Visa Inc Delivers Yet Again

Another solid quarter for Visa has shares up again. Is there still time to buy, or have investors missed all the upside?

Jan 31, 2014 at 6:49AM

Shares of Visa (NYSE:V) were up yesterday, after the company reported yet another solid quarter. Revenue grew by 11%, while expenses were much more flat at only 3% growth year over year, which was good for the company's operating leverage. Visa also continues to buy back huge amounts of its own stock, which boosted shares as well this quarter.

In this video, host Mark Reeth and Motley Fool financial analyst Matt Koppenheffer take a look at Visa. With the security breach at Target that led to millions of customers' credit card information being stolen still fresh in many consumers' minds, some are wondering about preventative steps the company will take to protect against this in the future; Matt looks into how the company is mitigating this headline risk going forward.

Matt also says that he sees both Visa and competitor MasterCard (NYSE:MA) as great long-term buys, and that the credit card industry still has a lot of room ahead of it to grow.

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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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