I just came across this start-up, SparkGift, which allows you to give gifts of stock and index funds to friends and family. Here is a summary of their offering from their website:
From Iowa Public Radio (45 minute podcast):
Financial literacy has been required as a part of the 21st-Century Skills portion of the Iowa Core for years. But specifics on enforcing the standard are fuzzy, so personal finance and economics classes vary wildly district to district.
Bob Mantell is the director of the T.S. Institute, an organization dedicated to financial literacy for K-12 students, that’s based in Treynor, a southwestern Iowa city of about 1,000 people. His organization puts banks in schools so that kids can get first-hand experience with money. Some kids serve as tellers, others deposit money in a savings account.
Check out the NGPF Activity on Online Banking
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
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.