Your Complete Guide to Timken Co.'s First-Quarter Earnings

Timken surprised Wall Street with upbeat earnings and improved guidance, get the full scoop here...

Apr 24, 2014 at 3:33PM

The Timken Company (NYSE:TKR) recently reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.88, beating earnings estimates by 10%. While the company beat on the bottom line, it missed on revenue, trailing estimates by 2.5%. Lastly, Timken raised previous adjusted earnings per share guidance by 14% to $3.60-$3.90. Currently Wall Street is predicting full year adjusted earnings of $3.67 per share, and this increased guidance looks to be the primary driver of the share rally post earnings.

While the usual Wall Street numbers are important for Timken investors to focus on, they don't tell the whole story. In the video below, Motley Fool analyst Blake Bos explains to investors the fundamentals driving current and future results at Timken. He'll also cover the company's upcoming spin-off and an award the company recently received that should make shareholders happy.

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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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