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Chart: How Are Millennials Investing Their Money?

Hat tip to The Reformed Broker for this thought-provoking chart which will get your students thinking about the importance of asset allocations:

Questions for students:

The Retail Industry Changed Last Week…NGPF Has Resources Aligned To These Current Events

This has been a big week of news related to the Retail Industry in the U.S., with implications for the economy, jobs, shoppers, and investors. This post will explain the big events for the week, their implications for you and your students while also providing activities and lessons that are aligned to these current events.

What’s Happening?

NGPF’s Top 15 Activities, Courtesy of Jessica Endlich

Given the comprehensive nature of our website (full disclosure: Sometimes I forget that we have certain projects/activities/data crunches/blog posts….), teachers often ask us “OK, but what are the best resources that you can recommend?” At that point, we typically turn to Jessica and she always has a few ideas to recommend. So, this month, we asked Jessica to provide us with her “Best of NGPF” specifically for the last days of school.

The responses we got from teachers was nothing short of ecstatic with lots of exclamation points too! Note the various ways that teachers plan to utilize this list of end-of-year activities:

  • “I LOVE your TOP 15 List!!!   It came at just the right time as my new job has me looking for 4 weeks of FUN, ENGAGING lessons for our new freshmen Business exploratory!! I can’t wait to try ALL of these out!  They seem PERFECT, sparking early interest in our Business courses that are often overlooked!!
  • OMG!  Thank you so much… I must be out of my classroom just one day before the end of the term.  I was having a hard time developing meaningful sub plans so late in the course (and so close to the end of school).  I’m going to watch the “All Time Favorite Video” tonight and create some reflection questions.
 Here are Jessica‘s favorites to fill these last few days before summer break:

A Whiff of Nostalgia: What The Heck Happened To Sears?

Ok, I’m dating myself here but had to include this story for those of my generation who recall the glee that came when the postman delivered the Sears catalog in time for the holiday season. I also recall 20 years ago getting the call to come to Chicago to Sears HQ to hear executives describe to investors that all was OK despite the billions in write-offs they announced overnight in their credit card unit (note to self: when retailers are worried about hitting their sales targets, they lower the standards on their credit card underwriting which boosts sales in the short-term and you can guess what happens in the long-term).  Now, 20 years later, the Washington Post is chronicling the downfall of Sears that includes distressing quotes from experts like this: 

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?

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: 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|

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Prof. Meir Statman About Behavioral Finance

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I enjoyed my recent conversation with Finance professor Meir Statman of Santa Clara University, which is just down the street from the NGPF offices. Meir conducted some of the earliest research in what we now know as behavioral finance. He discusses his book, Finance for Normal People, and shares his insights about how investing should be taught in school (spoiler alert: Keep It Simple!). He also describes his approach to playing the stock market game and why fees matter so much when comparing investment options. You will know more about investing after you listen to Prof. Statman. Enjoy!
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