Reading List for November 10-11

Nov 09, 2018
Personal Finance, Investing, Parent Conversations, Cryptocurrencies

Personal Finance

  • Could developing countries and M-Pesa teach the US how to address the issues of the unbanked and underbanked? (CNN Business)
  • PBS announces a new series on personal finance called "Talkin' Money Minutes" is looking for a sponsor. They will be 2-3 minutes in length and air between shows. (Business Insider)
  • Charles Schwab’s daughter discusses the huge financial gender gap that goes way beyond the pay gap, and what can be done to help correct it. (MarketWatch)
  • Think twice about suggesting students rely on fintech. According to data from GFLEC’s2016 survey, those 18-34 year olds using mobile fintech apps aren’t making good financial decisions. (Quartz)


  • Need another reason to be concerned about bitcoin/cryptocurrency? Here you go: (Wired)
  • Ben Carlson of A Wealth of Common Sense puts the recent stock market swings into perspective.
  • Proving that what Ben Carlson says is true, this WSJ article attempts to predict the next bear market using lots of graphs of market data.
  • Ponzi Schemes still exist, and people still fall for them! (The Financial Bodyguard)
  • Michael Batnik’s post in The Irrelevant Investor also has lots of graphs but provides an interesting discussion about how your experience in the first years of your investing experience colors you going forward.
  • This Buttonwood article from the Economist discusses value investing over time and is a good follow-up to Batnik’s post.
  • The Legg Mason 2018 Global Investment Survey includes some surprising and alarming trends. Only 31% of those surveyed feel they will have enough money to retire comfortably. Breaking it down by age, millennials are much more confident (60%) than baby boomers (17%).


  • Show your kids/students this video and see if you can convince them to take a social media break. Ten girls went two weeks without social media, and this is what happened. (Good Morning America) Hint: benefits included better sleep, fewer arguments with parents, higher productivity, and more living "in the moment."

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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.