Why Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Are Loving This Business

A series of massive mergers and acquisitions recently have meant that from a deal size perspective at least, M&A may be making a comeback. Which banks profited the most from this string of big deals?

Apr 2, 2014 at 7:00AM

Investment banking impacts the businesses at Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) very differently . A spate of giant mergers and acquisitions recently have caused an overall spike in global M&A, with the value of these deals up over 50% year over year from the first quarter last year. The number of deals themselves however actually fell, indicating that calling this a recovery of global M&A may be a bit premature.

In this segment from Monday's Where the Money Is, Motley Fool financial analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson take a look at some of the biggest mergers recently, and point out which banks profited the most from these massive deals, and the fees collected for their advisement services.

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David Hanson owns shares of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley. The Motley Fool recommends Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not 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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