Reading List for March 9-10

Mar 08, 2019
Personal Finance, Investing, Financial Literacy, Economics, Employment, Career

Personal Finance

  • Interesting news here: Philadelphia just banned “cashless” stores.   Will any other cities follow? This could spark an interesting discussion. The WSJ article includes graphical representation of who spends cash and when. (WSJ)(NPR)
  • This blog summarizes highlights from this month’s WSJ Journal Report on Investing in Funds and ETFs. One key article answers the top six questions about 529 plans. (WSJ)


  • More about Lyft’s IPO and how Lyft is different from Uber. (Bloomberg)
  • Will Facebook, Telegram and Signal get more traction with their proposed digital currency than Bitcoin? (NYT)
  • The Atlantic provides a somewhat bleak review of the rise of the on-demand businesses over the last decade. The title says it all: The Servant Economy

Financial Literacy/Paying for College 

  • This audience may not need convincing, but research suggests financial literacy classes in high school lead to reduced borrowing for college. (Money)
  • Punishing delinquent student loan borrowers by suspending job licenses never made sense, and a bi-partisan team of legislators are proposing to stop the practice. (Forbes)

Higher Ed/Careers

  • An art historian, Carla Yanni, takes a look at the history of college dormitories. How important are dormitories when your students decide on schools? (Inside Higher Ed)
  • With today’s high tech economy, workers need very specific and advanced technical training, and trade schools become increasingly relevant and a viable alternative to traditional college. (The Atlantic)


  • When do budget and trade deficits matter? (WSJ)
  • February jobs report released Friday morning. Job numbers were disappointing, but wages are moving up. (NYT)

Technology/Social Media

  • Can Facebook change? Zuckerberg claims FB is eyeing a future with more privacy. (NYT)
  • When kids come of age and find their social media persona has already been well established----by their parents. The Atlantic looks inside the lives of child Instagram influencers.”


  • Ever visit an expensive city and wonder how so many young people can afford to live there? They may be getting help from the bank of mom and dad. (NYT)
  • On the opposite end of that spectrum, these millennial cancer patients bear huge financial and emotional burdens in addition to the physical ones. (Marketwatch)

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.