1 Big Challenge for Kors & Coach

Can a store still be high-end in an outlet mall?

Jul 16, 2014 at 6:15PM

On Wednesday's Market Foolery, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool One analyst, Jason Moser, rake through the high-end retailer Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) as Wall Street turns away from it.

On Monday, Market Foolery discussed Michael Kors and Jason sounded a cautious note. On Tuesday, several Wall Street firms lowered their price targets on Michael Kors, citing promotions. The high-end retailer is trying to create more traffic, and offering discounts and coupons can create that. Yet, Jason again asks how high-end a store can be when it's in an outlet mall. He notes that retail is fickle and pins Tiffany as an example, yet Jason is quick to point out that Coach is not the opposite of Michael Kors.

Chris is waiting for earnings season especially with Coach. Jason believes that any weakness found in any retail company will find the market retaliating quickly.

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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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