Zynga Inc. Earnings: What To Watch For This Week

Sizing up analyst expectations for Zynga and how it relates to its newest publicly traded competitor, King Digital Entertainment

Apr 20, 2014 at 11:00AM

After defying gravity over the last year or so, shares of social game maker and potential turnaround play Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) have had a rough go of it of late, as has Zynga's best available competitor and recent IPO black sheep King Digital Entertainment (NYSE:KING).

Neither Zynga nor King Digital Entertainment is especially at fault -- their recent woes have more to do with broader market sentiment than company-specific issues. However, no matter how you

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slice it, Zynga and King Digital Entertainment both sit squarely in the red over the past several weeks.

This is by no means the only shared similarity shared between Zynga and King Digital Entertainment. Although they differ in terms of their product portfolio, Zynga and King Digital Entertainment both utilize the same upfront cost-heavy, low-paying customer model to generate returns for their shareholders. And speaking of shareholders...

Zynga reports first
Zynga reports after the market's close on April 23. For the record, it isn't entirely clear when King Digital Entertainment reports.

Zynga investors have plenty to wring their hands over, as Zynga still remains mired in the ongoing turnaround efforts led by somewhat newly minted CEO Don Mattrick. In the video below, tech and telecom specialist Andrew Tonner runs through the specific metrics and key issues Zynga investors should be on the lookout for when it reports earnings next week.

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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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