Should You Own LinkedIn in 2014? Two Fools Debate

Should investors hold LinkedIn in their portfolio in 2014? Two Fools debate the company's prospects for 2014 as other social media names, like Twitter and Facebook, remain volatile.

Jan 11, 2014 at 7:30PM

With 2014 just starting, investors may be thinking about which stocks they want in their portfolios throughout the year. In this segment, Two Fools Debate, Fool editor Jamal Carnette and contributor Sam Mattera discuss whether investors should own LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) in 2014.

Sam is concerned about LinkedIn's valuation. He notes the firm's absurdly high price-to-earnings ratio (near 1,000) and forward P/E near 100. Although he believes LinkedIn is an interesting business, he thinks investors should wait for LinkedIn to grow into its valuation before making an investment. Sam also notes the momentum in other social-media names, including Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and wonders if the space could lose its luster in 2014.

In contrast, Jamal thinks LinkedIn remains an attractive investment. While he acknowledges LinkedIn's high valuation, he notes that the company is growing rapidly, continuing to add users and grow revenue at a rapid pace. Jamal also believes that LinkedIn has become an integral part of the Internet -- a site that nearly every professional has to use in some capacity.

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Jamal Carnette owns shares of Facebook. Sam Mattera has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and owns shares of Facebook and LinkedIn. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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.

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Everything else is details. 

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