Category: Economics

Reading List for September 18-20

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Sep 18, 2020
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Student Loans
  Financial Literacy/Advocacy Carly Urban’s latest research paper is now available. Download the paper or the brief. “This paper and brief, authored by Jeremy Burke, J. Michael Collins, and Carly Urban, estimates the causal effect of required high school financial education on the financial well-being of young adults.”   Economics  New home construction slows in August, particularly multi-family construction. (MarketWatch) August retail sales...

Reading List for September 11-13

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Sep 11, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Credit Reports, Paying for College
Economics A majority of young adults (52%) live with parents for the first time since the Great Depression (graph at bottom of post). (Pew Research) Real Estate: “Booming” Zoom towns and “Gloomy” urban rental markets. The statistic above may explain some of the “gloom.” You will find some interesting statistics in this one. (NPR) Unemployment: New jobless claims settle down at a still, unprecedented rate of 884,000. And 839,000 applied for the Pandemic...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Behavioral Economics

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Sep 09, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Economics
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 EdPuzzle video titled "5 Ways People Are Dumb With Money" discusses Richard Thaler's research on how we can predict our financial mistakes.     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

Labor Day Weekend Reading List

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Sep 04, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing
Financial Literacy The National Financial Educators Council jumps on bandwagon with a petition calling for nationwide comprehensive financial education to be delivered in high school.   Economics Experts from the Economist answer questions about the pandemic and impact of stimulus measures in the US. (Warning, these experts necessarily discuss politics but in a neural, factual sense.) Government debt will surpass GDP for the first time since 1946 (WWII)! (NPR) The payroll tax deferment...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Opportunity Cost

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Sep 02, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Economics
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 EdPuzzle video titled "The Hidden Costs of Every Decision You Make" explains the concept of opportunity cost. NOTE: Alcoholic beverages are mentioned in an example in this video.         ...

Reading List for August 28-30

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Aug 28, 2020
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Investing, Economics, Current Events
Wow, the end of August is here!  (Not quite sure if I should add "already" or "finally" to the end of that sentence.) This week we have something for everyone, plus lots of Economic News.   Investing Big news this week is the shake up on the Dow, triggered in part by Apple’s 4 for 1 stock split. Read about who is now in and who is now out! (There will be no more tigers in the Dow “tank”) This is such big news, I leave you three options for the details! (CNBC) (WAPO)...

Reading List for August 21-23

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Aug 21, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Taxes, Insurance, Paying for College
Financial Literacy Charles Schwab released its Financial Literacy Survey. Here are the highlights: On a scale of 1-100, Americans rated money management (62.9) as the most important skill for kids to learn, edging out the dangers of drugs and alcohol (60.5), healthy eating and exercise habits (58.3), and safe driving practices (57). (BusinessWire) Technology (FinTech) could develop in a way to further divide the financially vulnerable from everyone else, or it could be developed in a way to...

Reading List for August 14-16

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Aug 14, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Economics, Investing
Advocacy/Personal Finance No surprise here, but nice statistics to quote when advocating for financial literacy education. An NFEC survey found that 85% of Americans agree that high school students should take a personal finance class in high school. PR Newswire NFEC The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund is establishing one-on-one financial counseling and assistance to those in need in over 50 counties and cities to help people navigate through the pandemic. (PR Newswire)  ...

Reading List for August 7-9

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Aug 07, 2020
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Personal Finance, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Financial Scams
Personal Finance This one got some press: The Cincinnati Bengals reports that top draft pick, Joe Burrow, plans to live off of his endorsement income (not too shabby), and bank (invest?) his $23.9 million signing bonus as well as his $36.2 million four-year contract. (BengalsWire) But for 59% of young Americans, Millennials and Gen Z, the pandemic has totally derailed their financial lives. (USA Today)    Economics in the times of Covid  The July unemployment rate dropped to...

Reading List for July 31-Aug 2

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Jul 31, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Stocks, Paying for College, Retirement
There was so much relevant news this week, this list runs a bit long, but it is sure to have something you will find interesting!     Economics The Federal Reserve met this week and left interest rates unchanged (near zero). Dow jumps 150 points. (Forbes) Far and away the biggest economic news this week was the historic annualized drop of 32.9% in the second quarter. (Note: add this example to your lesson on compounding.) Did one-third of the economy disappear in the second...

Reading List for July 24-26

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Jul 24, 2020
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Economics, Current Events, Investing
Economics of the Pandemic New jobless claims increased this past week to over 1.4 million (1.3 million last week), stopping a 15-week decline. The biggest jumps were in the states where Covid is spiking. This is the 18th week with new jobless claims over one million. (CBS) (Yahoo Finance) Gig workers who cobble together multiple jobs to make ends meet are often ineligible for unemployment insurance when work dries up. (NYT) The Federal moratorium on eviction of renters expires today, along with...

Reading List for July 18-20

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Jul 17, 2020
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Current Events, Personal Finance, Investing, Economics
Personal Finance/Managing Credit How many of you actually balance your checkbook these days? Emily Guy Birken wrote an article for Forbes explaining how to and why you should balance your checkbook in this digital age. The CFPB examines “credit builder loans” and determines them to be a good way to help consumers build credit. (My Ches Co) FICO unveils a new “resilience score,” which looks at different elements of a person’s credit history (beyond the credit...

Reading List for the 4th of July weekend

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Jul 03, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Personal Finance, Credit Scores
Here is your holiday weekend reading list—stay safe people!!!!   Economics The economy added 4.8 million jobs through the week of June 12, higher than expected. (CNN) (New York Magazine) There are several reasons we shouldn’t yet be celebrating: The economy is still down 14.7 million jobs         Another 1.4 million filed for unemployment last week Continuing unemployment claims are still at close to 20 million       ...

Reading List for June 26-28

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Jun 26, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Career
Current Events-Stimulus Checks QOD: What are most people spending their stimulus checks on? Answer: Household expenses. According to a Census Bureau Household Pulse survey, 85.5% answered this way. Of those earning between $75,000and $99,000 who got a prorated check, checks were more likely be used to pay down debt or saved.  If you have a family member in a nursing home, you might want to be sure the nursing home didn’t try to pocket your loved one’s check. (WAPO-1). The...

Reading List for June 19-21

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Jun 19, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Current Events
Economics Another 1.5 million people filed unemployment claims this past week. The important and telling statistic is the continuing unemployment claims, which have remained above 20 million since late April. (The Street) The recovery in Retail Sales has been uneven, according to the National Retail Federation CEO. (CNBC) The market took the retail sales figure as positive news. (MarketWatch) NPR breaks down retail spending by income level. Folks at lower income levels are spending whatever...