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In this Motley Fool review, I’m going to uncover exactly what you really want to know about the Stock Advisor service.


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Is it worth the money? Will it help you retire earlier and make better financial decisions?

I’ll give you my honest opinion and then you can be the judge.

But don’t worry, I’ll cover everything from the good, the bad and the ugly.

I’ll even dive into the details and show you some screenshots of the actual product.

So, keep reading to find out.

You may be surprised with the outcome.

Why did I write this review of the Motley Fool?

I’ll try not to bore you, but I think it’s important to tell you a bit about myself and why I felt the need to write this review.

My story is probably not too different from yours. I grew up in a modest household where everything we owned was paid for with hard earned money.

I watched my parents work their a** off (excuse my french). Working 60+ hours a week to give my siblings and I the lifestyle they thought we deserved. They didn’t get any special treatment and nothing was ever handed to them.

That said, my Father passed away 5 years ago; soon after his 65th birthday. He worked hard his whole life and planned a simple retirement at age 65. He never got to enjoy his retirement years…

Since then, I’ve been on a journey to become financially independent so I can retire early and enjoy those years with my wife and daughter.

I don’t want to rely on anyone to tell me “when” or “how” to retire. This is what started my financial journey. This is also what brought us both here to learn more about the Motley Fool.

What is The Motley Fool Stock Advisor and why should you care?

You probably already know a little bit about the Motley Fool and their products.

You may have seen some posts or articles on social media where they provide insights on the stock market.

However, here’s a brief recap of what they do:

The Motley Fool is a stock picking service whose primary goal is to help you take control of your future and become financially free.

It’s often viewed as the best stock picking service.

They claim to have achieved a staggering 356% return since inception…

Sounds great, right?

Let’s see..

The Motley Fool Review Performance

It was founded by David and Tom Gardner in 1993.

The Fool’s Stock Advisor service has only one purpose – to help the world invest, better.

The Stock Advisor (SA) is Motley Fool’s flagship product.

Every month, the Gardner brothers present 12 US stock recommendations that are sent via e-mail and available on their website.

Here’s how it works:

  • Every first Thursday of the month, Tom presents one stock recommendation.
  • Every second Thursday of the month, David presents one stock recommendation.
  • Every third Thursday of the month, Tom presents five stock recommendations.
  • Every fourth Thursday of the month, David presents five stock recommendations.

Fool Email Screenshot

As you might’ve noticed, Thursday is key.

That’s when fresh new stocks become available for you to trade.

If you like analogies, you can think of the service as a Hollywood movie.

The cop (you) knows a confidential informant (The Motley Fool)

The informant has all the juice (the good stocks to buy) and shares that information with you.

It all happens in the underground world (the stock market).

jackie chan

Since these stocks have already been analyzed and reviewed, all you have do is to invest!

It makes life easy.

If you have doubts about one of their suggestions or would like to know more about a stock recommendation; you can pull up the coverage page which will display the analysis of the stock.

If you don’t have time to read their entire analysis, you can look on the right panel where they give a “1-Minute” presentation.

I love that feature! Here’s how it looks:

okta stock buy signal

So, why should you care about the Motley Fool?

Simply because it can change your financial future.

I’m on a quest to become financially free at all costs. So, I’m going to take all the help I can get to get there faster.

Not all of us have time nor the skills to scout and analyze thousands of stocks to pick the best ones.

The Stock Advisor (SA) subscription is tailored to the Individual Investor.

I will explain why later on in this Motley Fool Review.

What do you get?

As a Stock Advisor (SA) member, you’ll have access to all current and historical best stocks to buy.

The suggested stocks also come with related articles if you wish to read more on the suggestions.

Stock Advisor Performance Dashboard

You’ll also get access to their “Favorites” page, which will track stocks you are most interested in.

It also includes “Instant alerts“. They will send you an instant alert as soon as one of these events occurs to a stock in your list:

  • New buy alerts
  • When it is time to sell (this is huge)
  • Large price changes

favorite stocks section

Additionally, you’ll get have access to the Fool’s research page, which presents premium articles and reports that cover most US stocks.

