May 14, 2021

Reading List for May 14-16

The delayed tax deadline is Monday. So let’s start this week’s list with one on Taxes.



  • Here are several articles discussing the Consumer Price Index jump in April.
  • CNBC covers the basics and the NYT (I highly recommend reading anything by Jeanna Smialek) provides a bit more analysis.
  • The WSJ discusses Fed Governor Waller’s comments on the number, and also discusses which components of the CPI may not be just a temporary thing. Greg Ip ,another journalist I recommend reading, does an excellent job breaking it down.
  • Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester's appraisal of the situation can be found on Bloomberg.
  • Neil Irwin’s Upshot article also discusses inflation. (NYT-Upshot)
  • Weekly jobless claims drop again to under 500,000 last week. (ABC)
  • The demand for lower-wage workers is soaring. Amazon will add 75,000 jobs. Read how companies are wooing workers back with higher wages and signing bonuses. (Morningstar)



  • We have heard of socially responsible investing (and funds). How about faith-based investing? (NYT)
  • If you want a longer read on Robinhood, try this New Yorker article.


Cryptocurrency and Beyond

  • What happened when Elon Musk figured out the impact of BitCoin on the environment and changed his mind about accepting it as payment for a new Model S? (NYT)
  • Have you heard of “De-Fi” Decentralized Finance? Investopedia will bring you up to speed.



  • Who is eligible for the government subsidy for broadband? (CNBC)



  • The Financial Educators’ Council surveyed people about which parent taught them more about money. Past results are also included.
  • GenZ and Millennials feel more confident financially coming out of the Pandemic slump. (PRNewswire).

About the Author

Beth Tallman

Beth Tallman entered the working world armed with an MBA 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, conducts student workshops, and develops finance curricula and educational content. She is also the Treasurer of Ohio Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

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