Category: Chart of the Week

Chart of the Week: What industries are most impacted by the economic shutdown due to coronavirus?

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May 12, 2020
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Career, Chart of the Week, Employment, Research, Current Events
Questions: What 3 industries had the largest NUMBER of unemployed persons in April?  What 3 industries have the LOWEST unemployment rates in April? Why do you think those industries were least impacted by the coronavirus?   In analyzing the change in unemployment rates between March and April, do you think this pandemic has impacted narrow sectors of the economy or had more widespread impact?  The report indicates that about 80% have identified themselves as being...

Chart of the Week: How do stock, bonds and cash returns vary?

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May 05, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Investing, Stocks
Hat tip to Beth Tallman for this idea:  Explanation: This chart graphs the range in annual returns for stocks, bonds and cash (think savings account) with the average indicated in blue.    Questions: One of the core tenets in investing relates to the relationship between risk and return. Complete this sentence: the higher the risk of an asset, the _______ the expected return. Which of the following assets (stocks, bonds or cash) has the highest risk? Which asset has the...

Chart of the Week: What jobs will be most impacted by the coronavirus?

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Apr 20, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
From McKinsey:  Questions: Thinking about the companies/industries in your community, how much of an impact will COVID-19 have on your local economy? There were about 159 million jobs in the U.S. economy in February. McKinsey has provided a range of overall jobs that are vulnerable at the top of the chart. What percent of overall jobs in the economy are considered vulnerable? McKinsey indicates that 2-3 million new jobs will be created in the short-term. What types of jobs do you think...

Chart of the Week: Spending patterns in age of pandemic

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Apr 13, 2020
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Purchase Decisions, Chart of the Week
Questions: The data above is as of April 1st. What do you think the trends have been since that date for the various spending categories? Why do you think that groceries saw a spike and then a sharp drop?  Which of the spending categories do you think will bounce back first? From NY Times:  The coronavirus has profoundly altered daily life in America, ushering in sweeping upheavals to the U.S. economy. Among the most immediate effects of the crisis? Radical changes to how people...

Chart of the Week: The $2 Trillion Stimulus a.k.a. CARES Act

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Apr 06, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Economics, Current Events
Great infographic from howmuch.net (hat tip to Jessica for finding!): Questions: How will this stimulus affect You and your family? Your community? Businesses in your town? Rank order the 6-7 groups from those receiving the most benefit to those receiving the least. Do you agree with these priorities? Explain. This is the biggest federal stimulus program in history at over $2 trillion. What do you think makes this current situation different from previous economic downturns in the last 50...

Chart of the Week: What is this chart measuring?

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Mar 30, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Chart of the week now in presentation form with a chart, some questions and references. Enjoy!...

Chart of the Week: What has been the trend in interest rates over the past 700 years?

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Mar 17, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Credit Cards
From Visual Capitalist:    Interesting visual showing the history of interest rates since 1310. Perfect to share with your European history teachers. Here were the closing interest rates on debt issued by the U.S. Treasury over the past two weeks:  Note that on 3/9/20, all Treasuries from 1 month to 30 years were yielding under 1%...truly incredible!  Questions:  What has been the long-term trend in interest rates since 1310?  The purple dots on the far right are...

Chart of the Week: What are the sources of state tax revenue?

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Mar 10, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Taxes
Hat tip to Jessica for finding this resource on howmuch.net regarding state taxes.    Questions: What are the top 5 sources of state taxes?  Are you surprised by any of these taxes that are collected and the amounts? Which of the state taxes do you think you will pay at some point in your life?  What is the sales tax in your area?  --------------------- Thanks to NGPF super intern Ansh for compiling the last 20+ Charts of the Week in this document. ...

Chart of the Week: How have historical events affected the Dow over the past 120 years?

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Mar 03, 2020
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Investing, Chart of the Week, Research, Stocks
With the stock market last week undergoing its worst week since 2008, it's instructive to take the long view, the very long view. Here's a chart of the Dow Jones over the past 120 with historical events superimposed on the chart.    Questions: What historical event required the longest recovery time for the Dow Jones Industrial Average?  What historical event caused the last big drop in the stock market (before last week's decline)?  Find 2-3 historical events on the chart...

Chart of the Week: What do mean and median statistics tell us about income distribution in a country? (Updated)

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Feb 28, 2020
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Chart of the Week
This blog post looks at income distribution in a country through the lens of means and medians. Math teachers will love this as students will need to think critically about what these statistics can tell them about level of income disparities within a country. Here's a portion of the chart: As you might gather from looking at this chart, those countries that have the largest difference between the mean (average) and the median have the highest degree of income disparities.  Questions:...

Chart of the Week: Trends in Worldwide Population (1950-2050)

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Feb 24, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Did You Know...?
Fascinating chart showing trends in world population and predictions for the future (Yale GlobalOnline)  Questions:  What are three major trends you can identify from this chart that have occurred between 1950 and 2020?  Do most of the trends you identified represent improvements in the standard of living around the world?  What do you see as the most significant change projected to occur between 2020 and 2050?  One of the changes happening in many developed...

Chart of the Week: How does monthly take-home pay vary in major U.S. cities?

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Feb 17, 2020
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Taxes, Chart of the Week
Hat tip to Jessica for finding this chart at Howmuch.net Methodology: Take-home pay calculated after deductions for federal and state income taxes and Social Security/Medicare taxes.  Questions: Since federal taxes are consistent across all of these cities, the difference in take-home pay is driven by differences in state income tax rates. What is the difference between the cities with the highest take-home pay and the cities with the lowest take-home pay (in dollars)?  A $100,000...

Chart of the Week: How do auto insurance premiums vary by age?

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Feb 11, 2020
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Chart of the Week
From Zebra State of Insurance report:  Questions: Using data from the chart above, explain why 16-17 year olds pay the highest insurance premiums?  What age group has the lowest premiums? Why do you think that is the case?  Based on the data above, at what age do you think driving skills first start to deteriorate?  As cars continue to add safety features, what impact do you think that will have on accident rates? on premiums?  ------------------- Thanks to NGPF super...

Chart of the Week: Largest Advertisers in the U.S.

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Feb 04, 2020
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Advertising, Chart of the Week, Purchase Decisions
Hat tip for Kareem for highlighting this chart.  You might know think advertising is a big market. This chart shows you exactly how big it is and breaks it out by sector.  Question: What are the reasons that companies advertise?  Which company's ads do you tend to see most frequently from the list above? Where do you see their ads (physical world, TV, digital world) Which three companies spend the most on advertising? What types of products do each of them sell (may require some...

Chart of the Week: The value of diversification in two charts

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Jan 28, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Investing, Index Funds
What makes investment diversification so difficult for us mere mortals is that you will never feel like you have the optimal portfolio and have that nagging frustration of "what if...". For example, while many investment professionals encourage investors to have some exposure to international stocks in their portfolio, that has not been a winning strategy for the past decade as the U.S. stock market has vastly outperformed the rest of the world as this chart indicates: Note: MSCI ACWI is an all...