Their reports page is very interesting and presents numerous trending topics in our society such as virtual reality and self-driving cars.

For example, they released a playbook that presents a few stocks that could benefit from Trump’s presidency.

profit playbook screenshot

This page is useful for creating a bridge between investing and the innovative/trending topics of our time.

The Stock Advisor (SA) also includes access to the community page, where you can use discussion boards to communicate with other Fools.

Another interesting concept is the “Foolish Companies”, where the boards are company-based.

These boards are available to premium Fool members and can be useful for talking about investing strategies with fellow community members.

Is it a scam or is it legit?

I get this question a lot for some reason… I think it’s because people still have a negative view on the financial industry in general. Of course this view point is justified. But it’s still an easy answer: the Motley Fool & their Stock Advisor service is DEFINITELY NOT a scam.

Of course it’s not perfect and won’t be for everyone. But, they definitely are a legit company. I’ll cover more about the pros and cons a little later on.

I also think people may get the wrong impression if they stumble upon tweets like these:

Motley Fool scam Tweets

However, you can find those tweets about anything these days!

The fact is, the Motley Fool is a has been in business since 1993 and employs 250+ people.

Not to mention I’ve been a customer for over 3 years and have not seen any reason to think it’s a scam.

Of course, as an investor, you should do your own due-diligence and investigate the company before taking any investment advice.

But, for the benefit of people reading this motley fool review, here are “some” of my findings:

  1. There’s no question is a legit company that is very well known among investors.

2. They even have their own mutual fund, which is the “Motley Fool Global Opportunities Fund Investor Shares (FOOLX)”

3. Also, the Fool Brothers don’t try to hide from their customers. Which is always a good sign.

They are very active in the investment community.

For example, they often have interesting ideas on their certified Twitter page.

As i’m writing this article, the market is currently having its worst day in 8 months.(yikes!)

The Motley Fool just tweeted an idea on two blue chip stocks that can help us through this market downturn. Thank you Fool brothers!

The Gardner brothers are also active in the traditional media where they appear on news websites such as AOL News.

Here is an interesting piece on their ups and downs with Amazon.com (they first purchased it in September 1997!)

Amazon office

Now, regarding their Stock Advisor (SA) service, you’re not the first one to have asked this question.

I’ve subscribed the Fool’s Stock Advisor (SA) service for more than 3 years now and I can again reassure you that this is not a scam.

Like many other financial and investment research firm, The Motley Fool has a stock advising service that can be canceled at any time.

Here another testimonial from a customer given on Stackexchange, proving even more how it’s not a scam.

“I’ve had a MF Stock Advisor for 7 or 8 years now, and I’ve belong to Supernova for a couple of years. I also have money in one of their mutual funds. “The Fool” has a lot of very good educational information available, especially for people who are new to investing. Read full testimonial

Now that we’ve beaten that myth to death, let me tell you what you really want to know.

Will it help you make more money?

The short answer is YES.

That’s proven by their past performance. (You can read more about their performance here.)

Also, I have been paper trading all of their stock picks on my own to validate their claims. And I have seen similar results. Check out my article here.

Pros and Cons – Review of Motley Fool Stock Advisor from Review Outlaw

Motley Fool Review – some additional insights

1- It is true that there are many free options to explore, but after testing a bunch of them (I paper traded multiple stock advising services), the Motley Fool provided the most optimal returns and the best bang for the buck.

2- The Stock Advisor is now cheaper than ever for only $19 a month or $99 for 1 year with a 30-day 100% membership refund period.

3- I do agree that this service should be considered as a cost in your portfolio’s return.

But what if you can recover that fee with better stock picks and higher returns?

In other words, you will have to consider this as one of your investment fees, but the stock picks will higher overall portfolio return versus a portfolio’s return without a paid subscription.

4- Like with any other investment advisory firm, it’s true that their investment strategies are not 100% guaranteed.

However, they do keep full transparency and will alert you when to close a position.

They also display their past closed positions and how much it has returned.

My recommendation would be to set stop-losses based on your risk aversion with trailing percentages and/or fixed prices.

