Category: Current Events

Best of 2019..NGPF's Questions of the Day

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Dec 25, 2019
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Question of the Day, Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Current Events, Investing, New Products
If you receive our daily blog updates, you know that we produce a Question of the Day every Mon-Thursday during the school year..which amounts to about 160 questions. Here are the 10 questions that garnered the most pageviews in 2019. See how many you can answer correctly: What's the average credit score needed to rent an apartment?  What percent of people age 75 and older are still working? What percent of U.S. millionaires are professional athletes? What percent of 18-34 year olds are...

FinCap Friday: Split Your Payment in a Split Second

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Dec 19, 2019
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Credit Cards, Current Events, FinCap Friday
This week's FinCap Friday takes a look at the latest trend in borrowing for purchases that aren't big ticket items. Borrowing money to buy electronics, clothes and makeup is growing more and more common. Fintech companies are paying attention to the data that shows younger shoppers are trying to avoid debt, but still struggle to come up with enough money to make a full purchase up front. Enter: Installment Payment Plans. This is a new spin on layaway shopping and interestingly enough it allows...

QoD: Arrange these apps from most to least downloaded in 2019: Instagram, TikTok, Facebook

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Dec 08, 2019
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Current Events, Research
Answer: TikTok Facebook Instagram Questions: Why do you think that TikTok has become so popular? What does it do better than other apps?  What would be the top 3 apps that you have used in 2019 in terms of screen time?  Since TikTok has become so popular, do you think that Facebook will try and copy their features? If so, do you think it will be successful?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Reading List for December 6-8

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Dec 06, 2019
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Economics, Investing, Budgeting, Paying for College, Current Events
Economics/Employment The November jobs report beat expectations. Dive into the numbers here. (USA Today) Does the jobs report give a complete employment picture? Forbes takes a look at the employment numbers and finds a large increase in low-quality, low-paying jobs.  "A study by the Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization that conducts research to solve problems facing society, found that a large amount of the newly created positions are “low-wage”...

Reading List for October 18-20

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Oct 18, 2019
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Current Events, Financial Literacy, Cryptocurrencies, Student Loans, Financial Scams, Career, Budgeting, Taxes
Financial Wellness Rather than focusing on life events, banks are now basing their products and marketing on everyday financial decisions, getting into the financial wellness business. (The Financial Brand) Is your credit card debt making you sick? A detailed study by CarefulCents.com finds the answer if “yes.” (PRNewswire)   Economics/ Crypto-Currency Here is an article from The Economist that discusses the demise of cash across the world’s economies. (For more detail...

QoD: For credit card users who have called customer service,._____ in 10 got a fee waived, ______ in 10 got a lower interest rate and _____ in 10 got a higher credit limit.

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Oct 06, 2019
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Credit Cards, Question of the Day, Current Events, Research
Sometimes it just takes a little initiative to save money:) Answer; 6 in 10 have gotten a fee waived before, while 3 in 10 have received a lower APR and 9 in 10 have been granted a higher credit limit.” Questions Do you feel comfortable calling customer service when you have an issue with a company? Does seeing this information about how customers save money by calling customer service make a difference in your answer to #1? Why do you think that credit card companies are so willing to...

Reading List for September 20-22

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Sep 20, 2019
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Career, Retirement
Financial Literacy/Advocacy Here is a snapshot of the state of financial education in the US by none other than NGPF Fellows, Courtney Poquette and Kayla Bousom, along with NGPF co-founder Tim Ranzetta. (MarketWatch) Arizona State Treasurer discusses the importance of financial education. (Personal Finance curriculum is part of the economics course Arizona high school students must pass to graduate.) (USA Today-AZ Central) Employers are now filling the financial literacy gap with twice as many...

Reading List for September 13-15

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Sep 13, 2019
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Current Events, Advocacy, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Investing, Insurance, Paying for College
Advocacy Many of you have seen this one, featuring a quote from BrianPage, but in case you missed it: (USA Today) "School probably didn't teach you much about money, here are 4 things you should know". A national survey by Experian of Gen Z found that 76% of them agree that a personal finance class should be offered in high school. (PRN Newswire) (CNBC) Michigan is considering legislation to allow practical math options to Algebra II, including personal finance. (thecentersquare)  ...

Reading List for September 6-8

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Sep 06, 2019
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Current Events, Advocacy, Investing, Cryptocurrencies, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Advocacy Liz Frazier pens a compelling piece for Forbes magazine listing five reasons personal finance should be taught in schools. She is preaching to the choir here, but perhaps her approach will get through to the general public, and one might find this a concise source of supporting arguments and statistics for your personal quest. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz explains her efforts as President of the Charles Schwab Foundation to promote financial literacy (Yahoo Finance) An academic study out of...

Question of the Day: Can you name ONE of the three most valuable sports franchises?

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Sep 04, 2019
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Question of the Day, Current Events
Football season is upon us which inspired Beth to come up with this question! Answer: Dallas Cowboys: $5 billion New York Yankees: $4.6 billion Real Madrid: $4.24 billion Questions: What factors do you think drive the value of a sports franchise?  Do you or your friends spend money to support your favorite teams? What types of things can you/do you purchase? One of the reasons that franchises are worth so much has to do with their latest TV/Cable/Streaming contracts.  Raise your...

Throwback Tuesday QoD: What percent of 13-17 year olds have a savings account?

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Sep 02, 2019
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Savings, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Behavioral Finance
Answer: 54% Questions: Do you have a savings account? If not, why not? If so, what age did you open on and what motivated you to open it? Do you have any savings goals?  Do you find it easy/difficult to save money? Explain.  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Ipsos): To help with saving their money, a majority (54%) of Gen Zs have a savings account. Among those who have a savings...

Have you seen the new "What's New With _________?" posts?

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Aug 31, 2019
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Current Events, Credit Reports, Index Funds, Investing, Credit Cards, Checking Accounts, Career
We all know that things are always changing in the world of Personal Finance. We bring you a weekly reading list of news related to Personal Finance, Economics, and other topics relevant for teachers, but what if you want to hone in on what’s been happening in just one topic? This year, the “What’s New With” series of blogs is a bit different than in the past. We are pulling in fewer articles on each topic, but going into more depth within the blog to explain what has...

FinCap Friday: The Endless Stream

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Aug 29, 2019
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FinCap Friday, Current Events
We know your students are obsessed with watching Netflix! Who isn't a fan of binging a good show? With all the new subscription video streaming services being announced in the news this summer, it's a perfect opportunity to strike up a conversation with your students about the financial implications of adding new streaming services to your monthly rotation. Learn more in this week's FinCap Friday below:  If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday with no need for tech! This...

Question of the Day: If you lost a job, would you rather lose it to a robot or a person?

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Aug 18, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Current Events
Answer: In a German study, 63% of survey respondents said they would prefer to be replaced by a robot.  Questions: Describe the emotions you would feel after losing a job to another person compared to your feelings after losing that job to a robot.  What types of jobs do you think that robots will begin to replace people? What types of jobs do you think people are uniquely qualified to do compared to robots?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day...

Reading List for August 16-18

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Aug 16, 2019
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Current Events, Parent Conversations, Paying for College, Investing, Economics, Retirement, Student Loans, Financial Scams, Insurance
As your former students or maybe your own children are heading off to college for the first time, here is some sage advice for them.   Having taught at a college for several years, and living amongst the students for even longer, I cannot agree more with the tips offered by a college professor in this MarketWatch article, like show up for class, turn off the phone, and go to office hours! I like the cartoons too!   And here is one for the parents. Once your child turns 18, their...