Reading List for March 16-17

Mar 15, 2019
Paying for College, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Insurance, Investing, Financial Literacy, Taxes

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy Reading!

Higher Ed

  • The story of the week has to be this one about the college entrance bribery. (WAPO) (Inside Higher Ed)
  • While we are on the subject, this next article highlights the class differences in the college experience as poor kids tell rich colleges what they are experiencing. (EdSurge)
  • And most people are surprised to learn how low the college completion rate is: (NPR)
  • Student Loan Hero surveyed 1000 people across all generations about their debt. One interesting result: millennials who borrowed for college do not want their children to borrow for school.

Behavioral Finance

  • According to (a survey by) Money magazine, millennials consider $19,000 to be a life-changing sum of money. (Money)
  • We know it is important to be able to talk about money, especially with our significant others, but it isn’t always easy. Here are some suggestions. (NYT)


  • So the stock market has risen by $20 trillion in value since it bottomed out in 2009. How does it stack up to other bull markets? (Bloomberg)


  • Saw this too late for last week’s list, but interesting facts about currency in circulation here, like the fact that there are more $100 bills in circulation than $1 bills. (WAPO)

Taxes (Retirement)

  • Marketwatch makes a few suggestions for how to invest your retirement funds to minimize taxes.

Medical Insurance

  • As we all puzzle over and struggle with the cost of prescription drugs, it looks like one company is working to improve their image ahead of potential government intervention and is passing on rebates directly. (Reuters)

Fin Lit/Advocacy

  • NC now considering legislation to make a semester-long personal finance class mandatory for HS graduation. (Shelby Star)

Gen Z/Health

  • As educators, this may not surprise you, but here is an article that examines the reasons behind the rise in teen/young adult depression. (NPR)


  • As everyone aims to “Marie Kondo” their lives, when you get to the files and papers, this article spells out what papers you should keep. (On Your Own)

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.