Why GameStop Could Soon Get Exclusive Video Game Content

Despite its profit-sucking status as a middle man, GameStop is a video game publisher's best friend. Here's why.

Jul 11, 2014 at 6:07PM

Major new video game launches could soon feature built-in content that's exclusive to GameStop (NYSE:GME). A company spokesman confirmed this week that the retailer is looking to partner with game publishers early on in their development process to secure a mix of physical and digital content that's only for GameStop's customers.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos argues that the move makes great business sense for both GameStop and video game developers. Despite the fact that publishers such as Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts make more profit by selling directly to consumers via digital delivery, GameStop remains their single biggest partner for retail sales -- by far. Last quarter, for example, the company was responsible for a whopping 49% of all software sales on the next-gen game consoles.

Another reason that publishers love GameStop, Demitrios notes, is its high software attach rate. The retailer sold roughly five games with each new console last quarter, or 70% more than its competitors. Retail success like that is a big reason why a deep partnership between GameStop and publishers makes sense, and should last for years to come.

Watch the video below for Demitrios' full take.

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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:


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