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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