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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?

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:

Product Review: Worried About Overdrawing Your Checking Account? There’s An App for That!

A whole lot of peoples’ pain ($33 billion in overdraft fees) seems like an opportunity to one entrepreneur!

From BusinessInsider:

Mark Cuban was crushed with overdraft fees in his 20s. Now he’s backing an app that’s trying to help people avoid having to pay them. The billionaire has invested in a new app called Dave that aims to predict coming expenses for users to help prevent them from overdrafting on their bank accounts.

Have your students go to Dave.com and review the app:

Resource Lists for Financial Educators (courtesy of Barbara O’Neill of Rutgers Cooperative Extension)

What does a distinguished professor do during her sabbatical? Curate personal finance resources, of course! In this blog post, Barbara O’Neill shares the fruits of her hundreds of hours of labor in putting together three awesome resource lists (see bottom of post for links to her lists), including what what she considered the “best of the best” from the NGPF library. As she describes below, the purpose of her odyssey was to replenish her “well” of creative learning activities. I hope that your “well” overflows as you find resources that will work in your classroom. Thank you Barbara for this tremendous gift to the community! Your commitment and dedication to improving financial literacy in this country inspires us.

Web Quest: How Do I Buy A Stock (Or Better Yet, An Index Fund)?

A teacher at our recent FinCamp reminded me that we should not forget about the importance of the mechanics of personal finance transactions. What good is teaching students about the importance of investing if they don’t know how to go about setting up an account to buy/sell investments. While we have a activities on how to select a credit card and a bank account, we don’t answer the basic question that many young investors have which is “How do I buy a stock?”

Rather than answer this question for them, have students do their own online research to discover:

What Percentage of 18-22 Year Old’s Credit Applications Declined?

Answer (from ID Analytics report): 72%

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Questions for students:

Snapchat Is Going Public. Would You Buy Their IPO?

First an admission. I have never used Snapchat. Despite that, I thought their upcoming IPO would be a good hook to get students interested in how the stock market works. Before diving into the specifics of Snapchat (actually it is their parent company, SNAP, who is going public), here’s a good video from Wall Street Survivor that explains what an IPO is:

Questions:

Looking for Web Quests? Here Are 25 Great Ways To Teach Online Research!

What’s a Web Quest? We know how important it is for young people to learn to use the web as a research tool. In this era where the lines between advertising and editorial are increasingly blurred, students need to know where to look to find reliable sources of information and advice. They need to cast a skeptical eye and know the right questions to ask. Given all the information available out there, we need to give them practice so they can discern the signal from the noise.

That’s where these Web Quests come in. Each presents a central question for students to answer and some guidance on where they might find answers. Through these activities, they will learn about the business models of comparison websites, review legislation that impacts financial services or look for tips on how to improve their credit score. By teaching students how to drive their own learning, you are giving them an essential life skill too. Enjoy these 25 web quests (which appear as Activities in our various units)!

By |February 2nd, 2017|Research, Stocks, Teaching Strategies, WebQuest|