NGPF Podcast: Gene Natali, Author of the Missing Semester, Advocate for Financial Education For ALL Students
Investment consultant to large institutions by day and author, educator and advocate by night aptly describes Gene Natali and the multiple hats he wears. I first met Gene at the JumpStart National Educator Conference where he delivered a rousing keynote address that captured the audience's attention. Pulling from the best of behavioral finance, he frames financial issues in a manner that demonstrates the long-term impact of decisions. This will make even the most impulsive young person think twice before making that car buying decision or motivate them to learn more about ROTH IRAs. As you will hear in this podcast, Gene's an incredible advocate who's impacting students in Pennsylvania and nationally. Enjoy!
- 0:00~2:24 Introduction
- 2:24~7:01 Early money lessons
- 7:01~11:55 Passion for personal finance leading to writing a book
- 11:55~14:58 The importance of investing early
- 14:58~17:49 Stories and anecdotes that resonate with students
- 17:49~20:36 Communicating personal finance topics without the jargon
- 20:36~23:58 Understanding behavioral finance
- 23:58~24:42 Stocks versus index funds
- 24:42~25:11 A Word from NGPF
- 25:11~26:39 Bringing credit scores to life
- 26:39~27:30 Topics students are interested in
- 27:30~31:12 The conversation around student loans
- 31:12~32:21 Plans for The Missing Semester
- 32:21~33:04 Conclusion
“The book was initially written for recent graduates, whether this is from high school or college depending on the choice they make for their career, and as more people read it they said they wished they had read it in college. As colleges began to implement the book into their courses, they said they wish they had read it in high school.”
“I think that life hits us in different ways and that’s why there is no silver bullet. But, the earlier we start saving and the earlier we start taking steps for financial freedom, the better the odds.”
About the Authors
Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.
Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.
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