Category: Credit Scores

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...

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Credit Cards?

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Jun 19, 2017
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Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Current Events, Credit Reports, Quizzes, Interactive
Hat tip to Jessica for the heads-up on this resource (yes, the NGPF team does spend hundreds of hours looking for great resources!) Take this NerdWallet 14 question quiz and find out. Please note that there are some tricky questions here that will lead to valuable classroom discussions (I learned some new things): ____________ Want to build your credit card knowledge that can help in your own financial lives? Listen to Sean McQuay of NerdWallet on this NGPF podcast.   ...

Teacher Feedback on our Credit Units -- Thanks, Maureen!

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Jun 01, 2017
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Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Video Resource, Credit Reports, Featured NGPF Lesson, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner is consistently in touch with us here at NGPF, which we love love love! Her most recent feedback seemed worth sharing, as it might entice some of you to check out our credit units for use next year. Here’s Maureen’s email [with comments from Jessica in brackets]… Happy Friday! I just wanted to give you some feedback on the credit unit I just completed. Every year I feel like I redo my lessons for credit because there is so much information out there...

Question: What's the Average Credit Score in the U.S.?

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May 31, 2017
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Article, Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Research, Credit Cards, Current Events
Answer (from WSJ; subscription): 700 as of April, 2017 More from WSJ: Credit scores for U.S. consumers reached a record high this spring while the share of Americans deemed to be some of the riskiest borrowers hit a record low—a potential boon for lending and economic activity.” As for the reasons why credit scores continue to climb: Bankruptcies and foreclosures stemming from the Great Recession are being wiped off the books (from Pymnts.com): “What’s more, the recession and...

Question: What's the Cost of Bad Credit?

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May 29, 2017
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events
It’s so predictable. Whenever we are planning for a high school workshop, we will survey the students and/or the teachers to find out what topics they want to learn more about. Almost never do we see the words “credit scores” on that list. As the old saw goes, “teens don’t often know what they don’t know” and I would put credit scores firmly in that category of “not knowing” for them. Yet, we all know the importance of them getting off to a...

Ask Reddit: What's the Best Way To Build Credit?

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Apr 26, 2017
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Research, Credit Cards, Current Events
An important skill for students to build is the ability to critically analyze any form of media (articles, videos, reader comments or even friends and family) that they rely upon for financial advice. Forums such as Bogleheads can be a useful place to find financial advice but still requires a critical eye to separate the signal from the noise. I came across this question on Reddit (“Just turned 18, What is the best way to start building credit) that had a manageable number of responses....

Question: What's the Average Credit Score In Your Community?

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Apr 18, 2017
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week
Update of an earlier post from January 2016 (we like to keep things current around here:) Here’s where the data came from for this report: In order to identify the cities with the highest and lowest credit scores, WalletHub’s analysts compared the average credit scores of residents in each of 2,534 U.S. cities as of October 2016, based on TransUnion data. Click on a dot in the map near where you live to determine how your community’s credit score compares with the rest of the...

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