Massive Swings: Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Big moves from two tiny stocks: what is a Foolish investor to do?

Apr 29, 2014 at 6:30PM

Healthcare investors were presented with major movements in two small stocks today: Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:FOLD) popped almost 21% on strong phase 3 data for a Fabry disease drug, while Biota Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BOTA) collapsed 34% upon receiving a stop-work order from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). While a single government contract for developing influenza vaccines may not sound like a huge potential issue for a company, the contract in question has generated the majority of Biota's revenue since the company won the contract in 2011.

Check out the video below for more information on the two stocks and how investors may want to respond to these major movers.

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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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