5- After testing their advising service, I was amazed at how much money i made. I also feel that their service is very cheap compared to other alternatives. (Zack’s Investor service is 3x the price)

Does it cover Penny stocks?

No, the Motley Fool Stock Advisor (SA) focuses on blue chip stocks, which is large & well-established companies in their respective industry.

Penny stocks are stocks of small publicly traded company that are trading at very low prices per shares (5$ or less in general).

Such stocks are usually highly volatile.

For penny stocks, I would suggest looking into Timothy Sykes, a penny stock trader who made $1.65 million by day trading as a university student.

Tim is now a financial educator and activist, where he donated $1 million to build schools in countries such as Ghana, Indonesia, etc.

He has a couple of teaching segments that you might interest you:

Tim Skykes with car

Is the Motley Fool good for Technical analysis?

Technical analysis involves analyzing and forecasting the direction of stock prices.

Technical Analysis focuses primarily on historical data such as stock prices and volume.

The Stock Advisor service is based on the fundamental analysis, which is the study of a company’s financial statements, their competitors, the overall health of the economy, etc.

When investing for the long-term, it is best to analyze a stock’s fundamental, which can define the strengths, weaknesses and overall value of a company.

With the Motley Fool’s stock advisor (SA), the fundamental examination has already been taken care of, where you can read the analysis in their stock reports.

However, if you are an enthusiast of Technical Analysis, you can always perform your due-diligence with the Fool’s recommendations.

Is it good for day traders?

Day Trading involves buying and selling stocks on the same day.

I personally believe it is hard to be successful as a day trader.

Think about it- You would have to put a heavy amount of cash on one single position and make round trip transactions on one day to be profitable.

As an individual investor, I wouldn’t be comfortable having a large position on one stock. The Motley Fool’s Stock Advisor (SA) is a service that is not suited for day trading.

It is more focused on buy & hold portfolios that is seeking capital growth. This involves a lot less stress and growth for the long-term.

Will it make me rich?

It depends – rich is relative. What is rich for you?

From a personal standpoint, I believe being rich is when you have more wealth than the previous time frame.

You are richer if you have a dollar more than yesterday.

So, will the Motley Fool Stock Advisor (SA) make you rich?

Most probably, but this is something subjective and contingent on what you believe is rich.

Then what is it good for?

I believe this is the easiest way to enter the world of investments and trading.

Being exposed to stock recommendations and what the Gardner brothers have discovered will help you pinpoint what is essential in managing a portfolio.

Whether it’s for general knowledge of the market or for using for investment purposes, I believe the Stock Advisor is a tool that you should have in your trading bookmarks.

You don’t need a fancy degree or a job at Goldman Sachs to make money in the stock market.

The Motley Fool has made it easy and affordable for the regular Joe/Jane to start investing and to start making real returns.

Motley Fool Review Conclusion…

So… is the motley fool worth it?

The short answer is YES.

If you skipped my entire article and came right down to the conclusion, (Good for you; I would probably do the same…) then the Stock Advisor Service is most definitely for you.

It’s saved me so much time and money over the years! I’ve been a customer for over 3 years and I can definitely say it’s been worth it.

p.s. If you use this link, you will get a 50% discount. (I don’t know how long it will last…) Click Here

If you did read my entire post and want the details to why I’m recommending it, let’s get started.

The Math doesn’t lie

The reason I think it’s worth the money is because it pays for ITSELF! That means it’s basically free. The math is very simple…

If you take advantage of this offer now, then the service will only cost $99/year or $19/month.

That means that in order for it to pay for itself, it only has to produce 1 trade that makes at least $20.00.

Here’s an example: If I invest 10k in their recommended stock and that stock increases by only 0.5% (that’s peanuts…), then I would make $50 that month (10,000 x 0.5% = $50).

The math doesn’t lie.

Now, if I subtract the $20 i paid for the Fool subscription, I am still up $30.00/month. 

It becomes even MORE interesting when you look at the year. Especially since I don’t have time to invest every single month. So, I often skip some months but look at my overall performance for the year.

