Reading List for February 16-17

Feb 15, 2019
Personal Finance, Budgeting, Paying for College, Taxes, Retirement, Current Events

Personal Finance

  • Valentines Day article: here is great pickup line: “Be my financially compatible Valentine?” (WSJ)
  • For those fans of “personal finance on a postcard” concept, here are the rules of thumb according to (Money Maven).
  • More on taxes from Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post, including what NOT to do if you find you owe the IRS money. (New tax laws > lower withholding > lower refunds, if any.)


  • Some fun celebrity facts to bring home the point that you should live within your means!! (A Wealth of Common Sense)
  • Planning a wedding? This is a must read before you spend a dime. (The Atlantic)
  • Why everything costs more for women, including health care. (Beth Kobliner)

Debt management/economy

  • Headlines showed up everywhere over the NY Fed data release showing a record number of Americans are behind on their car payments. (WAPO)
  • Barry Ritholz puts the headline in perspective.

Paying for College

  • Should parents be worrying so much about saving for their kids’ college? Robert Farrington suggests not. (Forbes)


  • Not sure there is much new in this article, but this one offers extremely comprehensive guidance on making your retirement savings last. (Yahoo Finance)

Business news

  • Amazon back in the news, announcing they will NOT be pursuing their NY plans for a secondary headquarters. (NYT)
  • And – Bitcoin is back in the news: JP Morgan Chase, after casting doubt about bitcoin in the past, has decided to create its own branded version of cryptocurrency called JPM Coin. (NYT)

Food for Thought

  • If you like reading the Warren Buffet annual letter to shareholders, check out the annual missive from Bill and Melinda Gates? Here is their message in its entirety, and here is the “cliff notes” version.

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.