Now That Henrique de Castro Is Out, Here's What Yahoo! Needs

The Internet icon reframes its business around original content as it works on ways to grow its ad revenue.

Jan 21, 2014 at 2:30PM

Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) is losing Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro for all the right reasons, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Re/code's Kara Swisher first reported that de Castro was on his way out after the executive was noticeably absent from CEO Marissa Mayer's keynote address at CES. More importantly, Mayer hired de Castro in 2012 for his expertise as an ad sales executive. Display ad revenue fell 12% and 7%, respectively, in the second and third quarters.

In an SEC filing, Yahoo! said that de Castro would receive "severance benefits" per the conditions of his employment as outlined in his offer letter and a February 2013 severance agreement. How much he's due isn't entirely clear but his initial package called for $600,000 in base salary, a cash bonus intended to be 90% of salary, and $36 million worth of restricted stock and performance stock options.

A hefty price, to be sure. Yet Tim says he'd rather Mayer find and hire talent that's more aligned with her all-in bet on original content and contextual "Stream Ads" that sit alongside original articles in Yahoo! app feeds.

Do you agree? Or would you have preferred Yahoo! do a better job leveraging de Castro's talents? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short Yahoo! stock at current prices.

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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.

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