Tech Teardown: April 15

All the latest developments in the Tech sector around Facebook, Twitter, and BlackBerry.

Apr 16, 2014 at 2:12PM

On Tuesday's edition of Tech Teardown, host Erin Kennedy and Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief dig through the biggest tech news of the week, from Facebook, Twitter, and BlackBerry.

Facebook's payments business has plateaued as a small portion of the company's revenue, growing ever smaller as the company's ads business leaves the payments business in the dust. But is all that about to change? Also, could one big competitor in the exploding message service business represent big trouble for WhatsApp, and jeopardize the $19 billion investment that Facebook made in the company?

Facebook isn't the only one making acquisitions however. Evan takes a look over at Twitter and two big acquisitions it has made recently, and tells investors how likely they are to move the needle for the newly public social media company. Then, a look at BlackBerry, and one surprising investment the company just made. Could this be BlackBerry's last shot?

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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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