Better Buy in 2014: Voxeljet AG (ADR) vs. ExOne Co.

These two 3-D printing companies are focused on the industrial sector, but one offers a much better long-term opportunity.

Jan 10, 2014 at 7:59AM

On the surface, ExOne (NASDAQ:XONE) and voxeljet (NYSE:VJET) are very similar 3-D printing companies. Both compete in the industrial segment, use a similar 3-D printing technology, and boast some of the largest print beds in the world.

Where these two companies differ boils down to the materials they can print with. Voxeljet only offers 3-D printing in two different types of plastic and one type of sand. ExOne, on the other hand, offers 3-D printing in two different types of sand, five types of metals with seven different finishes, and a soda lime glass that's available in three different finishes.

This greater range of materials gives ExOne a competitive advantage over voxeljet, Motley Fool contributor Steve Heller argues. With more materials, ExOne can serve a greater base of customers and has a larger business opportunity than voxeljet. Check out the video below to get the full story.

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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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