Apparently, Energy isn't Going to be Bigger in Texas

There are signs that growth in production of oil in Texas could be slowing down from the torrid pace it has been on.

Jan 31, 2014 at 10:00AM

This segment is from Thursday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

For the past couple of years, Texas' economy has been driven by the surging oil and gas production taking place throughout the state. While companies like EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) and Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) still have high hopes and prime acreage, there are signs that the recent pace might start to slow. With companies sporting 30-50% growth year-over-year lately, a steady slowdown had to be expected. What are some of the signs our analysts believe might be hinting that the time is near? Click on the short video clip below to find out.

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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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