How Apple & IBM Could Conquer the Business World

This week on 1-Up on Wall Street, the Motley Fool's video show about great geek investing, Tim Cook pilots Apple toward the strange new world of the enterprise market.

Jul 21, 2014 at 2:30PM

Thirty years ago, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) were arch-enemies. But now, like the Federation and the Klingons, they've formed an alliance that could help Apple expand into a whole new universe: the enterprise market.

This week on 1-Up on Wall Street, the Motley Fool's weekly video show about turning geek enthusiasm into great investments, guest host Allison Southwick and analysts Tim Beyers and Nathan Alderman discuss what this new pact to create software and sell support for iDevices might mean for Apple and IBM. Tim notes that this move would never have happened under Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' tenure, and marks yet another bold move from his successor as CEO, Tim Cook. And Nathan cites research that shows Apple's growing popularity among business users -- and lack thereof among IT professionals -- as two reasons why Apple's making this move now.

Also in this week's lineup:

  • Finland weeps as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) lays off 18,000 employees, including nearly half of the workforce it absorbed in its recent merger with Finnish handset maker Nokia. What does this move say about new CEO Satya Nadella's big strategy for Microsoft, and will pain now pay off later?
  • Rupert Murdoch wants to merge his 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) with Time Warner. Besides the possibility of a big-screen team-up between Fox and Marvel's X-Men and DC/Warner Bros.'s Justice League, is this good news for investors? 
  • Murdoch's bid for Warner Bros. could drive prices up for content creators. Alison pits Tim against Nathan in a debate over whether AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) could be a good place for investors' money.

Plus, we imagine the one place Google wouldn't go to try to sell ads, and which other heroes could use a gender-swap in the wake of Marvel's announcement that the mighty Thor is now a woman. Check out the video below, follow us on Twitter @TMF1Up, and feel free to leave us comments here or on YouTube. 

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Alison Southwick has no position in any stocks mentioned. Nathan Alderman owns shares of Apple. Tim Beyers owns shares of Apple and International Business Machines. The Motley Fool recommends AMC Networks and Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, International Business Machines, and Microsoft. 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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