The Biggest Winners of 2013: Tesla, Twitter, and Even Best Buy

Here's why stocks such as Tesla Motors, LinkedIn,, and Best Buy were among the biggest winners of 2013.

Jan 21, 2014 at 8:43PM

While 2013 was a great year to be invested in stocks, some stocks absolutely blew the competition out of the water in terms of delivering for shareholders -- so which were the biggest winners of 2013? In this video, several Motley Fool analysts around Fool HQ sit down to answer the question: "What was the biggest winner of 2013?" They discuss their favorite stocks from last year, and why stocks such as Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA)LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD)Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) were such great market-beaters in 2013, and whether they're poised to continue delivering in the future.

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Brendan Mathews owns shares of and Markel and is short shares of Best Buy. Fool contributor Bryan White has no position in any stocks mentioned. Buck Hartzell, Charly Travers, Michael Olsen, CFA, and Ron Gross own shares of Markel. David Meier owns shares of LinkedIn and Twitter. Jason Moser owns shares of, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Sara Hov owns shares of and Markel. Simon Erickson owns shares of Markel and Zillow. Simon Erickson has options on Twitter. The Motley Fool recommends, LinkedIn, Markel, Tesla Motors, Twitter, and Zillow and owns shares of, LinkedIn, Markel, Tesla Motors, and Zillow. 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.

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


Everything else is details. 

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