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Best of the Best 2019: how do your financial products compare?

best of the best 2019

In 2001, the Best of the Best edition made its debut.

Back then I said: “With the vast array of products around, it’s very easy to pay far more interest than you really need to, or not earn as much from your investments as you should.”

Funnily enough, this still applies today.

According to Canstar, just one of the seven research houses we rely on to put these awards together, October saw 220 rate changes from 23 lenders, even though the cash rate has been on hold for 27 consecutive months.

Our now, Best of the Best 2019 is Australia’s leading independent guide to the best financial products and services.

How much are you paying for your mortgage? What about your credit card? You’d be mad not to at least have a sneak peek at some of the winners here to compare what you’re paying or earning.

On the investment front, our Best ETF Provider believes that more investors will turn to low-fee funds that provide diversification, convenience and transparency.

What I like about Best of the Best, which has been running for 18 years, is the transparency.

The methodology is explained right next to the tables. You may agree or disagree and that’s fine.

The whole purpose of this issue is to give you a nudge over the summer holidays to take some time to discover how your products compare with the best.

A big thank you goes to our partners, Canstar, Morningstar, Lonsec, Zenith, SQM Research, SuperRatings and WhistleOut, for their support on this issue.

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Written by Effie Zahos

Effie Zahos

Money magazine editor Effie Zahos is the author of A Real Girl’s Guide to Money: From Converse to Louboutins, available for pre-order now. Effie started out as a graduate trainee for one of Australia’s major banks. She moved to TV in 1997, kick-starting her career in finance journalism as head researcher for Channel Nine’s Money Show. A regular finance commentator on TV and radio, she also wrote The Great $20 Adventure, a children's book aimed at enhancing the financial literacy of young Australians.

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