Make a plan to improve your finances in 2017


By Jeff Reeves

With the turn of the calendar, it’s the perfect occasion for many Americans to think about doing things differently starting on Jan. 1.

And while the idea of making a New Year’s resolution may sound hokey or cliché, a recent survey from investing giant Fidelity shows that simply making a plan to improve in the coming year can be an important part of your overall financial health.

Fidelity surveyed more than 2,000 Americans and found that, of those who made financial resolutions, 52% felt they were better off financially, while only 41% of those who didn’t make a plan a year ago felt they got ahead. Similarly, 52% of folks who made a financial resolution in 2016 felt confident about their finances improving in the coming year vs. just 37% of those who didn’t make a plan.

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