Jan 06, 2020
Purchase Decisions, Question of the Day, Compound Interest
Which would you prefer: a 4 year car loan with $400/monthly payment or a 6 year loan with $300/monthly payment? Why?
Why do you think that most car buyers focus on the monthly payment instead of the overall interest cost when they take out an auto loan?
Complete these sentences:
The longer the term of an auto loan, the higher/lower (circle one) the interest cost (assuming it's not a 0% APR loan).
The longer/shorter (circle one) the term of an auto...
Oct 08, 2019
Question of the Day, Savings, Compound Interest, Investing
Good question to show the power of compounding...of course be sure to tell them that no investment would double on a daily basis for 30 days;) Calculators not allowed!
Answer: Starting with a penny and doubling it every day compounds to $10.7 million after 30 days
Day 1: You would have $0.02
Day 2: You would have $0.04
Day 3: You would have $0.08
Day 4: You would have $0.16...
Day 30: You would have $10,737,418.24.
How much would the penny have grown to on Day 29? How much...
May 08, 2019
Compound Interest, Investing, Financial Literacy
The answers to these two questions from a recent workshop are a great demonstration of the need for financial education:
When asked which of these investments would earn the highest returns, the most common answer was....Savings Accounts and 34% got the right answer:
When asked the question about how $1,000 growing at 7% annually would grow over 40 years (I read the question and emphasized ANNUALLY several times as Kahoot limits the characters in the question)....23 skipped the...
Mar 20, 2019
Video Resource, Credit Cards, Financial Scams, Compound Interest, Investing, Stocks
I wanted to share some cool new videos that we have come across in our travels:
Three Psychological Tricks to Help You Save Money (TED Talks; 5 minutes); hat tip to Yanely for connecting us to Wendy; hope to have her on podcast in the future.
Backgrounder on the Payday Lending industry (PBS NewsHour; 4 minutes); good opportunity to discuss the financial pitfalls of payday lending, it's fee structure and the role of regulation in consumer protection.
Dec 27, 2018
Behavioral Finance, Video Resource, Compound Interest, Credit Scores, Paying for College, Budgeting
Looking for videos to supplement your existing lessons? Here's a few of teacher favorites as measured by click data in our Video Library.
Drumroll please...top 10 picks for 2018:
10. The Pain of Paying from Dan Ariely of Duke University
9. Fighting the Financial Pitfalls of the Supermarket from PBS Digital's Two Cents
8. What's A Credit Score? from Kal Penn Explains
7.Why We Crave What's Cool from PBS NewsHour
6. Can I Afford It? from CNBC
5. Battle Between Your Present and Future Self from...
Aug 30, 2018
Investing, Question of the Day, FinCap Friday, Stocks, Compound Interest, Current Events, Savings
We know your students have a fascination with the stock market. Use the market's recent record-breaking performance to start a discussion about the pros/cons of investing. Learn more in the third installment of FinCap Friday, The Raging Bull.
For a quick refresher, our FinCap Fridays include...
A five question Kahoot!
A 90 second video providing details about the current event and explaining why it matters to students
A discussion prompt
Activity ideas to extend the learning...
May 28, 2018
Retirement, Compound Interest, Teaching Strategies
Thanks to Brian Page for sharing this rule of 72 example from his class. Might get your students to be more mindful about their spending and saving habits.
May 02, 2018
Question of the Day, Savings, Current Events, Research, Compound Interest
Answer: 8% (but growing almost 3X faster than American deposits over all)
This chart demonstrates why their growth should continue to outpace traditional brick and mortar banks. The interest rate they offer on their savings accounts has continued to rise almost matching Federal Reserve interest rate hikes. Meanwhile interest rates at traditional banks....remain close to 0%.
Why should you care about interest rates when choosing a bank?
Would you consider using an online...
Oct 08, 2017
Podcasts, Index Funds, Investing, Retirement, Compound Interest
401(k) plans have gone from 0 to about $5 trillion in assets in just 35 years. They have become THE dominant way that people save for retirement today as pensions have become a thing of the past. Today on the NGPF Podcast, you will hear from the "Father of the 401(k), Ted Benna." You will hear about his "aha moment" that led to the birth of the 401(k), the challenges of getting employers and employees to adopt the program in the early years and his opinion of 401(k) plans today. Enjoy!
Sep 18, 2017
Generosity, Identity Theft, Career, Economics, Employment, Compound Interest, Entrepreneurship
Here are the recent posts that have been attracting the most eyeballs:
Steal of the Century: Equifax Hacked
Looking for more on this event? Check out this list of links I came across today.
Let's Pick A Side Hustle
Infographic listing 25 "side hustles" which can make for an interesting classroom discussion
How to Set Up A Mock Career Fair in Your School
The NGPF team participated in this event at Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA. Thanks for John Rowe for inviting us into the...
Jul 17, 2017
Activities, Credit Scores, Activity, Credit Cards, Investing, Stocks, Credit Reports, Generosity, Compound Interest
here is what they said. Day 1 of our July Summer Institute and we wanted to share with the community the top picks of these outstanding educators. But first, we asked them to explain a few things about this resource. Click on the link listed under Picture of Poster for educator answers to questions about their favorite resource, including:
Why is this your favorite?
What modifications (if any) did you make?
How did the resource work in your classroom?
What other feedback would you like to...
Jul 16, 2017
Behavioral Finance, Research, Investing, Savings, Podcasts, Compound Interest
I recently served on a panel with USAA’s Vikram Parekh at the Visa Financial Literacy Summit in Chicago. In my research for the panel, I discovered that Vikram has a really cool job at USAA, which is not your typical financial institution. Their customer base is drawn from military and their families and to say they are hyperfocused on their customers’ financial wellbeing is probably an understatement. You will hear how Vikram uses principles of behavioral finance to get...
Jun 27, 2017
Chart of the Week, Question of the Day, Research, Personal Finance, Investing, Stocks, Current Events, Math, Compound Interest
Hat tip to The Reformed Broker for this thought-provoking chart which will get your students thinking about the importance of asset allocations:
Questions for students:
Note: Equities are synonymous with stocks, fixed income means bonds, think of cash as a savings/checking account and alternatives would be alternative investments like hedge funds or private equity.
What are the top four assets that millennials are investing in?
Now rank the assets from highest to lowest historical return....
Jun 26, 2017
Behavioral Finance, Credit Cards, Investing, Savings, Checking Accounts, Current Events, Quizzes, Compound Interest, Cryptocurrencies, Retirement
Getting close to the end of June, so I thought it was worth checking our website analytics to see what new blog posts are garnering attention as the school year wound down in many parts of the country.
Here are the top 5:
What is Bitcoin and How Does Cryptocurrency Work?: A Primer; NGPF’s newest team member, Hari Vasu-Devan tackled this challenging topic by providing educators with information they can access when the inevitable student query comes, “Should I be investing in...
May 03, 2017
Article, Career, Research, Investing, Savings, Current Events, Compound Interest
To a student with little in the way of financial assets, this is a critical question for them to answer. Why? Because it provides them with the right mindset as they are coming to conclusions about their post-high school life.
From “Of Dollars and Data,” one of my new favorite blogs:
Nearly all articles written about investment and personal finance (mine included) focus heavily on financial assets despite the fact that most of your value (like mine) is likely not...