For example, if i paid $99/year for the subscription and invest 10k. Let’s say I only make a bismal 5%/year (Historically, stocks average return is at least 11.69%) then I would make $500 (10,000 x 5% = $500)

Now, if I subtract the $99 i paid for the Fool, I am still up $400.00/year! 

It’s a no-brainer when you take a closer look into the Math.

That was just a very basic example of a worst case scenario.

The reality is that because of the Fool’s service, i was able to invest in Amazon 3 years ago!

Back then, Amazon was trading at about $330.

Now, Amazon is trading at roughly $1800!

That’s a 445% gain in only 3 years!

Again, the Math doesn’t lie…

So, that’s why i felt i had to write this review.

Many people have when people asked me if I am pleased with the Motley Fool’s service.  My answer is always ABSOLUTELY.

That is, until the day that the math doesn’t work out…

I don’t have any emotional connection to the Fool’s Stock Advisor product. So, as long as I am making more money than it’s costing me, i will recommend it.

As soon as it’s stop working for me, I’ll be the first to tell you.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

If i missed anything or if you have any questions about my Motley Fool Review.

Have you had success with the Fool’s Stock Advisor service?

If so, i want to hear about it, drop me a comment below.

p.p.s. Don’t forget, the Fool Service is on sale right now. Here is the link

 


Motley Fool - Stock Advisor

$19/month
9.5

Value

9.8/10

Features/Options

8.5/10

Ease of Use

9.5/10

Quality of Analysis

9.8/10

Track Record

10.0/10

Pros

  • Best in Class Performance
  • Thorough Research Reports
  • Top Stock Picks
  • Strong Community
  • 24/7 Monitoring & Alerts

Cons

  • No Penny Stocks
  • No Technical Analysis
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22 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the awesome review. I actually subscribed a few months ago and i am very pleased with the service so far :)

    • Hi Sonny, I think the Motley Fool is the best service to start finding ideas of stocks to trade. If you don’t have a brokerage account yet, i would recommend Robinhood. (It’s free)

  2. My dad and uncle have subscribed to this service for over 10 years and they have had great results. I subscribed 2 years ago and have done well with stocks like AMZN and MAR and NVDA.

    • @TomtheInvestor Thanks for the feedback! I’ve also had great success with AMZN and NVDA. I never would of bought them if not for their service. Maybe i should mention some of those wins in my post….

  3. Guess what, this isn’t going to be posted. But I love the Motley Fool. I drool for more fool. Don’t be a fool, follow the fool.

  4. Thank you so much for your insight and taking the time to explain your experiences. I joined Motley Fool 2 weeks ago, but I have questions. Is there anyone at Motley Fool I can talk with? I am 68 years old, lost 27K in the last 6 months, not happy with my current advisory service, and need to know how to proceed to get out of investing with them so I can work directly with Motley Fool. Current monies are held in Charles Schwab.

    • Hi Bob, thanks for the note. I do have a contact at the Fool. I sent him your details and they should be reaching out to you shortly.

  5. Are the buy-ins in the hundreds or thousands of dollars? Like if I wanted to buy Amazon stock, would I be looking at a minimum 10 stock buy-in? Or say a minimum $10k buy-in? I’m so new to this and I’m unsure how it works, but I know we need to start thinking of our future. I’m not sure I would want to invest a few thousand at a time. I’d like to start small, like in the hundreds, and then go up as we grow.

    • There is an investment app called Stash that lets you buy partial shares, making expensive stock like Amazon available at lower costs. You have the right idea with investing incrementally, it allows you to “average out” adverse market conditions.

  6. I’ve been with The Fool now about 3 years. I’m VERY happy with their
    suggestions.
    And Robert, no you don’t need a broker but you do need a company to
    buy your stocks thru. I’m with Merrill Edge and very happy with their
    service.

