1 Unexpected Reason to Watch This Coal Stock

How did this one unassuming coal stock become such a fan favorite?

Mar 27, 2014 at 6:26PM

In this segment from Thursday's Investor Beat, Motley Fool analyst David Hanson takes a look at CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX). The Motley Fool recently posted a series of articles pitting one stock against another for which is the better buy, in a bracket-style competition in the spirit of March Madness, with winners decided by reader votes. Surprisingly, this lesser-followed coal stock is running away with the tournament. David takes a look into this business to discuss why he's watching today.

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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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