Category: Stocks

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

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Sep 16, 2018
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Question of the Day, Investing, Stocks, Behavioral Finance
Answer: 37% Questions: When do you think you will start investing in the stock market? Explain your answer.  Why do you think that the percentage of young people investing in stocks has dropped so much since 2001-2002? 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 the numbers (Gallup Poll): A...

FinCap Friday: The Raging Bull

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Aug 30, 2018
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Investing, Question of the Day, FinCap Fridays, Stocks, Compound Interest, Current Events, Savings
We know your students have a fascination with the stock market. Use the market's recent record-breaking performance to start a discussion about the pros/cons of investing. Learn more in the third installment of FinCap Friday, The Raging Bull.  For a quick refresher, our FinCap Fridays include... 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...

First Question of Day for 2018-19 School Year: Which U.S. company was the first to hit $1 trillion in market capitalization?

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Aug 12, 2018
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Question of the Day, Investing, Stocks, Current Events
Answer: Apple Here's a chart that shows their incredible increase in value over the past 18 years:  Questions:  Which Apple product do you think has had the largest impact on the value of the company? Looking at the graph, if someone had invested $100 in Apple stock in 2000, how much would it be worth in 2018? Based on the graph, was the iPhone an initial success? What company do you think might be the next to $1 trillion? Explain your answer. Click here for the ready-to-go...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (August 4-5)

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Aug 03, 2018
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Personal Finance, Parent Conversations, Current Events, Taxes, Stocks
  New for/about High School Students I never thought cellphones in the class was a good idea, but what a battle! Here is some evidence that supports banning them. (Don’t miss the video about parents use of cell phones as well!) High school kids fill out all kinds of surveys trying to help them through the college/career maze ahead, unaware that their data is being sold! Parents may worry about their new college student succeeding away from home. Here is some advice on preparing them...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To 403(b) Crusader Steve Schullo

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Aug 03, 2018
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Podcasts, Retirement, Investing, Stocks, Index Funds
  Ten years into his retirement, former LAUSD elementary school teacher and author Steve Schullo is still fighting the good fight for teacher retirement plans. This go-getter shares the insights from his teaching career and his passion to fix the current 403(b) mess. As the author of Late Bloomer Millionaire, you will learn how Steve's savings and investing plan helped him achieve a healthy nest egg. Listeners will also learn why he wrote Fighting Powerful Interests and the changes he...

3 Graphs: How Risky are Stocks, Bonds and Cash?

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Aug 02, 2018
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Investing, Stocks, Behavioral Finance, Research, Math, Chart of the Week
Hat tip to the Wealth of Common Sense blog for updating their performance charts which help demonstrate a key concept in investing: risk. Risk is one of those nebulous concepts for teens who have never experienced a severe market correction while holding stocks. These charts help elucidate risk from a mathematical perspective by plotting returns for the three basic asset classes: cash, bonds and stocks. By using the same scale for each, it becomes more apparent which is the riskiest asset. ...

Digging Deeper: Do Strong Company Earnings Translate Into Strong Investor Returns?

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Jul 23, 2018
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Investing, Stocks, Index Funds
“Earnings Are Booming. Stocks Not So Much.” So reads the title of a New York Times DealBook article on July 20. For those who have heard the mantra that "company earnings drive the stock market," this headline perplexes. This title resonated with me, probably because I have been reading The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle for this month’s FinLit Fanatics book club.   Let’s outline some of the lessons from the book and then see how the might...

Interactive: Test Your Investing Decision-Making

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Jul 18, 2018
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Behavioral Finance, Interactive, Investing, Stocks
Hat tip to Big Picture Blog which pointed to this Jason Zweig article about whether our brains are wired for wealth. It's a great read and buried within it is a reference to the Iowa Gambling Task, which provides a good proxy for decision-making and risk-taking. Here's the premise of the game: you start The game takes about 5-10 minutes and I created a set of reflection questions (below) and here's link to a PBS video explaining the brain science behind the game. Here's the opening screen...

Would You Rather Own A 1952 A+ Mickey Mantle Baseball Card or Shares in a Start-Up Bookseller?

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Jul 17, 2018
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Investing, Stocks, Current Events
What if in the 1996-97 time frame you were asked the question: Would you rather spend $120,000 on a 1952 A+ Mickey Mantle baseball card or buy 8,000 shares of this new online bookseller based in Seattle? Regardless of whether you were a Yankee fan or not, you probably would have thought the baseball card was a sure thing in retaining and probably increasing in value...and you would have been right. It did more than retain its value. As for that online bookseller, I think you know their...

Investing Activity Idea: How Can a Jar of Jelly Beans Teach Students About the Stock Market?

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Jul 12, 2018
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Investing, Activity, Stocks, Behavioral Finance
How can we teach students about the stock market when they have no investing experience? I listened to this Masters of Business podcast with Barry Ritholtz interviewing investor and author Joel Greenblatt and picked up a few good ideas. Joel is not only a practitioner (a very successful hedge fund manager) but also an educator having spent the last 20+ years as a professor at Columbia Business School. Joel described the challenges of describing the stock market to a group of 9th graders at...

Interactive: How has the Dow Jones Industrial Average Changed Over the Years?

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Jul 10, 2018
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Investing, Stocks, Interactive, Current Events
Use this interactive to show how the U.S. economy as represented by the DJIA has changed. Click on the start button and you this interactive will show companies entering and leaving the index over time. You can also pause it as these changes occur.  Note: This CNN interactive hasn't been updated to reflect GE getting booted out in June 2018. Who was their replacement? Answer below.  Questions: How has the composition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average changed over the years as...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (June 23-24)

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Jun 22, 2018
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Current Events, Employment, Personal Finance, Taxes, Stocks, Insurance
Today’s Headlines: States cleared to charge sales tax on online sales and banks pass first phase of the Fed’s stress tests, wait to hear if they can buy back shares or increase dividends.  Demographics/Employment As baby boomers retire, there are fewer workers to take their places. Who will support them? This WSJ article includes some informative maps. The FRB of Atlanta published an article detailing its findings on industries facing a shortage of workers. One aspect of...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Investing Legend Charley Ellis

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Jun 01, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds, Stocks
Harvard Business School professor, founder of influential investment consultant Greenwich Associates, chair of Yale University investment committee (top performing endowment led by David Swenson), director at Vanguard Investments and one of the earliest proponents of index investing. Oh and he's written many best-selling books too. We obviously had a lot to talk about.  Still working 70 hour work weeks at 80+, Charley generously shares what he's learned over his lifetime as an investor and...

Just One Resource - INTERACTIVE: Think You Can Pick Stocks?

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May 29, 2018
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Just One Resource, Investing, Stocks
        In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  INTERACTIVE: Think You Can Pick Stocks? The Gist: The Wall Street Journal has this fun little six-round game, where each round features four real companies' stock info, but the names are obscured so you're not sure which company is which....

What’s New With…….Investing?

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May 24, 2018
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Investing, Stocks, Current Events, Cryptocurrencies
FinTech Apps and Micro-Investing According to Warren Buffet, for the average investor, it’s all about low fees.  Would he support these low cost apps as a way to get average investors into the market. Here is another in-depth look at how micro-investing works, in both rising and falling markets. Here are two articles from Money Magazine about getting started in investing using investment apps. Blackrock, which manages $6 trillion in assets, is moving into the micro/app space with an...