  7. Hi Greg, I need your help! So basically and very embarrassing to admit that I’m living less than paycheck to paycheck. But I need to do something so if I purchase their membership am I going to need hundreds of dollars to purchase the stocks that I’m interested in? And then I read something about I will need a company to buy the stocks for me, I’m unclear what that means? I’m not sure why but I keep getting hypnotized by the Fools and want to join, but if I’m going to need hundreds of dollars or even $100 to buy stocks then I need an alternate plan :( however I am interested in something that they’ve been saying for a while now and definitely want to get in on that so how do I know if I can even afford to buy any stocks from them? I’m sorry for being an idiot or an educated in this area but I’d like to thank you in advance for any advice you can offer!!

    • Hi Andrea, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I think we’ve all been there at some point. The Motley Fool is a great service and will help you make better investment decisions, but I can’t recommend it in your situation. It won’t help you get out of your financial straits. It’s service to help you pick stocks for when you have money to invest. If you have a little extra money and want to start small, I’d recommend opening a brokerage account with Robinhood. It’s free and they don’t charge any commissions.

    • At Schwab it costs you $4.95 to make a trade on line. A lot of funds trade with no commission. Jim Cramer in his show recommends collecting $10K in an S&P Exchange traded fund before you consider individual stocks.

  8. So I am so new at this that I don’t even know if I was successful in sending my message 😩. My name is Andrea and I had a pretty extensive question regarding if I can afford the stocks that the fools are offering? Literally in financial ruins at the time but I am very interested in a particular stock that I keep reading about from them. If I join, would it even be something I can buy or do you need to have hundreds and thousands of dollars to be able to purchase and did I read that I won’t be able to purchase and that I would need somebody else to purchase for me? Who? lol Is this something A struggling single mom can afford? Clearly it’s evident that I am extremely uneducated in this area and need guidance/advice! I must sound like an idiot asking for financial advice from someone I don’t even know when I’m already in dire straits. All I can say is, “I gotta a feeling.” Anything you can do to help is much appreciated in advance!! HELP!! 😩

    • Hi again, you don’t need anyone else to purchase the stocks for you, but you do need a brokerage account. (Like Robinhood or other) Again, I can’t recommend the Motley Fool in your situation because it won’t help. It’s a professional stock picking service and won’t help with your financial needs right now.

  9. I am very new to investing….haven’t invested in anything yet, but reading up on it a lot. Would like to invest maybe $1,000 to $2,000 and see where that takes me. If I get a lot in returns, then maybe invests more. I am interested in joining The Motley Fool. Which would you suggest….Rulebreakers or Stock Advisor? Also, I had already created a brokerage account with TD Ameritrade but haven’t done anything with it yet (besides add some stuff to a watch list). What is your opinion on TD Ameritrade? I am considering going with Robinhood since you said it is free and don’t charge any commissions, which sounds better to me! Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Hi Karen, welcome! I would recommend Stock Advisor first. It’s their flagship newsletter and they generally recommend larger blue chip stocks. So, it would be a safer bet in my opinion. Rule breakers is also great, but it focuses on growth stocks. So, the returns may be higher but it’s also riskier. For your brokerage question, TD Ameritrade is a great choice too. I actually have an account there also. BUT I will say that I like them for all their more advanced charting and research tools, so if you’re just starting off, Robinhood is much easier to use. Plus you can’t go wrong with FREE :) I hope that helps.

  10. I recently received an unsolicited email from MF offering their Stock Advisor product for $49/year and that has triggered my wife and I to consider purchasing it for one year. We are seniors who both possess IRA’s(which are dwindling and worrisome) with Vanguard and are considering taking a combined distribution of $2000 from them and following MF’s advice. Your article has answered several key questions – particularly the issue of MF’s Stock Advisor concentrating on longer term profits rather than instant rewards which can occur from IPO’s, the cannabis outbreak (NICI, etc.) and other speculative stock offerings. Having given you the “short version” of our situation would you recommend MF’s Stock Advisor be a good investment for us to pursue?
    Also, would a separate brokerage account with Vanguard be advisable or would you still recommend Robinhood or some other low cost fee brokerage for new investments?

  11. Hello Greg,
    I am very new to this actually it will be my first time, I have a couple of questions. This would be considered stock 101 investing or Investing for .
    dummies. Would I start first by signing up with Robinhood then signing up with Motley fool? I have about $3000 to start off

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