Nov 16, 2018
Podcasts, Policy, Current Events
We have seen some recent progress in states increasing access to financial education. In some cases, we see legislation at the state level (top-down) and in other situations, it is grassroots efforts at the school or district level (bottom-up). Tim talks to the Brookings Institution's Matt Kasman, who is out with a new research report that makes an important contribution to the existing literature on state-level efforts to improve financial education. Matt shares the results of his study as...
Oct 22, 2018
Personal Finance, Policy
As most folks interested in financial education are aware, Utah generally scores high in any state-by-state comparisons of the commitment to financial education earning an A+ from Champlain College and identified as one of only five states with a standalone personal finance course requirement in the NGPF Access To Financial Education study. So, I was excited when the publicly available Utah State Auditor's report crossed my desk (or more accurately appeared in my inbox). I immediately...
Sep 13, 2018
FinCap Fridays, Credit Reports, Current Events, Credit Scores, Policy
This week's FinCap Friday focuses on the one year anniversary of the great Equifax hack (not so great if you were one of its victims) and a new regulation to help protect the minors in your class:
New to NGPF's FinCap Friday? It's a fun way to engage your students with current events and includes:
A five question Kahoot!
A 90 second video providing details about the current event and explaining why it matters to students
A discussion prompt
Activity ideas to extend the learning...
Aug 08, 2018
Schools In News, Professional Development, Policy
TN Treasurer visits Elizabethton to launch financial literacy program (Elizabethton Star):
Through the program, each classroom sets up their own mini-economy where the children take on different roles such as merchants, bankers, and other professions to learn about earning and spending money. Students will also learn about evaluating expenses from a needs versus wants perspective, as well as financial topics such as loans, interest, and inflation. In the classrooms where the program has...
Jul 16, 2018
Policy, Advocacy, Financial Literacy
Last December, the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College issued a report card on U.S. states and their personal finance education offerings in high schools. At that point, only Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Utah received “A’s,” signifying that they require 60+ hours of personal financial instruction for graduation. Utah got an “A+” because they also require students to pass a state test on the subject.
However, there has been progress...
Apr 30, 2018
Research, Career, Current Events, Employment, Personal Finance, Policy
Two events in April brought the issue of gender pay gap into the headlines this past month. The first was the April 4 deadline for all companies in the United Kingdom to report on pay by gender in their companies. (Apparently, it is against the law to pay different rates/salaries by gender, but the government agency responsible for enforcing this is woefully short of staff and funding.) For those reporting by the deadline, 80% in fact pay men more. This has brought the issue...
Apr 12, 2018
Activities, Financial Scams, Policy, Activity
If they won't regulate, we better educate.
Listening to Planet Money podcast (20 minutes) last week about an online lender, Golden Valley Loan, Inc. It was being sued by CFPB for "unfair, deceptive and abusive business practices." Under new CFPB leadership, the lawsuit has been dropped.
So, I went to Golden Valley's website to read the fine print of their short-term, high interest loans to see if I could find the "gotchas."
What a beautiful website...
Here's how they...
Mar 01, 2018
Schools In News, Professional Development, Policy, Personal Finance
Here's what's happening with personal finance across the country:
Will the state of Florida require a personal finance course? (Tampa Bay Online):
Hukill, a Port Orange Republican, has been pushing to get this information into teens’ hands for five years. Her bill would remove the financial literacy material currently in the state’s basic economics course, and create a separate half-credit course that students would have to pass in order to graduate.
NGPF Fellow, Jill Wilson,...
Feb 09, 2018
Investing, Policy, Cryptocurrencies, Student Loans, Podcasts, Current Events
What happened to the 15 months of placid, upward sloping trend lines for all major stock indices that we had grown so accustomed to? Find out what changed with the markets and more in Beth's most excellent curated reads below.
The Market (are we talking about anything else this week?)
Did anyone else get whiplash (or perhaps motion sickness) from the roller coaster ride the stock market took this week? Here are several articles that help put is in...
Jan 21, 2018
Current Events, Article, Audio Resource, Ethics, Policy, Teaching Strategies
Make a profit OR serve other constituencies, like customers, employees and communities. The "maximize shareholder value" mantra (a.k.a. the stock price is all that matters) for public companies has been in vogue for the past several decades. However, if pronouncements from a top investor is any indication, there may be a shift afoot. Business teachers might enjoy taking this current event into the classroom and using it to spur a debate.
Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, an asset manager with over...
Nov 09, 2017
Question of the Day, Savings, Checking Accounts, Debit Cards, Policy
Hat tip to Jessica and her PLC group, Diane Mondoro, Steve Penley, Vicky Livesay, and Kayla Bousum for generating this question. (Sign up for the next round of our PLCs here)
On to the details:
Regulation D, also known as Reg D, is a Federal Reserve Board rule that puts a limit of six transactions per month on certain transfers and withdrawals from your savings or money market account. If you go over the limit, the bank or credit union can charge you a fee, close...
Oct 03, 2017
Article, Financial Literacy, Credit Cards, Personal Finance, Policy
We like to bring you the most current information relating to financial education. From elementary school to college and beyond, financial education is not only a necessity, but a fundamental topic that educates students and teachers alike on how they can financially prepare for their future. Here are six recent academic journal papers from George Washington University’s online Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center that you might find helpful in thinking about your instruction:...
Aug 15, 2017
Checking Accounts, Payment Types, Current Events, Policy
As readers of the blog know, overdraft fees are big profit generators for the big banks. Tens of billions of dollars big. So, what's new? The CFPB sees these large fees (average of $34 per overdraft) and wonders whether consumers really understand what they are signing up for when they opt-in to overdraft protection. This current event is a good opportunity to blend a discussion about policy while helping your students better understand a checking account "gotcha."
Let's start at the beginning....
Jul 30, 2017
Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Policy, Podcasts
I know you will enjoy my conversation with Allie Nault, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen for 2016. From working at a 24 hour diner to grilling presidential candidates about our nation’s debt, Allie has a level of composure and maturity well beyond her years. She uses her platform to advocate for financial literacy and she travels throughout the country talking to students, parents, and teachers about the importance of financial education. Listen to this podcast and you will learn...
Jun 06, 2017
Policy, Research, Current Events
Thanks to NGPF intern Grace Deng for her tremendous notes on a recent panel at OECD/GFLEC GLOBAL POLICY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM TO ADVANCE FINANCIAL LITERACY. This panel “Policy Research to Improve Financial Education Outcomes” captured how other countries (China, Australia, England and Russia) are implementing financial education (see video here starting at 2 hour 35 minute mark of video). Interesting to see the parallels in the challenges they identify in their home countries and the...