Category: Index Funds

Interactive Monday: How Soon Can I Retire?

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Feb 18, 2019
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Interactive, Retirement, Investing, Index Funds
We all know how difficult it is to get kids to think about investing for retirement but also know how important it is to convince them to start investing ASAP given their youth and the magical powers of compound interest. So, what's the hook? What young person doesn't dream of retiring early which is kind of ironic given that many of them have these thoughts before they even have their first job. Stay with me. This focus on early retirement, which has gained more prominence recently with the...

The Psychology of Investing: Avoid Stupid Mistakes, Play STAX

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Feb 12, 2019
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Interactive, Investing, Stocks, Index Funds
Hat tip to Vadas at Abnormal Returns for pointing out this article from Behavioral Investment about why we make stupid investment decisions.  The article lays out nine reasons why normally rational, thoughtful people make what he describes as "sub-optimal" investment decisions. As I read through the list, I realized how our investing game STAX (over 160,000 game plays since November launch) gives students an opportunity to make a lot of stupid decisions which they hopefully will learn from...

2018 Holiday Reading List

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Dec 21, 2018
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Personal Finance, Investing, Index Funds, Student Loans, Economics
Our holiday reading list is a bit longer than our usual list….it will have to last you two weeks! We hope you have a little down time to dig into some of the longer articles on the list. Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays to all!!!   Personal Finance Experian reportedly will begin including utility payments in the credit score calculation, giving millions of people who only use debit cards a credit history/score. (WSJ) With all of the changes in the tax laws for 2018, here is a...

Whipsaw Risk and Investing in Stocks

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Nov 29, 2018
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Investing, Interactive, Index Funds, Behavioral Finance
How do you think recent investors in GE are feeling about their decision? Would you hold on after a monthly drop of 30% in the stock price?  Interesting read from the Capital Speculator here about how investors can be influenced to act impulsively in the early years (I think it could be days) of a new investment. As someone who can speak from experience, there is nothing worse than seeing a recent investment go negative soon after your purchase. The bubble thoughts that start floating...

How Can I F.I.R.E. Up My Students About Retirement?

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Nov 26, 2018
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Retirement, Index Funds, Video Resource, Investing, Savings
Looking for ways to get your students thinking about retirement? Introduce them to the F.I.R.E. Movement! That is the Financial Independence Retire Early Movement. Why do I think this movement is important: It's a counter-narrative to our consumerist society by focusing on extreme savings. We read so many stories about maxed out credit cards, why not expose your students to tales of young people saving 60-70% of their income? It helps students understand the concept of passive income and...

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...