Category: Economics

Question: Are College Costs Rising?

Jul 23, 2017
Chart of the Week, Paying for College, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Math, Economics
From WSJ (Subscription required): Questions for students: Create a one sentence description for the trends seen in each of the two graphs. A friend says, “What a bummer that college costs keep rising at an incredible rate!” Using the data from the graph on the left, provide a response to her assertion. Since 1990, all consumer prices (aka the rate of inflation) have basically doubled. Using the rule of 72, make an estimate as to what the inflation rate has averaged from 1990-2016....

The Retail Industry Changed Last Week...NGPF Has Resources Aligned To These Current Events

Jun 18, 2017
Current Events, Career, Index Funds, Investing, Financial Literacy, Stocks, Purchase Decisions, Economics
This has been a big week of news related to the Retail Industry in the U.S., with implications for the economy, jobs, shoppers, and investors. This post will explain the big events for the week, their implications for you and your students while also providing activities and lessons that are aligned to these current events. What’s Happening? US Retail Sales declined month-over-month in May, suffering its biggest decline in 16 months.  Coupled with lower inflation, this data suggests...

Econ Roundup: Latest Jobs Report Indicates a Healthy Economy, But Are There Warning Signs?

Jun 05, 2017
Career, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Employment, Math, Economics
The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Situation Summary report, commonly referred to as the “non-farm Payrolls report”, was released this past Friday, June 2.  138,000 new non-farm jobs were created in the month of May,  which was 47,000 jobs lower than the forecast for 185,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.3% from 4.4% the previous month (BLS, June 2017).  What indication does this data provide about the health of the US economy (MarketWatch,...

What is Bitcoin and How Does Cryptocurrency Work? (A Primer)

Jun 01, 2017
Current Events, Identity Theft, Investing, Financial Literacy, Payment Types, Article, Math, Cryptocurrencies, Economics
Recently, Bitcoin, the most famous of the cryptocurrencies, has soared to all-time highs (Fortune, May 2017), increasing the amount of press attention and internet searches (Google Trends, May 2017) surrounding the little-known digital currency.  We’ve also heard this question from many of our users, “what is Bitcoin and what do my students need to know about cryptocurrencies”?  You are not alone!  83% of respondents in a 2015 survey conducted by PwC were “slightly...