Category: Current Events

Question of the Day: What grocery items have seen the largest increase in sales when compared to last year?

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Apr 01, 2020
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Question of the Day, Purchase Decisions, Current Events
Answer: Questions: Which of these items has your family been buying this month?  How would you categorize these ten items into different groups? How do you think the popularity of these items has affected their price? Do you think the cost has gone up or down?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Time): Nielsen’s data shows that last week, Americans bought an unusually large amount of...

EdPuzzle Thursday - COVID-19: Market Crash & The Stimulus Bill

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Apr 01, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, 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 videos, from Two Cents, are related to COVID-19.  In the first EdPuzzle video, your students will learn the impact this pandemic has had on the stock market and tips when investing in a bear market.    In...

Question of the Day: What percent of Gen Z consumers are stockpiling cash in light of coronavirus?

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Mar 29, 2020
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Question of the Day, Behavioral Finance, Current Events
Hat tip to Beth Tallman for this question idea! Thank you for all of the informative articles in your weekend reading list too!  Answer: 39% Motivated by three factors: The possibility of banks shutting down The convenience of having cash during emergencies The desire to ensure access to funds Questions: How are accountholders protected if banks fail?  Are there any other reasons you can think of that might explain this behavior? What are the risks of holding lots of cash at...

Reading List for March 27-29

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Mar 27, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Budgeting
Coronavirus Pandemic coverage this week includes articles on the soon-to-be stimulus bill, actions by the Federal Reserve, unemployment statistics, the stock market volatility, and potential implications for student loans.   Stimulus Bill What is in it, and what is not. The NYT provides the answers with an FAQ. Will you qualify to a direct payment? (WaPo) provides a calculator for stimulus checks. If you don’t need your stimulus check to pay bills, what should you do with it? Save it...

Reading List for March 20-22

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Mar 20, 2020
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Current Events, Investing, Economics, Paying for College, Taxes
Dealing with our new reality—here are articles that you may find helpful. USA Today came up with this article to help kids come to terms with what is going on. The food supply is secure. No need to hoard groceries. While there will be shortages of some products as adjustments are made, like food that was going to restaurants will find its way to grocery channels, if anything, production is gearing up. (NYT) Jean Chatsky has been on NBC news affiliates today with her financial advice for...

Reading List for March 13-15

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Mar 13, 2020
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Current Events, Investing, Career, Taxes
Coronavirus The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus is now a pandemic. This past week, we saw the worst day on Wall Street since 1987 on Thursday (NYT), and worst week since 2008. As I write this, markets are bouncing back, but the day isn't over yet.  Neil Irwin in his Upshot article explains the troubling phenomenon with this financial crisis: all asset classes are down.  Listen to him on MarketPlace Morning report recapping the crazy week. (listen to the 3/13/20...

Reading List for March 6-8

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Mar 06, 2020
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Current Events, Investing, Economics, Mortgages, Financial Literacy
This week's list is devoted predominantly to the wide-ranging impacts of the Coronavirus in addition to wild fluctuations in the stock market.  (As predicted after last week's tumbling market, this isn't over yet.) Investing What should stock market investors do in this market? A Wealth of Common Sense suggests you ask yourself some questions to help figure that out. Of Dollars and Data explains why now you will understand why you should invest in bonds. 10-year Treasuries dropped...

Reading List for February 28-March 1

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Feb 28, 2020
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Investing, Stocks, Current Events, Paying for College, Financial Literacy, Retirement
Given the huge and rapid correction in the stock market this week, we start this week’s list with the “Investing” articles:   This is the fastest market “correction” in history, and we aren’t done yet. (Yahoo Finance) "Is The Stock Market Going to Crash?" The Irrelevant Investor takes a deep dive for those of you that like numbers and stats and graphs to address this question. WSJ-(subscription) columnist Jason Zweig reports on survey results...

Reading List for February 21-23

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Feb 21, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Current Events, Investing, Career, Mortgages
Advocacy The West Virginia Senate considers two education bills: a financial education bill requiring a high school class, right alongside one reestablishing cursive writing in elementary school. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)   Personal Finance Ever wonder what files you should keep and for how long? Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post explains how she used “Homefile: Financial Planning Organizer,” by certified financial planners J. Michael Martin and his wife Mary E....

[Updated] Question of the Day: What percentage of Americans can not come up with the cash to cover a $400 emergency?

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Feb 11, 2020
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Question of the Day, Savings, Current Events, Credit Cards
Answer: 12% It is time once again to take a look at new data on this often quoted number, and put it in context. (In fact, 12% is the critical figure here, representing those who can’t pay it at all: 27% would have to borrow or sell something to cover the expense.) Questions: Are you surprised by this number? Why or why not? What are some emergency expenses that could amount to $400? How do you think the 39% cover this emergency cost if they don’t have money saved to cover it? What...

Question of the Day: How do 18-29 year old Americans spend their free time?

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Feb 03, 2020
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Research, Current Events
Courtesy of Morning Brew (great daily newsletter to keep you in the loop with the world of finance!) Chose activity that Americans did more often in the past year: Go to a library // go to a movie theater Visit a casino // visit a museum Attend a live music or theatrical event // attend a live sporting event  Visit a zoo // visit an amusement or theme park Answer: Going to a library Visiting a casino Attending a live music or theatrical event Visiting an amusement or theme park...

Reading List for January 24-26

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Jan 24, 2020
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Current Events, Credit Scores, Budgeting, Career, Investing, Retirement, Personal Finance
Current Events/Credit Scores One of the biggest stories hitting this week and running through social media is news of the new FICO scoring criteria. (USA Today) “Most consumers will see less than a 20-point swing in either direction,” David Shellenberger, FICO’s vice president, product management, scores, said in a statement on Thursday. “That’s roughly 110 million that will see only a modest change to scores, if at all.”   Budgeting Many of you shared...

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...