Better Stock Today Challenge: Facebook vs. LINN Energy

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

Jun 21, 2014 at 6:10AM

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 Facebook takes on LINN Energy in our search for the better stock.

Jamal Carnette, Motley Fool tech analyst, thinks Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) should advance to the next round because of one big reason: the price still doesn't match its potential. Facebook is the first place many people go to in the morning, and that's immensely valuable to the social media giant's real customers -- marketers. In addition, Facebook is looking at growing both users and viewing times. Facebook has redefined the Internet, and it will continue to grow its massive ad-based revenue at a healthy clip. That's why Facebook deserves to win this match.

Joel South, energy analyst at The Motley Fool, thinks LINN Energy (NASDAQ:LINE) is the premier upstream master limited partnership and worthy of your investment. LINN offers a top-tier distribution yield of 9.7%, and management continues to execute on its strategy of acquiring mature oil and gas assets that are operated strategically to increase cash flow and return excess cash to unitholders. 

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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.

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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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