Next Gen Personal Finance
About This Show
Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is a free blended-learning personal finance curriculum to engage and empower students to make informed financial decisions. In our podcasts we interview educators and other experts in the field of Personal Finance.
Most Recent Episode
Tim Talks to NGPF's Jessica Endlich About Teaching Investing in 2 Hours
We try different things at NGPF so this week we decided to take a different tack with the podcast and use it to discuss a recent lesson we created "Teach Investing in 2 Hours." The lesson's title matches its goal to teach students in a compressed time frame enough so that they could confidently make a wise choice for their 401(k) (or other retirement) plan. We have heard time and again from educators that investing is the most difficult topic for them to teach their students. The seemingly innumerable investing options (where do I start and end?), the confusing jargon (what's a P/E ratio?) and the lack of experience (I need to be able to manage my own investments before I can teach other) all hinder their performance. With the world moving away from defined benefit plans (pensions) toward DIY or defined contribution plans, young people need to understand, more than ever, that their investment choices will impact their options, such as when they will be able to retire. We had fun developing this lesson and hope this podcast piques your interest enough to try it in your classroom too!