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Will commented on Financial Buddy System

Hi Joe,

Great to hear from you! Unfortunately, I won't be able to continue building on the Financial Buddy System. It was brought to my attention that your SHARE-fi idea has similar attributes and could benefit from integrating ideas and concepts from the Financial Buddy System. So as to provide you with "ownership" with the concepts here, I added you to the Financial Buddy System team. Feel free to use the material from here in SHARE-fi. Best of luck with the rest of the challenge, and I hope to see SHARE-fi as one of the top ideas!

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Will commented on Financial Buddy System

Hmmm...I see what you're getting at. I really like your idea, but getting frequent internet access to the homeless may be challenging, or at least something I'm not so familiar with. However, I think what you have here can be a great stand alone idea!

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Will commented on Trading stocks in the classroom

Hi Zoƫ,

Looks like we were both looking at how the stock market was doing when this idea popped into our heads! I'd love to collaborate with you on the idea of teaching children about the stock market! I agree with you on the importance of using real-time stock prices. Though it is important to know the reasons for the fluctuations in the market, especially the big ones, but "past performance is no guarantee of future results." It can certainly help to identify and measure risk, but that can be something that gets covered as students progress through the program.

On your idea post, I saw a comment on it about Real Money Real World, a program at OSU. I browsed through the website a bit and found most of material to be more about budgeting for different life situations, which is also important practical knowledge. Were you able to find anything about them teaching about the stock market?

Priyanka (see comment below) brought up the idea of also covering other investment options. I like that idea, but it will require more class room time as there's more material to cover. I'd like to see our idea to be more of a core topic in the classroom, but that will be a whole different challenge on it's own. A workshop program may be more welcoming by schools, but that means less of an on-going learning process. What are your thoughts?