Does Intel Corporation Finally Have a Chance in Smartphones?

The smartphone applications processor market continues to soar. In the coming years, advances in architecture and cellular integration will drive this market even higher.

Apr 13, 2014 at 2:00PM

The smartphone market, and therefore smartphone processors, have skyrocketed over the past few years, but a new report from Strategy Analytics is suggesting that the smartphone processor market could continue to soar through 2018. The report predicts an annual growth rate of 11% between now and then, reaching a total market size of $30 billion.

In this segment from Friday's Tech Teardown host Erin Kennedy and Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu discuss the biggest growth drivers for this market over that period, and which players involved stand to benefit the most. Evan points to LTE-Advanced technology and a major transition to the 64-bit chip architecture that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) initiated last year. He discusses the major shift happening at the moment away from stand-alone processors to processors with integrated cellular functions. Evan expects the market penetration of the multi-core integrated chips to skyrocket, as penetration for the stand-alone chips recedes.

Evan tells investors who the biggest players in the market's shift to the 64-bit architecture will be, and why Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) may be the surprise player to watch in this space, despite currently having almost no smartphone chip presence.

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Erin Kennedy owns shares of Apple. Evan Niu, CFA owns shares of Apple and Qualcomm. Evan Niu, CFA has the following options: long January 2015 $460 calls on Apple and short January 2015 $480 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and Intel. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Intel, and Qualcomm. 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.

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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