Reading List for April 27-28

Apr 26, 2019
Financial Literacy, Paying for College, Career, Payment Types, Investing, Economics

Financial literacy  

  • Interesting data/graphs in this piece from on Americans’ inability to save money and how they manage their bills and debt.
  • (Forbes) lists the six things high school graduates should have access before moving on in life….and yes, financial education is #1.
  • Could early financial education lead to higher earning? (Benzinga)
  • There are great anecdotes in this piece about not making your personal finance lessons (books, blogs, etc.) too “personal.” (Of Dollars and Data)
  • Do you/your students read money diaries? Do these make people more comfortable talking about money, or are they just another social media stressor? (NYT)

Paying for College/HIgher Ed

  • Financial aid letters are often the source of confusion. NPR tries to help.

            If you students need more, check out this video from the NGPF library, and this NGPF “Fine Print.”

  • Attention has been drawn to the high-end scandal, but the real scandal is at the other end of the higher ed spectrum: community colleges (NYT Op-Ed)


  • Tech has split the workforce in two. (NYT)
  • Performative Workaholic—yeah, it’s a thing. (NYT) Why is it a thing?
  • For a longer read, this Guardian article digs deeper into the uneasy relationship between social media child influencers and child labor laws.

Payment methods

  • I am trying to wrap my head around these numbers, but Venmo revealed it has 40 million users. (CNBC)

Managing Credit

  • In debt? Want to avoid going into debt? Michelle Singletary suggests you try a Staycation: (WAPO) (BTW she has received lots of flack for this one.)



  • Maybe our students can learn from the baby boomers’ retirement mistakes (Barrons)


  • GDP rose 3.2% in the first quarter (and yield curve is no longer inverted.) Recession worries set aside…..for now. (NYT)

Game Theory?

  •  Are any of you readers Jeopardy fans? Has this new champion broken the game? As a professional gambler, read how he uses the odds to break records.  (NYT)