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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – February 14, 2017

Fast food index

Fast food index

The price of pizza in Amsterdam or the cost of a Big Mac in Paris can tell economists a lot about the world, says this BBC article. That’s why the Odeon popcorn, KFC and Big Mac indices have emerged and can tell us a lot about purchasing power parity – whether exchange rates mean a product costs the same in different countries or not.

Money colloquialisms

Money colloquialisms

Everyone knows someone born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth and that fools and their money are soon parted but do you know someone who lives like a maggot in bacon or has a snake in their pocket? This Business Insider article lists some of the best (and funniest) money sayings from around the world. Go on, you know you want to find out.

Focus on fun

Focus on fun

When job-hunting, most of us place a lot of weight on the salary but not enough on how much fun we’re going to have – even though we know this is the most important thing in our current job. This NYT article says it’s simply because we often don’t realise we’ll still be the same person in the future, who will care about the same things.

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