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Question: What Happened To Snapchat (The Investment)?

Investors loved the IPO (shares shot up from IPO price of $17 to $29 at one point on the first day of trading) but when it came time to announce their first quarterly results as a public company, well….I will let the chart from YahooFinance do the talking:

Ben Carlson, a blogger, titled a recent blog post on this disappointment: A Good Lesson For Millennial Investors. So, what did it teach them?

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Wealthfront Co-Founder and CEO, Andy Rachleff

Thanks to Andy Rachleff for this great conversation on the NGPF podcast recently. To say Andy has had an amazing career is an understatement. To name just a few of his roles: Founder of a premier venture capital firm (Benchmark), successful venture capitalist, sought after entrepreneurship instructor (Stanford Graduate School of Business) and currently a co-founder and CEO of a financial services disrupter (Wealthfront). Andy shares the insights he has gained over his illustrious career as well as the reasons he is so passionate about Wealthfront’s mission to democratize investing. Listen to this podcast to not only learn more about what makes a successful start-up but also the origin story behind Wealthfront and how automated investing is disrupting the investment management business. Enjoy!

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By |May 15th, 2017|Entrepreneurship, Index Funds, Investing, New Products, Podcasts|

Interactive: Which Tech Giant Would You Drop?

Here’s a fun and quick interactive from NY Times to get your students thinking about the pervasiveness of technology companies in their lives. Students are forced to rank order the importance of the top five tech companies in their lives by selecting the order by which they would give them up (if forced by an evil monarch:) The five companies: Alphabet (Google is one of their subsidiaries), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft (interesting that three start with the letter “A”).

Questions:

Question: What Does It Mean To Be An Adult?

An entertaining question to get a discussion rolling with your students. Note the number of items at the top of the list that are related to finances (e.g., paying own bills, full-time job, financial assistance…). How many are covered in your class?

From BuzzFeed:

By |May 4th, 2017|Budgeting, Current Events, Investing, Taxes|

Question: What Is Your Most Valuable Asset Today?

Answer: You!

To a student with little in the way of financial assets, this is a critical question for them to answer. Why? Because it provides them with the right mindset as they are coming to conclusions about their post-high school life.

From “Of Dollars and Data,” one of my new favorite blogs:

Nearly all articles written about investment and personal finance (mine included) focus heavily on financial assets despite the fact that most of your value (like mine) is likely not contained within financial assets. Most of your financial value is already contained within yourself, waiting to be unlocked over time. What I am talking about is a concept called human capital, or the value of all of your skills and knowledge. Your human capital can be thought of as an asset that you use to earn money. Understanding this concept should provide the motivation behind why you should save and invest.

He goes on to introduce the concept of present value to come up with a dollar value for human capital based on a future income stream discounted to the present using a discount factor. The example he gives is pay of $50,000 over 40 years discounted at a 3% rate yields a present value of $1.1 million. The point he makes is that human capital is an asset that eventually declines over time which explains why saving is so important.

He provides this nifty graph to display this concept:

Question: How Much Cash Does Apple Have in the Bank?

Answer (from WSJ; subscription): About $250 billion!

A truly amazing stat that had to be shared. Here’s how it has grown over time:

By |May 2nd, 2017|Article, Current Events, Investing, Question of the Day, Stocks|

Interactive: How Can I Retire Early?

As an educator, I often get this question from students. Yes, I know they have attention spans that are minute to minute (or text to text) but when the subject of retirement comes up, they usually fixate on “How can I get there as soon as possible?”

What I love about this post from Mr. Money Moustache (last seen on this blog in 2014), is the simplicity of his answer and how it all comes down to ONE factor: 

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Vince Roeshink, Educator, Entrepreneur and Former Financial Advisor

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Vince Roeshink has worn several “different hats” in his career. His current role as director of the Academy of Finance at University High School in Orange City, Florida seems the perfect culmination of a career path which has included stints as a stock broker and founder of a martial arts school (oh, and he has a black belt classification too). Vince is all about bringing the “real world” into his classroom. Learn how he does it in this entertaining conversation.

Details:
  • 0:00~1:14 – Introduction
  • 1:14~4:14 – Vince’s job and background
  • 4:14~5:53 – Financial advising
  • 5:53~7:13 – Saving for retirement
  • 7:13~10:04 – Passion for personal finance
  • 10:04~15:48 – Field trips
  • 15:48~17:18 – Student feedback
  • 17:18~21:27 – Background of students in his class
  • 21:27~27:16 – Career advising
  • 27:16~29:48 – Role of technology in the classroom
  • 29:48~33:57 – Favorite online resources
  • 33:57~34:16 – A word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 34:16~37:46 – Favorite class to teach
  • 37:46~40:52 – Favorite thing bought for under $10
  • 40:52~42:38
By |April 23rd, 2017|Entrepreneurship, Investing, Podcasts|