Can You Trust TikTok’s Advice?

TikTok is rife with pitches for trendy, volatile investments, including cannabis and cryptocurrencies.

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Recently, while I was at the gym, I overheard a conversation between two mothers. One of the moms’ sons, who is in middle school, wanted to invest in bitcoin in an account his parents would set up for him. While the women debated the best way to support the budding in­vestor, they remained puzzled about one thing: How did he stumble upon cryptocurrency in the first place?

I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself—partly because spending 10 weeks as an intern at Kiplinger will make you start to notice personal finance references everywhere you go, but mainly because, as a fellow member of Generation Z, I already knew the answer.

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Michael Korsh
Intern, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Korsh is a recent graduate and incoming graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He majored in journalism with a minor in psychology, and his graduate degree will be in the Medill Investigative Lab specialization of the MS in journalism program. He has previously interned for Injustice Watch, the Medill Investigative Lab and Moment Magazine, and he served as the print managing editor of North by Northwestern student newsmagazine. Korsh became a Kiplinger intern through the American Society of Magazine Editors Internship Program.