Why Model N, Inc. Shares Marched Higher

Is Model N's jump meaningful? Or just another movement?

Feb 11, 2014 at 5:10PM

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Model N (NYSE:MODN) rose more than 17% Tuesday after the revenue management solutions provider turned in better-than-expected fiscal first quarter 2014 results.

So what: Quarterly revenue fell 3.1% to $21.6 million, which translated to an adjusted net loss of $0.03 per diluted share. Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of $0.10 per share on sales of $21.18 million.

In addition, Model N now expects fiscal 2014 revenue of $76 million to $80 million, with an adjusted net loss per diluted share in the range of $0.82 and $0.69. By comparison, analysts were modeling a full-year loss of $0.90 per share on sales of $76.07 million.

Now what: CEO Zack Rinat admitted while he's encouraged by the company's progress, he knows "we still have work to do in order to put our recent challenges behind us."

To be sure, the stock still trades well below its $15.50-per-share IPO price and has a long way to go to reclaim last year's highs. And while the company is still losing money with no end in sight, it did end the year with around $92.8 million in cash and minimal debt. I'm not particularly compelled to buy after today's pop, but at the very least I think investors would be wise to add Model N to their watch lists to keep tabs on its progress.

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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.

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