Reading List for April 23-25

Apr 23, 2021
Financial Literacy, Cryptocurrencies, Economics, Investing

Financial Literacy

  • More experts weigh in on the importance of teaching personal finance to students before they leave high school. (CNBC)




  • The newest Federal Reserve Governor makes his economic outlook public. (CNBC)
  • Speaking of the Fed, some are criticizing the politically independent organization for broaching the topics of racial equality and climate change. (by Jeanna Smialek-NYT)
  • Weekly jobless claims and housing market trends explained here. (Reuters)
  • The rate of poverty jumped .5% in March to its highest level since the start of the pandemic. (MarketWatch)
  • What is going on in the housing market? (The activity in my town has been nuts!) (MarketWatch)



  • This is a really interesting article explaining the role demographics plays in asset markets. (A Wealth of Common Sense)
  • Economist Robert Shiller looks back at the 1920’s to get some perspective on today’s stock market. (NYT)


 Credit Management

  • According to a survey by Opportunity Financial, over half of credit challenged Americans are worse off today than before the start of the pandemic, in spite of stimulus and unemployment support. (PRNewswire)


Health and Wellness

  • I hope you (teachers) are not feeling this way, but if you are, know you are not alone. (NPR)
  • This one on “languishing” got lots of press this week as well, and is worth the read, especially if you are struggling to figure out what you are feeling. (NYT)


Higher Ed

  • Research shows that historically, the move to test-optional admissions had a positive impact on the numbers of Pell-eligible and diverse student applications and enrollment. Will the unplanned move to test-optional admissions this past year have the same impact? (Inside Higher Ed) 



  • The Pandemic has millennials rethinking their careers and work-life balance. (NYT) (I wonder how GenZ will be impacted by this experience in terms of career choice.)

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.