Reading List for April 6-7

Apr 05, 2019
Financial Literacy, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Insurance

The list is a bit longer today--perhaps more good stuff is popping up during Financial Literacy Month.  In any case, there should be something for everyone here! 

Financial Literacy Month

  • CNBC to recognize Financial Literacy Month with special coverage all month.(CNBC)
  • This was today’s CNBC post, crediting you wonderful finlit warriors for helping your students avoid payday lenders!


  • How much financial education is enough? (
  • What men can learn from the way women invest. (Yahoo Finance)
  • Equal pay day was April 2—what can women do to earn what their male counterparts earn? (CNN
  • How about this for a budgeting scenario in your class: you are a teacher in Hawaii. (USA Today)


  • Saw this article in many feeds this week about the savings crisis in the US. (CNBC)

Higher Ed/Paying for College

  • How social media can add stress to the college acceptance process. (This is awful!!) (Kobliner)
  • Which schools are going “test-optional” and why? The list includes some selective schools. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • If you are looking for a longer article, this interesting piece explains what is going on economically at colleges and universities, and what role corporations have in this mess. (Highline)


  • March jobs increased by 196,000. Find all of March jobs data here. (Yahoo Finance)
  • With unemployment so low (3.8% now, see above) and the economy growing, many are asking why inflation in the US isn’t higher. (The Economist)


  • Lyft price drops below IPO price. (Statista) And the price of shorting the stock doubled. (Bloomberg)

Insurance/Health Care

  • Do you find it shocking that one in eight people had to borrow money to pay for health care last year? That’s $88billion. Read more on a recent West Health-Gallup survey. (CNN)


Here are two great articles from the NY Times that address productivity in our tech heavy world.




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.