Yahoo! Goes After Netflix

Yahoo! seeks to take on the likes of Netflix with a new round of streaming content.

Apr 12, 2014 at 3:00PM

Under new CEO Marissa Mayer, Internet powerhouse Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) has already made huge strides in its transitions part of its business model. And a recent move from the online portal takes aim at another high-flying tech stock -- Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX)

Yahoo! has overcome plenty in the last few years, from activist investors and naysayers alike, which has helped power a share price performance that's nearly double the market's return during the last one-year period.

But Yahoo! isn't resting on its laurels. In fact, Yahoo! made another bold, but positive, announcement recently that signals its seriousness about competing head-to-head with with the likes of Netflix in an emerging growth space in online entertainment

Yahoo! goes streaming
Historically, Netflix and Yahoo! both specialize in a more disruptive brand of media, but it appears that won't be the only emerging similarity between Yahoo! and Netflix.

Word recently broke that Yahoo! is well underway in a push toward developing its own in-house original featured content. This would be a sharp departure from the shorter video format that Yahoo! has historically favored. Instead, Yahoo! would steal a page from Netflix's highly successful playbook and begin to develop its own original content.

In the video below, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner explains why he thinks Yahoo!'s making all the right moves with a push further in this gargantuan growth space.

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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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