Category: Investing

Black Friday 2020 Reading List

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Nov 27, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Student Loans, Cryptocurrencies, Taxes
Hope you all had an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving yesterday! Black Friday Here is one out of the UK to read BEFORE you do any Black Friday shopping, using behavioral economics to explain marketing tactics. (MouthyMoney) While we are on Black Friday—what will it look like? (Probably like Cyber Monday.) (USA Today) And Nathan Burrow of the NYT shares advice on how to avoid overspending on Black Friday. (NYT-subscription) Economics Surprise!? Consumer Confidence fell unexpectedly in...

Reading List for November 20-22

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Nov 20, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Career
  Financial Literacy Survey data suggest a pre-pandemic gap in financial knowledge of women that is especially concerning as they are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic’s financial strain. (Phys.org)   Economics The IMF director warns that the coronavirus could disrupt any global recovery during a meeting with G20. (APNews) Initial unemployment claims back on the upswing last week for the first time in 35 weeks. (AP News) Here is Morning Brew’s summary of the...

NEW! NGPF On-Demand deepens teacher content knowledge anytime, anywhere

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Nov 16, 2020
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Professional Development, Investing, Paying for College
Update (12/2/20): The NGPF On-Demand pilot closed on December 1st. Teachers completed over 900 hours in this two week period. Here's what teachers are saying:  It was my first on-demand training and I really liked the flexibility! More, more, more! I could take breaks when I was interrupted and I didn't miss anything! I could take this and do this at home with my kids. Pause when I need to, and not miss anything! This was perfect! I can do it on my own time at my own pace - please offer...

Question of the Day (Updated): What percent of 18-34 year olds are investing in the stock market?

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Nov 16, 2020
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Question of the Day, Investing
Answer: 41% Questions: When do you think you will start investing in the stock market? Explain your answer. Based on the value of their investments, do you think that those under 35 year are well prepared when it comes to saving for retirement? Why do you think a higher percentage of those over 35 years old invest in the market compared to those under 35? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind...

Reading List for November 13-15

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Nov 13, 2020
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Investing, Economics, Student Loans, Budgeting
Investment Retirement account balances on the rise, as are 401k “Millionaires.” (Yahoo Finance) The pandemic seemed to be driving the market this week: soaring when promising vaccine results were announces, then fell back as case numbers continue to spike. (Yahoo Finance) It is going to be a big year for consumer tech IPOs. (CNBC) Instacart is one of many companies planning an IPO in coming months. (Fox Business)   Economics Unemployment claims moving in the right direction,...

NGPF Podcast: Dina Isola and Scott Dauenhauer share insights on managing your 403(b) and 457 plans

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Nov 13, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Tips for Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Advocacy
Dina of Ritholtz Wealth Management) and Scott of Meridian Wealth have a shared goal: for every teacher to have access to high quality vendors for their 403(b) and 457 retirement plans. At a recent NGPF Speaker Series event, they shared insights gained from working with scores of teachers and analyzing thousands of plan documents. Listen to this podcast and walk away with practical knowledge you need to analyze your own plan as well as tips on how to advocate for better plans. Enjoy! Details:...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Questions to Ask Before Investing

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Nov 11, 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's EdPuzzle video titled "5 Questions to Ask Before Investing" reviews five questions you should ask yourself before investing your money.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

Question of the Day: How much would a $100 investment in Warren Buffet's company in 1964 be worth in November of 2020?

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Nov 11, 2020
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Investing, Question of the Day
Answer: About $2.8 million The math: From Berkshire Hathaway Annual Letter to investors: Overall gain from 1964 to 2019: 2,744,062%  At end of 2019, that $100 would be worth $2,744,162 Berkshire stock performance (through 11/9/20): 0.87% bringing investment's value close to $2.8 million Questions: Do you think it is easy/difficult to hold on to investments like this over the long-term? Explain. If you had the chance to meet Warren Buffett, what are two questions that you would ask...

Reading List for November 6-8

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Nov 06, 2020
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Investing, Economics
Investing   Doesn’t seem like the stock market cared about the outcome of the election, just that it was over as markets look like they will have their best week since April. (CNBC) Who owns the stock market? Read results of new research from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. (Irrelevant Investor) Should bitcoin have a place in mainstream portfolios? The thinking on this seems to be evolving. (Seeking Alpha) Speaking of Bitcoin: Bitcoin value driven up as the US Government...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Mutual Funds

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Nov 04, 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's EdPuzzle video titled "What the Heck is a Mutual Fund?" explains the basics of mutual funds, how to invest, and the difference between actively managed funds and passively managed mutual funds.    Interested...

Podcasts For Your Classroom: What's New In the World of Investing?

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Nov 02, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Stocks
Welcome to the first official Podcast Tuesday! After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a weekly activity to fulfill that desire. This week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when clicked) focuses on the world of investing with 3-6 minute audio files explaining sustainable investing, the pros/cons of the Robinhood investing app and an analysis of who is benefiting from the recent rise in the stock market....

NGPF Podcast: Mark Schug and Dan Otter (403bwise.org) discuss financial fitness for teachers

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Oct 31, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Economics
This podcast was produced from an NGPF Speaker series event held in October of 2020 with guests Dan Otter of 403bwise.org and Mark Schug, President of Mark Schug Consulting Services and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Details: 0:00~1:42 Introduction 1:42~13:00 Dr. Mark Schug and Dr. Dan Otter introduce themselves 13:00~16:26 On writing books for teachers 16:26~18:18 Dr. Schug’s book structure: case studies 18:18~20:09 Teachers can be rich too...

Reading List for October 30-Nov 1

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Oct 30, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Budgeting, Investing, Insurance
Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!   Financial Literacy Ally is “leaning into gamification” to attack the financial literacy gap, beginning with “Animal Crossing.” (PRNewswire)   Economics Yahoo Finance provides a wrap-up of this week’s economic data releases. * Consumer spending increases 1.4% in September * Personal income rebounds 0.9%; savings rate dips to 14.3% * Core PCE price index rises 0.2%; up 1.5% year-on-year GDP rebounded in...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Bonds

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Oct 21, 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's EdPuzzle video titled "Bond. Savings Bond." explains the basics of investing in bonds.    Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the...

Question of the Day: This company, whose product is now being used by millions of students every day, has seen its stock price rise by more than 700% this year. Can you name it?

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Oct 18, 2020
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Question of the Day, Investing, Stocks
Hat tip to Amanda Volz for inspiring today's QoD.  Answer: Zoom Questions: Do you currently use Zoom? Had you heard of Zoom pre-pandemic?  How do you think Zoom's business will do post-pandemic? Will two of their larger sectors, education and business, return to more in-person interactions reducing their reliance on a product like Zoom?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers...