Reading List for September 15-16

Sep 14, 2018
Current Events, Economics, Paying for College, Financial Literacy, Identity Theft, Retirement

Included a few extra articles this week as we recognize the ten-year anniversary of the Lehman failure and start of the Great Recession.....and a collection on paying for college as we start the new school year.

Ten Year anniversary of Lehman failure

  • What have we learned? Neil Irwin in his UpShot article compares current times to the 1990s looking for lessons.
  • The WSJ looks back at how the Great Recession changed our relationship with risk.
  • This WSJ/The Outlook discusses if the Fed has new tools to deal with fine-tuning the economy at this juncture and avoid the next crisis?
  • Has your 401k/403b recovered? Michelle Singletary’s WAPO column looks back at the Lehman failure, what followed, and what you might want to consider going forward.

Paying for college

Reactions to the NYT FIRE article from last week


  • AARP Fraud Watch Network serves people of all ages. Here are the results of their recent survey of digital identity risk and their recommendations.
  • If you are interested in where we stand one year after the Equifax breach, this article has some data and a link to the full study from the Identity Theft Resource Center.
  • What teens need to know about cybersecurity – from The Conversation.

Financial Literacy

  • A report issued this week from the TIAA Institute and GFLEC got some press. One key finding is that millennials high utilization of FinTech does not mean they are financially literate.
  • The Chicago Tribune brings us this article on the Academy Group in Chicago, which addresses the need for FinLit among underserved students of color.
  • discusses the current situation of school-based financial literacy education and suggestions for how parents can advocate for more of it.

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.