Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Chevron Should Be Slightly Scared of Argentina's Shale

Now that Argentina has "adequately compensated" Spanish company Repsol for its controlling stake in YPF, Shell and Chevron might want to tread lightly in the worlds third-largest shale reserves.

Mar 3, 2014 at 7:00PM

If only exploring for oil and gas only involved geology, then life would be infinitely easier for energy companies. Unfortunately, that simply isn't the case, and the recent "deal" between Argentina's YPF and Spain's Repsol is proof of that. YPF and Respol just completed a deal that would pay Respol $5 billion in bonds for the controlling stake in YPF that the Argentine government expropriated from it despite the value of that stake being well more than $10 billion.

This should make Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B) a little nervous because they both have very large stakes in Argentina's shale region. To find out more about the details around the YPF/Repsol deal and what it could mean for these two big oil players, 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.

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