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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – October 9, 2015

Two heads worse

Two heads worse

You might think investors working together would be less individually biased, but University of Göttingen research finds instead that teaming up may reinforce investor reluctance to realise losses and maximise wins with a quick sale. Researcher Holger Rau says peer presence increases this disposition effect.

Finding meaning

Finding meaning

People may be happier working for non-profit organisations despite earning less, a paper looking at 76,423 people in the UK suggests. Bard College’s Martin Binder writes that these employees may enjoy their daily activities more and feel they play a useful role in society – even if they’re already happy.

Socially sharing

Socially sharing

Sharing-economy ideas take another twist with the birth of a “social street” in Bologna, Italy. Residents are connecting by website, meeting new people and finding help locally – and the idea is catching on in other countries too.

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