4 Stocks Making Moves: SolarCity, Twitter, SiriusXM, and Pandora

A huge bump from an upgrade for SolarCity, and yet another downgrade for Twitter. Here are four stocks making moves on the market today.

Jan 6, 2014 at 5:42PM

In this video from Monday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Taylor Muckerman and Jason Moser dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories from the market today.

SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) hit an all-time high today, after the stock got an upgrade from Goldman Sachs. Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), on the other hand, was down today on news of another downgrade for the high-flying new social-media stock, this time coming from Morgan Stanley. SiriusXM (NASDAQ:SIRI) rose today on the first day of trading since Liberty Media (NASDAQ:LMCA) announced it wanted to acquire the entire company; Liberty currently owns about 53% of SiriusXM. And finally, Pandora (NYSE:P) saw a big pop today, on news that its number of active listeners for December was up 13% year over year. In this segment, Taylor and Jason discuss four stocks making moves on the market today.

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

So, here's my index-card financial plan:


Everything else is details. 

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