Reading List for July 26-28

Jul 26, 2019
Financial Literacy, Career, Behavioral Finance, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Current Events

Financial Literacy

  • Dr. Barbara O’Neil of Rutgers, known to NGPF regulars for her tireless efforts in financial education, read and digested the Government’s report on Financial Education in the news recently, and offers her key take-aways. (MoneyTalk)
  • A study by the University of Arizona demonstrates that “emerging adults” (college years plus five post college years) with financial knowledge are more successful at “adulting,” including more successful relationships and a lower incidence of mental health issues. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • “Emerging adults' development in financial, personal, relational domains are interrelated, with progress in financial domains predicting progress in personal and relational domains,” the study said.
  • A University of Texas student gives their perspective on the need for college financial literacy programs. (The Daily Texan)
  • (Lend Edu) has come up with a way to evaluate financial literacy programs at colleges and universities and published their top fifty.


Behavioral Finance


Credit Cards

  • Consumers are choosing cash back over anything else for their credit card perks. According to a survey by, 49% of Americans have a credit card offering cash back, up 6% from the previous year. (Bloomberg)


Paying for College

  • The JPMorgan Chase Institute issued a new report, Student Loan Payments: Evidence from 4 Million Families. Statistics on student loan payments from such a large survey reveal the following key results.
    • One in four families across the sample spend more than 11% per month on student loans, more than other necessities.
    • The burden on young and low-income households is even greater.
    • For families paying multiple loans, student loans are paid less consistently than auto loans or mortgages.

          Check out the report itself, or the press release on the findings. (Business Wire)  The report has some great graphics!




  • You’ve played “Can You Make It As An Uber Driver?” This NYT reporter tried to make it as a Food Delivery person. Backlash from the revelation in the article that Door Dash used your tips to offset drivers’ guaranteed payment (they didn’t go to the driver), will change their tipping policy. (Bloomberg)
  • Here is some important career advice: employers care more about your personality than about your education, according to a report from TopInterview and Resume-Library. Confidence is desireable, and arrogance is the biggest turnoff! (CNBC)
  • This St. Louis Fed Open Vault Blog offers advice from HR Manager Jennifer Werthington on how to effectively “manage up.” This provides all the more reason to focus on soft skills. Her top tip is about communication.

“The ability to communicate well is essential to success.”

  • If the movie “The Graduate” were made today, the word of advice given to Benjamin Braddock would not be “plastics,” it would be “data analytics.” (Knowledge@Wharton)




  • SnapChat gave up on their attempts announced last year to try to attract users over 40 and will settle for the fact that they reach 90% of US 13-24 year olds in the United States. This demographic is currently growing world wide, but they will also grow up, and SnapChat will need to figure out how to keep them engaged. (WSJ-subscription)

Current Events

  • Facebook Settlement: Facebook settled with the FTC this week and will pay a record $5B fine for violating privacy agreements and agreed to more oversight to protect users’ privacy in the future. (NYT) Many are skeptical that anything will truly change. TechCrunch gives you all the reasons they feel the settlement is “a joke.”
  • Equifax Settlement: Equifax will pay $671M to settle all the class-action suits and actions against it related to its large data breach a couple of years ago. CNBC outlines how the money will be broken down into different pools for different uses, and explains how getting compensation personally for damages will be quite difficult.



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.