Ask a Fool: What Is the Deal With Google's Stock Split?

The real story behind Google's unconventional stock split.

Feb 24, 2014 at 4:30PM

In this video from the Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Fool analyst David Meier takes a question from a Fool reader, who asks, "What does Google's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) stock split mean and why is it creating a new class of shares?"

David takes a look into the unconventional upcoming stock split by Google that, rather than increasing the number of class A or class B shares that current shareholders hold, will instead give shareholders one share of the new class C shares for each class A or class B share they currently own.

The key reason behind this is voting rights: Class C shares will not entitle the holder to a shareholder vote like class A and B shares will. This achieves the desired effect of splitting the stock, while not diluting Sergey Brin's and Larry Page's control over the company by increasing the number of voters. While this has been seen as somewhat controversial and not shareholder-friendly by some, Dave believes strongly in the vision and ability to execute that Brin and Page have shown, and thinks that keeping the company firmly in their hands can only lead to bigger and better things for Google.

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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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