Better Stock Today Challenge: InvenSense vs. Seadrill

In the spirit of World Cup competition, we’re holding our own tournament in search of the Better Stock Today.

Jun 20, 2014 at 12:50PM

In the spirit of World Cup competition, we're holding our own tournament in search of the Better Stock Today. We're pitting 32 companies against each other and you, the reader, will determine the winner.

Today it's the round of 16, and InvenSense takes on Seadrill in our search for the better stock.

Tech analyst Max Macaluso believes one of the top reasons to be an InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) bull today has to do with the company's tremendous growth potential. This sensor specialist has already benefited from wider adoption of mobile devices, and looks poised to also benefit from the growing wearable technology trend. Couple that with its dedication to research and development, and InvenSense can be a market leader over the long term.

Joel South, energy analyst at The Motley Fool, thinks Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) is more than worthy of your consideration today. Successful investors have been building significant wealth for years by finding solid, high-dividend paying stocks. Seadrill sports an industry leading 10% yield and with solid contract coverage and a fleet of new drilling rigs, investors can count on Seadrill to be among the best offshore drillers in the world.

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Vote here to determine the winner of this match and sound off in the comments. Check back to to see who advances in the tournament.

Joel South owns shares of InvenSense. Max Macaluso, Ph.D. has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends InvenSense and Seadrill. The Motley Fool owns shares of InvenSense and Seadrill. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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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