Category: Economics

Reading List for May 18-19

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May 17, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Parent Conversations, Career, Current Events
Financial Literacy New GFLEC study was released and teachers support mandated personal finance. (PRN Newswire) Tony Isola gives his take on the likely success (or lack of it) of mandated personal finance classes. The issue is not with the concept or the teachers…it is more about the structure of schools. Education/Higher Ed The Higher Ed headlines move from Varsity Blues to SATs new score. An “Adversity Score” being added to SAT scores. The student won’t know what...

Reading List for May 4-5

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May 03, 2019
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Economics, Paying for College, Insurance, Investing, Retirement, Current Events
Economics The jobs numbers were released today. 263,000 jobs were added and unemployment is now measured at 3.6%, a 49-year low. The NYT just published a primer explaining how this is measured. A second NYT article explains why it has taken so long for wages to rise in the recovery, and which sectors are experiencing the most wage growth.  Paying for college Apparently states in search of educated folks to fill jobs are offering assistance with student loan debt as a lure. (WSJ) We...

Question of the Day: Order these countries from highest to lowest tax rates: United States, Germany, Mexico

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Apr 28, 2019
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Taxes, Question of the Day, Economics
It's still April, so how about a QoD about taxes. Thanks to Beth Tallman for providing the question.  Answer: Germany (39.7%), United States (23.8%), Mexico (10.2%) Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Questions: Why do you think that taxes vary so much between countries?  Which country do you think has the best benefits for retirees? Explain. What tax rate do most countries seem to be clustered around?  Behind the...

Reading List for April 27-28

Apr 26, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Paying for College, Career, Payment Types, Investing, Economics
Financial literacy   Interesting data/graphs in this piece from pymnts.com on Americans’ inability to save money and how they manage their bills and debt. (Forbes) lists the six things high school graduates should have access before moving on in life….and yes, financial education is #1. Could early financial education lead to higher earning? (Benzinga) There are great anecdotes in this piece about not making your personal finance lessons (books, blogs, etc.) too...

Reading List for April 6-7

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Apr 05, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Insurance
The list is a bit longer today--perhaps more good stuff is popping up during Financial Literacy Month.  In any case, there should be something for everyone here!  Financial Literacy Month CNBC to recognize Financial Literacy Month with special coverage all month.(CNBC) This was today’s CNBC post, crediting you wonderful finlit warriors for helping your students avoid payday lenders!   How much financial education is enough? (Cincinnati.com) What men can learn from the way...

Reading List for March 30-31

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Mar 29, 2019
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Paying for College, Personal Finance, Advocacy, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Taxes
Advocacy The value of Financial literacy is getting some traction ahead of financial literacy month. (WSJ) Economics Apparently the yield curve inverted last week and recession talk is on the rise. Here is a quick one on the subject from Forbes. Here is a slightly meatier one on the inverted yield curve from SLATE. New World (Retail) Order Can Apple change TV/streaming? What will Apple morph into next? (Bloomberg) Here is what Apple announced on Monday. (CNBC) Can Amazon change grocery...

Reading List for March 23-24

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Mar 22, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Credit Cards, Investing, Taxes, Economics, Identity Theft, Paying for College
Financial Literacy We all know that April is Financial Literacy Month. Forbes will publish this piece on why financial wellness matters. Earlier this month, Forbes also published an article on how Financial Literacy keeps athletes from going broke. Keep the articles coming, Forbes!!! April may be a good time for everyone to do a little financial health checkup. Here is a refresher on limiting potential impact of identity theft. (USA Today) Economics  The Federal Reserve announced no...

QoD: Are there more $1 bills or $100 bills in circulation?

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Mar 17, 2019
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Current Events, Economics
Answer: $100 bills Questions: Any theories on why there are now more $100 bills than $1 bills in circulation [if stumped, read the CNBC article below for the answers] Why do you think that criminals might prefer $100 bills as a store of value? Lots of these $100 bills are held by people outside the U.S. Why might they prefer holding dollars rather than their own currencies?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind...

Reading List for March 16-17

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Mar 15, 2019
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Paying for College, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Insurance, Investing, Financial Literacy, Taxes
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy Reading! Higher Ed The story of the week has to be this one about the college entrance bribery. (WAPO) (Inside Higher Ed) While we are on the subject, this next article highlights the class differences in the college experience as poor kids tell rich colleges what they are experiencing. (EdSurge) And most people are surprised to learn how low the college completion rate is: (NPR) Student Loan Hero surveyed 1000 people across all generations about their debt. One...

Reading List for March 9-10

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Mar 08, 2019
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Personal Finance, Investing, Financial Literacy, Economics, Employment, Career
Personal Finance Interesting news here: Philadelphia just banned “cashless” stores.   Will any other cities follow? This could spark an interesting discussion. The WSJ article includes graphical representation of who spends cash and when. (WSJ)(NPR) This blog summarizes highlights from this month’s WSJ Journal Report on Investing in Funds and ETFs. One key article answers the top six questions about 529 plans. (WSJ) Investing More about Lyft’s IPO and how...

Interactive Monday: Inflation/Deflation

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Mar 03, 2019
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Interactive, Economics
Inflation is one of those economic phenomena that most people underestimate. Why? When prices change 2-3% a year, it's hard to notice. Over a decade or two, those small annual changes compound and become significant.  The Official Data Foundation has an inflation calculator by product category which provides a multitude of opportunities to demonstrate to your students inflationary changes since 2000 (which may coincide with your students' birth dates. A few activity ideas: 1. Why is the...

Reading List for March 2-3

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Mar 01, 2019
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Personal Finance, Insurance, Investing, Economics
Personal Finance Michele Singletary at WAPO talks about the importance of getting kids to be financially literate and what parents can do to promote this. The article features JumpStart and checkmyschool.org. Personal Finance on an Index Card: from Harold Pollack. (University of Chicago)   This one got lots of social media coverage: NFL player teaches finlit at an Ivy League School! (WSJ) Some sound advice suggesting quarterly money reviews with your S.O. and how to conduct them....

Interactive Monday: What are the rental costs in your community?

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Feb 24, 2019
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Interactive, Budgeting, Research, Math, Economics
Hat tip to Joy Tavano of North Kingstown High School (RI) who shared this resource in a recent PLC with Jessica. The site, rentdata.org,  has detailed information about average rents in every county in the U.S. and better yet provides the information on a historical basis back to 2006. Given that housing costs are typically the largest cost component in a budget, this interactive provides students with a sense of the cost of living in their community. For students who consider moving to...

Reading List for February 9-10, 2019

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Feb 08, 2019
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Budgeting, Career, Investing, Economics, Paying for College, Advocacy
Advocacy/Legislation New bill would require students in Texas to pass financial literacy class. (KXAN) Paying for College A NEFE study shows that mandating personal finance education DOES make a difference when it comes to borrowing for college. Did you know that February is Financial Aid Awareness Month? Look out for more on this subject this month! Credit Looks like the CFPB will not pursue any rules to crack down on payday lenders as proposed in 2016. (NPR) (NYT)  This is open for...

Reading List for Feb 2-3

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Feb 01, 2019
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Economics, Investing, Taxes, Retirement, Budgeting
Economics A whopping 304,000 jobs were added in January, but December’s 312,000 was revised down to 222,000. Get all the details here: (NYT) Investing State Street basically invented the ETF, so why has its share of the ETF market steadily declined over time. (WSJ) December market performance was the worst since the Great Depression, but January was the best in 30 years!!! Talk about volatility! (CNBC) Budgeting Do your budgeting lessons include covering hospital bills? These stats...