New Year's is a great time to think about making positive changes for your financial life in 2014 and beyond. But too often, New Year's resolutions don't work. That's why it's important to pick simple money moves to make that are easy to follow but will have a big impact on your finances.
In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks at three things to do to get your financial life in better shape. Dan first looks at debt, suggesting that those with high-interest credit card balances look at using 0% offers from Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) , Citigroup (NYSE: C ) , American Express (NYSE: AXP ) , and other card issuers to help you cut your interest payments and get your debt paid off faster. Dan then addresses those with savings but no investments, suggesting that higher-return potential comes from taking risk with your assets. Finally, Dan suggests retirement savings through Roth IRAs, which for many people is the best way to combine tax benefits and flexibility to take withdrawals if absolutely necessary for emergency situations.
Get your money in gear
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