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Profitable Ideas: Ruled By Technology, Avoiding a Debit Card Nightmare, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.

The manipulative tricks tech companies use to capture your attention (TED). Technology rules our lives — probably more than we realize.

Sitting near a high-performer can make you better at your job (CNBC). Choose your cubicle carefully.

The debit card nightmare: a number is stolen and charges pile up (Washington Post). This is why I prefer credit cards over debit cards.

How well do you understand your health benefits? (CNN Money). There aren’t many topics more boring than insurance, but what you don’t know can hurt you.

Growing up (part 1) (Humble Dollar). What money lessons did you learn from your parents, and what do you think your kids are learning from you?

Bearing the burden today (The Simple Dollar). As President Kennedy once said, the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

This one mental bias is harming your investments (Wise Bread). Successful investing is largely an exercise in emotional self-control.

Do’s and don’ts for beneficiary designations (Morningstar). If it’s been a while since you’ve reviewed your beneficiary designations, now’s the time.

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