Reading List for March 30-31

Mar 29, 2019
Paying for College, Personal Finance, Advocacy, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Taxes


  • The value of Financial literacy is getting some traction ahead of financial literacy month. (WSJ)


  • Apparently the yield curve inverted last week and recession talk is on the rise. Here is a quick one on the subject from Forbes.
  • Here is a slightly meatier one on the inverted yield curve from SLATE.

New World (Retail) Order

  • Can Apple change TV/streaming? What will Apple morph into next? (Bloomberg)
  • Here is what Apple announced on Monday. (CNBC)
  • Can Amazon change grocery shopping forever? (Knowledge@Wharton)

Paying for College/Higher Ed News

  • There is a right way and a wrong way to ask for more financial aid. (Consumer Reports)
  • After last week’s breaking news on the admissions scandal, here are poll results on what Americans think should be considered or not in admissions. (WGBH)
  • We advise students to look for the “net” price of college, but apparently some are not providing accurate figures. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • John Yeigh looks at the National Center for Education Statistics data for college costs in a piece for the Humble Dollar.
  • Here is a brief overview of the Higher Ed policy proposals from the current administration. (Forbes)


  • Visual Capitalist strikes again with forty investing terms every beginner should know.


  • Michelle Singletary explains why you should love your tax refund less. (WAPO)


  • There were two articles of warning this week in the WSJ. The first deals with the dangers of automatic payments, and the second contains a bit of a warning for Venmo users.

Gen Z

  • PBS News Hour’s “Making Sen$e” segment looks at GenZ and their college choice decisions.
  • And about GenZ’s emotional health, learn how one school is dealing with the need for more counselors. (WBUR)


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.