Category: Chart of the Week

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...

Chart of the Week: How has the composition of the stock market changed in the last 120 years?

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Feb 26, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Stocks
Great graphic that displays the economic transformation that has occurred since 1900 based on the industry composition of the stock market.  From Visual Capitalist:    Questions: What industry has seen the most dramatic decline since 1900? Can you explain the change in that industry?  Which industry has seen the largest increase (and didn't even exist in 1900)?  What do you think this chart would look like in 2100? Explain your reasoning. ------------ NGPF's Data...

Chart of the Week: Should We Trust Investing "Experts"?

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Feb 19, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Investing, Stocks, Behavioral Finance
From Retirement Field Guide, comes a chart showing the stock chart for an S&P 500 ETF (which tracks S&P 500 Index) from 2012 to present with quotes from noted pundits. Click on the chart to get a larger version that is easier to read:  Questions: How much has the S&P 500 risen over this period?  Why do you think that so many experts may have been expecting a crash in 2012? (Hint: what happened a few years earlier?) What is it about the stock market that makes us...

Chart of the Week: Do families pay more in federal income taxes or in hospital costs?

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Feb 12, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Insurance
Hat tip to Beth Tallman: Questions What happened between 2010 and 2018 to hospital spending and tax rates?  Does it surprise you that Americans spend more on hospital spending than they did for federal income taxes? Your friends says that he thinks hospital costs have peaked in 2018. Does the graph support his argument?  ----------------- Check out NGPF Insurance Unit Page for ideas on how to bring insurance to life for your students.     Behind the chart from...

Chart of the Week: Who's the largest employer in your state?

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Feb 05, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Employment, Career
From Visual Capitalist comes a state-by-state analysis of the largest public and private employers. Can you guess which private sector employer dominates the grayed out section on this map? Click on the map to get the answer:  Questions (after watching 2:55 video): Who is the largest employer in your state?  The largest employers by state are typically in what industries? Of those industries, which do you think have the highest paying jobs?  Do you think the largest employers by...