Aeropostale's Pain and Suffering

The Motley Fool's top analysts Chris Hill and Charly Travers dissect the latest Aeropostale losses.

May 23, 2014 at 5:00PM

With losses across the board, can Aeropostale turn around?

Today on Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analyst Charly Travers dive into the murky waters of Aeropostale's recent first-quarter results. Chris notes that online sales are down, along with same-store sales. Charly adds that Aeropostale's stock is also down and explains that the numbers reflect some of the decline in mall shopping and the overcrowded teen-retail space. Charly brings up the retail company's poor comps last year and its six straight quarterly losses -- with the company expecting another loss in the next quarter. While Chris wonders about CEO problems, Charly says that Aeropostale really needs to knock it out of the park this back-to-school season.

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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.

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