Intel Sets Plans For the Future

Intel announced its vision for the future at CES in Las Vegas today. Can it correct the mistakes it made in mobile?

Jan 7, 2014 at 3:30PM

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.

It's a solid day on Wall Street, one day after Janet Yellen received Senate confirmation to become the first chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Upon taking the job on Feb. 1, Yellen is expected to continue many of Ben Bernanke's policies for what should be a fairly seamless transition at the central bank.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said today the Fed's now-$75 billion per month bond-buying program could be ended by the end of this year if the economy continues to improve. Investors liked what they heard, and near the end of trading the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) is up 0.70%.  

Intel sets its course
It's no secret that Dow component Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has lagged when it comes to mobile devices, but CEO Brian Krzanich outlined what the company sees as the future of tech during a presentation today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He highlighted smart headsets, earbuds, and a smartwatch that will use the company's chips.  

Intel's new 22-nanometer system on a chip -- named Edison -- is a low-power chip intended for use in small electronic devices and a high-potential product in 2014. Intel also announced a dual operating platform that would work with both Microsoft Windows and Google's Android. This is intended to bridge the gap for products that up until now have had to choose between the two.

Another major announcement was a partnership with 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) intended to "mainstream" 3-D scanning and printing. 3D Systems' printing software will be made available through Intel's software development kit. When combined with a new 3-D printer for less than $1,000 that 3D Systems announced yesterday, the potential to expand into this business is enormous.  

At the very least, Intel is making a hard push into mobile and wearable devices, something it didn't do with smartphones. That's a step in the right direction.

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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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