2 Stocks Getting Hit Today

Here's why the market took a whack at Intuitive Surgical and Toyota today.

Apr 9, 2014 at 4:42PM

Though it was a strong day on the market today, two stocks really took a hit. Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) was down today after the company warned that its first-quarter revenue would be down by about 24%. Meanwhile, Toyota (NYSE:TM) stock sold off a bit today, on the news that it was issuing a recall of 6.4 million vehicles worldwide.

In this segment from Wednesday's Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analyst Matt Argersinger discuss why this seemingly massive pullback in revenue for Intuitive Surgical may not be as bad as it seems long term, and why Toyota's recall may be a case of bad timing.

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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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