Category: FinCap Friday

FinCap Friday: Stacking Unused Gift Cards

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Jan 23, 2020
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FinCap Friday
In this FinCap Friday we check out the latest news about consumers who don't use the money on gift cards they were given. What exactly happens to this money? The holidays is an especially common time to buy popular gift cards as gifts for friends, family and coworkers. Several recent articles cover the statistics around this issue and students will be surprised to know what happens when they misplace or forget about old gift cards! Find out more about the details in this week's FinCap Friday:...

FinCap Friday: Gotta Learn Before You Earn

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Jan 16, 2020
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FinCap Friday
In this FinCap Friday we take a look at the state of personal finance education in American high schools. Recent data suggests that there are positive trends associated with personal finance education, but the reality is that it is in a small number of schools across the country and we need to do better! How is our country doing when it comes to providing education about money in school? How many states require this kind of class in high school? Find out in this week's FinCap Friday: If you're...

FinCap Friday: New Year, New Money Goals

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Jan 09, 2020
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FinCap Friday
Fidelity recently published a study about the types of new year's resolutions that Americans are creating for the new decade. With data from thousands of people they reported out about the common goals people set related to personal growth and money. Are there any financial resolutions that are most popular? What type of resolutions do Americans tend to set? Find out the answer to this question and more in this week's FinCap Friday: If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday...

Best of 2019...Most Popular NGPF Resources

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Jan 02, 2020
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Activities, Question of the Day, FinCap Friday, Podcasts, Interactive
We've been posting "Best of 2019 Lists" over the holiday period. In case you missed them, here are links to the posts that list the most popular NGPF resources in each of these categories. Here's to hoping you find some gems here that you can use when classes start up again. Envelopes please... Question of the Day Arcade Games and Interactive Library Product Releases [summary of all of the new NGPF resources developed in 2019] Unit Pages FinCap Fridays Podcasts ----------------- Thank you to...

Best of 2019...NGPF's FinCap Friday

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Dec 26, 2019
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Behavioral Finance, FinCap Friday, Investing, Paying for College, Budgeting, Ethics, Generosity
Looking for a 5-10 minute resource to bring current events to your classroom? FinCap Friday is your solution. It's a quiz game, an explainer video and discussion prompts all wrapped into one cohesive resource. With over 600,000 plays since its launch in August of 2018, it's become a weekly Friday routine (or any other day of the week) in classrooms across the country.  Here's the Top 10 FinCap Fridays that are topping the charts (overall):  Famous and Frugal (Budgeting) Show Me...

FinCap Friday: Split Your Payment in a Split Second

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Dec 19, 2019
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Credit Cards, Current Events, FinCap Friday
This week's FinCap Friday takes a look at the latest trend in borrowing for purchases that aren't big ticket items. Borrowing money to buy electronics, clothes and makeup is growing more and more common. Fintech companies are paying attention to the data that shows younger shoppers are trying to avoid debt, but still struggle to come up with enough money to make a full purchase up front. Enter: Installment Payment Plans. This is a new spin on layaway shopping and interestingly enough it allows...

FinCap Friday: Google Makes Bank

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Dec 12, 2019
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FinCap Friday
This week's FinCap Friday is a closer look at mobile banking trends. A new announcement from Google about their new financial services coming in 2020 has led to a media frenzy of people responding angrily. Why are they mad that Google is exploring being a player in the financial industry game? What is Google planning to launch in 2020? Find out in this week's episode of FinCap Friday below:  If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday (No Tech) with the questions...

FinCap Friday: Five Star Phonies

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Dec 05, 2019
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FinCap Friday
In this FinCap Friday we look at the latest update regarding online retailers and their struggle against fake reviews. A brand new report shows that as of winter 2019, a large chunk of all reviews on shopping sites like Amazon, are fake! People generally trust these reviews and ratings to help them decide whether or not to buy products, so this has become quite a big issue. What are some actions companies are taking to prevent this? How can online shoppers prevent being tricked? Find out in this...

FinCap Friday: Reason for the Season

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Nov 21, 2019
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FinCap Friday
In this FinCap Friday we check out some recent news about charitable giving trends. Some research shows that the trend is changing and that it may have something to do with the new tax laws! What do that tax laws have to do with people giving or not giving to charity? And why would tax law changes result in people changing their charitable giving behaviors? Find out the latest news in this week's episode below: If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday (No Tech) with the...

FinCap Friday: Likes Me, Likes Me Not

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Nov 14, 2019
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FinCap Friday
In this FinCap Friday we check out the latest news about instagram. A new change that is sweeping instagram accounts across the globe could have a real impact on the brands and influencers on the social media app. What is the change? And will it really be something that can change the financial lives of social media influencers? Find out all about it in detail in this week's FinCap Friday: If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday (No Tech) with the questions embedded...

FinCap Friday (11/8/19): Peer-to-Peer Apps Go Head-to-Head

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Nov 07, 2019
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FinCap Friday
This week's FinCap Friday explores the status of some very popular and well known apps used to transfer money between friends. Now that this P2P trend is commonplace almost everywhere, what are the things we need to keep in mind about using apps to transfer money to friends and family? Dig into this below in the latest episode of FinCap Friday:  If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday (No Tech) with the questions embedded right into the slide deck!...

FinCap Friday: That's Gross!

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Oct 31, 2019
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FinCap Friday
This week's FinCap Friday explores the concept of payroll deductions and how they impact your take home pay. In the midst of an FBI investigation spurred by millions of dollars being taken from employees by a payroll company, we are reminded of the importance of double checking our paychecks and pay stubs. But why is it so hard for people to do this in the 21st century? Watch this week's episode below to find out that and more! If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday (No Tech)...

FinCap Friday: Impress for Success

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Oct 24, 2019
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FinCap Friday
In this week's FinCap Friday we check out some of the latest data around what skills employers are most interested in finding among their applicants. Is it high test scores? Computer skills? You may be shocked to know that it's not really something that you take classes on in school! A new survey from LinkedIn shows us more details about the most employable skills you can have in the 21st century. Find out all about what those skills are and how you can start building and practicing those...

FinCap Friday: When the Mean is Nice

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Oct 17, 2019
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FinCap Friday
In this FinCap Friday we check out the recent news about the stock market. For the first time in history there has been a shift towards index funds and slightly less money is invested in actively managed funds. Morningstar Inc. estimated that over 4.27 trillion dollars are now invested in low-cost index funds. But what does this shift mean for investment managers or for average investors? Find out in this week's FinCap Friday: If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday...

FinCap Friday: Gotta Habit

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Oct 10, 2019
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FinCap Friday
This week's FinCap Friday takes a look at the ways in which our environments affect our financial habits. With the results of a recent survey about parents, their kids and money, we can see some trends in financial habits among the next generation! The question is, will they be able to find ways to change their financial habits for the better before it's too late? Is it possible to change your own habits, and if so - how? Find out with the FinCap Friday below: If you're short on time, try our...