3 Keys to Value Investing in 2014

After a great run in 2013, value investing in 2014 is harder than it's been in more than a decade. But we're here with a few picks for your portfolio.

Jan 31, 2014 at 6:37PM

In a market that's up about 30% over the past year, it can be hard to find great values. P/E ratios are high, and companies with strong prospects have already been bid into the stratosphere. Value investing in 2014 may be hard, but it's also worth the effort. 

While the market has been bidding up hot stocks with top-line growth and little bottom-line profit, it has left behind some companies that spit off cash like no tomorrow. 

In the video below, Fool contributor Travis Hoium explains why he thinks Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and DuPont (NYSE:DD) provide some great values for investors, even if the market doesn't like their boring businesses right now. 

One way to value invest in 2014
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Erin Miller owns shares of Apple. Travis Hoium manages an account that owns shares of Apple and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Apple. It also owns shares of Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not 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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