Google's Unusual Stock Split

Google shares finally split as the stock reaches new highs, but there's more going on here than just a 2-for-1 special.

Jan 31, 2014 at 6:56PM

On Friday's installment of Investor Beat, host Alison Southwick and Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio lead advisor Ron Gross take a look at some of the biggest blockbuster stories from this earnings season, to see who popped, and who dropped.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) shares are up today after the company announced Q4 earnings last night. The company mostly met analysts' expectations, though it missed on earnings per share, partly due to the lagging Motorola. Google did announce, however, that it will be selling Motorola to Lenovo, something Ron sees as a positive, selling off a business that was a distraction rather than core to Google's mission. He doesn't see the sale as something that will radically drive share prices upward.

The big story here was Google's stock split, announced in 2012, and now finally clearing litigation. Rather than a traditional 2-for-1 split, the split will create a new class of shares, class C, which will act just like class A shares, but with no voting rights for class C shareholders. Google has been criticized for the move, which some see as a way for Brin and Page to retain control over the company, and investors have expressed concern that the two classes of shares will trade at different rates. Ron discusses the split, and how class C holders will be compensated if the disparity between class C and A shares becomes significant.

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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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