Category Archives: Current Events

Which Account Would You Choose?

Thanks to my colleague, Jessica, for letting me know about this phenomenon of a 10 year CD with an interest rate below a regular savings account.  So, the question for your students is this:

Suppose you had $500 that you didn’t think you would need for a long time.  Would you invest in a 10-year CD earning 0.90% or a regular savings account earning 0.75% interest?

Some good points for a discussion: Continue reading

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks With Dottie Vollmer, Peer Financial Educator at Indiana University

Thank you to Dottie Vollmer, a Peer Financial Educator, for sharing her expertise with our educator community in this recent podcast (duration: 17 minutes).  Dottie counsels college students as a member of the MoneySmarts team at Indiana University.  In this podcast, she shares what she has learned in her work with college students on budgeting, student loans and credit cards and answers such questions as:

  • What are the biggest misconceptions about money that college students have?
  • What budget items do college students have the most difficulty cutting?
  • What do you know now that you wish you knew in high school?

Show notes: Continue reading

Audio Resource: What’s Wrong With Dow Jones Index?

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18 minute Planet Money podcast from this spring. Provides students with a better understanding of how the Dow Jones index is calculated and constructed and its shortcomings vs. S&P500 and Wilshire 5000 indices.  Good supplemental resource to use during your investing unit.

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Check out the NGPF Investing Activity focused on Asset Allocation using Excel

Interactive: What Interest Rate Are People Paying On Their Credit Cards?

Answer:  Lots of different interest rates…

From NPR.org (if you go to the link, there is a interactive with a slider bar that allows you to see how the distribution of interest rates has changed from 2001-2013):

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Ask students to provide several takeaways in analyzing this chart. which might include… Continue reading