What Fools Are Reading

The 10 most popular stories on Fool.com around noon on Tuesday afternoon.

Jul 15, 2014 at 12:26PM

The trading day is well under way and here are the 10 most popular stories on Fool.com around noon. Apple, Buffett, growth stocks, and dividends all are piquing Fools' interest. Check out the full list of headlines at Fool.com to see what else we're covering.

  1. Apple Could Make a Killing on This Little-Known Device

  2. Why 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' Could Be the Last Film in the Series
  3. Apple's iPhone 6 May Have This Stunning Feature
  4. Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Have Scored Another Billion-Dollar Business
  5. These 3 Big Companies Just Raised Their Dividends
  6. 10 Sizable Discounts Senior Citizens Can Take Advantage Of
  7. Apple Inc. Just Delivered Another Blow to Samsung

  8. Why Intel Corporation Shares Could Fly 15%
  9. Could This Be the Best Growth Stock of the Next Decade?
  10. Bank of America Corp Earnings: Can the Bank Top Its Rivals?

By the time the market closed, a few other stories had made their way to the top of the list:

Leaked: Apple's next smart device (warning, it may shock you)
Apple recently recruited a secret-development "dream team" to guarantee its newest smart device was kept hidden from the public for as long as possible. And there's one small company making Apple's gadget possible. And its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for early-in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and see Apple's newest smart gizmo, just click here!

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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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