Category: Index Funds

Question of the Day: Over a recent 15 year period, what percent of professionals investing in large companies "beat the market?"

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Nov 12, 2018
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Investing, Behavioral Finance, Index Funds, Mutual Funds
Answer: Only 8% (All Large Cap Funds vs. the benchmark S&P 500) Questions: Why do you think professionals struggle to "beat the market?" Why do you think investors continue to invest their money with professionals despite their record of not being able to "beat the market?" Your friend says "you are better off investing with professionals instead of buying a simple index fund (e.g., S&P 500) that matches the market return." Do you agree or disagree based on the data above?  Click...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Investor and Educator Paul Merriman

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Nov 09, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
  Paul’s passion for educating others about investing stems from his encounters with people who believed they couldn’t do it themselves. As a successful financial advisor, Paul had an unorthodox strategy to grow his business. He wanted to educate his clients so well that they would no longer need his services (and put him out of business). Needless to say, word of mouth spread about this incredible educator/financial advisor which ultimately led to a successful sale of his...

STAX: The Newest Game to Teach Investing

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Oct 31, 2018
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Index Funds, Investing
Earlier this week, NGPF and McKinney launched STAX, a game that will teach students that sometimes the best investment strategy is the simplest.  We built STAX after hundreds of conversations with educators, whose top 10 list of features included:  Easy to implement in the classroom: Teachers who beta tested STAX generally spent less than an hour prep time before using with their students. A Teachers Guide provides details on the mechanics of the game as well as helpful...

FinCap Friday: Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?

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Oct 25, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Investing, Current Events, Index Funds
The lottery has captured the imagination of our country this week. Lots of daydreaming going on...what would I do with....? We know that only one person walked away with the $1.5+ billion prize in South Carolina (identity still unknown). What your students may not realize is that a lottery ticket is not the only way to become a millionaire. Yanely shares her tips on what it will take to be a millionaire by the age of 60 without having to invest in the next Apple or Tesla. Enjoy!...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Financial Writer and Analyst Nick Maggiulli of Ritholtz Wealth Management

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Oct 19, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds, Economics
Nick Maggiulli of Ritholtz Wealth Management writes a blog, Of Dollars and Data, which combines his love of markets with his gift for writing about finance in interesting ways. He makes difficult financial concepts more approachable to the masses using anecdotes and analogies that even finance newbies can understand. Yet, his blog also draws in finance experts who find value in his thought-provoking analysis. I’ve cited quite a few of his articles in the NGPF blog, and I...

FinCap Friday: Playing With F.I.R.E.

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Oct 11, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Retirement, Investing, Index Funds
How can you possibly engage high schoolers in a conversation about retirement? They haven't even gotten their first real job yet so it's not exactly on their radar screen. By highlighting the F.I.R.E. movement (that's Financial Independence, Retire Early) and the extreme examples of retirees in their 30s, we hope that gets your students thinking "How'd they do that?" That should spur a great conversation about savings rates and the importance of investing while you are young. ...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Author and Blogger Jonathan Clements

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Sep 21, 2018
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Podcasts, Index Funds, Investing, Behavioral Finance
Jonathan Clements is no stranger to the NGPF podcast (here and here), and he’s back to introduce his newest book, From Here to Financial Happiness: Enrich Your Life in Just 77 Days. This book elicits active participation from the reader from day one of their financial journey until the last. Readers will answer 31 questions in their quest for financial happiness including such toughies as... If money were no object, what would you change about your life AND When was the last time you...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To 403(b) Crusader Steve Schullo

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Aug 03, 2018
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Podcasts, Retirement, Investing, Stocks, Index Funds
  Ten years into his retirement, former LAUSD elementary school teacher and author Steve Schullo is still fighting the good fight for teacher retirement plans. This go-getter shares the insights from his teaching career and his passion to fix the current 403(b) mess. As the author of Late Bloomer Millionaire, you will learn how Steve's savings and investing plan helped him achieve a healthy nest egg. Listeners will also learn why he wrote Fighting Powerful Interests and the changes he...

Digging Deeper: Do Strong Company Earnings Translate Into Strong Investor Returns?

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Jul 23, 2018
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Investing, Stocks, Index Funds
“Earnings Are Booming. Stocks Not So Much.” So reads the title of a New York Times DealBook article on July 20. For those who have heard the mantra that "company earnings drive the stock market," this headline perplexes. This title resonated with me, probably because I have been reading The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle for this month’s FinLit Fanatics book club.   Let’s outline some of the lessons from the book and then see how the might...

Top 10 Posts on NGPF Blog for 2017-18 School Year

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Jul 05, 2018
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Current Events, Behavioral Finance, Index Funds, Cryptocurrencies, Investing, Budgeting
The NGPF Blog provides educators with two posts daily during the school year, including an engaging question of the day. Teachers rely on the daily Question of the Day as a great conversation starter and appreciate that it engages all students since it requires no prior knowledge. In addition, the blog provides a great way to note trends in personal finance, highlight high quality resources and share ideas from our teacher community. With the school year ended, we wanted to highlight the most...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to JL Collins About Financial Independence and Investing

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Jun 29, 2018
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Podcasts, Index Funds, Investing, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
It started out innocently enough...he wanted to write letters of financial advice to his daughter. J.L. Collins never imagined that his blog would become a favorite source for the financial independence movement. His knack for storytelling and simplifying complex topics has boosted his blog popularity to over two million pageviews per year and convinced him to write a book, The Simple Path to Wealth. Hear how this proponent of index investing (his Stock Series is a must read for those who...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Investing Legend Charley Ellis

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Jun 01, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds, Stocks
Harvard Business School professor, founder of influential investment consultant Greenwich Associates, chair of Yale University investment committee (top performing endowment led by David Swenson), director at Vanguard Investments and one of the earliest proponents of index investing. Oh and he's written many best-selling books too. We obviously had a lot to talk about.  Still working 70 hour work weeks at 80+, Charley generously shares what he's learned over his lifetime as an investor and...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To 403(b)Wise Founders, Dan Otter and Scott Dauenhauer

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May 18, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
  Dan Otter, a teacher and Associate Dean, and Scott Dauenhauer, a fee-only financial planner, are both passionate about steering teachers in the right direction when it comes to retirement plans.Thank goodness their paths crossed earlier this century! Their advocacy work over the years (18+ and counting) has helped countless teachers make better decisions.  They methodically highlight the flaws in many 403(b) plans and discuss reforms that could significantly increase this benefit to...

Digging Deeper: Two Cents Part II

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May 14, 2018
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Video Resource, Stocks, Mutual Funds, Entrepreneurship, Budgeting, Index Funds, Career
Since posting the first Digging Deeper on the PBS Series, a few new videos have been released.  That post seemed to be well received, so I thought I would review the new videos and post suggested questions and NGPF related links to save you a little time at the end of the school year!!!  As I mentioned before, there is a place on the Facebook page for the Two Cents video series for you to give feedback to Julia and Philip if you have big questions that you would like for them to...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Investor, Author and Student of the Markets, Meb Faber

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May 04, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
Meb Faber turned his hobby into a passion and co-founded Cambria Investment Management. Listening to Meb you hear the passion not only of an investor but also an entrepreneur who created a firm based on his investing philosophy. He studies the markets and creates portfolios based on opportunities that Mr. Market provides. He uses his writing of books and white papers as a discipline to force him to elucidate his evidence-based approach. And hey, he puts his money where his mouth...