Category: Personal Finance

Question of the Day: What percent of 18-24 year olds learn about personal finance from social media?

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Sep 22, 2021
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Question of the Day, Personal Finance
Answer: 38.8% including TikTok, YouTube or other social media outlets, like Twitter or Instagram Questions: Other than the lessons you learn in school, where else do you learn about personal finance?  If you have learned some lessons from social media: What was the best advice you received? What was the worst advice?  How do you determine whether a source of information is reliable or not?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can...

NGPF Podcast: Kevin Matthews, author of Burning to Blueprint: Rebuilding Black Wall Street After a Century of Silence

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Sep 10, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
  What's clear from this conversation is that Kevin Matthews is an educator at heart. After spending several years in the classroom, he took his interest in finance and parlayed it into a financial advisor role. Ultimately, he realized that his interest lay in providing financial advice to educate a larger audience. This led to his current venture, Breaking Bread with the tagline "Investment education for people who look just like you." Listen to Kevin describe his entrepreneurial journey...

NGPF Podcast: Eric Smith on his mission to help student-athletes learn to manage their money

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Sep 03, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
After a successful banking career, Eric Smith combined his financial acumen and his love of sports to his new career in serving student-athletes. As you listen to this podcast, you can just feel the energy and enthusiasm that Eric brings to his workshops. I hope that you enjoy learning about Eric's favorite ways to engage an audience, the most common questions he hears and his take on the new developments surrounding NIL (name, image and likeness), which provides an income stream to...

NGPF Podcast: Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post reflects on her 30 year career as a personal finance columnist

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Aug 27, 2021
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Personal Finance
 During her 30 year career at the Washington Post, Michelle Singletary has helped millions of readers more effectively manage their finances. Michelle has used her platform as personal finance columnist to explain government programs in this age of pandemic, hold agencies to account for sloppy implementation of policy and describe finances in a way that people can understand. I know that you will enjoy this conversation with this incredible advocate.  Details: 0:00~1:40 Introduction...

NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker (updated July 26, 2021)

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Jul 26, 2021
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Current Events
With many legislative sessions concluded or in recess, not a lot of updates to provide to the NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker.  In case you missed the earlier updates, here were the states that made the most significant progress on increasing access to financial education: Nevada AB19: Among the core academic subjects that must be taught include "Social studies, which includes only the subjects of history, geography, economics , civics, financial literacy and multicultural education..." Rhode...

NGPF Podcast: Micah Bender on how new NCAA regs increase need for financial education

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Jul 16, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Advocacy
Thanks to Barb O'Neill for connecting me with this week's NGPF podcast guest. Micah Bender wears a few hats including leading financial literacy efforts at the state level in New Jersey. His side hustle involves providing financial education to college student-athletes. This brings together two of Micah's passions derived from 14 years as a personal finance teacher and sports coach. That passion is evident in our conversation that follows. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:32 Introduction 1:32~2:46...

Reading List for July 16-18

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Jul 16, 2021
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Economics, Investing, Cryptocurrencies, Financial Scams, Taxes
Advocacy The state of states’ financial literacy efforts explained, and NGPF Bill tracker mentioned. (CNBC)   Personal Finance There are many myths floating around about what happens to a couple’s credit when they marry. This sets the record straight. (PRNewswire) Speaking of couples, the Fidelity 2021 Couples and Money Study was released and is full of interesting stats. Communication is key, (and maybe counseling would help?) The pandemic made people totally reevaluate...

NGPF Podcast: Meet Rishi Vamdatt:, the 11-year-old founder of Easy Peasy Finance

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Jun 25, 2021
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy, Personal Finance
  WOW! Have you ever had a conversation with an 11-year-old about the wisdom of index funds, the power of compounding returns and the process of opening a brokerage account? Nope, neither had I until I had the opportunity to talk to Rishi Vamdatt earlier this week. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:04 Introduction 1:04~2:07 What is Easy Peasy Finance?  2:07~3:10 Interest in personal finance 3:10~5:07 Creating a YouTube channel and a website 5:07~6:31 The power of starting early 6:31~10:48...

How Teachers Used the NGPF Website in May of 2021

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Jun 21, 2021
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Personal Finance
It's been almost three years since I last blogged about how teachers used the NGPF website in November of 2018. A lot has changed since then. We had just crossed the milestone of 10,000 teachers in August of that 2018. Here's an update based on website data from May 2021 as we approach 50,000 teachers with NGPF accounts! Thank you for sharing NGPF with your teacher colleagues. YOU are the number one source of new teacher accounts:) More than 1600 unique webpages were visited by at least 10...

New NGPF team member, Dave Martin, on why he cares so much about financial education

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Jun 02, 2021
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Personal Finance
When I was 20 years old, I made the decision to transfer from a public state college to a private college in another state.  I wanted to get out of my parents house and have the “college experience.”  I found a school that I fell in love with.  The price tag was high and I’d need to finance my education mostly through student loans but it didn’t matter.  Moving away and gaining that freedom was worth any cost.  I made the move. Entering my final...

NGPF Podcast: Julie Beckham of Rockland Trust (MA) is Ms. Money & The Coins

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May 28, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship
How does an Acting major from NYU apply her skills to the financial education world? She creates an interactive, musical presentation that teaches elementary-aged students about money. What a fun conversation this was with Julie Beckham! Hear about her award-winning program, the questions she hears most often from students and how to establish presence in the classroom. Enjoy! Details: 0:00~6:56 Current Events with MissBeHelpful: Pandemic Savings Boost 6:56~8:24 Introducing this Week’s...

NGPF Podcast: CNBC's Sharon Epperson on why personal finance education matters

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Apr 30, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
Register for CNBC's May 5th event: Invest in Teachers. Ready. Set. Grow.   Details: 0:00~10:53 Current Events with Missbehelpful: Biases Behind Choices 10:53~11:31 A word from NGPF 11:31~13:08 Introducing this week’s guest: Sharon Epperson, Senior Personal Finance Correspondent at CNBC 13:08~16:00 Early money lessons 16:00~17:24 From working in Cairo to working at CNBC  17:24~19:34 Lessons learned as a commodity correspondent 19:34~21:41 Relationships and money 21:41~25:45...

Question of the Day: What percent of Gen Zers use an online bank?

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Apr 20, 2021
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Question of the Day, Personal Finance
Answer: 72% Questions: Do you have a bank account?  If so, is it an online bank or a bank with physical branches? What do you think are the pros/cons of using an online bank? What is one question you still have about online banks? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Tallo): While members of Generation Z may be turning to their families for financial advice, they’re also utilizing technology...

NGPF Podcast: Northwestern's Donna Wang Su on why college students need financial education too

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Apr 02, 2021
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship
 While NGPF's original focus was on creating curriculum for the high school student, we know that only 1 in 5 high schoolers are guaranteed to take a course. So, no surprise that most college students lack financial skills and are in need of this essential course. The good news is that there are amazing educators like Donna Wang Su in colleges across America to fill in the gaps. In this podcast, Donna will share the distinct challenges that entrepreneurs face in managing their personal...

NGPF Podcast: Jake Cousineau on his new personal finance book, How to Adult

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Mar 26, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
When it comes to writing a personal finance book for teens, who could be better suited than an educator who spends 180 days a year teaching them? Jake Cousineau took his experience teaching personal finance at a high school in California and translated that into a book that would expand his impact beyond the classroom walls. In this conversation, Jake shares how he managed to change his money mindset, why storytelling is such an effective teaching method and how he makes personal finance...