A Fool Looks Back

Let's take a look back at the news that made waves.

Jul 5, 2014 at 8:00AM

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has revved back into investor fancy, but a fiery crash in which a Model S sedan split in two early Friday morning may paint the electric-car manufacturer in an unflattering light again. 

We should be clear that this was a Tesla that was reportedly stolen from a Tesla lot, taken on a joyride that ended with a police chase. According to a witness, the Tesla smashed into a pole at an alarming speed, making the car's fracturing and eventual fire less of a fear for casual drivers and legal owners. 

However, after taking a hit last year following an unfortunate string of fires in Tesla sedans, this probably isn't the way that Tesla wants to be remembered during the holiday weekend. On a day when everyone was gearing up for fireworks, the unfortunate chase that took place in Friday's early hours isn't the kind of pyrotechnics display that Tesla was hoping to be associated with this time. 

There shouldn't be much in terms of investor reaction come Monday, but it's one more time Tesla will have to distance itself from a unique situation involving one of its costly all-electric plug-in vehicles. 

Briefly in the news
And now let's look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is testing a "Buy Now" button that could offer the social-media giant a new way to monetize its healthy traffic. Twitter shares are trading well below their post-IPO highs, placing more emphasis on new ways to generate revenue.    
  • Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) is teaming up with Nestle to put out Coffee-Mate K-Cups. They will be the first Keurig portion pack to combine creamer and coffee. Keurig Green Mountain will begin selling the creamy Nestle K-Cups in the fall through Keurig.com, following it up with a retail rollout early next year.  
  • Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) closed out the first half of the year as one of the market's biggest winners. The fuel-cell specialist saw its shares more than triple through the first six months of 2014. Plug Power is still losing money, but analysts see it turning profitable next year.  

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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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