Investor Beat, March 5, 2014

The top business stories from Wednesday's market, for today's Foolish investor.

Mar 5, 2014 at 6:06PM

The chief information officer of Target, Beth Jacob, has resigned, becoming the latest domino to fall in a story that began late last year with a data breach of Target's systems, resulting in compromised financial information for 40 million customers.

In the lead story from Wednesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Bill Barker and Jason Moser discuss the move. While it wasn't necessarily unexpected, this may now increase the pressure on CEO Greg Steinhafel. Jason notes that with credit card fraud on the rise globally and particularly in the United States, Internet security will need to be a top priority for the company going forward. Bill and Chris also mention that with the continued struggles related to this story emerging so slowly over time for the company, market confidence in the stock is taking more damage than it would have, as consumers continue to see concerning news around Target in the headlines.

Then the guys look at four stocks making moves on the market today. Smith & Wesson was up big today after third-quarter earnings came in higher than expected. The gunmaker also raised guidance. Facebook is reportedly looking into buying drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million. Hovnanian fell today after the homebuilder's loss in the first quarter was bigger than analysts were expecting. And in a recent public filing, Chipotle cited climate change as a business risk, going further to say that if the cost of avocados increases too much, Chipotle may suspend serving guacamole.

And finally, Bill and Jason each look at one stock they'll be watching closely this week. Bill looks at Costco and discusses why it will make a good barometer when it reports earnings tomorrow for how this year's exceptionally severe winter weather affected retailers as a whole, while Jason will be watching Craft Brew Alliance, a small brewer with a lot of big connections.

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Bill Barker has no position in any stocks mentioned. Chris Hill and Jason Moser own shares of and Chipotle Mexican Grill. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Costco Wholesale, and Facebook. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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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