The holidays give you that much needed break to spend quality time with family, re-organize your life, and take a step back and evaluate your goals and objectives for the New Year. This week’s headlines keep this in mind and bring your some of the best strategies for managing your personal finances.

Here’s what you need to know this week:

  • After spending some money over the course of the year and throughout the holidays, some people might be setting some new, fresh goals with the New Year on the horizon. The concept of money management apps isn’t new – but possibly one of the benefits of using an app is the ability to set it and let it go. Putting your finances on autopilot can help you from missing the details and track your spending. Here’s The Daily Finance’s 4 Best Apps to Organize Your Money in the New Year.
  • As a retiree, what’s your end-of-year plan? USA Today asked five leading national financial experts about their resolution in their report, Retirement: New Year’s Resolutions for Wealth and Health. Whether you’re focusing on your health or restructuring your spending plan, these experts share valuable insights for some of the best ways to close out 2014 on the right foot.
  • The end of the year is the perfect time to take a hard look at your investments, as long as you leave enough time to plan a change in the performance of your portfolio by the time 2015 rolls around. One year can make a huge difference on your investments! Business Insider gives 5 Simple Investing Tasks To Check Off Before The End Of The Year. These ideas could help give you a spark so that you can finally do what you’ve been meaning to do: get started. Once you’ve read up on some of these strategies, you’ll make some head way for 2015.

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