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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – October 30, 2012

Education, education, education

Education, education, education

Even short financial training courses can improve the way younger people manage money, according to a study of German teenagers. The study – apparently one of the first to assess the impact of financial literacy training to high school students – found the students were better able to identify risky savings products, less inclined to make impulse purchases and show an increased likelihood to start saving after short sessions with a “finance coach”.

Follow the leader

Follow the leader

Booms and busts in property markets can be partially explained by thinking traps such as loss aversion, mental accounting and herd behavior, blogs Psy-Fi . It cites several studies including a review of summer house sales in Finland to show how these concepts affect property prices and transactions.

Less is more

Less is more

A Harvard Business Review blog post highlights the “Presenter's Paradox” – a mistake it says candidates commonly make during interviews. Researchers found that mentioning additional skills that are not as strong as their main strengths – such as a small amount of Spanish language learning – can lead to a poorer first impression.

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