Category: FinCap Fridays

FinCap Friday: And The Award Goes To...

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Mar 14, 2019
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FinCap Fridays
This week on FinCap Friday we dive into the details of the infamous financial aid award letter! It's known for being confusing and stress-inducing for high school seniors everywhere, but nonetheless it's critical in understanding the different price tags associated with attending the college of your dreams. A recent breaking story about college admissions fraud shows that the process of college admissions is far from simple, but understanding the costs after being admitted can be just as...

FinCap Friday: Pay the Price

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Mar 07, 2019
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FinCap Fridays
This week on FinCap Friday we cover inflation and how it can have an impact on average people. A recent article shows that the first 3 months of 2019 have been below 2% inflation, but there are certain items and purchases that have been inflating steadily over the past several years. Some of them more shocking than others! Find out more about recent news related to inflation below:   For those who prefer not to use the online Kahoot quiz, we've recently added a no-tech version of the...

FinCap Friday: Deals on Wheels

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Feb 28, 2019
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FinCap Fridays
This week's FinCap Friday offers some details about the major differences between buying a car and leasing one. In light of the news from the NY Federal Reserve about 7 million Americans being late on car payments, it is more important now than ever before for students to really understand the basics of car buying before signing on the dotted line. Find out more about the recent news related to car loans and more below:  For those who prefer not to use the online Kahoot quiz, we've...

FinCap Friday: Tax Facts

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Feb 21, 2019
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FinCap Fridays
This week's FinCap Friday offers some clarity around how U.S. marginal tax rates actually work! It's tax season so this is especially relevant, but it's also the first year that tax filers are using the new 2018/2019 tax rules. Many changes were made that can make filing taxes seem even more complicated than ever, so it's critical to make sure we understand the basics now. Dive into some interesting recent news related to taxes below:  For those who prefer not to use the online Kahoot...

FinCap Friday: Ghost Stories

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Feb 14, 2019
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FinCap Fridays
In this FinCap Friday we share recent news about workers quitting their jobs in an unusual way, which many are comparing to "ghosting." Why would anyone choose to just walk out of work one day and not tell anyone that they won't be coming back? Well, the changes in the American jobs market have definitely contributed to this phenomenon but there are certainly many other factors involved. Is it even a big deal to "ghost" your job and move on to the next? Dive into this question while playing this...

FinCap Friday: Pay Day But No Paycheck

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Feb 07, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Current Events, Savings
This FinCap Friday explores the effects of the recent federal government shutdown on the 800,000 federal employees who were required to work without pay from December 22, 2018 to January 25, 2019. Not knowing when your next paycheck will come can cause major financial stress so it's important to understand the strategies that can be used to prepare for times of emergency. Play this week's FinCap Friday to dive into this hot topic! If you're short on time, try this FinCap Friday (No...

FinCap Friday: The $17 Million Pizza

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Jan 31, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Investing, Current Events
In this FinCap Friday, we highlight one of the most speculative investments available today. Some wonder whether investment is even an appropriate term for it, while others call it the "greatest scam in history." It may not be the talk of the town that it was late in 2017 but it still has its fans who believe it is the currency of the future. Play this FinCap Friday and find out why one pizza buyer might be suffering from some indigestion.   If you're short on time, try...

FinCap Friday: The Money Talk

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Jan 24, 2019
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FinCap Fridays
In this FinCap Friday we highlight the taboo of money in America. Even though it's one of the richest countries in the world, most of us can't afford to cover a $400 emergency! How could that be the case? Perhaps it's due to the fact that money is right up there with all those topics you were taught never to bring up at the dinner table! How can we break the silence? Explore this question right along with with students in this week's FinCap Friday: If you're short on time, try our FinCap...

FinCap Friday: Bye Bye Banks?

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Jan 17, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Checking Accounts, Current Events
In this FinCap Friday we chronicle the epic battle being waged between the well-established banks and the upstart FinTech competitors. Once a blip on the radar for the big banks, several of these emerging companies have earned unicorn status and are valued privately at more than $1billion. Why? Blame mobile phones, the comfort level that younger generations have with conducting business (including banking) online and the FinTech focus on creating a great UX (user experience) on their apps. Find...

FinCap Friday: From the Red Carpet to The Red Ink of the I.R.S.

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Jan 10, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Taxes
As the calendar turned from December to January, many Americans woke up to the uneasy thought that they would need to learn about the new tax legislation to file their 2018 tax return. While our tax system relies on voluntary compliance, there are very real consequences for not dotting every "i" and crossing every "t" (and the dog eating your return is not a valid excuse either). This FinCap Friday shares the stories of celebs who landed on the wrong side of the I.R.S. and provides tips on how...

Best of 2018...NGPF FinCap Fridays

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Jan 04, 2019
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Budgeting, FinCap Fridays, Financial Scams, Career, Current Events, Employment, Generosity
We added FinCap Fridays to our resources in mid-August. Teachers asked for a creative and engaging way to bring current events into their classroom and we listened. A 5-7 minute FinCap Friday kicks off with a 5 question Kahoot + Yanely's explanation of the current event and why it matters + a discussion prompt to keep the conversation going + additional activity ideas if you want your students to dig deeper. With over 50,000 student Kahoots played since its August launch, FinCap Fridays have...

FinCap Friday: Get S.M.A.R.T

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Jan 03, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Behavioral Finance
It's a brand new year and we've all got plenty of goals we want to work towards! It's a time of hope and new beginning, but what happens when you aren't so sure that you're on track to achieve your goals? Check out the first FinCap Friday of 2019 to find out the secret to making sure your goals and resolutions are accomplished!   Did you know that we recently added a "no-tech" version of FinCap Friday where we embedded the 5 questions right into the slide deck so no need to have your...

FinCap Friday: Do We Have Your Interest Yet?

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Dec 20, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Savings, Credit Cards, Student Loans, Stocks
The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates earlier this week which provided an awesome opportunity for a FinCap Friday focused on that event. How do the decisions of this august body percolate through the economy? Check out this FinCap Friday including Yanely's awesome explainer video to learn more:  --------------------------- Looking for more FinCap Fridays? There's more where this came from! Check out the other seventeen here. ...

FinCap Friday: 'Tis the Season of Scammers

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Dec 13, 2018
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Current Events, FinCap Fridays, Financial Scams
Know someone who was a victim of a holiday shopping scam? Millions of packages are expected to be delivered this holiday season by the UPS and scammers are ready to take action! This FinCap Friday will help your students spot some of the common holiday shopping scams and learn a few tips for how to avoid them!  Click the image below to access the full resource: ------------------ New to FinCap Fridays? They are a 5-7 minute resource to bring current events to your classroom in a way...

FinCap Friday: Speeding Into the Future

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Dec 06, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Budgeting, Current Events, Research
Have you seen those driverless cars in your neighborhood? If they are not there yet..they will be soon! This FinCap Friday is sure to engage your students as they learn about the technology behind autonomous vehicles and the ethical issues that will arise from their use. Explore with your students whether this is a technology they will adopt quickly or will they take a "wait and see" approach. Will their generation have a different perspective on whether you need to "own a car." We'd love to...