Can Facebook Take Over Your TV?

Smart TVs often play dumb with social media, but that appears to be changing with Facebook.

Jun 30, 2014 at 6:32PM

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is the dominant social media platform on phones, tablets, and computers, but is it part of your TV experience now, too? Yes, according to international market research and consulting firm Parks & Associates:

In the This Week in Tech video below, The Motley Fool's general manager, Eric Bleeker, and tech bureau chief, Max Macaluso, talk about this surprising news about Facebook users connecting to it through their TVs and what it means for the advertising industries and tech investors.

While the media debates whether Android or iOS can break-through into the living room, a whole host of companies could benefit regardless of which OS makes a dent on televisions. The two also discuss Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). The service has been heavily pushing television as a key way to use Twitter, could deeper integration of Twitter into future smart televisions be a key driver for the company?

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Eric Bleeker, CFA owns shares of Facebook. Max Macaluso, Ph.D. owns shares of Facebook. The Motley Fool recommends Facebook and Twitter. The Motley Fool owns shares of Facebook. 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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