Category: Credit Scores

Financial Education Explained by Danielle: A Great Sale… But at What Price?

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Nov 30, 2017
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Budgeting, Behavioral Finance, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Generosity
The holiday season is once again upon us, and accompanying it is the temptation to spend a bit more money on presents for loved ones as well as yourself. With big shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, now’s a good time to reassess recent purchases we might have made in haste. Originating in the 1950’s, there is this crazy phenomenon called Black Friday (the phrase was coined in 1961), where shoppers storm stores in hopes of getting a “can’t...

Question of the Day: What's the average credit score needed to rent an apartment?

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Nov 19, 2017
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Budgeting, Research
Answer: 650 From Rentcafe study:  "Rental applicants approved for an apartment in 2017 had an average credit score of 650, is the conclusion of our most recent study based on tenant screening data from RentGrow. Meanwhile, those that ended up on the rejected list had an average score of 538." Even more interesting is how the average credit score varies so dramatically based on location. Here's the ten most difficult markets to rent an apartment, based on the average credit score for...

How To Integrate Personal Finance Content Into Family and Consumer Science Courses

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Nov 15, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Credit Reports, Personal Finance, Credit Scores, Identity Theft, Investing
A few days ago, Leah Bratcher, Financial LIteracy Program Coordinator for FCCLA reached out to us with an interesting challenge. Leah helps Family and Consumer Science teachers discover ways to integrate personal finance into their courses, which can range from child development to fashion, interior design to hospitality, and more, all while adhering to different standards. As you can imagine, finding ways to weave personal finance into such a wide variety of subjects while meeting standards can...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Steve Frederickson, Executive Chairman of PRA Group

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Nov 06, 2017
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Credit Reports, Credit Cards, Entrepreneurship, Credit Scores, Podcasts
I really enjoyed my recent conversation with Steve Frederickson of PRA Group. He just recently stepped down as CEO of PRA, a company he founded 20 years ago (Hat tip to Melissa at NGPF for connecting me with Steve) Looking back at his tenure, Steve shares the ups and downs (mostly ups!) that make entrepreneurial ventures so satisfying and so all consuming too. Steve shares that journey from developing an enduring strategy for PRA right out of the gate as a start-up, to taking the company...

Question of the Day: How much will an Excellent credit score save you on a $25,000 auto loan?

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Nov 02, 2017
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Credit Reports, Research, Current Events
Answer (from credit.org infographic): Over $10,000 ($10,896 to be exact) Methodology: Excellent credit score paid interest of $2,113 on a $25,000 auto loan while a Poor credit score paid interest of $13,009 on that same loan.  Thanks to NGPF Fellow, Diane Mondoro for highlighting this awesome infographic which is chock full of information. It does the best job I have ever seen at answering the question about the value of a good credit score by showing how interest rates vary by credit...

What's the Distribution of Credit Scores in the U.S.?

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Oct 23, 2017
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Current Events
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Financial Education Explained by Danielle: My Credit Card Experience

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Sep 27, 2017
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Article, Personal Finance, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
This is my debut article for my new weekly column, Financial Education Explained by Danielle. This weekly column will feature my personal finance triumphs and tribulations, and hopefully students will be able to learn something new that they'll be able to incorporate into their lives for the better!  ... I wish my parents would have sat me down when I was in high school and explained what credit cards entailed instead of telling me “not to worry about it” until I got older. By...

Steal of the Century: Equifax Hacked

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Sep 11, 2017
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Current Events, Identity Theft, Credit Reports, Credit Scores
You can't imagine a more enticing target to hack than one of the three credit reporting agencies. As you have no doubt heard at this point, over 1/2 of America has had the "crown jewels" of their financial history stolen. This will be a story that will unfold over months not days as Congress is sure to haul executives up to the Hill for hearings to learn a few things from company executives including: Why did it take months for the company to let the public know about this hack? Why did the...

Infographic: What's the History of Consumer Credit? Or How Did We Go From $0 to $12.4 Trillion in Debts?

Sep 04, 2017
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Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Credit Reports
For those history buffs out there, I stumbled across the exhaustive infographic from Visual Capitalist (see below) that takes us all the way back to 3500 BC for the birth of consumer credit.  Questions for students: What was the purpose behind the first consumer loans? Why do you think this occupation needs access to credit? What was the level of the first maximum interest rates? How does that compare with interest rates on credit cards today? Why do you think there were higher...

Credit Scores: An Article and Short Audio Clip to Supplement Your Lessons

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Jul 31, 2017
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Credit Scores, Activities, Activity, Audio Resource, Article
These two resources (audio and an article) caught my attention over the past week as they provide different perspectives on credit scores. The 3 minute audio from Marketplace (below) describes the history of credit scores in the U.S. and how they have evolved over time while the NY Times provides a plain English Q&A on the topic. Audio from Marketplace (3:28): A credit score is the calculated probability of how likely you are to pay debts. But it affects where you live, what car you can buy...

For Your Listening Pleasure, The Top 10 NGPF Podcasts

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Jul 25, 2017
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Podcasts, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Index Funds, Investing, Mutual Funds, Current Events, Credit Reports, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
The NGPF Podcast started almost two years ago (and almost 100 podcast segments later) allowed me to “scratch my own itch.” To anyone who knows me, I love talking finance and since I was young I was always told that I had a voice (and a face) for radio. I thought why not try this “podcasting thing” and see what happens. My thinking was “How much fun would it be to reach out to interesting people, including educators, researchers, columnists, finance experts, authors,...

What is Your Favorite NGPF Resource? We Asked 12 Educators at NGPF Summer Institute And...

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Jul 17, 2017
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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...

Question: How Are Consumers Looking To Improve Credit Scores?

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Jul 17, 2017
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Credit Scores, Activity, Question of the Day, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Activities
A great bell ringer to see how many answers your students come up with before you reveal the answers (memories of the Family Feud). From US News and World Report survey: ___________ Looking for an engaging credit score activity (#1 on Google when you search for “engaging credit score activity”)? Here are our two favorites that work well together: Estimating a FICO Score  Use an online FICO credit score estimator to compare the credit scores of three hypothetical college students...

NGPF FAVORITES: Our Best OFF TO COLLEGE Resources

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Jul 07, 2017
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Activities, Credit Scores, Activity, Behavioral Finance, Career, Paying for College, Budgeting, Savings, Student Loans, Stocks, Current Events, Interactive
This month’s NGPF Favorites List comes from Sid Sharma – one of NGPF’s veteran “Power Interns” who has been with us for 3 years. Sadly, we will wish him well as he heads off to college this fall! We wanted Sid to reflect on his NGPF experience (he has literally “touched” every element in the NGPF curriculum) and highlight the resources that have enabled him to become the knowledgeable, action-oriented, process-innovator that he is today!...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Marla Blow, CEO of FS Card, Inc.

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Jun 25, 2017
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Credit Cards, Credit Scores, New Products, Podcasts
I really enjoyed the recent conversation I had with Marla Blow who is not your typical credit card executive. She runs a start-up credit card company (FS Card, Inc.) focused on helping subprime customers get their “sea legs” to establish a positive credit history.  In a sense, she has been preparing for this role for her entire career. You will hear about her odyssey from modeling losses in credit card portfolios during  the Great Recession to signing on as an early team...

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