Category: Current Events

Question of the Day: What has happened to used car prices over the past year?

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Jun 09, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Current Events
Answer: 21% increase Questions: Do you know anyone who has looked to buy a used car recently? What was their experience like? Why do you think that used car prices have risen? Is there a substitute available for consumers looking to buy cars?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Consumer Reports): According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, used-car prices have jumped 21 percent since April...

Question of the Day: Which U.S. cities gained/lost the most inhabitants during 2020?

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Jun 01, 2021
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Question of the Day, Current Events
Answer from USPS Change of Address Requests:   Questions: What factors impacted the movement of people during 2020? Where do you think the cost of living is higher? Explain your answer. Has the last year influenced your decision of where you would like to live in the future? How? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (MyMove): "According to USPS data, big cities lost the most...

Reading List for May 21-23

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May 21, 2021
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Current Events, Cryptocurrencies, Investing, Economics
  100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre Next weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the destruction of Tulsa. Morning Brew takes a look at “Black Wall Street” today, 100 years later, with a series of five excellent articles. (List titles) Black Investors Trade Their Way Through the Pandemic In Finance, 'People of Color are Shut Out Before They Ever Get In' Why Banking With Greenwood Is About More Than the Money 8 Charts that Explore Racial Disparities in the Banking Industry...

JACKPOT! The Data USA Interactive

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Apr 07, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Budgeting, Current Events, Student Loans, Paying for College
Data USA is the greatest interactive I have ever seen. Highlighted with orange boxes below are the primary categories you want to click on when exploring the site.     These data visualization tools can be used in countless ways. You can always go straight to the site yourself and think through ways you can use it. For those who wanted this work done for you, you’re in luck. Here’s what I’m going to share in this post: The Interactive: A 4 minute tutorial on how to...

NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker Update (4/5/21)

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Apr 05, 2021
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Advocacy, Current Events
NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker is a one-stop source for financial education legislation. We rely on publicly available information and news sources. Here's the latest on the 25 states that introduced legislation in the last three months.  Bills in action this week: Hawaii: SCR152 to be heard in  Senate Education Committee on 4/6/21. Bill Summary: URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO COORDINATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO IMPLEMENT A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT...

Reading List for April 2-4

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Apr 02, 2021
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Investing, Economics, Cryptocurrencies, Current Events
Investing This week’s (year’s) big investment story was the dramatic fall of Archegos Capital. After a brief recap of the GameStop story to tee it up, this article takes a pretty deep dive into how this was allowed to happen. (Slate) Last week’s hot topic, NFTs, warranted a skit on SNL this week, but is now projected to become a bubble. (Medium)   Economics While new unemployment claims ticked up a bit last week to 719,000 (Yahoo Finance), the March jobs report...

A NEW Kind of Bank Account

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Mar 09, 2021
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Checking Accounts, Savings, Current Events
What is Bank On? A Bank On account is required to be a safe low-cost transactional product. Most of the nation’s largest financial institutions, many community banks, and credit unions have committed to offering Bank On accounts. We developed this easy-to-use handout for teachers which is full of the resources you need to help students open safe and low-cost bank accounts: Disclaimer: NGPF does not have a relationship with Bank On, but we see the importance of sharing Bank On...

NGPF On-Demand: New Trends in Building Credit

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Mar 01, 2021
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Professional Development, Credit Scores, Current Events
NGPF On-Demand is a professional development opportunity that allows teachers to deepen their content knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace. One of the 20 modules available is “New Trends in Building Credit”. This module dives into FinTech companies that have created access to credit without a credit score.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Share key takeaways of Buy Now, Pay Later platforms. Here is a peek at some of the responses:  ...

Celebrating Black History Month: Black Experts Weigh in on What’s Missing from the Wealth Gap Conversation

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Feb 19, 2021
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Activities, Current Events
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  Deviating from our previous posts featuring the work of one individual, today we draw your attention toward this interview conducted by Courtney Stith for Acorns + CNBC on the Grow website.  Featured Resource and Activity Idea: This is the ‘most obvious’ thing missing from the racial wealth gap...

My Classroom Podcast: Conversations With NGPF Fellows (Current Events)

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Feb 11, 2021
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Podcasts, Current Events
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we will speak with different teachers who will share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. In this week's episode, we speak to a wonderful group of NGPF Fellows. During this particularly stressful year, the NGPF Fellows dedicate time on Saturday mornings to meet up, check-in on one another, and share helpful tips & classroom...

Question of the Day (Updated): What's the average cost of a 30 second Super Bowl ad?

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Feb 07, 2021
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Advertising, Current Events
Answer: $5.5 million Here's one of the Super Bowl ads:  Questions: What is this specific advertiser trying to accomplish in this commercial? What do you they want you to remember about their brand? In an era with so many streaming services that have trained consumers to watch shows without any ads, why do advertisers spend so much on Super Bowl ads? Which types of companies do you think benefit the most from their Super Bowl ads? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Is The Stock Market Irrational?

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Feb 03, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing, Current Events
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video titled "Is the Stock Market Irrational?" investigates whether the stock market accurately reflects what companies are worth or governed by the emotions and biases that all humans are subject to. ...

A 15 minute primer on GameStop with Yanely and Tim

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Jan 29, 2021
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Investing, Current Events
Note: This segment is also the beginning segment of the NGPF podcast this week. ---------------------- Yanely and Tim bring you up to speed on recent developments with GameStop stock. Also, check out NGPF's lastest FinCap Friday on this topic: https://www.ngpf.org/blog/fincap-friday/fincap-friday-until-the-game-stops/ ...

A Worrying Trend for High School Seniors

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Jan 26, 2021
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Paying for College, Current Events, Research
As of January 15th, 2021, only one out of three high school seniors have filed a FAFSA -- which is down about 10% from this time last year, according to the FAFSA Tracker which uses data from the U.S. Department of Education. And the numbers are even worse for seniors who qualify for free and reduced lunch (FAFSA completions are down by 13%) and students of color (down by 15.4%). Here is what makes this such a worrying trend: NerdWallet estimated that students who are Pell Grant-eligible missed...

Question of the Day: What percent of 10-12 year olds admit to making in-app purchases on mobile games?

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Jan 13, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Current Events
Answer: 75% Questions: What mobile games do you currently play? Have you ever made any in-app purchases? Explain what you bought and the reasons why. What are the ways that game developers “nudge” players to make in-app purchases? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Statista): The gaming software industry depends on three monetization models to make such mammoth profits: consumers may simply buy...