Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 7-10)

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Jun 06, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

Question of the Day: Over a recent 20 year period, what percent of pros investing in large companies "beat the market?"

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Jun 06, 2021
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Question of the Day, Investing, Stocks, Index Funds
Answer: 94% of investment pros underperformed (see below), so 6% outperformed.  Questions: Why do you think investing professionals struggle to "beat the market? Why do you think investors continue to invest their money with professionals despite their record of not being able to "beat the market?" Your friend says "you are better off investing with professionals instead of buying a simple index fund (e.g., S&P 500) that matches the market return." Do you agree or disagree based on...

NGPF Podcast: A Conversation with Meghan Rabuse, The Family Finance Mom

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Jun 04, 2021
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Podcasts
  I had a great conversation with Meghan Rabuse, who has taken her passion for finance and translated it into a popular blog and podcast, The Family Finance Mom. Her focus: "sharing my simple money tips with you to help your family make the most of its means, and reach your financial goals." Meghan's shares how her investing expertise came from stints at a leading Wall Street investment bank and hedge fund. She has some great analogies to make complex financial topics easier to understand....

Reading List for June 4-6

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Jun 04, 2021
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Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Retirement
Economics Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, seems to agree with economists previously cited in reading lists and EconExtras that inflation may go up temporarily as economy starts back up, but demand and therefore prices will cool down soon. (CNBC) This New York Times presents lots of economic indicators (graphs) to evaluate the recovery so far. Unemployment claims dropped to under 400,000 last week. (Reuters) May jobs report showed payroll increase of 559,000 and unemployment at 5.8%....

FinCap Friday: Unsure of Insurance

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Jun 03, 2021
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FinCap Friday
Insurance companies use a wide variety of factors to determine our monthly insurance rates, but car insurance with telematics promises to get rid of these estimators and use data-driven assessments to determine insurance rates instead! What exactly is telematics, and how does it work? Learn more in the final FinCap Friday episode of the 2020-2021 school year! If you're short on time, try our simplified No Tech version containing embedded questions right in the slide deck! Check out all of our...

Summer Series: Making Lemonade with Noa Rodriguez-Hoffman

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Jun 03, 2021
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Video Resource
Last night on NGPF's Speaker Series virtual PD, we had an incredible conversation with Shelley Miles, CEO of the Singleton Foundation and Noa Rodriguez-Hoffman, their Director of Editorial and Community Engagement. These incredibly inspiring and accomplished women discussed their career paths and personal passions for creativity within the financial sector. Noa is a Certified Financial Planner and hosts the series Making Lemonade.  Making Lemonade is a series of conversations with...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Short Selling

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Jun 03, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "A Short Explanation of Short Selling" explains the concept and risk of short selling a stock.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

Curriculum Insider: 3 Middle School Lessons for the End of the School Year

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Jun 02, 2021
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Middle School Tips
As the school year is winding down, you might be on the search for fun and engaging lessons to do with your students that don't require tons of background knowledge and can provide meaningful information and interactions before the summer. Well, look no further! Below are THREE lessons from NGPF's Middle School Course that will do just that! #1: MS-8.1 Preparing for High School Before your graduating 8th graders leave middle school behind, prepare them with the need-to-knows so they're equipped...

Question of the Day [Updated]: What's the new interest rate on federal student loans for the 2021-22 school year?

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Jun 02, 2021
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Question of the Day, Student Loans
Answer: 3.73% (vs. 2.75% for 2020-21 school year) Questions: How do you think this interest rate compares to the interest charged on credit card debt?  Average student debt is around $30,000 for college graduates. At current interest rates, roughly how much in interest would be paid over the life of a 10-year student loan? Here's a loan calculator to help with the math.  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use with your...

New NGPF team member, Dave Martin, on why he cares so much about financial education

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Jun 02, 2021
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Personal Finance
When I was 20 years old, I made the decision to transfer from a public state college to a private college in another state.  I wanted to get out of my parents house and have the “college experience.”  I found a school that I fell in love with.  The price tag was high and I’d need to finance my education mostly through student loans but it didn’t matter.  Moving away and gaining that freedom was worth any cost.  I made the move. Entering my final...

NGPF FinLit BillTracker as of June 1st

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Jun 01, 2021
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Advocacy
With the holiday week, there was less activity than in prior weeks. Here's a summary of where state legislatures stand today and details on the specific bills Recall that 25 states + the District of Columbia introduced bills in 2021. Here's a tally of where we stand today: Bills that have passed state legislatures and signed into law: 3 (Arkansas, Hawaii and Nebraska) Bills passed by legislators and waiting on Governor's signature: 4 (Colorado, Nevada, Rhode Island, Texas) States that still...

Question of the Day: Which U.S. cities gained/lost the most inhabitants during 2020?

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Jun 01, 2021
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Question of the Day, Current Events
Answer from USPS Change of Address Requests:   Questions: What factors impacted the movement of people during 2020? Where do you think the cost of living is higher? Explain your answer. Has the last year influenced your decision of where you would like to live in the future? How? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (MyMove): "According to USPS data, big cities lost the most...

A Low Stress Strategy to Increase Access To Personal Finance Courses

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May 31, 2021
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Advocacy
For some educators, the thought of presenting alone to a school board, or even emailing them, is daunting enough to avoid altogether. Yet, they’re passionate about personal finance and want to guarantee that every student takes the class to graduate. If this encapsulates your feelings, this post is for you. I need to start by saying that you’re not alone, and you don’t need to do it alone. Coalesce the folks who you feel comfortable with who share your passion and do this...

Question of the Day: Which age group has seen the greatest increase in jobs in 2021?

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May 31, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment, Economics
Questions: Do you plan on working this summer? Your friends? Are jobs as plentiful for teenagers as this article suggests? What do you think are the factors causing this? Are you finding that jobs that are available to teens are also paying more per hour than they were before the pandemic? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (NY Times; sub required): As companies try to go from hardly...

MATH MONDAY: Compound Interest

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May 30, 2021
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Math
In the last two Math Mondays, we covered exponential growth and decay. This week, we’re shifting slightly to exponential functions’ fun neighbor - compound interest.  Compound interest is a rich topic with abundant real-world applications. Today, we’ll highlight three fun classroom activities that will help your students master compound interest, followed by some additional extension activities. Activity 1: Compound Interest in Savings Accounts The lesson MATH: Compound...

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