Category: Investing

Reading List for the 4th of July weekend

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Jul 03, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Personal Finance, Credit Scores
Here is your holiday weekend reading list—stay safe people!!!!   Economics The economy added 4.8 million jobs through the week of June 12, higher than expected. (CNN) (New York Magazine) There are several reasons we shouldn’t yet be celebrating: The economy is still down 14.7 million jobs         Another 1.4 million filed for unemployment last week Continuing unemployment claims are still at close to 20 million       ...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Should I Buy Gold & Bitcoin?

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Jul 01, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. In light of the current pandemic, we will also be adding current event videos from Two Cents when relevant. So, on Thursday over the next few weeks, look for a combination of unit specific and current event EdPuzzle videos!  This...

Reading List for June 26-28

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Jun 26, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Career
Current Events-Stimulus Checks QOD: What are most people spending their stimulus checks on? Answer: Household expenses. According to a Census Bureau Household Pulse survey, 85.5% answered this way. Of those earning between $75,000and $99,000 who got a prorated check, checks were more likely be used to pay down debt or saved.  If you have a family member in a nursing home, you might want to be sure the nursing home didn’t try to pocket your loved one’s check. (WAPO-1). The...

Reading List for June 19-21

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Jun 19, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Current Events
Economics Another 1.5 million people filed unemployment claims this past week. The important and telling statistic is the continuing unemployment claims, which have remained above 20 million since late April. (The Street) The recovery in Retail Sales has been uneven, according to the National Retail Federation CEO. (CNBC) The market took the retail sales figure as positive news. (MarketWatch) NPR breaks down retail spending by income level. Folks at lower income levels are spending whatever...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Retirement & The FIRE Movement

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Jun 17, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week we have two EdPuzzle videos both focusing on retirement.  The first EdPuzzle video titled "Is Retirement Even Possible?" discusses how much money is needed in retirement, factors that contribute to a low retirement...

EdPuzzle Thursday: The Stock Market

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Jun 10, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. In light of the current pandemic, we will also be adding current event videos from Two Cents when relevant. So, on Thursday over the next few weeks, look for a combination of unit specific and current event EdPuzzle videos!  This...

Reading List for June 5-7

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Jun 05, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Taxes
Current Events Of Dollars and Data explains the racial wealth gap mentioned in Tim’s post on NGPF yesterday. WaPo tracks the gap back to 1968…and there has been little change.   Economics After Thursday’s news that another 1.9 million people files for unemployment last week (AP), today’s unemployment rate announcement stunned most economists, going down to 13.3% when it was expected to go up as high as 20% (Forbes). The recovery of 2.5 million jobs added from...

Question of the Day: Do investors buy stocks in companies based on TV commercials?

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Jun 03, 2020
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Question of the Day, Behavioral Finance, Investing, Stocks
Answer: YES Questions: Why do you think that investors buy stocks in companies after they see a TV ad on those companies?  Are there ads or commercials that you have seen over the past week where you think "Hmmm...that could be a good investment?" Do you think this is a good idea? What other research might you want to do before making a decision to buy stock?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.  Behind the...

Question of the Day (Update): If you invested $1,000 in Netflix stock ten years ago, what would it be worth now?

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Jun 02, 2020
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Question of the Day, Investing
Answer: NFLX: $71,765.89! (as of 5/29/20) Remember when subscribing to Netflix meant watching the mailbox for DVDs?  Netflix shares have been prone to large gains and losses as it has grown into a dominant media company. But like Apple, Netflix wasn’t exactly the company it is today 10 years ago. In May of 2008, Netflix was primarily a mail-order DVD rental company that had just rolled out a streaming service that was capped at 10 hours of free viewing a month for the base...

NGPF Podcast: Jean Chatzky on personal finance in age of pandemic

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May 29, 2020
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Budgeting, Savings, Investing
It was a great honor to host Jean Chatzky recently on the NGPF podcast. Author, analyst, commentator, columnist, entrepreneur, educator and if you listen to the podcast...there's even more. Jean shares why she is so passionate about financial education, how her mother influenced her attitude about gender roles when it came to money and what happened when she traveled to Vegas to talk mutual funds with basketball star Dennis Rodman. In a lightning round of Q&A, Jean shares her insights on...

Reading List for May 29-31

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May 29, 2020
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Current Events, Personal Finance, Budgeting, Investing
Pandemic Round Up Weekly unemployment claims totaled 2.1 million last week, bringing total claims to over 40 million. (CNBC) Summer jobs for teens are hard to find this year. (WSJ) (For reference, here is what the job market looked like for teens last summer: unemployment stood at a 50-year low. WSJ) Amazon is looking to make 125,000 of the jobs it added to deal with the pandemic permanent hires. (TechCrunch) USA Today sums up the permanent changes in our economy as we learn to live with this...

Reading List for Memorial Day Weekend 2020

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May 22, 2020
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Personal Finance, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College
A little bit of everything for this holiday weekend as we wind down this challenging year.   Personal Finance 56% of parents with young children are in debt due to coronavirus. (PR Newswire) Four million Americans are currently not paying their mortgage. (MarketWatch) If you live to 100, will your money last? (Knowledge@Wharton) Last but not least, 68% of Americans do not have a will. (The Conversation)   Investing What is the “dark side” of low interest rates. (NY...

Reading List for May 15-17

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May 15, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Identity Theft
Economics Unemployment claims totaled close to 3 million this past week, bringing the pandemic total to over 36 million jobs lost. (CNBC) State unemployment systems can’t handle the volume of applications, and many are still waiting for benefits. Here is the story of one New Yorker: (CNBC) You can probably guess which retail sectors were hardest hit in April. Here are the US Retail Sales stats for April: (NPR-read or listen) The drop in CPI last month was the largest ever. (USA Today)...

Virtual Adaptation: MOVE Activities

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May 11, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting, Investing, Taxes
MOVE activities are some of the best NGPF activities to use in the traditional classroom. They require students to apply their knowledge through a fun, out-of-their-seats, whole class challenge. But times are different right now and learning is taking place remotely. So, how can teachers take the context of the MOVE activity and use it in the digital environment? We have created TWO adaptations to THREE of our most popular MOVE activities that you can use in either a synchronous or asynchronous...

NGPF Podcast: Dwayne Hendricks on his path from the NFL to the classroom

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May 08, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Savings
From a storied college career at the U (University of Miami) to several seasons at the NY Giants (which included a Super Bowl Championship), Dwayne Hendricks has seen it all. He's also a humble and giving person who, if you don't ask the right question, would never let on about his athletic accomplishments. So when it came time to determine his life path at the end of his career, it should come as no surprise that he chose to impact young people as an educator and a coach. in this podcast,...