Why Hawaiian Holdings Inc. Stock Soared Today

Is this meaningful or just another movement?

Jul 23, 2014 at 4:33PM

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA), owner of Hawaiian Airlines, jumped 13.7% today after the company reported second-quarter earnings.

So what: Revenue was up 7.8% compared to last year in the quarter to $575.7 million, and generally accepted accounting principles net income more than doubled to $27.3 million, or $0.43 per share. On an adjusted basis, which Wall Street normally uses, earnings were $0.35 per share, versus analysts' $0.33 estimate.  

Now what: Importantly, revenue per available seat mile was up 4.1% in the quarter and management expects that strong trend to continue. Third-quarter guidance calls for 3%-6% operating revenue per seat mile growth compared to 1%-4% cost growth. Given the operational momentum and the high rates Hawaiian Airlines garners from paying customers, this is one of the better long-term plays in the industry.

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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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