Category: Chart of the Week

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...

Chart of The Week: Consumer Debt

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Jan 29, 2019
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Chart of the Week
Questions:  What's the overall trend with consumer debt since 2003?  Which loan type has grown the fastest since 2003?  Estimate percentages for each of the three loan types. In other words, what percentage of overall consumer debt is auto loans, student loans and credit card debt What additional data points would you need to know in order to assess how stressed consumers are with debt payments?   ...

Chart of The Week: The Annual Ups and Downs of the Stock Market

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Jan 22, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Investing
For your investing unit, this chart below shows the annual returns of the S&P 500 from 1927 through January 19, 2018. Since investors talk in terms of returns when talking about stocks, I recommend going into detail about exactly how a return is calculated for a stock over a given period:  (End of period price for index - beginning of period price for index) divided by the beginning of period price.  So let's show an example and calculate what the return for 2019 has been for the...

Chart of the Week: Are online reviews credible?

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Jan 15, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Behavioral Finance
From Pew Research: Consumers have long relied on advice and recommendations from others before making purchasing decisions, and Americans today have access to a vast library of customer ratings and reviews that they can consult when deciding if products or services are worth their money. This survey finds that a substantial majority of the public now incorporates these customer ratings and reviews into their decision-making processes when buying something new: Fully 82% of U.S. adults say they...

Chart of the Week: More Jobs Then People

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Jan 08, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
History was recently made. As the chart above shows there are now more job openings than unemployed workers.  Questions: In what year was the gap widest in terms of the difference between the number of unemployed and the available jobs? What do you think happens to wages for workers in that year?  What has been the primary contributor to this situation in 2018 where job openings now exceed the number of unemployed? Has it been the growth in job openings or the decrease in the number...

Chart of the Week: Car Insurance Costs by Gender and Age

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Dec 19, 2018
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Insurance, Chart of the Week
From ValuePenguin:  Questions: How do you think auto insurance companies determine the premiums that they charge their customers?  Why do you think 16 year old boys have insurance premiums that are $64 more per month than similarly aged girls?  What is the percentage drop in premiums between the ages of 16 and 30 for men? for women? Why do you think there is such a large drop?  --------------- Looking for more charts for your students to analyze? Check out NGPF's Data...

Before your students step foot on a college campus and visit those banking booths...

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Dec 13, 2018
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Checking Accounts, Current Events, Chart of the Week
...they might want to ask the banker "Are you sharing my fees with the college so every time I overdraw my account...my college benefits?" Here's the data showing the average costs by bank:  From MarketWatch:  During the 2016-2017 academic year, students using college-endorsed debit or prepaid accounts paid $27,600,000 in account fees, according to the report. And students tended to pay more fees when financial institutions paid their colleges to promote the accounts. That could...

Chart of the Week: State Minimum Wages

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Dec 11, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment, Math
Chart courtesy of Statista:  Questions: Why do you think there is such a difference in the minimum wage rates by state?  What is the minimum wage in your state? Is it different in your area?  What do you think determines minimum wage levels in a given market (city, town, county)?  Analyzing this chart, what would you guess the federal minimum wage is? Describe the typical worker that earns the minimum wage (education level, age, experience, type of job, industry)? What do...

Chart of the Week: How have family budgets changed over the past 100 years?

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Dec 05, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Budgeting, Research
From The Atlantic:  Hat tip to Sonia from the NGPF team for pointing out this informative article from the Atlantic. Here's how it described life in 1900:  In 1900, seen from perch of the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- which counts national jobs, income and spending -- the United States is like one big farm surrounded by a cluster of small factories. Almost half of the country works in agriculture. As for the budding services economy: There are more household servants than sales...

Question of the Day; What is the preferred method of communication for 13-17 year olds? Social media, texting or in-person?

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Dec 05, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: Texting Questions: What is your preferred method of communication? Explain. How do you think these percentages will change by 2023?  What are situations where in-person communication might be more effective than texting or social media?  Do you think these preferences will impact communication patterns in the workplace in the future? Explain.  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers...

Chart of the Week: Digital Wallets

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Nov 28, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Payment Types, Current Events, Debit Cards, Credit Cards
This chart comes courtesy of Wall Street Journal (sub. required): Questions: In your own words, what's a digital wallet? Here's a description from Investopedia.  Which companies listed in the chart are you familiar with? Would you trust them to store your debit/credit card information?  Digital wallets now comprise about 1% of U.S. card transactions. What do you think that percentage will be in five years?  What do you think is the appeal of a digital wallet to consumers? to...

Question of the Day: What percent of voters think the economy is an important issue this election cycle?

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Nov 05, 2018
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Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Economics
Answer: 78% Questions: Is the economy an important issue for you/your family at this time? Explain.  What would be your headline for the chart above?  Why do you think the economy was so important during the mid-term election in 2010?  What do you think the relationship is between unemployment rates and how important the economy is to voters?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind...