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:
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.
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:
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:
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?
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”).
Answer (from WSJ; subscription): About $250 billion!
A truly amazing stat that had to be shared. Here’s how it has grown over time: