Category: Current Events

FinCap Friday: Show Me the Money!

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Sep 20, 2018
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Paying for College, FinCap Fridays, Research, Current Events
It's that time of the year where seniors start to think more seriously about their post-high school plans. This week on FinCap Friday we focus on the question, "Is college really worth it?" In part one, Show Me the Money, of this two-part series, we analyze the research on the earnings potential of college graduates: New to NGPF's FinCap Friday? It's a fun way to engage your students with current events and includes: A five question Kahoot! A 90 second video providing details about the...

Interactive Monday: What's the Level of Education in Your County?

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Sep 16, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Current Events, Research, Interactive, Parent Conversations, Paying for College
This week's interactive comes courtesy of Overflow Solutions and provides a county-level look at educational attainment.  This tool allows users to compare educational attainment of every county against other counties, the states, and the nation overall. The default is set to Los Angeles, CA and Cook County, IL, but if your students are on a desktop, they can easily adjust to view data from different counties and states. Here's a few notes about the interactive: The data is collected from...

Reading List for September 15-16

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Sep 14, 2018
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Current Events, Economics, Paying for College, Financial Literacy, Identity Theft, Retirement
Included a few extra articles this week as we recognize the ten-year anniversary of the Lehman failure and start of the Great Recession.....and a collection on paying for college as we start the new school year. Ten Year anniversary of Lehman failure What have we learned? Neil Irwin in his UpShot article compares current times to the 1990s looking for lessons. The WSJ looks back at how the Great Recession changed our relationship with risk. This WSJ/The Outlook discusses if the Fed has new...

FinCap Friday: The Credit Deep Freeze

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Sep 13, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Credit Reports, Current Events, Credit Scores, Policy
This week's FinCap Friday focuses on the one year anniversary of the great Equifax hack (not so great if you were one of its victims) and a new regulation to help protect the minors in your class:  New to NGPF's FinCap Friday? It's a fun way to engage your students with current events and includes: 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...

Question of the Day: What is the #1 long-term financial goal for young people (ages 16-25)?

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Sep 12, 2018
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Question of the Day, Current Events, Research, Behavioral Finance
Answer: Owning a home. Questions: What is your #1 financial goal?  Do you think the financial goals of a 16 year old will differ from those for a 25 year old? Explain.  Do you believe that goal-setting is an effective strategy in achieving what you want out of life? What goals have you set in the last 12 months and what have been the results?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Financial Education Explained By Danielle: Reevaluating Your Side Hustle

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Sep 10, 2018
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Career, Current Events, Employment, Entrepreneurship
Motley Fool recently released this article that detailed why side hustles could actually be costing consumers. It reminded me of a Money article that was published a few months ago, which included the findings from an MIT study about the actual hourly income Lyft and Uber drivers make after taking into account expenses like gas and repairs (don't forget the mints, too). Interestingly enough, the Money article found that “30% of Uber and Lyft drivers are actually losing money once expenses...

Reading List for September 8-9

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Sep 07, 2018
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Paying for College, Economics, Investing, Credit Scores, Career, Current Events
We will start this week off with an interesting history of the evolution of Labor Day from the New York Times. Economics This story from MarketWatch discloses new data recently disclosed by the Urban Institute that suggests 40% of Americans struggle to pay for necessities like food and rent. Investing  This article from FORTUNE magazine discusses how socially responsible investing can yield good results and provide adequate diversification. Amazon joins Apple at the $1 Trillion market...

FinCap Friday: Famous and Frugal

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Sep 06, 2018
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Budgeting, FinCap Fridays, Current Events, Savings
With the U.S. Open tennis tournament in full swing and the NFL season about to start, we thought students would enjoy learning about athletes and other celebrities who DO manage their money well. Learn more in the fourth installment of FinCap Friday, Famous and Frugal: New to NGPF's FinCap Friday? It's a fun way to engage your students with current events and includes: A five question Kahoot! A 90 second video providing details about the current event and explaining why it matters to students...

Question of the Day: What percent of employees get paid holidays as a benefit?

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Sep 03, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career, Research, Current Events
Answer: 76% Thanks to NGPF Fellow Brian Page (listen to his podcast here) for sending along this very timely idea on Labor Day.  Questions: Do you think paid holidays are a valuable employee benefit? Explain.  What types of jobs do you think offer paid holidays as a benefit? What do you think are the holidays that companies typically pay for?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Reading List for Labor Day Weekend 2018

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Aug 31, 2018
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Personal Finance, Current Events, Investing
I wish you all a restful and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend and smooth start to the school year! It may be a long weekend but I’ve kept the list short….enjoy!   Personal Finance As personal finance educators, we know we are making an impact. Here is the controversial article we’ve been tweeting about discussing conflicting research on the value of financial education in school. (US News) The National Financial Capability Study reported on in the Business Standard, on the...

FinCap Friday: The Raging Bull

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Aug 30, 2018
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Investing, Question of the Day, FinCap Fridays, 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...

Question of the Day: What percent of high school students want to start their own business?

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Aug 27, 2018
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Entrepreneurship, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events
Answer: 72%  Question: Do you want to start your own business? Why or why not? Do you have any friends who have already started a business? Explain. Do you think entrepreneurship ("starting a business") is something that you are born with or can be taught?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Wall Street Journal) A 2014 study from the consultancy Sparks & Honey...

Question of the Day: How much did consumers pay in interest to credit card companies in 2017?

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Aug 14, 2018
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Credit Cards, Research, Question of the Day, Current Events
Answer: $104 billion Questions: Why do you think that so many Americans carry credit card debt, meaning they don’t pay the full balance on their credit card statements every month? Does credit card debt carry a high or low interest rate? What ideas do you have on how you can avoid getting into credit card debt where you can't pay your balance off every month?  Imagine using your credit card to buy $100 of clothes. If you weren’t able to pay off that purchase for a year and your...

Interactive Monday: What makes for a better life?

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Aug 13, 2018
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Interactive, Current Events, Math
I thought this would be an interesting question and interactive to get your personal finance class off to a great start this year. It takes a step back from talking about money and forces students to think about what they value most when it comes to life. It will also allow them to 1) see what countries match up best with their definition of a better life 2) see how their answers compare with others in the U.S. and 3) have them think about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the U.S....

Question of the Day: What is the most popular financial app on the iPhone?

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Aug 13, 2018
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Checking Accounts, Behavioral Finance, Current Events, Payment Types, Research, Question of the Day
Answer: Cash Here's the leaderboard as of 8/2/18 (from SimilarWeb): Questions:  Do you have financial apps on your phone? If so, which do you use most often? If not, why not?  What are the pros of cons of using your mobile phone to manage your bank account? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Quartz): As more payments take place electronically and bank branches slowly disappear, your...