Sep 18, 2019
Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Savings, Investing
Answer (courtesy of T. Rowe Price survey of parents of 8-14 year olds)
Which of these accounts did you have when you were 14 years old?
For #1, list the timing of when you got each account.
How do you think that kids so young are able to have a credit card? Do you think it's a good idea for someone so young to have a credit card? Explain.
Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Sep 13, 2019
Current Events, Advocacy, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Investing, Insurance, Paying for College
Many of you have seen this one, featuring a quote from BrianPage, but in case you missed it: (USA Today) "School probably didn't teach you much about money, here are 4 things you should know".
A national survey by Experian of Gen Z found that 76% of them agree that a personal finance class should be offered in high school. (PRN Newswire) (CNBC)
Michigan is considering legislation to allow practical math options to Algebra II, including personal finance. (thecentersquare)
Sep 12, 2019
Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Investing
Infographics to start the school year
PRINTABLE INFOGRAPHICS FOR 2019-20
NGPF has partnered with Visual Capitalist to bring you a series of infographics explaining key topics in personal finance. Each one delivers personal finance concepts in a compelling way, including text to read, graphs to interpret and questions to answer. Hang these in your classroom to reinforce student...
Aug 31, 2019
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...
Aug 30, 2019
Advocacy, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Credit Cards, Retirement, Parent Conversations
The Labor Day reading list covers a range of topics, but starts off with two articles by folks well known in the FinLit community.
Annamaria Lusardi’s most recent article in Education Week discusses how transformative a personal finance class can be for a teenager, but warns that it only works if the teachers themselves are truly fluent in the content and comfortable delivering the information. Can’t disagree with that!
A CNBC piece by Billy Hensley (NEFE) explains how...
Jul 26, 2019
Financial Literacy, Career, Behavioral Finance, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Current Events
Dr. Barbara O’Neil of Rutgers, known to NGPF regulars for her tireless efforts in financial education, read and digested the Government’s report on Financial Education in the news recently, and offers her key take-aways. (MoneyTalk)
A study by the University of Arizona demonstrates that “emerging adults” (college years plus five post college years) with financial knowledge are more successful at “adulting,” including more successful...
Jul 17, 2019
Payment Types, Debit Cards, Credit Cards
I speak to users of payment apps about their experience, and they assure me they are very careful and are confident they are always paying the right person the correct amount. While I don’t use Venmo myself (yet), I have watched the demos and watched my kids use it. I like the functionality, and I understand that 99.9% of the time, you are paying funds to or requesting funds from one of your contacts, which explains users’ confidence. (For the life of me I don’t understand why...
Jul 07, 2019
Personal Finance, Credit Cards, Student Loans
As the calendar turns from June to July, I wanted to share with you a few of the top posts from the school year just ended. Think of this as a great list to generate some new ideas for your personal finance course or even some after-school activities for the upcoming school year:
#10: Let's debate a few personal finance topics
#9: Looking for writing prompts? Here are a few for your personal finance course!
#8: Question of the Day: What percent of people age 75 and older are...
Jul 04, 2019
Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Investing, Credit Cards, Employment
Happy 4th of July!! In case you aren't attending a cookout or don't like fireworks, you can get a jump on the weekend reading list!
From Investopedia – how to “Declare you own Financial Independence.”
Michelle Singletary offers some sage advice for how to handle a delicat situation—when a friend or loved one in financial dire straits asks to move in. (WAPO)
Cincinnati’s Julie Heath compares Ohio to the National results from the 2018 Financial...
Jun 11, 2019
Investing, Credit Cards, Question of the Day
Teens help Snap's stock to surge
High school English teacher paid thousands to Citibank for credit card protection he never wanted
High school senior earns millions trading bitcoin; will donate money to build stock trading floor at high school
Teen bakes thousands of cupcakes to take his family to Disney World
High school senior earns millions trading bitcoin; will use proceeds to build new science building at high school
Jun 09, 2019
Interactive, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
Thanks to Brian Page for finding this interactive and developing this set of reflection questions to accompany it.
Interactive: Up My Score: Million Dollar Challenge
Adobe Flash Player is required
There are four skill levels players should play in order: Clueless, Consumer, Expert, UpMyScore Guru
Each level requires the player to respond correctly to 15 questions
As you can see from the question dashboard:
The player has 120 seconds to answer each question
The player chooses from...
Jun 07, 2019
Financial Literacy, Parent Conversations, Credit Cards, Investing, Paying for College
In case you didn’t see this in your social media feed this past week, here is the NYT financial checklist for kids heading off to college by Ron Lieber.
Deloitte released the results of a study measuring the net worth of millennials (aged 18-35) and found that it dropped 34% from 1996 levels. Education cost increases may be largely to blame. (Yahoo)
On a related note, lack of wealth is one reason millennials are delaying marriage, but they...
Jun 02, 2019
Interactive, Credit Cards, Mortgages
Hat tip to Jessica for pointing out this cool interactive from the Federal Reserve which is part of their Credit Access series. We love these resources that have students interact with data. In this series, you will see trends on consumer applications for various types of loans, including auto, credit and home loans. It not only looks at historical data but also measures expectations about these various loan products and gauges financial fragility and the ability of survey respondents to come up...
May 31, 2019
Investing, Credit Cards, Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Research, Retirement
From 403(b) plans to goal setting to digital decluttering and graduation advice...enjoy these weekend reads with your favorite cup of joe:
Thinking that annuity in your 403(b) is gouging you? You are probably right (from Barrons): "Teachers’ 403(b) plans are sold directly to individuals, rather than to employers, so the interest of the salesman was coming first. “Imagine you’re a kindergarten teacher and they’ve given you a 400-page prospectus about variable...
May 14, 2019
Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Research, Behavioral Finance
Hat tip to Beth Tallman for pointing out this study from Bankrate which is full of great question material:)
Answer: 3% cashback
Why do you think the 3% cash back feature is so popular with cardholders?
Do you think the most popular feature might differ for those carrying a large credit card balance (i.e., you were not paying off your credit card bill every month)? Why or why not?
Which would you choose if deciding between these three features? Explain your answer. ...