Who's Winning in the Smartphone Market?

Kantar gives us the latest numbers on who's dominating in the smartphone war.

Jan 27, 2014 at 10:45PM

Kantar World Panel has released its latest stats on smartphone sales in the fourth quarter. Naturally, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android platform is still dominating the market. And perhaps even less surprisingly, the report gives even more confirmation that BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is officially deceased. BBRY's highest percentage market share of any market is in Great Britain, with 3% market share, and the company holds less than half a percent in both the U.S. and China. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone may be picking up much of the market share that BlackBerry is losing, and while it won't be coming near the two top dogs -- Google or Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -- anytime soon, it may be positioning itself to hold a solid third place.

Apple's market share did slip in many markets, but it held strong in the U.S., China and Japan. Kantar also notes that Samsung is facing pressures across all major markets now, with profit growth slowing as the company is pinched both from the high end with Apple and its new smartphones, and from increasingly manic competition on the low end of the smartphone spectrum. In this video from Monday's Tech Teardown, Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu discusses the latest numbers in the cutthroat smartphone war.

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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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