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2019 PREDICTIONS
 
What a year it’s been! Whether you have been with us for decades or just joined us this year, thank you for being with us as we launched membership just one year ago. With members like you by our side, we’re ready for all that 2019 might bring! Take a look at what some of our trusted specialists predict this year will bring and what that could mean for you.
Keith Barry, Autos Writer
“If you’re thinking about going electric, you’re in luck: EV buyers in 2019 have more choices than ever before. In addition to new luxury models like the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace, there are also more affordable electrics including the new longer-range Nissan Leaf Plus and the Hyundai Kona EV. But how do they stack up against existing models from Tesla and Chevrolet? We take a look at the latest crop of EVs to help you decide.”
Keith Barry, Autos Writer
Lisa L. Gill, Health & Medicine Investigative Writer
Lisa L. Gill, Health & Medicine Investigative Writer
“More people are looking to relieve anxiety, stress, pain and even insomnia with cannabis—specifically products containing the non-intoxicating extract known as CBD. Products with CBD seem to be everywhere—health food stores, doctors' offices, coffee shops, and even bars and restaurants. But is it good for you, and does it work? We're taking a deep dive in 2019 into CBD to help you make the best, safest choice for you.”
Bree Fowler, Digital Privacy & Electronics Writer
“In smartphones, this is the year of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology. The first 5G phones are getting ready to hit stores. Cellular companies have been talking about 5G for years, but whether it has any near-term advantage for consumers remains a big question mark. In the long run, 5G could be an alternative to wired broadband, and it may matter even more for smart cities, autonomous cars, and the Internet of Things.”
Bree Fowler, Digital Privacy & Electronics Writer
Penny Wang, Money Editor
Penny Wang, Money Editor
“After nine years of steady economic growth, there’s a growing risk that a recession may be approaching—or, at the very least, more extreme market volatility. For investors, it’s crucial to review your financial plan to make sure you are taking the right amount of risk. Retirees should have enough cash to ride out a downturn, which will help them avoid tapping their portfolios during a market low.”
Kevin Loria, Health Writer
“In recent years, consumers have been willing to provide companies with all kinds of private information, from their digital data to their own genetic code. But people are starting to recognize that this information is valuable and should be closely guarded. Consumers are increasingly empowered to reclaim their privacy and take control of their genetic data—and I think people will think carefully before relinquishing any sensitive information in 2019.”
Kevin Loria, Health Writer
Kimberly Janeway, Home & Appliances Writer
Kimberly Janeway, Home & Appliances Writer
“More small appliances will vie for a spot on your countertop than ever before. We’ve recently tested vacuum blenders, and we’re currently evaluating pressure- and multi-function cookers, such as the Instant Pot. Air fryers exploded onto the scene this past holiday season, with sales increased 360 percent year over year, and their popularity should continue to rise.”
James L Willcox, Electronics Writer
“In TVs, you're going to hear a lot about 8K in 2019 but it really doesn't make sense for most consumers this year. The good news is that prices should drop for 4K TVs that are 65 inches and even bigger. They’ll be more affordable for more consumers. There’s also practically no limit to the choices for consumers looking for alternatives to pay TV, including cable and satellite TV. We’ll be looking to see whether one or two of the alternatives have a breakout year. For cord-cutters, the question is whether rising content costs will make a collection of streaming services just as expensive as cable.”
James L Willcox, Electronics Writer
Daniel Wrocławski, Home & Appliances Writer
Daniel Wrocławski, Home & Appliances Writer
“We’ll continue to see more integration between smart home products and smart speakers, which will gain even more traction as the hub of a smart home. The advantages of controlling your smart devices and appliances with your voice are vast, but with all that convenience comes new consumer challenges around data privacy and security.”
We’re also excited to share that our TV show “Consumer 101” won its first award!! The show, just halfway through its first season of episodes, was given the Parents' Choice Recommended Seal.
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