Aug 16, 2019
Current Events, Parent Conversations, Paying for College, Investing, Economics, Retirement, Student Loans, Financial Scams, Insurance
As your former students or maybe your own children are heading off to college for the first time, here is some sage advice for them.
Having taught at a college for several years, and living amongst the students for even longer, I cannot agree more with the tips offered by a college professor in this MarketWatch article, like show up for class, turn off the phone, and go to office hours! I like the cartoons too!
And here is one for the parents. Once your child turns 18, their...
Aug 13, 2019
Insurance, Question of the Day
Answer: Close to $300
Why do you think insurance companies raise a driver’s premium after they get a tlcket for texting while driving?
What strategies do you use in order to avoid this temptation while driving?
Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Behind the numbers (from Zebra):
The average surcharge for using a cellphone or texting while driving has been rising and is now nearly $300, Ms. Connolly said....
Jun 21, 2019
Cryptocurrencies, Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Employment, Paying for College, Insurance
Happy Summer! It is officially here! And here is a list covering a wide range of topics for your reading pleasure this weekend.
The US Treasury (specifically, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission) is calling for colleges and universities to require financial literacy classes. Looks like $1.5 trillion in student debt has some folks worried. (CNBC) Here is the actual report.
Does it help your students to hear about sports stars ultimately making better...
May 21, 2019
Question of the Day, Behavioral Finance, Retirement, Investing, Insurance
As you think about leaving high school, what would be your top money worry?
How do you think your parents/guardians would answer a question like this?
What are steps that a person can take to reduce their worries when it comes to the first three items on the list?
How much do you think these answers would change during a recession (we are currently in the midst of an ongoing economic expansion)?
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day...
May 19, 2019
Insurance, Question of the Day
Health insurance: $5,712
Auto insurance for a 16 year old; $4,140
Renter's insurance: $154 - $224
What do you think are the reasons that people buy insurance for their health, auto and for the apartment they rent?
Why do you think that health insurance is more expensive than the other types?
Which of the three types of insurance do you think increases in cost as you get older? declines in cost as you get older? Explain.
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this...
May 03, 2019
Economics, Paying for College, Insurance, Investing, Retirement, Current Events
The jobs numbers were released today. 263,000 jobs were added and unemployment is now measured at 3.6%, a 49-year low. The NYT just published a primer explaining how this is measured.
A second NYT article explains why it has taken so long for wages to rise in the recovery, and which sectors are experiencing the most wage growth.
Paying for college
Apparently states in search of educated folks to fill jobs are offering assistance with student loan debt as a lure. (WSJ)
Apr 28, 2019
Thanks to Jessica for pointing out this insurance interactive.
Plug in your zip code and voila, you get the most common and the highest cost claims in your neighborhood. Here's what I found for my hometown in N.J.:
What are the most common insurance claims in your neighborhood?
Click on each of the claim icons to learn more about each of these claims.
Why do you think an insurance company has created this interactive? Does this information make you more/less...
Apr 23, 2019
Insurance, Question of the Day
Answer: One-time event
Why do you think that one time or short-term medical expenses more frequently cause people to struggle with medical bills?
What are steps that people can take to prepare for these unforeseen medical expenses?
How does knowing this information impact how you think about health insurance?
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Behind the numbers (Kaiser Family Foundation):
Apr 23, 2019
Insurance, Chart of the Week, Research
What are the top 3 medical bills when it comes to their dollar amounts?
Which bills fits into the category of high frequency but low cost?
Which of the bills listed would you describe as "predictable?"
Looking for more Charts of the Week? It's a regular weekly feature and here's some of the recent ones.
Apr 16, 2019
Insurance, Question of the Day, Budgeting
You carry them around with you all the time and apparently break them quite a bit. According to this survey, 2/3 of smartphone users damaged their phones in the past year.
Answer: $29-$329, depending on the model and whether you have carry the AppleCare+ insurance
Have you damaged your phone in the last year? If so, have you gotten it repaired?
Do you carry cell phone insurance? Why or why not?
Does knowing that 2/3 of cell phone users damage their phones in a...
Apr 05, 2019
Financial Literacy, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Insurance
The list is a bit longer today--perhaps more good stuff is popping up during Financial Literacy Month. In any case, there should be something for everyone here!
Financial Literacy Month
CNBC to recognize Financial Literacy Month with special coverage all month.(CNBC)
This was today’s CNBC post, crediting you wonderful finlit warriors for helping your students avoid payday lenders!
How much financial education is enough? (Cincinnati.com)
What men can learn from the way...
Mar 24, 2019
Hat tip to Sonia from team NGPF for highlighting this resource.
The United States is routinely the most expensive place to buy medical care, whether that’s a Humira pen or a knee replacement or an MRI scan. There are a handful of exceptions to the rule: The US does have colonoscopies that are cheaper than in New Zealand or the United Kingdom. On CT scans, we also come in slightly cheaper than Britain. But aside from those examples, it’s generally a safe bet that...
Mar 15, 2019
Paying for College, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Insurance, Investing, Financial Literacy, Taxes
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy Reading!
The story of the week has to be this one about the college entrance bribery. (WAPO) (Inside Higher Ed)
While we are on the subject, this next article highlights the class differences in the college experience as poor kids tell rich colleges what they are experiencing. (EdSurge)
And most people are surprised to learn how low the college completion rate is: (NPR)
Student Loan Hero surveyed 1000 people across all generations about their debt. One...
Mar 01, 2019
Personal Finance, Insurance, Investing, Economics
Michele Singletary at WAPO talks about the importance of getting kids to be financially literate and what parents can do to promote this. The article features JumpStart and checkmyschool.org.
Personal Finance on an Index Card: from Harold Pollack. (University of Chicago)
This one got lots of social media coverage: NFL player teaches finlit at an Ivy League School! (WSJ)
Some sound advice suggesting quarterly money reviews with your S.O. and how to conduct them....
Feb 12, 2019
Chart of the Week, Insurance
Hat tip to Beth Tallman:
What happened between 2010 and 2018 to hospital spending and tax rates?
Does it surprise you that Americans spend more on hospital spending than they did for federal income taxes?
Your friends says that he thinks hospital costs have peaked in 2018. Does the graph support his argument?
Check out NGPF Insurance Unit Page for ideas on how to bring insurance to life for your students.
Behind the chart from...