eLesor Picks: Who we are, and why you can trust us

The eLesor Picks team is here to help you make smarter decisions about how to spend, save and manage your money — from finding you great deals; to vetting products and services to reveal what’s worth spending money on (and what’s not), to showing you how to get better rates and terms on loans and other financial products. We gather advice from top experts in a variety of fields to ensure we’re giving you high-quality guidance, and we have a team of reviewers who test and review products and services.

How we create our content
You’ll find myriad financial guides in Marketwatch Picks. That’s because we know there is a lot of confusing, and often-slanted, money advice floating around the internet these days. So we aim to write useful money columns using advice from a variety of different money pros like certified financial planners and accountants.

We also review products and services, which we do in two ways. The first is that we have our experienced reviewers research, and then personally test, the products and services we write about. In every review, we strive to be as unbiased as possible (see below about how we donate pricey items we review to charity, so the items don’t influence reviewers), and as such, you will see both the pros and cons of the items we review listed in stories. The second way we review products and services is that we ask people who are experts in their fields to give their unbiased recommendations: For example, we interviewed top dermatologists about the face washes they recommend.

So how do you make money?
We often (but not always) earn a commission when you click on an affiliate link in our stories. But it is our promise to you that the products and services we recommend are independent of any compensation we may get through these links. And, indeed, if you ended up returning a product we recommended because it wasn’t good, we would typically not be paid for that.

Our promise to give back: We don’t keep pricey goodies; we donate them to charity
We strive for unbiased advice, so we ask every reviewer to donate items they reviewed that were valued at over $100 to their nearby Goodwill, and if they do not have one nearby, to an approved charity of their choice. We know that this is not always possible (for example, when testing consumables like food), but whenever it is, this is the code of ethics reviewers agree to follow.

About the editor
As the editor of eLesor Picks, Catey Hill brings 15 years of journalism experience to this section, having covered smart shopping and personal finance at publications like eLesor, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Real Simple and dozens more. She is also the author of two personal finance books, the latest of which is “The 30-Minute Money Plan for Moms: How to Maximize Your Budget in Minimal Time” (Center Street, 2018), and has appeared as an expert guest on more than 100 radio and TV shows, including TODAY, Fox & Friends, CBS This Morning, The Lead With Jake Tapper, and more. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for this section, her email box is always open to you: [email protected]