Where is the Value in Enerplus Corp.?

With a diverse set of assets for a company its size, where should Enerplus focus its efforts to cover its juicy dividend?

Mar 14, 2014 at 11:21AM

Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) is a rather interesting study of the oil and gas industry. Investors who first look at the company are probably blown away by its greater than 5% dividend yield, but may get scared when they see that dividend has been cut recently enough to bring back bad memories. It has some very attractive U.S. assets in locations including the Bakken and the Marcellus, but the real value for this company actually lies in the tried-and-true conventional oil business in Canada.

How exactly can Enerplus get more out of its Canadian waterflooding business than the Bakken, which is one of the most prolific shale oil formations in the U.S.? It all comes down to how efficiently the company can operate in the Bakken, as well as the asset type it needs to cover that huge dividend. Find out more in the video below on why the Bakken may not be Enerplus' golden ticket and why the company should follow the path of Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR) in managing its Canadian assets.

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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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