Category: Audio Resource

Credit Scores: An Article and Short Audio Clip to Supplement Your Lessons

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Jul 31, 2017
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Credit Scores, Activities, Activity, Audio Resource, Article
These two resources (audio and an article) caught my attention over the past week as they provide different perspectives on credit scores. The 3 minute audio from Marketplace (below) describes the history of credit scores in the U.S. and how they have evolved over time while the NY Times provides a plain English Q&A on the topic. Audio from Marketplace (3:28): A credit score is the calculated probability of how likely you are to pay debts. But it affects where you live, what car you can buy...

Question: What Are The Summer Job Prospects for Teens?

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Jun 15, 2017
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Employment, Research, Current Events, Audio Resource, Article
Answer: According to Marketplace, prospects are GOOD! From Marketplace: The U.S. unemployment rate stands at 4.3 percent, and the tight labor market is giving a bump to young people’s job prospects for the summer. Unemployment among 16- to 19-year-olds fell to 14.3 percent in May — its second-lowest reading since 2006 (it dipped to 13.7 percent in March). Teen unemployment hit a previous low of 12.3 percent in June 2000. But even as the job situation improves, fewer young people are...

Podcasts For Those Long Car Rides...What I Have Been Listening To

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Jun 02, 2017
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Audio Resource, Behavioral Finance, Index Funds, Investing, Current Events, Podcasts, Entrepreneurship
Lots of drive time this week, which means lots of good podcast listening. Here are four that I thought you would enjoy: For those looking for entrepreneurial focused podcasts, my new FAVE is Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman (VC at Greylock and founder of LinkedIn). Here are the two that I have listened to with their key points that stuck: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook): Learn about the importance of launching “imperfect products” and then listening intently to your customers to...

Question: What Careers Are High School Students Interested In?

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Jun 01, 2017
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Audio Resource, Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events
From Marketplace.org (1:32 audio): Here are the top 10 results from the survey conducted in 2016 with 150,000 high school students: Four of the 10 most popular career options cited by survey respondents were in the health care field, an area that is expected to grow in the coming years as the U.S. population grows older. Other science and engineering fields drew interest from 18 percent of respondents, with mechanical engineer rounding out the top 10 fields garnering the most student interest....

Podcast: How Can I Use Money Effectively To Promote My Happiness?

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May 26, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Research, Current Events, Audio Resource, Parent Conversations, Podcasts
I thought you would enjoy this Meg Faber podcast while you were on one of those long summer drives with your family. It could lead to some great conversation too! Lots of thought-provoking wisdom from Elizabeth Dunn, co-author of the 2014 best-seller Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. In the podcast, she discusses new research into behavioral finance that she summarizes into five core principles that may make you think differently about how money can “buy” happiness: ...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Educator Nick Simmons of Hopkins Academy (Hadley, MA)

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May 05, 2017
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Taxes, Audio Resource, Featured Teachers
Thanks to Nick Simmons for his recent appearance on the NGPF Podcast. I learned about Nick’s work at the Hopkins Academy in Hadley, Massachusetts from a recent feature in the local paper describing his passion for personal finance. In this podcast, Nick shares his methods for teaching challenging topics like taxes and investing and how he uses technology in creative ways. You will also learn how his advocacy work made personal finance education a requirement at his high school. Enjoy!...

Audio Resource: How Does Our Spending Reflect Our Values?

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May 01, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Question of the Day, Research, Teaching Strategies, Purchase Decisions, Video Resource, Audio Resource, Podcasts
Just done listening to this 28 minute Hidden Brain podcast “Money Talks” which asks such provocative questions such as: Would you buy clothing from a department store if you knew the apparel was made in a sweatshop? If you have a choice between a local coffee shop and a national chain, which would you choose? Does how a company treats its employees (e.g, Uber) or customers (e.g., United) factor into your purchasing decision? I also learned a new term listening to this...

You Know That Annual Fee On Your Credit Card...Well, It's Negotiable!

