Category: Chart of the Week

Chart of the Week: Spending Patterns By Education Level

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Jun 11, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Budgeting
Great series of charts from our friends at Visual Capitalist (hat tip to Brian Page for also tweeting this out) that analyzes spending by an individual's education level. Two charts are provided below: one for high school graduates, the other for college graduates.  High School graduate:  Explaining the chart: The chart is split into thirds:  Left side: Shows sources of income: salary, Social Security (some of these HS grads are seniors collecting Social Security, dividends...

Chart of the Week: This chart tracks a dramatic trend in energy in the U.K. over the past seven years. Can you figure out the trend?

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Jun 04, 2019
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Chart of the Week
Courtesy of Morning Brew:  Answer: The % of coal-powered electricity used in the U.K. Black indicates over 50%, while the green means 0%.   ...

Chart of the Week: Counterfeit Brands Are A $300 Billion Business

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May 28, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Financial Scams
Click below for the full infographic: Questions: Have you ever bought a product online that you later found out was a counterfeit?  Based on the data in the infographic, are counterfeit products an issue that you should worry about? Provide at least two pieces of evidence. Are some products easier to fake than others? Which products do you need to be most suspicious about based on the data?  What are steps that you can take to ensure that you don't become a victim and purchase...

Chart of the Week: Most Plentiful Well-Paying Jobs that Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree

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May 21, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Note: Opportunity jobs are those that don't require a bachelor's degree.  Questions: Are you surprised to see any of these jobs on the list as you assumed they required a bachelor's degree? There has been much talk of automation recently. Which jobs do you think are most at risk of being replaced through automation?  47% of Bookkeepers have a bachelor's degree while 53% do not. Who do you think has more job security and a higher wage: the bookkeeper with a bachelor's degree of the...

Chart of the Week: Trend in Food Assistance Programs By State Since 2007

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May 14, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Budgeting
Hat tip for Jessica for pointing out this interactive map showing trends in food assistance programs (aka SNAP or food stamps). For an economics teacher, this interactive helps to explain how the economic cycle affects federal assistance programs.  Here's the static map (click on it to go to the site where it is interactive):  Questions: Looking at the U.S. map in 2017, what trends do you see in the usage of food assistance programs? Are there differences by region? Explain. ...

Chart of the Week: Company Lifespan on the S&P 500

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May 07, 2019
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Index Funds, Chart of the Week, Stocks, Investing
From Innosight's research on Creative Destruction: Key insights include: The 33-year average tenure of companies  on the S&P 500 in 1964 narrowed to 24 years by 2016 and is forecast to shrink to just 12 years by 2027 (Chart 1). Record private equity activity, a robust M&A market, and the growth of startups with billion-dollar valuations are leading indicators of future turbulence. A gale force warning to leaders: at the current churn rate, about half of S&P 500 companies...

QoD: What category of worker has doubled since the 1980s: Manufacturing, Service, or Knowledge?

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May 05, 2019
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: Knowledge Examples of various types of workers:  Routine cognitive workers = bookkeepers, filing clerks, bank tellers Routine manual workers = assembly line workers or workers in warehouse Nonroutine manual workers =  service occupations Questions:  In your own words, what is a knowledge worker? What are examples of the types of jobs that a knowledge worker has?  How do you prepare to become a knowledge worker? Which job types tend to be most affected by a...

Chart of the Week: What Are The Top 10 Jobs Of the Future?

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Apr 30, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
From Visual Capitalist: Questions: Rank order these factors from most to least important when selecting a job/career: salary, workplace factors, stress and growth.   Does a list like this motivate you to research one of these jobs that you are less familiar with? If so, which one(s)? Is there a common theme or pattern to the jobs listed above? Explain.  More from Visual Capitalist: Comparison of careers along a 2X2 Matrix: ---------------------- Looking for more graphs/charts...

Chart of the Week: Most Common Types of Medical Bills (For Those Struggling to Pay Them)

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Apr 23, 2019
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Insurance, Chart of the Week, Research
  Questions: What are the top 3 medical bills when it comes to their dollar amounts?  Which bills fits into the category of high frequency but low cost?  Which of the bills listed would you describe as "predictable?" ------------------------ Looking for more Charts of the Week? It's a regular weekly feature and here's some of the recent ones.   ...

Chart of the Week: Summer Jobs

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Apr 16, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Employment, Career
Questions: What pattern do you see in this line graph?  Between what decade do you see the most significant drop in summer employment for 16-19 year olds?  How does summer employment in the 1970s and 1980s compare with 2017? Why do you think there has been such a sharp drop in summer employment for 16-19 year olds?  Behind the graph (Pew)  The decline of summer jobs is a specific instance of the longer-term decline in overall youth employment,...

Chart of the Week: Periodic chart for asset returns

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Apr 09, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Investing, Stocks
Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis for sending a note to me highlighting this set of charts from Callan Associates. Think of the chart below as the periodic table for stock market returns for various asset classes (think stocks and bonds, U.S. based and international). Each column represents one year and each box represents a specific asset class which has a specific color assigned to it. The percentages reflect the returns for that specific asset class. There's a lot to unpack here but...

Chart of the Week: Boom or Bust with Tech IPOs

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Apr 03, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Investing, Stocks
Hat tip to Morning Brew for highlighting this chart in their daily newsletter.  With a flood of IPOs about to hit the market (Pinterest, Uber and AirBNB to name a few), I thought this chart was an important reminder that not every tech IPO goes BOOM!    Questions: Why do you think that companies like GoPro and Fitbit have struggled so much as public companies? (Hint: are there other products similar to theirs?) Square is a top performer. Do you know what business they are in? Do...

Chart of the Week: How does the average American household spend their money?

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Mar 26, 2019
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Budgeting, Chart of the Week, Research
From our friends at Visual Capitalist:  Questions:  What is the largest income source for American households?  What percent of a household's income covers federal, state and local taxes?  What is the savings rate for the average American household (Hint: Divide Savings by Total Income to establish the savings rate)? What are the five largest costs? Do you think these five costs are wants or needs?  One rule of thumb is that you shouldn't spend more than 30% of your...

Chart: Most common jobs by income level

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Mar 19, 2019
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Current Events, Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Background (from datavizblog.com): NPR has written a lot about how income has changed (or not) for the rich, middle class and poor in the U.S. In the past, however, they have written much less about what the rich, middle class and poor actually do for work. Questions:  What is the most common job for the top earning professionals?  What is the most common job for the lowest earning workers? Is there any overlap where jobs show up in multiple income levels? Does it tend...

Chart of the Week: Unemployment by Educational Attainment

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Mar 12, 2019
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Employment, Chart of the Week, Career
Note: Shaded regions indicate periods when the economy was in recession, a period of time when the economy is contracting instead of growing.  Questions: Finish the sentence based on the information in the graph: The ______ education you have the _______ the _____________________ rate.  During what periods is the gap in unemployment between the least educated and most educated the widest? the narrowest?  Your friend tells you that some college is better than none. Based on...