NerdWallet’s

2017 best-of winners.

Our experts have been hard at work studying fine print and doing in-depth research and comparisons to find the best-of-the-best across a range of financial categories. From top travel reward credit cards to robo-advisors, these are the hardest working options out there.

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Credit cards

Top 10 credit cards
    • Best for everyday spending
      American Express
      Blue Cash Preferred
    • Best bonus category cash back
      Chase Freedom
    • Best flat-rate travel rewards
      Capital One Venture
    • Best for balance transfers
      Chase Slate
    • Best for small business
      Capital One Spark Cash for Business
    • Best for fair credit
      Capital One QuicksilverOne
    • Best bonus travel rewards
      Chase Sapphire Preferred
    • Best for flat-rate cash back
      Citi Double Cash
    • Best for longest 0% APR period
      Citi Simplicity
    • Best for college students
      Discover it for Students
  • Best airline cards
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  • Flexible redemption/large bonus
    Chase Sapphire Preferred
  • Frequent American fliers
    Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select
  • Frequent United fliers
    United MileagePlus Explorer
  • Frequent Delta fliers
    Gold Delta SkyMiles from Amex
  • Premium travelers
    Chase Sapphire Reserve
  • Frequent international fliers
    British Airways Visa Signature
  • Budget travelers
    Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • Best balance transfer cards
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  • $0 intro transfer fee
    Chase Slate
  • Long 0% APR period
    Citi Simplicity
  • Sign up bonus
    Discover it Cashback Match
  • Repeated transfers
    Barclaycard Ring
  • Best credit union cards
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  • Bad credit
    Digital Federal Credit Union Secured
  • Low interest
    Lake Michigan Credit Union PrimeLink Platinum
  • Cash back for military
    PenFed Defender Visa
  • Rewards
    PenFed Platinum
  • Rewards for military
    Navy Federal goRewards
  • Travel
    PenFed Premium Travel Rewards
  • Best store cards
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  • Fast shipping
    Amazon Prime Credit Card
  • Clothes
    Gap Credit Card
  • Home improvement
    Lowe's Consumer Credit Card
  • Everyday items
    Target REDcard
  • Warehouse club shopping
    Costco Anywhere Visa
  • Discounts
    TJX Rewards Credit Card
  • Bonus categories
    Chase Freedom
  • Online shopping
    Discover it Cashback Match

Investing

  • Best brokers for stock trading
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    • Online broker
      OptionsHouse
    • Online broker
      TD Ameritrade
  • Beginners
    Charles Schwab
    TD Ameritrade
  • Investment selection
    optionsXpress
    E-Trade
  • Research
    Fidelity
    Merrill Edge
  • Low cost broker
    TradeKing
    Interactive Brokers
  • Best robo-advisors
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    • Online advisor
      WealthFront
    • Online advisor
      Betterment
  • 401(k) advisor
    FutureAdvisor
    Blooom
  • Access to financial advisor
    Personal Capital
    Vanguard Personal Advisor Services
  • Free management
    Schwab Intelligent Portfolios
    WiseBanyan
  • Taxable accounts
    WealthFront
    Personal Capital
  • IRA Management
    Betterment
    Fidelity Go

Banking

  • Best checking accounts
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  • Alliant Credit Union
    Ally Bank
    Aspiration
    Bank5 Connect
  • Bank of Internet USA
    Capital One
    Charles Schwab Bank
  • Chase
    Discover Bank
    Simple
  • Best savings and money market accounts
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  • Alliant Credit Union
    Ally Bank
    Barclays
  • Capital One
    Chase
    Discover Bank
  • GS Bank
    Synchrony Bank
  • Best credit unions
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  • Alliant Credit Union
  • Consumers Credit Union
  • First Technology Federal Credit Union