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Off the couch: Five things you need to actually do in 2017

How long do people generally keep their New Year’s resolutions? Information on the subject is variable and non-scientific, but around my house, thirteen days is about average, so this seemed like a good time for an article such as this one. The reason resolutions are so hard to keep is we so often resolve not to do certain things: smoke, drink, eat an entire pizza at one sitting, etc., so we only have to blow it once before we have, in effect, blown the whole year. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves, since that means we can go back to doing what we like.

The ideas I’m putting out there today are things you only have to do until they’re done. After that, you can go back to whatever things (laudable things, I’ve no doubt) that you were doing before. And of course, I don’t know that any of these apply to you, specifically. I only know that they apply to us, statistically.

Let’s start with a couple of pretty easy ones, and work up from there.

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Julian Close

Julian Close became a stockbroker in 1995. In his 20 years of market experience, he has seen all market conditions and written about every aspect of investing. Julian has also written extensively on corporate best practices and even written reports for the United Nations. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.