Oct 29, 2021

Reading List for Halloween weekend (2021)

Behavioral Finance

  • This short story from NPR’s Morning Report discusses findings about decision making while under the stress of debt. (Cue Squid Games)



  • It was a big week for earning announcements, with more coming up next week. For comprehensive coverage of the week’s earnings announcements, stock markets, and economy, try this NASDAQ article.
  • Hertz to buy $4 billion worth of Teslas, half to be rented to Uber drivers. (NBC News) For more on the topic, try this Recode article.
  • There is nothing like some good data and graphics to demonstrate the inequality of stock/asset ownership. (A Wealth of Common Sense)
  • Facebook now “Meta.” (AP) Any winners on the guessing game?



  • GDP growth slowed in third quarter (0.5% or 2% annual rate). (CNBC)
  • PCE, the inflation measure used by the Fed, continues to reflect highest inflation seen in 30 years. (NYT-subscription may be required, CNBC)
  • Can you guess the top four categories of jobs seeing the largest numbers of quitters during the “Great Resignation?” (Money)
  • Could immigration ease the labor shortages? (Vox)
  • The Cleveland Fed continuously surveys consumers and their response to Covid-19. This link brings you to the most recent data and gives you the ability to graph a variety of results by checking boxes.



  • Shiba Inu gives Dogecoin a run for the money. (CNBC) What to know before investing in either. (CNBC2 )


  • If you are going to retire, should you pay off your mortgage? It depends: (WAPO-subscription may be required) 


Higher Education

  • Covid-19 still keeping college enrollment numbers down. (NPR)


Financial Literacy

  • Discover Survey looks at people’s views on credit. (BusinessWire)

About the Author

Beth Tallman

Beth Tallman entered the working world armed with an MBA in finance and thoroughly enjoyed her first career working in manufacturing and telecommunications, including a stint overseas. She took advantage of an involuntary separation to try teaching high school math, something she had always dreamed of doing. When fate stepped in once again, Beth jumped on the opportunity to combine her passion for numbers, money, and education to develop curriculum and teach personal finance at Oberlin College. Beth now spends her time writing on personal finance and financial education, conducts student workshops, and develops finance curricula and educational content. She is also the Treasurer of Ohio Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

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