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Survey: Americans want to save more, spend less in 2016

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By Chris Clackum
NBC News

Financial experts have another reason to celebrate the upcoming new year.

A recent survey finds more Americans are now willing to make resolutions related to their financial health.

"I think the overall theme here is that people are feeling a little more optimistic going into next year," says Ken Hevert of Fidelity Investments.

Fidelity sponsored the study, which found the most popular financial resolutions include paying off debt, spending less and saving more.

"Even if I was to increase my annual savings by 1 percent, ultimately that's going to get me a lot closer to building up the nest egg you want in retirement," Hevert says.

The study also found those who had financial resolutions going into 2015 are more financially secure, debt-free and optimistic going into 2016.

Fidelity's study was conducted by Caravan Survey and presents the findings of a telephone survey in October conducted among two national probability samples, consisting of 2,013 adults, 18 years of age and older.
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