What I'm Reading This Weekend (July 28-29)

Jul 27, 2018
Personal Finance, Investing, Parent Conversations, Current Events

Personal Finance

  • The Washington Post helps you calculate your net worth.
  • Here is a good one from NPR to follow up on my Digging Deeper on teen summer jobs.
  • There are great graphics in this article from Axios comparing what 30-year olds face now (2016) versus 40 years ago.
  • When you consider the costs involved in processing credit cards, this Slate article discusses why some businesses are going cash free!!!
  • Curious about Robo Advisors? Money magazine takes a closer look and sums up the robo-advisor options for you.
  • How about a 4-day work week? (would be great for teachers….not so sure about the kids!) One New Zealand company tried it out, and it had lots of advantages!
  • Some cultural gender norms are slow to change. This NY Times article takes a look at couples (around 25% of opposite gender marriages) where the woman earns more than the man.
  • Higher Education leads to more stable employment and higher incomes, right? Sadly, not for all.


  • The relationship between corporate earnings and stock prices is a tricky one in the short term. (The Bogle book puts the long term relationship in perspective.) Here is the NY Times article behind this week’s Digging Deeper.
  • A good example: Facebook had second quarter revenue growth of 40%, yet it lost $120 billion in market cap Thursday….the loss is bigger than 457 of the S&P 500 companies! There is obviously more to the story.
  • Growth of ETF’s has been huge (2200 and counting) – is this a good thing or not?



  • NPR had some great parenting articles this week. The first one was on Raising Brilliant Kids. The second one was on one of my favorite topics: OVERPARENTING!
  • Trying to eat a healthy diet? Worried about your consumption of animal products? This Atlantic article spells it out for you:

At this point, the clearest drawbacks to consuming animal products are not nutritional but environmental, with animal agriculture contributing to antibiotic resistance, deforestation, and climate change….


Just for kicks--check out this infographic:


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.