Intel Corporation Eyes a Major Growth Opportunity With This Recent Move

While it continues to struggle to grab a foothold in smartphones and tablets, Intel prepares to attack another growth opportunity with a seemingly minor transaction.

Mar 8, 2014 at 2:30PM

While its shares have rebounded decently off its Great Recession lows, the past five years haven't been a total success either for semiconductor powerhouse Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), not by Intel's lofty standards anyway. In fact, Intel has underperformed the tech-weighted Nasdaq by more than 50% over the last five years.

The primary reason for this, of course, is Intel's lack of progress in breaking into the global smartphone and tablet markets in a meaningful way. However, with a recent move, Intel seems like it might be looking past what's quickly becoming yesterday's tech revolution to a budding market that's largely still on the horizon.

Intent Intel
Intel recently made waves when rumor spread that the world's leading semiconductor maker had shelled out somewhere between $100 million and $150 million to acquire smartwatch start-up Basis.

And while some of Intel's more recent technological forays haven't necessarily panned out as originally hoped, this move certainly makes sense on the surface. Basis' technology in many ways appears more advanced than some of its current smartwatch brethren. And in the video below, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner looks at Intel's Basis move and why it makes so much sense for Intel.

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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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