Reading LIst for January 19-20

Jan 18, 2019
Personal Finance, Investing, Student Loans, Advocacy, Career


  • Looks like Financial Literacy is on the minds of state legislatures as they start their new sessions. Florida is the latest to consider a required course. (WPTV)

Personal Finance

  • Here is the most straightforward explanation I have seen as to why using your ApplePay™ (or other version) is the safest way to pay for things, after using cash, that is.(Kobliner)
  • This may not be news, but still worth mentioning that another survey has found most Americans could not handle a $1000 emergency. (Bankrate)
  • If a picture is worth 1000 words, an animated picture might be worth---$15,000? This might inspire your students to save money. (MarketWatch)


  • The investment world lost the man who changed the face of investing forever: Jack Bogle. (Philadelphia Inquirer), (WAPO) Also check out this QOD if you haven’t already.
  • Some tips on managing index funds and brokerage accounts from Allan Sloan of the WAPO.
  • How a high-profile divorce could impact investors. (NYT)

Student Loans

    • Researchers from the Federal Reserve have published a paper attributing about 20% of the decline in millennial home ownership to higher levels of student debt. (Bloomberg) This is in line with data tracked regularly by the New York Fed.



  • Have you ever considered the downsides to a drop in the birthrate? (NBC)

Higher Ed

Here are a few articles that might help our students make more informed choices about their higher education.

  • How could colleges and universities become more successful in increasing diversity in the STEM fields. (Inside Higher Education)
    Beware of “for-profit” nursing programs….students aren’t as successful in actually getting licenses. (Inside Higher Education)
  • “Does It Matter Where You Go To College?” That may just depend on your race and gender. (The Atlantic)

For Educators

Gen Z

  • According to a Pew Research Center report examining political and social views find Gen Z to be following in Millennials’ footsteps.
  • What on earth drives popularity and value on Instagram. (Recode)

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.