Category: Economics

QoD: How many years has the typical American homeowner been in their current home?

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Nov 06, 2019
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Economics, Question of the Day, Budgeting, Purchase Decisions, Research, Mortgages
This is a good one for Economics class as it's a demonstration of supply/demand factors in the housing market. Given that the trend has been for homeowners to stay in their houses for longer periods of time, the supply of houses for sale (inventory) goes down and if new construction doesn't close that supply gap then there's a supply/demand imbalance. You can guess what happens next.  Answer: 13 years Here's a chart showing the regions where homeowners have been in their homes the longest,...

Reading List for November 1-3

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Nov 01, 2019
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Entrepreneurship, Economics, Investing, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Retirement, Financial Scams
Entrepreneurship  An excellent retrospective on the contributions of Peter Drucker on what would have been his 100th birthday. (INC) How does owning your own business or working in the gig economy impact how your kids will view the world of work and finances? (WAPO)   Economics Economics news this week included another Federal Reserve Rate cut. What does that mean for your credit card, mortgage, etc.? (USA Today) And the October Jobs report came out today. USA Today explains the...

Reading List for October 25-27

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Oct 25, 2019
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Investing, Financial Literacy, Economics, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Career
Investing We will start this week’s list with this mind-blowing headline: “Tesla overtake GM as most valuable automaker.” (Reuters) Comparing today’s IPO environment (the “Not-Com Bubble?”) to the “dot-com” bubble of 2000. (The Atlantic)   Financial Literacy A look at programs that bring experiential, hands-on learning about money into the classroom. (Reuters) The New York Times reviews three of the most popular personal finance books....

Digging Deeper: What the Heck are Digital Dollars?

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Oct 11, 2019
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Cryptocurrencies, Economics, Payment Types
What if the US Federal Reserve stops printing currency and minting coins, going to purely digital dollars.  How would this differ from life today, where many of us never actually touch cash? How would this differ from private crypto-currencies?  What role will commercial banks play in this new system? Where does the Federal Reserve Bank stand on this issue? If dollars no longer exist physically, does it change the dollar’s standing globally? Given that the US has not yet planned...

Reading List for October 4-6

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Oct 04, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Insurance, Paying for College, Retirement
Financial Literacy Perhaps we need to solve the innumeracy problem in the US in order to make any significant gains in Financial Literacy. (WAPO) Even if we are successful in requiring every high school student to take a personal finance class, what do we do about all of those past high school who need the same knowledge? Some suggest the responsibility fall to employers. (Pensions and Investments) Read all about NGPF's own Yanely Espinal! (MarketWatch)   Economics US manufacturing...

Reading List for September 27-29

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Sep 27, 2019
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Paying for College, Advocacy, Economics, Investing, Personal Finance, Insurance, Checking Accounts
Advocacy The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would require students to take a semester-long personal finance class to graduate high school. The bill now moves to the House. The bill proposes that the credit for the class could be applied to social studies, math, business, or family and consumer science graduation requirements. (CBS-Pittsburgh) A survey from Country Financial found that 86% of Americans think financial education should be mandatory. (LowCards)   Economics There...

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 Labor Day Weekend, 2019

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Aug 30, 2019
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Advocacy, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Credit Cards, Retirement, Parent Conversations
The Labor Day reading list covers a range of topics, but starts off with two articles by folks well known in the FinLit community. Advocacy Annamaria Lusardi’s most recent article in Education Week discusses how transformative a personal finance class can be for a teenager, but warns that it only works if the teachers themselves are truly fluent in the content and comfortable delivering the information. Can’t disagree with that! A CNBC piece by Billy Hensley (NEFE) explains how...

Reading List for August 23-25

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Aug 23, 2019
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Advocacy, Economics, Investing, Retirement, Insurance, Parent Conversations, Paying for College
A variety of topics for your weekend reading ....   Financial Literacy/Advocacy As Kentucky enacted a law to make personal finance a graduation requirement for High School, three Universities, with support from banks, have taken on the task of providing training for the teachers. (NK Tribune)   Economics The world’s central bankers and top economists are gathered for the annual symposium put on by the Kansas City Fed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fed Chair Jerome Powell addressed...

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...

NGPF Podcast: Thom Gibson and Mike Franz Discuss Classroom Economies

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Aug 16, 2019
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Podcasts, Economics, Activities
Thom and Mike share a common passion: creating classroom economies to bring economics and personal finance to life for their students. Thom and Mike share their different approaches to bringing this engaging tool into middle and high school classrooms. Enjoy! Details 0:00~2:20 Introduction 2:20~7:31 Thom’s YouTube video class and tips to building engagement 7:31~13:07 Mike’s method of bringing economics to life 13:07~22:39 Tom’s middle school classroom economy 22:39~26:40 How...

Reading List for August 9-11

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Aug 09, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Economics, Investing, Retirement, Career, Current Events
  Checking With mobile deposits, checks may be “deposited” more than once. Banks’ systems are not catching all duplicate deposits. This happened to an organization for which I am the Treasurer, and it can happen to you. (Cleveland Plain Dealer) This is potentially big news for folks living paycheck-to-paycheck. The Fed just announced that they will develop a public sector system for real-time payments (check clearing). (New York Times) Here is a British perspective on...

Reading List for Aug 2-4

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Aug 02, 2019
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Current Events, Economics, Career, Investing, Paying for College, Parent Conversations
Current Events Captial One Data Breach What you need to know about the Capital One data breach. A hacker obtained information on 100 million customer accounts across the US and Canada. Choose your source below for the facts and what to do about it if you are a victim. From Capital One. From Consumer Reports From the New York Times Fed Rate Cut Historic rate cut: the Fed announced a 25 basis point drop in the target interest rate on Wednesday, the first drop since 2008! For an explanation of...

Reading List for July 19-21

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Jul 19, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Cryptocurrencies, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Behavioral Finance
Financial Literacy A Forbes article last week tries to explain the drop in financial literacy across the board as revealed in the FINRA 2018 National Study of Financial Capability. Economics The St. Louis Fed provides a comprehensive explanation of the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate, and specifically explains the two percent inflation target. (Medium) Cryptocurrency The proposed Facebook cryptocurrency Libra faces was the subject of congressional hearings this week....

Reading List for July 12-14

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Jul 12, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Career
Financial Literacy/Advocacy North Carolina passed legislation requiring students to take a financial literacy class for high school graduation. The required class is actually a full year course covering economics and personal finance, and the law requires teacher training. (MarketWatch) Mark Hulbert argues the underlying issue behind poor financial outcomes is more behavioral than ignorance. (MarketWatch) I tend to think this argues for inclusion of behavioral finance in financial literacy...