Mulally Is Leaving Early: Is It a Big Deal for Ford Stock?

What effect has CEO Alan Mulally's announcement that he will be leaving earlier than originally planned had on Ford's stock?

May 10, 2014 at 11:04AM

It wasn't exactly a surprise that Mark Fields was chosen to step in for Ford (NYSE:F) CEO Alan Mulally, but the timing is earlier than expected. Originally, Mulally had said that he would stay on at Ford through 2014, so what does this change mean for the company?

While Mulally has done an incredible job turning around Ford during the past seven and a half years, Field's extensive experience at the automaker should alleviate some anxiety for shareholders. In the near term, investors should keep an eye on how Fields responds to any issues that arise this year for Ford. With 23 new vehicles being unveiled globally, the odds are that there will be some hiccups that Fields will have to deal with.

Longer term, Fields, only 53, is poised to lead Ford through the beginning stages of what could be the most revolutionary decade for automakers, the 2020s. Autonomous vehicles are no longer science fiction -- they're coming sooner rather than later -- and Fields must usher the company through the beginning of this new era. In the video below, Brendan gives his full thoughts on Fields and how Ford stock looks in the mid- and long-term time frames. 

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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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