Better Buy: Boeing vs. Berkshire Hathaway

We've collected the most popular companies amongst readers and put them head-to-head in a good old-fashioned challenge we're calling The Motley Fool Better Buy Tournament.

Mar 18, 2014 at 3:40PM

In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, Boeing squares off against Berkshire Hathaway in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each as they make the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Boeing (NYSE:BA) looks to be a great play for those interested in steady income with an opportunity for capital appreciation via an increasing stock price, according to Motley Fool analyst, Blake Bos. Investors today get around a 6% FCF yield, of which most is returned via a dividend and share buybacks. Investor will then be exposed to some capital appreciation due to increases in earnings from Boeing ramping up production of its 737 and 787 plane models. In today's frothy market, Boeing could be an ideal investment to dollar-cost-average into overtime. While commercial is driving the business today, any rebound in defense could also be icing on the cake. Investors will want to pay attention to backlogs overtime to see make sure new orders continue to come in at an acceptable rate.

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) is managed by one of the greatest investors ever in Warren Buffett and it should always be considered when discussing the best buys, according to Motley Fool analyst, Patrick Morris. Of course beyond its remarkable management team, there's also the reality of its diverse collection of businesses from insurance to energy to railways and financial services.

Considering that earnings available to its shareholders of $19.5 billion in 2013 nearly doubled the $10.3 billion seen just two years ago, and you undoubtedly will have a great investment consideration.

Watch these analysts square off in the video below and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket

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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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Everything else is details. 

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