Facebook's Next Big Threat to Google

Facebook is testing out a new mobile ad network, which will allow it to display ads on third-party mobile apps. How scared should Google be?

Jan 26, 2014 at 4:00PM

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been riding high on mobile success recently, and the company is now preparing to roll out a broader mobile ad network, which shows that the company's ad business is really starting to mature. At the moment, Facebook ads display only on the company's first-party site and apps, but it is currently testing displaying ads on third-party mobile apps, trying to increase relevance using the targeting data it collects from users. This would be all incremental upside for Facebook, since it's effectively an entirely new distribution channel.

So how worried should Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) be about what clearly seems to be a direct threat? In this segment of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses Facebook's new venture with Evan Niu, CFA, our tech and telecom bureau chief, and looks at why Google should be concerned. Google's AdMob remains one of the largest mobile ad networks, but with many developers still associating it with boring traditional mobile banner ads, the stage could be set for Facebook to be a dangerous disruptor in the months and years to come.

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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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