10 Top Links for Tuesday

The best articles of the day from Fool.com and from across the Web.

May 6, 2014 at 10:53AM

Here are some of the most interesting stories I've been reading today.

From around the web:

1. By 2020 Apple Won't Be A Top-3 Tech Company by Ingrid Lunden
Fred Wilson, one of the top tech investors around, makes the bearish case for Apple.

2. Three Underrated Reasons for Berkshire Hathaway's Enormous Success by Shane Parrish
A simple, but not easy formula for success.

3. A Path to Retirement, for Those Far From It by Jeff Sommer
A professional investment advisor has put together an instruction manual for young people on saving and investing.

4. David Einhorn Presentation At Ira Sohn by ValueWalk
Einhorn's case for shorting AthenaHealth.

5. Looking for Bubbles Part One: A Statistical Approach by Jeremy Grantham
I always look forward to reading Grantham's quarterly letter. It's predictably one of the best reads in the investing space.

And on Fool.com:

6. Is the Stock Market Rigged?
Longtime Fool Bill Mann addresses an important question for investors.

7. Don't Worry About Ford's Miss
Ford's Q1 performance was a lot better than its earnings report showed.

8. The Harsh Truth About Monsanto and Syngenta
Here's why Monsanto and Syngenta aren't more transparent with consumers. 

9. Why Invest in Dividends
An important discussion of two good reasons to consider dividends as part of your investing strategy.

10. The Metric That Really Matters for Twitter
A deeper analysis of Twitter's "U.S. monthly active users" metric. 

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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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