Better Buy: CONSOL Energy vs. InvenSense

We've collected the most popular companies amongst readers and put them head to head in a good old-fashioned challenge we're calling The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament.

Mar 25, 2014 at 12:20PM

In today's quarter-final match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, CONSOL Energy squares off against InvenSense in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each as they make the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman thinks CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX) should move to the next round because of its accelerating shift into natural gas. While it might be the oldest coal producer in the nation, natural gas is CONSOL's future. To avoid being blindsided, though, CONSOL wisely chose to hold onto its lower-cost thermal coal mines and its solely owned export terminal as a nice hedge while the market shakes itself out. Other coal companies are likely jealous of this flexibility, so don't be jealous if CONSOL moves on.

InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) is the better buy today for two big reasons. First, more than 7 billion mobile devices will hit the market over the next five years. And the expectations for the wearables market are even larger. All of those devices will need sensors, and InvenSense will be there to supply them. The company designs accelerometers, gyroscopes, and microphones and packages them in various combinations with tiny processors, bringing incredible functionality to users. Management expects sales growth in 2014 to be 25%-35%. Motley Fool analyst Dave Meier expects the stock price to respond in kind, making it the better buy today.

Watch these analysts square off in the video below and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket

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David Meier owns shares of InvenSense. Taylor Muckerman owns shares of CONSOL Energy. The Motley Fool recommends InvenSense. The Motley Fool owns shares of InvenSense. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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.

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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.

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