Category: Checking Accounts

Question of the Day: What percent of 13-17 year olds have a debit card?

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Mar 24, 2020
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Checking Accounts, Question of the Day
Answer: 40% Questions: Do you have a debit card? If so, when did you get it and what purchases do you use it for? If not, when do you plan to get one? Does it surprise you that twice as many 13-17 year olds have a debit card compared to a credit card? Which account is a debit card typically attached to? What’s the difference between a debit card and a credit card? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers...

Question of the Day [Updated]: What is the average fee to take money out of a non-network ATM?

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Mar 04, 2020
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Checking Accounts, Question of the Day, Research
Answer: $4.72 This charge includes: Your bank’s fee AND Fee charged by ATM owner Questions: Did it surprise you that the charge includes TWO different charges? Why or why not? Did you know that there is a charge for taking cash out of an out-of-network ATM? Do you think most people who use ATMs that are out-of-network are aware of this charge? Why do you think there is a charge to use an ATM that is out-of-network? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that...

Reading List for January 3-5 (2020!)

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Jan 03, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Student Loans, Stocks, Checking Accounts
Happy New Year! This week's list includes a few articles reflecting back on the the past decade, as well as reflections on personal financial health and habits. If you want an incredibly comprehensive look at what transpired in 2019, Barbara O'Neill has your back in this Journal of Financial Planning article, 2019 Personal Finance Year in Review.  Financial Literacy The emphasis in this article is moving the financial education much earlier in a child’s development. (Education Dive)...

Best of 2019: Most Visited Unit Pages

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Dec 30, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Paying for College, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Career, Investing, Insurance
 Our Unit Pages are the most visited pages on the NGPF website. Why? It provides teachers with all of the NGPF resources available on a given topic (unit) on ONE page. So, whether you are looking for 45 minute lessons or just individual resources to supplement your existing lesson, you can find them on the unit page.  Here were the unit pages that received the most page views: Checking Budgeting Taxes Types of Credit Investing Career Paying For College Saving Insurance  Managing...

QoD: What percent of consumers overdraw their checking accounts annually?

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Dec 10, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Question of the Day, Research
Answer: 30% Questions:  Why do you think that so many people overdraw their checking account?  What steps can YOU take to avoid overdrawing your account? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (CFPB study cited by Bankrate): CFPB study: "A small group of consumers pay most of these fees. In a given year, only 30% of consumers overdraw their checking account. The 8% of consumers who overdraft more than 10...

NGPF Podcast: Andy Rachleff of Wealthfront discusses self-driving money

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Nov 22, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Savings, Checking Accounts
Andy Rachleff is back on the NGPF podcast (previous appearance here) and provides us with an update on both Wealthfront's progress and the recent trends in financial services. Andy discusses new features offered by Wealthfront, consumer reaction to their new Cash Account, and how financial advice is ripe for creative destruction. Listen to this podcast and you will get insights on how AI (artificial intelligence) will change how we manage our money.   Details: 0:00~1:29...

QoD: Which tech company do consumers trust the most to handle their finances: Amazon, Google or Apple?

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Nov 17, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
As technology firms increasingly angle their way into financial services, the trust factor becomes an important one. Answer:  Questions: How would you answer the question? Why? Do you think technology companies will have success competing against existing banks? Why or why not? Thinking like an entrepreneur, what has been one part of your experience with banks that you think needs to be improved?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...

Reading List for September 27-29

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Sep 27, 2019
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Paying for College, Advocacy, Economics, Investing, Personal Finance, Insurance, Checking Accounts
Advocacy The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would require students to take a semester-long personal finance class to graduate high school. The bill now moves to the House. The bill proposes that the credit for the class could be applied to social studies, math, business, or family and consumer science graduation requirements. (CBS-Pittsburgh) A survey from Country Financial found that 86% of Americans think financial education should be mandatory. (LowCards)   Economics There...

QoD: If a bank mistakenly deposits $100,000 into your bank account, is it now YOUR money?

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Sep 10, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Hat tip to Brian Page and Lana Main for sharing this story!  Answer: Nope. Here's a two minute video explaining what happened to a couple in Pennsylvania who "had a bank error in their favor:"  Questions: Does this seem fair to you? Why or why not? The couple in this story used the $100,000 to go on a shopping spree. Imagine you suddenly received $100,000 (legitimately and not through a bank error), how would you spend it?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this...

Have you seen the new "What's New With _________?" posts?

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Aug 31, 2019
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Current Events, Credit Reports, Index Funds, Investing, Credit Cards, Checking Accounts, Career
We all know that things are always changing in the world of Personal Finance. We bring you a weekly reading list of news related to Personal Finance, Economics, and other topics relevant for teachers, but what if you want to hone in on what’s been happening in just one topic? This year, the “What’s New With” series of blogs is a bit different than in the past. We are pulling in fewer articles on each topic, but going into more depth within the blog to explain what has...

QoD: Savers in England received information about rival banks with higher interest rates. What percent were prepared to switch banks?

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Aug 25, 2019
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Question of the Day, Savings, Checking Accounts, Behavioral Finance
Answer: 3% Questions: If you could make an extra $100 in extra interest by switching banks would you do it? How about $20 in extra interest?  Would the amount of time required to open a new bank account impact your willingness to switch banks? Explain.  Why do you think so few savers were ready to switch banks despite a potential benefit of $150 in the first year? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Sorry...but I have to vent

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Aug 21, 2019
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Financial Scams, Checking Accounts
August 21, 2019 Dear Jamie Dimon [Chase CEO], I applaud your leadership role on the Business Roundtable and your recent commitment to creating value for stakeholders other than just your shareholders. Earlier this week, you were quoted as saying that this shift away from a shareholder only focus “will help to set a new standard for corporate leadership.” Given your renewed focus on customers and setting new standards for leadership, I thought I would offer a suggestion on one policy...

Reading List for August 9-11

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Aug 09, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Economics, Investing, Retirement, Career, Current Events
  Checking With mobile deposits, checks may be “deposited” more than once. Banks’ systems are not catching all duplicate deposits. This happened to an organization for which I am the Treasurer, and it can happen to you. (Cleveland Plain Dealer) This is potentially big news for folks living paycheck-to-paycheck. The Fed just announced that they will develop a public sector system for real-time payments (check clearing). (New York Times) Here is a British perspective on...

What's New With....Checking Accounts (and ways to spend from them)?

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Jul 08, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Payment Types
What’s new with checking accounts, and banking in general? In a word, technology…..it changes how we bank, where we bank, and how banks themselves are evolving to compete with all FinTech players have to offer. How banks are changing  Banks have offered online bill pay for a while now. According to the Federal Reserve, check writing has declined by 3-5% each year between 2012-2017 as a result. What you might not know is that 20% of these payments are still made with a physical...

QoD: Match up the percent with the correct item below: 8%, 50%, 75%.

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May 06, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Payment Types
a) Percent of millennials that use peer-to-peer payments (e.g., Venmo) weekly b) Percent of customers that change banks in a given year.  c) Percent of Americans under 25 that would rather go without their wallet than their phone Answer (from Economist; subscription required): a) 50%  b) 8%  c) 75%  Questions: Do you use a peer-to-peer payment service? Why or why not?  Why do you think that such a low percentage of people change banks ever year? Would you rather go...