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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – July 28, 2016

Tfl goes global

Tfl goes global

Contactless payments are on the rise as our Mobile Banking 2016 report notes but the Transport for London (Tfl) contactless ticketing system is going global: another seal of approval for this popular way to pay. According to Finextra, Tfl has signed a £15m licensing deal for its technology to be used by other cities around the world.

Smart public nudges

Smart public nudges

Advertising and marketing campaigns are nudges from businesses – but public interest nudges are relatively new. Science magazine writes about nudges that encourage choices that are good for families, health and finances, from tax credits and welfare for needy families to child support programmes.

Spendthrift giving

Spendthrift giving

Frugal gifting is what so many of us aspire to but rarely achieve. This article in The Globe and Mail writes that spending more on gifts doesn’t always wow the recipient. We might try and compensate for not being there with that flashy necklace but often the truth is the recipient wants something that is easy to use and they personally value. 

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