3 Stocks That Could Make Huge Moves This Week

A combination of two variables will send these shares on wild rides this week.

Jul 13, 2014 at 1:00PM

If you own shares of Advanced Micro Devices, (NASDAQ:AMD)Rambus (NASDAQ:RMBS), or athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN), prepare yourself for a wild ride this week.

All three of these companies are reporting earnings, and all three are heavily shorted -- with lots of investors betting against their short-term success. When these two variables combine, volatility is almost always the result.

Don't believe me? Just check out to the three stocks I called out two weeks ago: they moved an average of 12 percent following their respective earnings releases.

But instead of trying to time the market, I think it's much better for shareholders to prepare themselves for the volatility and focus on the factors that really matter to their long-term investing theses.

To help you do that, I've highlighted some important variables in the slideshow below that are worth watching for.

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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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