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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?

Question: Who Are The Top Earners From The Class of 2017?

From Korn Ferry International, the highest paying fields among the 25 they analyzed were:

As in years past, those entering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers can expect to garner the best starting salaries. The five highest-paying fields of the 25 jobs in the analysis include:

  • Software Developer $65,232 (31 percent above average)
  • Engineer $63,036 (27 percent above average)
  • Actuary $59,212 (19 percent above average)
  • Scientist/researcher $58,733 (18 percent above average)
  • Environmental Professional $56,660 (14 percent above average)

Wondering what the average was for the Class of 2017?

By |May 17th, 2017|Career, Current Events, Employment, Question of the Day|

Chart: How Has The Job Market Changed Over the Past 100 Years?

From Quartz:

Questions (Note: Students should also read the Quartz article which will help in answering the questions):

Trends: What Do You Buy Online?

Ask your students which of the following items they tend to purchase online:

  • Books?
  • Toys?
  • Electronics?
  • Clothing?
  • Food and Beverage?

See how their answers line up with current and expected online sales trends are for each of these categories. Notice how online sales are expected to continue to gain on “bricks and mortar” sales: 

Question: What Are The New Interest Rates on Federal Student Loans?

Answer: 4.45% for federal direct student loans effective July 1, 2017 (up from 3.76% for 2016-17 school year).

Why the increase? Student loan interest rates are now tied to the 10 Year Treasury Bond interest rate.

From Bloomberg:

New undergraduate loans from the Department of Education are due to carry an interest rate of 4.45 percent, up from 3.76 percent for the academic year ending in June. Rates on some graduate loans are set to rise from 5.31 percent to 6 percent, while rates on loans to parents and guardians are due to experience a jump from 6.31 percent to 7 percent.

Question for students:

Interactive: How Does Your Disposable Income Compare to Peers in Other Countries?

From the Guardian comes an interesting interactive which displays long-term trends in disposable income among different age groups in different countries. Students start by entering an age and a country (all G-8 countries are represented) and then see a series of charts that show three different analyses:

Question: How Much Money Do You Need To Earn In Your State to Be “Happy?”

Answer (from Advisor Perspectives):

By |May 8th, 2017|Career, Chart of the Week, Question of the Day, Research|

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|