Meet The Newest 3-D Printing Competitor to Stratasys, Ltd. and 3D Systems Corporation

This company comes with deep pockets and a willingness to sell its products for less profit than competitors.

Apr 15, 2014 at 3:51PM

At the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York City, XYZprinting introduced the da Vinci 2.1, a fully loaded consumer-oriented 3-D printer for $849, a much lower price point than what 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) currently offer, or will be offering in the near future.

Backed by Taiwanese manufacturing giant New Kinpo Group, XYZprinting comes with deep pockets and a willingness to sell its products for less profit than market leaders 3D Systems and Stratasys. If well received, the da Vinci 2.1 could apply pressure to pricing for the entire consumer 3-D printing segment and negatively affect 3D Systems and Stratasys. Each 3-D printer that either 3D Systems or Stratasys doesn't sell is a lost opportunity to generate lucrative long-term recurring revenue streams from consumable materials sales.

In the following video, 3-D printing analyst Steve Heller and Motley Fool industrials bureau chief Blake Bos report from the conference to give investors an overview of what to expect from this new and ambitious competitor -- and what 3D Systems and Stratasys investors should focus on. Because the consumer 3-D printing space is such a new industry, 3D Systems and Stratasys investors should continue to watch how XYZ's products are received in the marketplace, and how that may put pressure on pricing for the industry at large.

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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.

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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:


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