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The simplest financial advice you'll ever get

The simplest financial advice you'll ever get

Helaine Olen is one of the sharpest writers on the financial industry I know. Her book "Pound Foolish" got a lot of people thinking about how financial advisers often do a better job looking after their own interests than they do those of their clients.

But personal finance is tricky, and there's more responsibility than ever in the hands of individuals. If we can't trust paid advisers, what are we supposed to do?

Olen's new book, "The Index Card," offers a solution that at first sounds too good to be true. What if you could fit everything you need to know about managing your finances -- for a lifetime -- on a single 4- by 6-inch index card?

The index...