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When lying helps, and when it hurts

New study finds when telling lies, perception matters

If you think you’re helping someone by lying, you may want to think again.

Telling a lie in order to help or protect someone—a practice known as prosocial lying—backfires if the person being lied to perceives the lie as paternalistic, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Dear Abby: Why is it better to give advice than receive it?

You are more motivated to improve yourself when you give others advice

People struggling with motivation will benefit more from giving advice than receiving it, although most people predict the opposite to be true, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Are you prone to feeling guilty? Then you're probably more trustworthy, study shows

It turns out your mother was right: guilt is a powerful motivator.

New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that when it comes to predicting who is most likely to act in a trustworthy manner, one of the most important factors is the anticipation of guilt.

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How to make money on Fed announcements—with less risk

Investors could earn significant short-term gains in U.S. and global stock markets using a simple trading strategy around the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary-policy announcements, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The strategy could achieve a substantially higher return than a standard buy-and-hold investment plan, without increasing risk.

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