Reading List for February 9-10, 2019

Feb 08, 2019
Budgeting, Career, Investing, Economics, Paying for College, Advocacy


  • New bill would require students in Texas to pass financial literacy class. (KXAN)

Paying for College

  • A NEFE study shows that mandating personal finance education DOES make a difference when it comes to borrowing for college.
  • Did you know that February is Financial Aid Awareness Month? Look out for more on this subject this month!


  • Looks like the CFPB will not pursue any rules to crack down on payday lenders as proposed in 2016. (NPR) (NYT)  This is open for public comment for 90 days.


  • A very interesting take on deciding how to spend your money (where do you spend most of your time?) (NYT)
  • Frugal February: Here is a guide to cutting back in the month of February to recover from the holidays. (NYT)


  • Something to consider before jumping in gig economy jobs is how tipping factors into your total compensation. Recode


  • Do you ever discuss impact investing with your students? This Barron's article makes some interesting points about the reality of implementing the concept.
  • What are the biggest financial mistakes women make? (Nerdwallet)
  • Here is the Op-Ed piece that started the public twitter debate about Corporate Share Buy-backs. (NYT)


  • Here is a deeper dive into the “low” unemployment rate from Business Insider.
  • The amount of money you need to make to make it into the top 1% varies widely around the world. Bloomberg


  • Maybe parents (and teachers) shouldn’t worry about continuously entertaining children: the value of boredom. (NYT Opinion)

Just for Fun

  • The current generation we are talking about is Gen Z. What will we call the next generation? (WSJ)
  • Facebook turns 15! Recode recounts the history of Facebook’s growth, and The Atlantic reflects on what it means to be “friends” on Facebook.
  • 'Sesame Street' Turns 50! (Hollywood Reporter).
    • Might be interesting to compare the impact on kids/society of Sesame Street versus Facebook – the other institution celebrating a birthday this week!

About the Author

Beth Tallman

Beth Tallman entered the working world armed with an M.B.A. 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, conducting student workshops, and developing finance curricula and educational content. She is also the Treasurer of Ohio Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.