Is One of China's "Top Employers" Worth Knowing About?

Johnson Controls floats under the radar, but this company has one of the most extensive footprints in China. Here's what you need to know.

Jan 18, 2014 at 5:03PM

Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) employs 25,000 people in China, and it was recently one of only 36 companies to be voted a "Top Employer" by the Corporate Research Foundation. Obscure awards aside, the company has a big-time opportunity in China and investors stand to benefit handsomely. 

In this video, contributor Aimee Duffy talks to Tyler Crowe about Johnson Controls' automotive business, and how its success parallels that of Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM). She also discusses another specific opportunity for the company's building efficiency unit, and why it is better positioned than most international companies to succeed in China.

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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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