Verizon's Small Bet

Can Verizon do what Intel couldn't?

Jan 21, 2014 at 8:34PM

In this video from Tuesday's Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool banking and financial analyst David Hanson look at the biggest stories from the market today for investors.

Despite reporting a sound quarter that beat analysts' expectations on both adjusted earnings and revenue and delivered more than $5 billion in profit, Verizon (NYSE:VZ) was down slightly today. The telecom giant also announced what David is calling a "small bet," closing a deal to purchase Intel Media, which had been Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) foray into on-demand television. David sees Verizon as such a giant company with operations in so many different parts of the media and telecom landscape that he considers it a safe, reliable bet that this company isn't going anywhere over the next several years. Whether it can beat the market or be at the forefront of the next big thing in media and telecom, however, is something David is a bit more skeptical on. Check out the video for more.

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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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