Facebook Inc for Beginners: The Story of the Company in Just One Sentence

Without getting bogged down in details, here's why Facebook's stock is up so much.

May 2, 2014 at 3:00PM

When Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) held its IPO, there were so many negative stories you couldn't help but think the stock would be left languishing for months and years to come.  But, in reality, the exact opposite has happened.

For beginning investors, it can be extremely difficult to tease apart the difference between the performance of a company from the performance of its stock.  In the following video, the Motley Fool's Brian Stoffel tries to show how certain moves by Facebook-the-company have helped propel Facebook's stock to heights.

In fact, Brian, who is a big fan of the KISS ("Keep It Simple, Stupid") method of investing, attempts to explain why the company's stock is doing so well in just one sentence.  Watch the video to see if he accomplishes that fact, and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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