Reading List for Memorial Day Weekend 2020

May 22, 2020
Personal Finance, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College

A little bit of everything for this holiday weekend as we wind down this challenging year.


Personal Finance

  • 56% of parents with young children are in debt due to coronavirus. (PR Newswire)
  • Four million Americans are currently not paying their mortgage. (MarketWatch)
  • If you live to 100, will your money last? (Knowledge@Wharton)
  • Last but not least, 68% of Americans do not have a will. (The Conversation)



  • What is the “dark side” of low interest rates. (NY Times-subscription)
  • Is the stock market overvalued? (Wealth of Common Sense)
  • The Financial Times examines the increase in brokerage accounts in recent months and those betting on sports switch to betting on stocks. Could this help explain why the market keeps doing relatively well despite the current economic woes?
  • Visual Capitalist looks at the biggest winners and losers in terms of retail brands.



  • This week’s unemployment applications came in at 2.4 million, bringing the total claims for this pandemic to 38.6 million, or 23.7% of the workforce. (CNN)


Education K-12

  • What will schools look like when they reopen? (EdSurge)
  • The CDC issued guidelines for school openings.


Higher Education


  • Student Loan Hero provides a list of scholarships NOT based on GPA.
  • Colleges and Universities are beginning to announce their plans for fall 2020. Business Insider looks at the top 25.
  • Notre Dame has an interesting plan to start early and end by Thanksgiving before the flu season kicks in. (Chicago Tribune)
  • The CDC has issued guidelines for colleges and universities
  • University of California system just announced that they will phase our use of SAT and ACT by 2025, using a test developed by their own faculty instead. (Inside Higher Ed)



  • Google and Apple come up with apps to alert you if you have been exposed to Covid-19. (AP News)
  • Some Good News has provided an uplifting respite in recent weeks, but will it be the same without John Krasinski in front of the camera? Viacom/CBS won a bidding war to buy the show. (Hollywood Reporter)




  • The 2019 US birthrate dropped to its lowest point since 1987.   I wonder what the pandemic will do to the 2020 rate??? (Calculated Risk)
  • Pew Research has issued a study on Gen Z.

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.