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Curated Booklists - Business & Economics

Financial Literacy / April 2022

Investopedia defines financial literacy as the "ability to understand and make use of a variety of financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing (Silver, 2022).

The site's 2022 Investopedia Financial Literacy Survey reveals that "The internet is a go-to source for investing and financial education for the young generations: 45% of Gen Z use YouTube, and 30% turn to TikTok." (Wrenn, 2022). 

For April 2022, here are 12 books from JMU’s print and electronic collections that discuss different aspects of financial literacy -- from practical guides to scholarly examinations. 

Find more materials about this topic by searching "financial literacy" or "financial wellness" in Library Search

Common sense finance : finance for individuals and entrepreneurs

This book addresses, from a conversational and hands-on perspective, the implications of finance, financial literacy, and the importance of understanding finance for both individuals and entrepreneurs.

Financial Literacy for Generation Z: a Practical Guide to Managing Your Financial Life

Addresses decisions students have to make while still in school, after graduation, and later, with the greatest emphasis on the decisions closest at hand to them. It encompasses not just money talk--for example, how much to contribute to your 401(k)--but also decisions that are directly connected to money, such as choosing a major and a career, building a credit record, and managing your first real income.

Financial Nutrition for Young Women: How (and Why) to Teach Girls about Money

Women earn 78 cents on the dollar, on average, compared to men in America, despite decades of fighting for wage equality. This book addresses the two critical levels that are necessary to truly eradicate women's economic inequality: what to teach girls and what women need to learn.

The Financial Rules for New College Graduates: Invest Before Paying off Debt--And Other Tips Your Professors Didn't Teach You

From financial expert Michael C. Taylor comes a proposed means by which to not only pull oneself out of debt but to start building wealth from the first day on the job: adoption of modesty, skepticism, and optimism.

The Routledge Handbook of Financial Literacy

Provides a comprehensive reference work that addresses both research perspectives and practical applications to financial education. This is the first volume to summarize the milestones of research in financial literacy from multiple perspectives.

Mastery of Money for Students

The knowledge and ability to make, manage, save, and invest money is critical to your overall success in life. The earlier you start on the path to understanding money, the faster you'll experience your own version of success.

Buffett's Tips

Often described as the greatest investor of all time, Warren Buffett started his investment firm with$100 in the late 1950s and went on to become the billionaire and sage we know today. In this book, award-winning professor and professional investor John M. Longo demonstrates just how by translating decades of Buffett's writings and media appearances into a 100 straightforward tips and strategies anyone can follow for enhanced financial literacy and independence.

The Biology of Investing

Why do people's financial and economic preferences vary so widely? 'Nurture' variables such as socioeconomic factors partially explain these differences, but scientists have been discovering that 'nature' also plays an important role. This is the first book to bring together these scientific insights for a holistic view of the role of human biology in financial decision-making.

Finance for Non-Finance People

This book makes sense of the finance world from a non-finance perspective. It introduces, explains and demystifies essential ideas of business finance to those who do not have financial background or training.

A Critically Compassionate Approach to Financial Literacy

Differentiating between notions of financial worth and personal self-worth, the authors present a description of financial literacy tenets founded in principles of self-awareness and cooperative community that are rooted in principles of compassion.

Financialization, Financial Literacy, and Social Education

The objective of this book is to prompt a re-examination of financial literacy, its social foundations, and its relationship to citizenship education. The collection includes topics that concern indigenous people's perspectives, critical race theory, and transdisciplinary perspectives, which invite a dialogue about the ideologies that drive traditional and critical perspectives.

The Conceptual Foundations of Investing

This book explains the conceptual foundations of investing to improve investor performance. There are a host of investment mistakes that can be avoided by such an understanding.