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CNBC Poll: Financial Plan for the Year?

Your Money Resolutions - A CNBC Special Report
Your Money Resolutions - A CNBC Special Report

Those pessimistic about the economy probably plan on maintaining their austere ways. After all, the recovery is subpar, stocks prices are basically flat and, well, many of us haven't had a raise in a while.

At the same time, some say stocks are undervalued and retailers of all kinds are offering good deals.

And if that doesn't make sense, perhaps paying down debt does.

So what, if anything, do you plan to change about your finances this year?

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Not a Scientific Survey. Results may not total 100% due to rounding.

Commodities

Currencies

  • CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. Retailers head back to school. The Fed meets next week, and Friday brings a big labor report.

  • The Big Mac Index compares how much a Big Mac costs in 38 countries, explains Edward McBride, finance editor at The Economist. He outlines which currencies are the most under- and over-valued.

  • The euro struggled to hold above eight-month lows against the dollar on Friday, hurt by a dive in Germany's Ifo survey of business sentiment.

Mutual Funds

  • NEW YORK— They're hot, yet many investors have no idea what they do. These mutual funds go by a few names, and it doesn't help that some are inscrutable like "liquid alts," but they generally fall under an umbrella known as alternative mutual funds. Investors plugged a net $35 billion into alternative mutual funds over the last 12 months, according to Morningstar.

  • Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $2.18 billion to $2.56 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $2.84 billion to $896.27 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators adopted moderate reforms for money market mutual funds on Wednesday, in what amounted to a compromise that aims to balance the need to reduce the risk of runs on the funds while still protecting the product's utility for investors.

Bonds

Stocks