Category: Current Events

FinCap Friday: The $17 Million Pizza

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Jan 31, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Investing, Current Events
In this FinCap Friday, we highlight one of the most speculative investments available today. Some wonder whether investment is even an appropriate term for it, while others call it the "greatest scam in history." It may not be the talk of the town that it was late in 2017 but it still has its fans who believe it is the currency of the future. Play this FinCap Friday and find out why one pizza buyer might be suffering from some indigestion.   If you're short on time, try...

Question of the Day: What is the #1 contactless (mobile wallet) payment method?

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Jan 23, 2019
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Question of the Day, Payment Types, Current Events
Answer: Apple Pay Apple Pay 77% of mobile wallet transactions Samsung Pay 17% Google Pay 6% Hat tip to Beth Tallman for passing along this idea! Questions: Do you/do you plan to use your mobile phone to make contactless payments at stores? Why or why not?  Recent research suggests that those using digital wallets often exhibit riskier financial behavior. Why do you think this is the case?  Digital wallet transactions account for about 9% of global digital transactions. What do you...

FinCap Friday: Bye Bye Banks?

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Jan 17, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Checking Accounts, Current Events
In this FinCap Friday we chronicle the epic battle being waged between the well-established banks and the upstart FinTech competitors. Once a blip on the radar for the big banks, several of these emerging companies have earned unicorn status and are valued privately at more than $1billion. Why? Blame mobile phones, the comfort level that younger generations have with conducting business (including banking) online and the FinTech focus on creating a great UX (user experience) on their apps. Find...

Interactive Monday: Where should the government be spending your tax dollars?

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Jan 06, 2019
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Interactive, Taxes, Current Events
Thanks to Jessica, knee-deep in updating NGPF's Tax Unit the past few days, for passing along this excellent tax interactive from the National Priorities Project. Budgets are important. Why? One can tell a lot by analyzing them. They reflect a person, a company or, in this case, a country's priorities.  This interactive, Your Federal Income Tax Receipt, allows students to see the current federal priorities funded by their income taxes and the taxes paid by their parents/guardians. After...

Best of 2018...NGPF FinCap Fridays

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Jan 04, 2019
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Budgeting, FinCap Fridays, Financial Scams, Career, Current Events, Employment, Generosity
We added FinCap Fridays to our resources in mid-August. Teachers asked for a creative and engaging way to bring current events into their classroom and we listened. A 5-7 minute FinCap Friday kicks off with a 5 question Kahoot + Yanely's explanation of the current event and why it matters + a discussion prompt to keep the conversation going + additional activity ideas if you want your students to dig deeper. With over 50,000 student Kahoots played since its August launch, FinCap Fridays have...

Best of 2018...NGPF Questions of the Day

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Jan 03, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Employment, Current Events, Personal Finance
Questions of the day a.k.a. "bell-ringers" are a great way to get the conversation started about a money topic. What makes a good question of the day? It's relevant, timely and thought-provoking. Subscribe here and you will get a daily Question of the Day delivered to your inbox during the school year. See how many of these top 10 QoD from 2018 you can answer:) #`10: What 3 jobs are projected to be the fastest growing over the next decade? #9: What percent of 18 year old college students have...

Question of the Day: What was the most searched "What Is...?" on Google this year?

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Dec 16, 2018
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Question of the Day, Investing, Cryptocurrencies, Current Events
Answer: Bitcoin Questions: Bitcoin was once worth almost $20,000 and now it's hovering around $4,000. Any ideas on why the price has declined so much? Do you know anyone who has invested in bitcoin?  Investors use the term "popping the bubble" in describing an asset that rises quickly and then drops sharply. Why do you think investors get so excited about certain assets like bitcoin while the bubble is inflating?   Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of...

FinCap Friday: 'Tis the Season of Scammers

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Dec 13, 2018
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Current Events, FinCap Fridays, Financial Scams
Know someone who was a victim of a holiday shopping scam? Millions of packages are expected to be delivered this holiday season by the UPS and scammers are ready to take action! This FinCap Friday will help your students spot some of the common holiday shopping scams and learn a few tips for how to avoid them!  Click the image below to access the full resource: ------------------ New to FinCap Fridays? They are a 5-7 minute resource to bring current events to your classroom in a way...

Before your students step foot on a college campus and visit those banking booths...

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Dec 13, 2018
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Checking Accounts, Current Events, Chart of the Week
...they might want to ask the banker "Are you sharing my fees with the college so every time I overdraw my account...my college benefits?" Here's the data showing the average costs by bank:  From MarketWatch:  During the 2016-2017 academic year, students using college-endorsed debit or prepaid accounts paid $27,600,000 in account fees, according to the report. And students tended to pay more fees when financial institutions paid their colleges to promote the accounts. That could...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (December 7-9) V2

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Dec 08, 2018
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Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance, Stocks, Current Events
I had so much fun skimming through my favorite bloggers and curators that I thought I would provide a bonus edition of "what I'm reading..." Hat tip to the Tadas at Abnormal Returns and Barry at Big Picture Blog. They make curating these awesome articles on Friday soooooo much easier. Thanks! Here's what caught my attention this week:  State of Financial Education Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the agency formerly know as the CFPB) releases their Annual Report on...

FinCap Friday: Speeding Into the Future

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Dec 06, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Budgeting, Current Events, Research
Have you seen those driverless cars in your neighborhood? If they are not there yet..they will be soon! This FinCap Friday is sure to engage your students as they learn about the technology behind autonomous vehicles and the ethical issues that will arise from their use. Explore with your students whether this is a technology they will adopt quickly or will they take a "wait and see" approach. Will their generation have a different perspective on whether you need to "own a car." We'd love to...

FinCap Friday: Tappity-Tap!

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Nov 29, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Current Events, Credit Cards, Payment Types, Debit Cards
More and more people opt into using mobile payments because of the speed and ease of transacting, but now Chase and VISA are jumping on the opportunity to offer a faster and easier way to make payments! In this week's segment, we take a closer look at contactless payments, also known as "tap to pay." Click the image below for the slides.   ---------  Be sure to check out more FinCap Fridays here. ...

Chart of the Week: Digital Wallets

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Nov 28, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Payment Types, Current Events, Debit Cards, Credit Cards
This chart comes courtesy of Wall Street Journal (sub. required): Questions: In your own words, what's a digital wallet? Here's a description from Investopedia.  Which companies listed in the chart are you familiar with? Would you trust them to store your debit/credit card information?  Digital wallets now comprise about 1% of U.S. card transactions. What do you think that percentage will be in five years?  What do you think is the appeal of a digital wallet to consumers? to...

Question of the Day: Compared to last Black Friday, did more people purchase at physical stores or online?

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Nov 25, 2018
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Current Events
Answer: Online purchases grew by 23%; Sales at brick-and-mortar stores declined by 4-7% Questions: Did you do any shopping on Black Friday? If so, did you visit stores or shop online?  Why do you think that more people are making online purchases? Do you think this trend will increase or decrease over time?  Do you have a budget for holiday shopping this year? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom....

Interactive Monday: How Do Home Values Compare to Incomes In Your County?

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Nov 25, 2018
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Interactive, Budgeting, Mortgages, Current Events, Research
Data visualization provides a county-by-county view on housing affordability. Here's the map of the U.S.: First, a little orientation. The map is color-coded based on the calculation of median home value divided by the median household income. As an example, here's Crook County, Wyoming:  The higher the ratio, the lower the housing affordability. In terms of the color-coding, blue is more affordable while orange-red is least affordable.  Questions: What housing affordability trends...