Category: Chart of the Week

Digging Deeper: The “Amazon Effect”

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Dec 11, 2017
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Purchase Decisions, Economics, Current Events, Research, Chart of the Week
Amazon is so good at keeping prices low, it’s changed how economists think about inflation I was immediately skeptical of the conclusion implied by this headline.  Yes, Amazon is pervasive in everyone’s lives at this point, but could one company permanently shift inflation? I asked my resident economist if this was really a thing. The answer? YES.  This IS a conversation economists are having.  The Quartz article cites Kevin Kliesen, an economist at the St. Louis Fed....

Chart: What financial assets do families own?

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Nov 29, 2017
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Stocks, Chart of the Week, Checking Accounts, Investing
Hat tip to Big Picture Blog Questions: In your own words, what is an asset? Which financial asset has seem the greatest increase in ownership between 2001 and 2016? What do you think are examples of Transaction Accounts? Certificates of Deposit and Savings Bonds  both saw sharp drops in the percentage of households holding them between 2001 and 2016. What do you think that has been the case?  You read this headline "No one seems to be saving for retirement today." Does this chart...

Question: How much money is there in the world?

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Nov 28, 2017
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Economics, Question of the Day, Research, Savings, Chart of the Week, Stocks, Investing, Current Events
Answer: It depends on how you define money. From $7.6 trillion (physical currency) to $90 trillion (broad money).  This audio and infographic below are great ways to bring the concept of money to life and also help provide context to the size of the various markets and the U.S. position relative to the rest of the world.  Audio from Marketplace (hat tip to Sonia; duration, 3:19):  Questions:  What type of money is included in M0 (zero)?  What is included in the term...

What I'm Reading This Holiday Week

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Nov 21, 2017
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Article, Investing, Chart of the Week
Hat tip to Abnormal Returns, Big Picture Blog and Visual Capitalist which provide a great curated list to start with: David Swenson is nervous (Bloomberg): The legendary Yale endowment manager is nervous about something. Read the article to find out what is keeping him up at night.  Looking for a simple productivity hack (Thrive Global)? Hint: It has something to do with your smartphone! I can never get enough of Jonathan Clements (on our podcast here and here). Here's his thoughts on the...

Question of the Day: What is the most valuable U.S.-based company?

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Nov 15, 2017
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Investing, Stocks, Question of the Day, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer (as of 11/15/17): Apple From Visual Capitalist comes this fascinating chart of top 10 companies over the past 100 years: Questions: Compare the largest companies from 1917 to the largest companies in 2017: Are there any companies that that stood the test of time and appear in both lists? Does this surprise you? How has the industry composition of these two sets of companies changed over the past 100 years?  You see a newspaper article noting that there is a concentration of...

Question of the Day: What college major provides graduates with the highest median CAREER earnings?

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Nov 08, 2017
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Question of the Day, Career, Chart of the Week, Paying for College, Research
Answer: Chemical Engineering with median lifetime earnings of about $4 million From NY Times: Awesome article that dispels common myths about the college major. Here's one of my favorite myth-busters highlighting the variance in a given major: "It’s true that computer science and engineering top all the pay rankings, but salaries within specific majors vary greatly. “Students and parents have a pretty good idea of what majors pay the most, but they have a poor sense of the magnitude...

Question: Why Invest?

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Nov 05, 2017
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Investing, Savings, Chart of the Week, Stocks
I saw this headline recently and immediately started to predict all the reasons the writer was going to enumerate about the benefits of investing. Yes, we all have seen those listicles that make great clickbait about the "10 Reasons You Better Invest!" Instead, the writer surprised me with a one word answer that everyone can understand: Inflation. Read on to find out why inflation matters... From Monevator:  This graph shows how what you can buy with £10,000 falls over the...

Question: What are teens spending more money on—food or clothes?

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Nov 01, 2017
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Purchase Decisions, Question of the Day, Budgeting, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer (from Piper Jaffrey report which is chock full of teen spending habits): Food Here's the chart from their report:  A lot happening in this slide so here's a way to orient your students:  Height of the bars measures what percentage of spending goes to food and clothing spending (see left axis). For example, in spring 2017 teens spent about 23-24% of their budget on Food and 19% on Clothing (see left axis) The squiggly yellow line measures the Net Food Spend (or how much more...

Question of the Day: What 3 jobs are projected to be the fastest growing over the next decade?

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Oct 27, 2017
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Career, Chart of the Week, Question of the Day, Research
Answer (based on percentage growth in job category): Solar photovoltaic installers Wind turbine service technicians Home health aides Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis for sending along this insightful Atlantic article about jobs for the future. Here's the chart that shows both percentage growth leaders as well as how many new jobs will be created for those specific job titles (math teachers will love this one too): Questions: Which jobs on the list will see the largest increases in...

Question of the Day: What percent of Americans shop online?

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Oct 26, 2017
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Purchase Decisions, Credit Cards, Budgeting, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week
Answer (from Pew Research): 79% Hat tip to Danielle for coming up with this question which continues on the theme of online shopping (see recent post about Amazon accounts and teens). Here are some questions to engage your students: Do you shop online? Why or why not?  If you do shop online, how do you pay for items? If you do shop online, have you ever bought something through social media links? If so, describe the item you purchased and the influence of social media. What did you...

Question of the Day: When is the best time to book a flight to get the cheapest fare?

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Oct 25, 2017
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Budgeting, Question of the Day, Current Events, Research, Chart of the Week
NGPF has just started a new service: The Daily QuoD (that's Question of the Day in NGPF-speak!). Subscribe to our blog (right hand side of NGPF Blog homepage) and you will receive a new QuoD every weekday during the school ready to use in your classroom. Enjoy! ----------- Answer (infographic from CheapAir.com): 47 days   Questions: What are the pros and cons of booking a flight early? Analyzing the graph, how much would you save by booking at the best time...

What's the Distribution of Credit Scores in the U.S.?

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Oct 23, 2017
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Current Events
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Question of the Day: What’s the median number of years that workers spend at a job?

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Oct 22, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Current Events
From Economist (subscription): Questions: What age group has had the most dramatic change in years spent at job? Any theories on what may explain this trend? Why do you think that young people (25-34) tend to have the shortest number of years spent on the job?  Does this change the way you think about your working career?  How many jobs do you think that you will likely have over your career?  Want to use in your classroom? Here are ready-to-go slides! ______________________...

Chart: What Are The Mental Mistakes We Make And Why Do We Make Them?

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Oct 09, 2017
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Current Events, Chart of the Week, Behavioral Finance, Research, Question of the Day
Answer (from Visual Capitalist): There's a lot of them (and that's what makes us human). This chart shows all 188 cognitive biases we have (click for higher-res version): Questions: Chose 3 of the cognitive biases on the outside part of the circle (there are 20 of them) that you think you are most prone too. Give examples of times that these cognitive biases have crept into your thinking. Here are a few examples: We tend to find stories and patterns even when looking at sparse data: "I heard...

What Company Has Created The Most Wealth Since 1926?

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Sep 25, 2017
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Investing, Stocks, Chart of the Week, Question of the Day
And the winner is.....Apple at almost $1 TRILLION! Great chart from NY Times shows the 50 companies that created the most wealth in the last 90 years (size of the circles is based on the company's compound annualized stock return): Questions: In your own words, how does the graph measure wealth creation?  In looking at the wealth created by companies that have been publicly traded for less than thirty years, what industry are most of the companies operating in?  Which ten companies...

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