Category: Research

Question of the Day (REPEAT): A recent research study found that _________ of stock day traders made money over a 12 month period.

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Feb 02, 2021
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Question of the Day, Investing, Research, Behavioral Finance
Given the events that have transpired over the past week with GameStop, this QoD provides great opportunity to discuss the perils of day trading.  Answer: 3% Questions: Why is day trading so popular despite the difficulty of making money consistently? Why do you think it's so difficult to make money day trading?   Do you know anyone who has actively traded stocks? Were they successful for more than a few days? What's the difference between investing and speculating?  ...

A Worrying Trend for High School Seniors

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Jan 26, 2021
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Paying for College, Current Events, Research
As of January 15th, 2021, only one out of three high school seniors have filed a FAFSA -- which is down about 10% from this time last year, according to the FAFSA Tracker which uses data from the U.S. Department of Education. And the numbers are even worse for seniors who qualify for free and reduced lunch (FAFSA completions are down by 13%) and students of color (down by 15.4%). Here is what makes this such a worrying trend: NerdWallet estimated that students who are Pell Grant-eligible missed...

Best of 2020: Top 10 Countries Using NGPF Website (outside the U.S.)

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Dec 29, 2020
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Research
The great thing about the internet is that websites are accessible to users throughout the world. Create something of value and that Field of Dreams line comes to mind, "if you build it, they will come." Well, about 5% of visits to the NGPF website come from countries outside the U.S. Here are the top 10: Canada (#3 in PISA 2018 Financial Literacy Exam results) India United Kingdom Philippines Australia (#6 in PISA 2018 Financial Literacy Exam results) Germany China (#1 in PISA 2018...

FAFSA filings down 15.5%; Interactives to Nudge Students to File the FAFSA

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Dec 01, 2020
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Interactive, Paying for College, Research
FAFSA filings are down 15.5% on year over year basis. We all know the consequences of students failing to file a FAFSA and the importance of filing early. Some awards have limited resources, and those who wait until the last minute to file could be out of luck as funding dries up.  Here are three interactives you can use to nudge your students to file a FAFSA now. FAFSA Tracker - The #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker is an interactive data dashboard that tracks and ranks states’ progress...

Question of the Day: You purchase a new TV with a store card offering 0% APR (pay no interest) for 18 months. What happens if you don't pay in full within 18 months?

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Nov 18, 2020
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Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Research
Answer: 53% of store cards have deferred interest features meaning you will pay interest going back to the date of the purchase which can be quite costly.   Questions: Black Friday is right around the corner..why do you think these 0% APR offers are so popular at this time of the year?  How often do you think consumers forget to pay off the full balance and get hit with these deferred interest surprises?  Do you think offers like are a good idea for consumers? Why or why...

Question of the Day: What percent of 14-17 year olds think it is likely that they will ever purchase/own a home?

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Nov 01, 2020
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Mortgages, Research, Question of the Day
Answer: 93% Here's reasons given for wanting to own a home: Questions: Do you want to own a home at some point in the future? Why or why not? If so, is there a specific age that you would like to own a home? What are the biggest challenges you see in being able to buy a home? What would you be looking for in that first house that you buy? What factors matter most to you? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Gen...

Research Report (from FLEC): U.S. National Strategy for Financial Literacy 2020

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Oct 13, 2020
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Research, Advocacy
Last week, the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission released their U.S. National Strategy for Financial Literacy 2020. We thought that of particular interest to many of our teachers would be their recommended Best Practices:  “Based on an extensive review of academic research, consultations with experts, and discussions with members of the FLEC, a number of themes regarding effective financial literacy and education have crystalized. The best practices are crosscutting,...

Question of the Day: How many paid media and entertainment subscriptions do Gen Z consumers have?

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Oct 11, 2020
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Research
Answer: 14 Questions: How many paid media and entertainment subscriptions do you have? Have you added/dropped subscriptions since March of this year? How much do each of them cost?  With the subscriptions you have, prioritize them from most to least important.  Are there any that you have signed up for that you forgot you had? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Deloitte Digital media trends...

Question of the Day: What percent of workers with a college degrees have jobs that could be done from home?

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May 20, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career, Research
With lots of talk about how the coronavirus may have long-lasting effects on the workplace (for more check out last week's FinCap Friday), the answer to this question highlights how workers with a college education have more options when it comes to where their work gets done.  Answer: 62% Questions: What types of jobs can be done from home?  Do you think that the workplace changes that came about due to the coronavirus will persist enabling more people to work from home? What do you...

Question of the Day (Updated): What is the median savings account balance for Americans under 35?

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May 17, 2020
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Question of the Day, Savings, Research
Answer: $1,000 Questions: Explain why the the median savings for each age group is lower than the average savings by age as indicated in the article? What is the relationship between age and savings accounts balances? Explain why you think the relationship exists.  How much will you need to have in a savings account to feel secure (sleep well at night)? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from 2019...

Question of the Day: Does a worker's level of education become MORE or LESS important during an economic slowdown (recession)?

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May 13, 2020
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Question of the Day, Employment, Research, Career
This sharp and sudden economic downturn demonstrates how impacts on employment are felt differently based on the level of education.  Answer: More important In just two months between February and April 2020, watch how unemployment rates varied dramatically based on level of education: Unemployment analysis (source: FRED) Questions What is the relationship between level of education and unemployment rates?  Why do you think this relationship exists? Why does more education tend to...

Chart of the Week: What industries are most impacted by the economic shutdown due to coronavirus?

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May 12, 2020
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Career, Chart of the Week, Employment, Research, Current Events
Questions: What 3 industries had the largest NUMBER of unemployed persons in April?  What 3 industries have the LOWEST unemployment rates in April? Why do you think those industries were least impacted by the coronavirus?   In analyzing the change in unemployment rates between March and April, do you think this pandemic has impacted narrow sectors of the economy or had more widespread impact?  The report indicates that about 80% have identified themselves as being...

Question of the Day: What percent of teens started saving money by age 12?

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May 12, 2020
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Question of the Day, Savings, Research
Answer: 56% From Lexington Law & TD Ameritrade Summer Jobs and Internships Survey:  "Teenagers are smart and they’re learning from the struggles of those that came before them. With this in mind, we can see they’re opening their financial horizons by both earning and saving earlier in their lives." Questions:  What do you think are some of the benefits of saving? Are you currently saving? Why or why not? Do you have any savings strategies or habits that work for...

Question of the Day: In the 1950s and 60s about ____ in 10 Americans moved to new places while in 2019, ____ in 10 Americans moved.

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May 05, 2020
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Career, Research
Answer: In the 1950s and 60s, about 2 in 10 Americans moved to new places while in 2019, 1 in 10 Americans moved. Questions: Has your family moved at all since you were born? If yes, how many times?  Why do you think that people move so much less than they did 60-70 years ago?  Given the current economic challenges, do you think that people will be more willing to move to find work? Do you think that young people (18-24) move at higher or lower rates than this national...

Question of the Day: Americans saved ____ % of their disposable income in March 2020, highest since ____.

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May 04, 2020
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Question of the Day, Savings, Research
Answer: Americans saved 13.1% of their disposable income in March 2020, highest since 1981. Questions: What do you think are the reasons that Americans are saved more of their income in March? Do you think this trend will continue in the next few months? Why or why not? Consumer spending makes up about 70% of GDP. What impact do you think a higher savings rate will have on an economic recovery? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use with your...