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Mar 29, 2017
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Activity, Research, Credit Cards, Current Events, Audio Resource
From WSJ (subscription): More than 80% of people who ask their card company for relief from their annual fees receive it, according to a new survey. Most get the fee waived entirely, while a smaller portion receive a fee reduction, according to a CreditCards.com report released Monday that surveyed around 950 card users. Why are card companies so flexible? Well, it’s a competitive marketplace out there: Intense competition between credit-card issuers is the main reason for this...

Podcast: How Does Scarcity (Time, Money, Relationships) Impact Our Brain?

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Mar 28, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Research, Purchase Decisions, Current Events, Video Resource, Audio Resource
Thanks for my friend Dan Mennel for pointing this podcast out to me: Hidden Brain: Tunnel Vision (Episode 65, 36:34) What I like about this podcast: The first fifteen minutes of the podcast deal with the issue of money scarcity and describe how our brains are wired to handle it and how our responses often meet short-term needs at the expense of our long-term goals. From Hidden Brain website: When you’re hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you’re...

Your Weekend Podcasts

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Mar 05, 2017
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Audio Resource, Policy, Index Funds, Investing
Oops. Meant to get this out on Friday. Here’s what I have been listening to the past week (or hope to listen to soon): Bill McNabb, CEO of Vanguard Group (Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz; over one hour). Vanguard recently crossed $4 trillion in assets under management. McNabb describes why index funds are increasing their market share, how Vanguard’s robo-advising business is growing, and the importance of fees when it comes to investing over the long-term. For those...

A Few Podcasts To Get You Thinking...

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Feb 26, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Research, Investing, Current Events, Audio Resource
I had a few long car rides today and wanted to share a few Hidden Brain podcast episodes that you might find useful: Misbehaving (24 minutes): Interview with behavioral economist Richard Thaler of “Nudge” fame. Discusses how traditional economics misses the boat when it comes to the foibles of human behavior (e.g., lack of self-control). Discusses research findings that explain why cabs aren’t available on a rainy day, why we use money differently depending on its source,...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Allan Roth, Author, Columnist and Financial Advisor

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Jan 10, 2017
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Savings, Behavioral Finance, Investing, Stocks, Audio Resource, Compound Interest
Thanks to Allan Roth for recently joining the NGPF podcast. I got to know Allan a few years ago when I needed an advisor to help me “tune-up” my portfolio. I appreciated his candor, his analytical chops, his thoughts on asset allocation, his laser focus on fees and his willingness to challenge some of my assumptions. One of his best suggestions was that I create an investment policy statement which serves as a guide to my asset allocation during those turbulent market conditions...

Charles Kafoglis, NGPF Fellow, explains his school's unique perspective on fin lit

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Dec 20, 2016
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Audio Resource, Behavioral Finance, Career, Video Resource, NGPF Fellows
Two in one week! A second NGPF Fellow, Charles Kafoglis, has submitted a guest blog spot, and we’re happy to have it. Charles is a teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Houston, TX — Incarnate Word Academy — and they’ve got a really unique leadership model that weaves throughout their entire school culture and course curricula. Charles shares that outlook, as it pertains to the personal finance class he teaches, as well as two interesting videos, in the guest post...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks With "Rock Star" Educator Brian Page of Reading High School (OH)

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Dec 15, 2016
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance, Paying for College, Current Events, Audio Resource, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
What does an extraordinary educator do during their one-year sabbatical away from the classroom? If you are Brian Page, star educator at Reading High School in Ohio, the answer is “a lot of things.” In his return visit to the NGPF podcast, Brian shares how he spent his year away from his beloved classroom. You will learn why he has come back to the classroom even more energized (which, for those of you who know Brian, is saying something) and eager to implement new ideas to engage...

Question: What Role Should Work Play In Your Lives?

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Dec 07, 2016
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Career, Activity, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Audio Resource, Article, Employment, Activities
A great question for your students to ponder before diving into your Career unit. The impetus for this question came from a story I heard on the Marketplace podcast: While listening, ask your students to listen: What were the common themes that the reporter found most interesting when researching these 100 different jobs? What insight came from the McDonald’s employee in Iowa? What was the inspiring insight that the reporter gleaned about the importance of work in people’s lives?...

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