Why Zendesk Inc Shares Zoomed Upward Today

Is Zendesk's jump meaningful? Or just another movement?

May 28, 2014 at 5:12PM

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Once again, on no significant company-specific news, shares of Zendesk Inc (NYSE:ZEN) jumped nearly 15% during Wednesday's intraday trading before settling to close up around 8%.

So what: Having held its IPO only two weeks ago, the cloud-based customer service software provider is still prone to significant volatility. This in mind, investors could be building positions in anticipation of the June 8 expiration of ZenDesk's SEC-mandated 25-day "quiet period," after which its underwriters will be free to release their respective research reports on the company.

Now what: In a similar case two months ago, you might recall Varonis Systems' quiet period expiration resulted in a quick 20% pop after five analysts simultaneously assumed largely positive coverage on the stock. Of course, even after that pop, Varonis shares still traded more than 20% below their post-IPO high set a few weeks earlier. As it stands, Zendesk stock has doubled from its IPO price at $9 per share, and is up nearly 30% from its first-day close. But that also doesn't mean Zendesk's underwriters won't try to propel the price even higher.

In the end, though, as a long-term investor, I'm not particularly anxious to try taking advantage of possible short-term swings with little correlation to Zendesk's actual business. For now, that's why I'm sticking to my previous stance of patiently watching Zendesk from the sidelines.

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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.

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