Was Nabors Industries' Earnings Crush a Sign of a Splendid 2014?

With a more than quadrupling of net income and a sign that management's moves are paying off, Nabors could put some less than impressive results behind them.

Feb 21, 2014 at 9:24AM

The past couple years have not been kind to Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR). Over the course of 2013, the company only saw a total return of 15%, which was just over half of the total return for the S&P 500 over that time period. After its incredibly impressive results this quarter, though, perhaps its prospects are about to turn around. Not only was the company able to more than quadruple its net income, but the gains it saw were a clear indication that the company's strategy to move older drilling rigs overseas and introduce new rigs to the U.S. market really paid off. 

To find out why this move was so important to the company's success, and whether Nabors can continue to post gains like this throughout 2014, tune into the video below. 

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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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