Thursday: 2 Big Losers in Health Care

Here's why Hill-Rom Holdings and Herbalife got hammered hard today.

Jan 23, 2014 at 8:13PM

On Thursday's edition of Market Checkup, The Motley Fool's health-care focused show for investors, Fool health-care analyst David Williamson sheds some light on what's driving the biggest movers in the health-care space today.

In this segment, David takes a look at two of the day's biggest losers in the health-care space. Medical equipment maker Hill-Rom (NYSE:HRC) fell by more than 15% today, after reporting an abysmal quarter. Net income fell by an astounding 45%, with the company lowering 2014 guidance and cutting 350 jobs within the company. Meanwhile, Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) is being called into question, yet again, for potentially being a pyramid scheme. This time, U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is the one calling for an investigation, both from the SEC and the Federal Trade Commission. David takes a look at the inside story on these two stocks in the video below.

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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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