Pentagon Awards $2.375 Billion in Defense Contracts Tuesday

Steris Corp, GenCorp, Willbros Group, and Lockheed Martin all win contracts.

Feb 25, 2014 at 6:54PM

The Department of Defense awarded 11 separate defense contracts Tuesday, worth a total of $2.375 billion. Among the publicly traded companies winning contracts:

  • Steris (NYSE:STE) won a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth up to $27.4 million to supply items from its "commercial electronic catalog" to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies through Feb. 18, 2019.
  • GenCorp (NYSE:AJRD) subsidiary Aerojet Rocketdyne won a $12.6 million sole-source, firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract to supply 114 Hawk rocket motors to the Jordanian military forces, and a further 186 motors to Egypt. Delivery is due Oct. 1, 2015.
  • Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) was awarded a $12.2 million contract modification to provide unique spare parts for use aboard U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II search-and-rescue aircraft and MC-130J Commando II special operations aircraft. Delivery of these parts is due Feb. 16, 2016.
  • Willbros Group (NYSE:WG) won a firm-fixed-price contract worth up to $9.4 million to perform "contractor-owned/contractor-operated" fuel management services for the U.S. Army and federal civilian agencies in Oklahoma and Louisiana. This five-year contract will run through at least March 31, 2019, but at the Pentagon's option may be extended as many as three times, in additional five-year increments.

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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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