Why Intel Corporation Is Poised to Keep Poppin' in 2014

Does this analyst make a good case or is it just more noise from Wall Street?

Jan 14, 2014 at 10:37AM

What: Shares of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) gained about 2% this morning after Jefferies reiterated its buy rating on the chip gorilla.

So what: Along with the buy rating, analyst Mark Lipacus planted a price target of $32 on the stock, representing about 18% worth of upside to yesterday's close. While value investors might be turned off by the stock's solid run in recent months, Lipacus believes there's plenty of room to run given his expectation of strong margin improvement going forward.

Now what: Jefferies thinks Intel is particularly attractive ahead of its Q4. "Long term our analysis indicates that Intel could have a 50% pricing advantage in processors in 12 months and a 66% in 36 months, which leads us to model share gains in tablets and smartphones and project a bull case EPS scenario of ~$3 in 2016," Lipacis noted. "Near term, we think momentum investors will find Intel's bottoming gross margins and low expectations difficult to ignore." More importantly, with Intel trading at a forward P/E of 13 and boasting a dividend yield of 3.5%, the downside seems limited enough to buy into that bull talk. 

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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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