Reading List for a holiday weekend (April 20-21)

Apr 19, 2019
Financial Literacy, Career, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Payment Types, Retirement, Current Events

Financial Literacy

  • NGPF is in this list of quality free curriculum (and training) for personal finance teachers—no excuse for not being prepared!(Marketwatch)
  • Need some inspiration this weekend? Read this Marketwatch piece about Troy Murphy’s pursuit of spreading financial literacy. NGPF fellow Kerri Herrild’s Giving Project and Daniel LaSalle’s Philly Financial Cooperative are the beneficiaries of Troy’s work. Then listen to the podcasts Tim has done with all three! (NGPF Podcast with Troy) (NGPF Podcast with Kerri) (NGPF podcast with Daniel)
  • Financial independence becomes the new measure of attaining adulthood today. (BusinessWire)
  • Some propose trading math class for personal finance. (IDSnews)

Behavioral finance

  • If you need a longer read this holiday weekend, here is a “mini-book” primer on behavioral finance you might find interesting. (Aberdeen Standard

Higher Ed

  • Any of your students interested in medical school? Another medical school announces (almost) free tuition (WashU). This article includes a lot of information on the cost of medical school. (Inside Higher Ed)


  • Here is an explanation of why having children hurts women’s earnings, and not men’s. (Bloomberg)
  • The state of paid family leave in the US and what model should be used is discussed in depth here: (Knowledge @Wharton).


  • Post-IPO Lyft is not looking so wonderful once Uber announced its IPO. Stay tuned…(MarketWatch)
  • IPOs this week: Pinterest and Zoom. Read about the pre-IPO hype in the wake of Lyft’s lukewarm infancy (WSJ), then about how they both made great gains on day one. (NYT2)
  • Read about Sallie Krawcheck (Ellevest) and her investing platform for women. (Worth)

Payment Options/FinTech

  • Cash, credit card, debit card, cellphone? Are Apple Pay and Google Pay safe? ( (I’m a big fan myself!) 

Relationships /Family

  • Do you discuss relationships and money in your class? Here is one take on partners merging bank accounts. (The Cut). I’m more of the “yours, mine and ours” camp myself. Might make an interesting discussion or debate.


  • We preach that one should check their credit report for accuracy/errors, but what about your Social Security statement? (NYT)

Life Transitions

We may not like to think about it, but everyone benefits if we are prepared.

  • When one becomes widowed, obviously emotions are intense, so this guide taking you through immediate financial decisions might be very valuable to someone in their time of need. (NYT)
  • Along similar lines, this article focuses on real estate decisions for the newly widowed or divorced (woman). (WSJ)
  • On the subject of death…the traditional (expensive) funeral is dying. (WAPO)


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.