Category: Cryptocurrencies

Having Trouble Explaining Bitcoin? Try These Cartoons!

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Jul 13, 2018
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Cryptocurrencies, Cartoons, Investing
Questions: In your own words, what is bitcoin?  Find a chart showing bitcoin prices over the past 12 months? When do you think investors thought bitcoin was "a sure thing?" Is bitcoin a physical currency, as the last cartoon indicates?  Where is bitcoin accepted today? Have you been to a store that accepts it?  Spend 5 minutes researching articles about "tulips and 1636." What does this have to do with bitcoin?     ...

Top 10 Posts on NGPF Blog for 2017-18 School Year

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Jul 05, 2018
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Current Events, Behavioral Finance, Index Funds, Cryptocurrencies, Investing, Budgeting
The NGPF Blog provides educators with two posts daily during the school year, including an engaging question of the day. Teachers rely on the daily Question of the Day as a great conversation starter and appreciate that it engages all students since it requires no prior knowledge. In addition, the blog provides a great way to note trends in personal finance, highlight high quality resources and share ideas from our teacher community. With the school year ended, we wanted to highlight the most...

What’s New With…….Investing?

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May 24, 2018
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Investing, Stocks, Current Events, Cryptocurrencies
FinTech Apps and Micro-Investing According to Warren Buffet, for the average investor, it’s all about low fees.  Would he support these low cost apps as a way to get average investors into the market. Here is another in-depth look at how micro-investing works, in both rising and falling markets. Here are two articles from Money Magazine about getting started in investing using investment apps. Blackrock, which manages $6 trillion in assets, is moving into the micro/app space with an...

We've got Bitcoin!

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May 13, 2018
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Cryptocurrencies, Current Events
Raise your hand if you've got a nagging feeling "I should really be talking about Bitcoin in class" but a sinking feeling, "I'm not sure I'm an expert on the topic." For your convenience, here's everything NGPF's got on Bitcoin, all in one handy blog post:  Is Bitcoin a Bust? [Lesson] This lesson was created by two teacher members of our NGPF community, Amanda Volz (St. Clair High School, St. Clair, MI) and Brian Page (Reading Community High School, Reading, OH). It's got all the...

Schools in the News (mid-March edition)

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Mar 14, 2018
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Career, Current Events, Cryptocurrencies, Teaching Strategies
State legislatures seem to be taking up the issue of financial education en masse as bills are being proposed in several states, hopeful signs, yes, but we know that it's when it becomes a law that it matters.  Kentucky State Treasurer Thinks Personal Finance Should Be Graduation Requirement (Courier Journal) as a bill moves through the legislature there: I believe students across our commonwealth need access to financial literacy lessons like Luci has had. That is why I am supporting HB...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (2/10-2/11)

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Feb 09, 2018
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Investing, Policy, Cryptocurrencies, Student Loans, Podcasts, Current Events
What happened to the 15 months of placid, upward sloping trend lines for all major stock indices that we had grown so accustomed to? Find out what changed with the markets and more in Beth's most excellent curated reads below.  -------------------------- The Market (are we talking about anything else this week?) Did anyone else get whiplash (or perhaps motion sickness) from the roller coaster ride the stock market took this week?  Here are several articles that help put is in...

Lesson: Is Bitcoin A Good Investment Idea?

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Feb 07, 2018
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Investing, Cryptocurrencies, Current Events
Thanks to Brian Page and Amanda Volz for this blog post and for sharing this great lesson to engage your students in this craze called bitcoin. Here's a link to a bitcoin primer that we wrote last summer (eons ago in cryptocurrency time). As of February 6th, bitcoin trades at $7615.27. ------------------ Every investor wants to be “in early” and find that diamond in the rough.  Every investor wants to make a lot of money.  Every investor wants to make a lot of money fast!...

Top 10 NGPF Blog Posts for 2017

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Jan 01, 2018
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Interactive, Activity, Identity Theft, Behavioral Finance, Paying for College, Cryptocurrencies, Career, Current Events
Happy New Year from the NGPF team! With the new year upon us, it must be time for the Top 10 NGPF Blog posts for 2017. The NGPF Blog not only provides a daily Question of the Day for the entire school year but also gives you a weekly reading list to keep abreast of trends in personal finance and activity ideas based on current events. These are just a few examples of the smorgasbord available for the information hungry personal finance educator on the NGPF Blog. Subscribe by going to the blog...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (December 9-10)

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Dec 08, 2017
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Current Events, Retirement, Cryptocurrencies, Behavioral Finance
Thanks to Beth Tallman for curating such a great set of informative articles. Enjoy! Bitcoin crossed $16,000 (that's over 50% in less than a week); when will the bubble burst. WSJ still trying to figure out what's behind the meteoric rise (as am I). What's a Cryptokitty, anyway? Even for bitcoin, which is notoriously volatile, the upward lurch was jarring, astounding outsiders and thrilling those who have piled into the digital currency in recent weeks. The rally has been sparked by the...

What I'm Reading This Weekend

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Dec 02, 2017
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Current Events, Investing, Interactive, Article, Cryptocurrencies, Economics
I am going to try (note the word "try") to make this a regular weekly feature of the blog. The goal: a curated list of articles for your weekend reading that will pique your interest, increase your content knowledge and keep you abreast of trends in personal finance. Thanks to Beth Tallman for generating this first list! Interactive Interactive chart that from St. Louis Federal Reserve showing subprime population at county level. Great discussion starter about economic trends in your local...

Does this look like a bubble to you?

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Nov 28, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Article, Cryptocurrencies
Headlines on MarketWatch this evening: ----------------- What are the signs I see? Meteoric increase in value without a great explanation for what's driving it Crazy predictions: I remember Dow 40,000 predictions at the peak of insanity around 2000. Well, now we have Bitcoin 40,000! Sober and experienced market observers saying "stay away."  Mushrooming number of funds to invest in the asset class of cryptocurrencies (which may actually keep the bubble inflating as they bid up the assets)...

Videos, Videos, Videos

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Jul 23, 2017
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Cryptocurrencies, Career, Stocks, Current Events, Video Resource, Entrepreneurship, Retirement
Stumbled upon this video trove on Ozy this morning that had some short, relevant and engaging videos that I thought your students might enjoy. Many of them ask provocative questions that can be good entry points for a class discussion: Future of Money (3:03) In your own words, what is bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? Why is it popular? What is an example of an “intermediary” in the money business that bitcoin is trying to eliminate? Where do you think that you will keep your...

What Are People Reading on the NGPF Blog?

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Jun 26, 2017
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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...

What is Bitcoin and How Does Cryptocurrency Work? (A Primer)

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Jun 01, 2017
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Current Events, Identity Theft, Investing, Financial Literacy, Payment Types, Article, Math, Cryptocurrencies, Economics
Recently, Bitcoin, the most famous of the cryptocurrencies, has soared to all-time highs (Fortune, May 2017), increasing the amount of press attention and internet searches (Google Trends, May 2017) surrounding the little-known digital currency.  We’ve also heard this question from many of our users, “what is Bitcoin and what do my students need to know about cryptocurrencies”?  You are not alone!  83% of respondents in a 2015 survey conducted by PwC were “slightly...