Reading List for October 5-6

Oct 05, 2018
Personal Finance, Current Events, Financial Literacy, Investing, Identity Theft, Career, Taxes

Personal Finance 

  • FinTech: Automating finances tops the popularity ranking of apps, but people still want access to people when it comes to financial planning. (BusinessWire)
  • Taxes: The IRS’ budget has been cut. That means fewer tax fraud cases and audits. (New York Times)
  • Careers: Here are fourteen things you should not say during a job interview. (Time Magazine)
  • Credit: Here is some helpful information on freezing and thawing your credit. (
  • Emergency Savings: Need to convince your students of the importance of emergency savings? This may help. (
  • Paying for College: Time Magazine offers some good advice for getting a college education with little or no debt.
  • Retirement: Standard advice is that you should pay off your mortgage before you retire. (Washington Post)
  • Bitcoin: It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about bitcoin, but this article marks bitcoin’s tenth birthday. (WSJ)

Technology/Social Media

  • Forbes takes a deeper look at the recent Facebook breach and why it is so significant for internet security.

Food for Thought

  • Here is a good one to discuss in class. Would your students be willing to pay for food at a café with their personal data? (NPR)
  • This blog discusses “different kinds of smart.” (; hear Morgan on our podcast here. 

For Data Fans

  • How financially prepared is each generation for retirement? The Society of Actuaries issued a series of reports that paint an interesting picture. (PR NewsWire)
  • Opportunity Insights pulled together Census data and created an interactive Opportunity Atlas that illustrates data by neighborhood and the potential for upward mobility. (
  • Brookings Institution published an interactive map showing the state of financial education by state.

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.