Category: Index Funds

NGPF Best of 2021: Podcasts

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Dec 14, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing, Paying for College, Stocks, Index Funds
Thanks to the amazing guests who joined me on the NGPF Podcast this year. From former NFL Players to best selling authors to entrepreneurs to a millionaire custodian, the thread that connects this group is a passion for financial education. I hope that you enjoy these conversations as much as I did.  Tim and Yanely Talk GameStop  Mark Salisbury of TuitionFit on creating transparency with college pricing Former NFL player Ryan Harris on how financial education changes lives Jeff York...

NGPF Podcast: Rick Ferri on his journey from stock broker to financial consultant

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Dec 10, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
 Enjoy this conversation with Rick Ferri who shares his experience in financial services over the past 30 years. Rick started as a stock broker then went on to an asset management firm and now is a financial consultant (with a 6 month waiting list!) He discusses the motivation behind these moves and why he thinks providing financial advice on an hourly basis is the optimal model. You will also learn about a popular personal finance Q&A forum at Bogleheads.org where Rick plays a...

NGPF Podcast: Robin Wigglesworth, author of Trillions: How a Band of Wall Street Renegades Invented the Index Fund and Changed Finance Forever

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Nov 26, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds, Stocks
Robin Wigglesworth has done the impossible...he's written a book about index funds that, once you get started, you won't be able to put down. The index fund product itself may not be compelling, but the characters that Wigglesworth describes certainly are. He traces the growth of index funds and how they moved from a concept developed by academics to how they became the leading investment choice for mutual fund investors. Enjoy!  Special opportunity for teachers with NGPF accounts: Listen...

NGPF Podcast: John Rekenthaler of Morningstar on how mutual fund investing has changed in past three decades

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Nov 19, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing, Mutual Funds, Index Funds
  With more than three decades in research at Morningstar, John Rekenthaler has had a front row seat to the tectonic shifts in the mutual fund business. During his career, John has seen the industry go from one dominated by actively managed funds (e.g., Fidelity's Magellan fund) to one where index funds now hold more than 50% of fund assets. We reminisce about John's early days of Morningstar where one could leaf through binders with information on hundreds of funds (yes, I relied on...

Question of the Day: Over a recent 20 year period, what percent of pros investing in large companies "beat the market?"

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Jun 06, 2021
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Question of the Day, Investing, Stocks, Index Funds
Answer: 94% of investment pros underperformed (see below), so 6% outperformed.  Questions: Why do you think investing 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...

Question of the Day: What percent of American families invest in the stock market?

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May 19, 2021
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Question of the Day, Investing, Stocks, Mutual Funds, Index Funds
Answer: 52.6% Questions: When do you hope to start investing in the stock market?  This data is from a 2019 Federal Reserve survey. Do you think more families have invested in the past two years?  This data shows that only 15% of families own individual stocks. Why do you think that most investors choose funds (indirect) which are collections of stocks rather than individual stocks (direct)?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in...

NGPF Podcast: Morgan Housel discusses his new book "The Psychology of Money"

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Sep 11, 2020
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance, Investing, Index Funds
Morgan Housel is back for an encore performance on the NGPF Podcast to talk about his new book, The Psychology of Money. Morgan has that rare talent of making financial lessons memorable through incredible storytelling that weaves in history, psychology, sociology and even medicine. In fact, his book is a compilation of 19 of his favorite stories. Listen to this podcast and learn about his creative process, his favorite stories and the money lessons they teach and COVID-19's long-term impact on...

NGPF Podcast: Jonathan Clements says "carry on" while the markets turn bearish

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Mar 13, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
It's advice my Dad would have appreciated as he would have seen this British war poster, "Keep Calm and Carry On," as a child during WWII.  Jonathan and I had this conversation on Monday (the 9th) which now seems like eons ago. We pulled this together on short notice because I wanted listeners to get Jonathan's perspective on the recent market tumult. We discuss circuit breakers, oil markets, bear markets, investor psychology and what an investor should do in these uncertain times. I also...

NGPF Podcast: Author Roger Lowenstein discusses Warren Buffett, the subject of his book, The Making of An American Capitalist

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Feb 14, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
  The book, The Making of An American Capitalist, may be 25 years old but the subject, Warren Buffett, remains a fascinating character today. In this podcast. Roger shares what he discovered through his exhaustive research on Buffett which included conversations with neighbors in Omaha, college classmates and his early investors. You will learn about Buffett's habits, his talents and the characteristics of the businesses he invests in. With the gift of time, Roger also provides his...

Chart of the Week: The value of diversification in two charts

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Jan 28, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Investing, Index Funds
What makes investment diversification so difficult for us mere mortals is that you will never feel like you have the optimal portfolio and have that nagging frustration of "what if...". For example, while many investment professionals encourage investors to have some exposure to international stocks in their portfolio, that has not been a winning strategy for the past decade as the U.S. stock market has vastly outperformed the rest of the world as this chart indicates: Note: MSCI ACWI is an all...

Chart of the Week: Investment Returns By Decade

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Jan 14, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Investing, Index Funds
I came across this cool gif on the Irrelevant Investor blog. Lots of percentages here which make this an interesting one for math teachers too!  Be sure to click on the image below to experience the GIF:  Notes: Important: Given the multitude of asset classes here with some familiar and some unfamiliar, you may want to just focus on two bond proxies (5 Year U.S. Treasuries and Long-Term Corporate Bonds) and two stock proxies (S&P 500 and NASDAQ). Of course, if you cover other...

QoD: Walmart vs. Amazon: Which has been the better performing stock over the past five years?

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Jan 14, 2020
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Investing, Question of the Day, Index Funds
Answer: AMAZON by a long shot! Reviewing the chart, how much would your $100 investment five years ago have grown if you had invested in... Amazon? Walmart? The overall stock market (S&P 500)?  Would you have been better off choosing between these 2 companies or just buying the overall stock market through an index fund? Why do you think that Amazon has performed so much better than Walmart? (Hint: Do you think that online ecommerce is growing faster than “bricks and...

QoD: UPS vs. FedEx: Which company's stock has performed better over the past five years?

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Dec 09, 2019
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Investing, Index Funds, Research
The unsung heroes of the holidays.  Answer:  Questions: Reviewing the chart, how much would your $100 investment five years ago have grown if you had invested in... UPS? FedEx? The overall stock market (S&P 500)? Would you have been better off choosing between these 2 companies or just buying the overall stock market through an index fund? What research could you do to find out what factors have impacted the stock prices for FedEx and UPS?  Here's the ready-to-go slides...

QoD: Starbucks vs. Dunkin Donuts: Which company's stock has performed better over the past five years?

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Nov 12, 2019
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Investing, Question of the Day, Stocks, Index Funds
People tend to be pretty vocal about their preferred "go-to" coffee spots.  Who is winning the coffee war (from the investor's perspective)? Answer: Starbucks.  Questions: What factors do you think contribute to the very different market performance of these companies? Starbucks is much larger and has a larger international presence. Do you think those factors are important? Which do you personally prefer? Explain why you prefer it. Would you make an investment decision based on a...

QoD: Which mutual funds have more investor dollars: actively managed funds or index funds?

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Oct 20, 2019
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Question of the Day, Investing, Research, Index Funds, Mutual Funds
This question should be asked as part of your investing unit as it requires some prior knowledge.  Answer: Index Funds Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Questions: If you saw an advertisement for a mutual fund that consistently “beats the market” (pick stocks that do better than the overall market), what questions would you ask?  90% of mutual funds that are active and trying to “beat the...