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On the Psychological Effects of Ownership and Overpricing

Wednesday, 23 July 2008, 0:18 | Economics, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Sellers tend to overprice their assets to include the pain of having to let go During the last couple of weeks I’ve been browsing around for an apartment for my parents. They’re thinking about moving closer to the city to spare the precious time lost in traffic. I’ve seen 7 apartments up until now and […]

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Budgeting As a Family Activity

Monday, 7 July 2008, 17:12 | Budgeting, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Encouraging your family to take part in the budgeting process is crucial to its success After a very short while budgeting actually becomes fun. You simply can’t wait to add up the numbers and see how you’re meeting your goal, how much money have you been able to save and how much debt you’ve been […]

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Psychology tricks and increased spending – The Case of Expensive Wines

Saturday, 31 May 2008, 15:17 | Money Saving Tips, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Our psychology is terribly easy to trick. We’re actually pretty good at it ourselves In each and every day of our lives we are bombarded with psychological tricks and quirks which have one goal: Make us spend more. Advertisements take many forms and influence us both at a conscious and a subconscious level. However, every […]

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Maybe Money Does Buy Happiness After All @ The New York Times

Thursday, 24 April 2008, 13:59 | Economics, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

New research points to high correlation between wealth and satisfaction We like to think money doesn’t really make that much of a difference. The intuitive truth is that it does, but we must be careful not to jump to early conclusions. In an article by David Leonhardt for the NY times titled “Maybe Money Does […]

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How to Make Saving More Rewarding and Tangible: 5 Practical Tips

Thursday, 17 April 2008, 13:49 | Money Saving Tips, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Increasing the tangibility of your savings and rewarding yourself for achievements is crucial for success in this long term effort. Saving money consistently is hard. The temptations and needs are numerous. There will always be just one more thing to buy to make everything perfect. How do we resist the urge and how do we […]

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ETFs and Mutual Funds – The Slowdown Will Teach Us another Valuable Lesson

Sunday, 17 February 2008, 16:40 | Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

ETFs have become the investment tool of the 21st century for household investors. It is true, they do have many advantages ranging from lower commission, better performance, tax considerations and more. With ETFs becoming increasingly popular more investors ask themselves why invest in mutual funds altogether? I am a big supporter of investing ...

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Taking the Moments to Appreciate Life

Sunday, 3 February 2008, 15:01 | Philosophy, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

I write a lot about investing, business and personal finance. So do many other personal finance blogs. However, we have to keep reminding ourselves money is just a means to an end and not an end in itself. A recent experiment by the New York Post demonstrates what seems to be our innate inability to […]

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Building Character Through Long Distance Running

Thursday, 10 January 2008, 3:44 | Career, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

I took part in a 10K race today (~6.25 miles). There is something powerful and motivating about running alongside several hundred other runners. I’ve been running long distances for 6 years now and I believe long distance running (or any endurance sport) are great character builders. Some argue this is a ‘what came first – ...

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