Make a Financial Resolution to Save More and Worry Less in 2017

People who make resolutions on money matters tend to feel better about the state of their finances, said Ken Hevert, senior vice president of Retirement at Fidelity.
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People who make resolutions on money matters tend to feel better about the state of their finances, said Ken Hevert, senior vice president of Retirement at Fidelity. According to Fidelity Investments' eighth annual New Year Financial Resolutions Study, 45% of respondents say they are in a better financial situation this year, up from 39% last year and the highest level since the inception of the study. Looking forward, 70% predict they will be better off financially in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of people planning to ring in the New Year with a financial resolution is holding steady for the second year in a row -- 36% in 2016 against 37% in 2015. For the year ahead, the top picks among those considering a financial resolution are: save more (50%), pay down debt (28%) and spend less (16%).