Category: Current Events

NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker (updated July 26, 2021)

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Jul 26, 2021
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Current Events
With many legislative sessions concluded or in recess, not a lot of updates to provide to the NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker.  In case you missed the earlier updates, here were the states that made the most significant progress on increasing access to financial education: Nevada AB19: Among the core academic subjects that must be taught include "Social studies, which includes only the subjects of history, geography, economics , civics, financial literacy and multicultural education..." Rhode...

Reading List for July 23-25

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Jul 23, 2021
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Current Events
Economics Was the Covid recession really the shortest on record? Read about how the NBER makes the call on recessions. (CNBC) As Covid-related assistance programs like the eviction moratorium, extra unemployment assistance, student loan deferment, etc. begin to unwind, this NYT article offers advice on where to turn for help, and explains what programs are still out there. Is the bond market telling a different story about expectations for the economic recovery than the stock market? (NYT)...

Abbreviated Reading List for July 10-11

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Jul 10, 2021
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Current Events
I was on vacation this week, but here are a few articles worth a look in case you haven't seen them. This story hit NPR on Tuesday, and most news outlets followed with their own versions throughout the week. Watch out for “SHRINKFLATION.” What are shrinking bond yields telling us investors think about inflation? (CNN) What the Executive Order signed by President Biden this week means for various industries. (APNews) One of the largest Federal Student Loan Servicers is quitting. What...

NGPF On-Demand -- Summer 2021: 4 Trends in Personal Finance

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Jul 08, 2021
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Professional Development, 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 32 On-Demand modules currently available is “Summer 2021: 4 Trends in Personal Finance.” In this module, you will learn about current trends in personal finance such as updates on credit scores & reports, the teen job market, investing by TikTok, and inflation.    Here are two highlights from the...

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...