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Jun 23, 2014 at 2:36PM

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Bad News for Keurig Green Mountain Investors: TreeHouse Foods Says Keurig 2.0 Technology Can Be Cracked

Why Central Garden & Pet Co. Shares Popped

Ceasars Default Notice Alters Shareholder Odds

Here's Why Investors Should Embrace Chipotle's Menu-Price Increases

Despite the Recall Mess, GM Ups Its Guidance

BlackBerry CEO Gives Big Clue on Facebook’s Plan for Payments

Why MICROS Systems and PLX Technology are Soaring

How Japan’s Plan to Restart Reactors Is Hurting U.S. LNG

Monday's Top Upgrades (and Downgrades)

Former Energy Sec. Says Zero Chance for Gas Tax Hike

The Economy Probably Shrank 2% Last Quarter and it Doesn't Matter

Dow Midday: Pfizer and General Electric Lead Stocks Lower; Can Anyone Win in Europe?

Manufacturing Growth Soars to 4-Year High

Thanks to GM, Fiat Chrysler Is Facing an Ignition Recall

Six Flags Plans to Open Its First Parks in China

News Corp. Selling Community Newspaper Business

Spain's Repsol Makes Russian Hydrocarbon Discovery

Enerplus Now Believes the Bakken Is 50% Bigger Than Previously Thought

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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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