Motley Fool Review: Is Stock Advisor Worth the Money? UPDATED July 25, 2020

Motley Fool Review

***  Motley Fool Review: UPDATED July 25, 2020 for Stock Pick Results as of Friday, July 24, 2020  ***

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

Since I have been a paid subscriber for over 4 years now, I will present just the FACTS about the Motley Fool stock picks so you can see for yourself how their stock picks have performed for me.  I subscribe to both their flagship ‘Stock Advisor’ service and their newer ‘Rule Breaker” service.

With this Motley Fool Review, I’m going to tell you exactly:

  1. What you get when you subscribe
  2. How profitable their stock picks has been since inception of their service
  3. What profits I have earned from buying their stocks over the last 4+ years
  4. How the last 4 years of stocks have performed versus the overall market (SP500)
  5. What percentage of their picks have been profitable
  6. What the optimal stop loss order should be
  7. How to order the Motley Fool service for the cheapest rate available, and
  8. What two secret tips I have learned to maximize my profits from this service

My Motley Fool Experiment with My Real Money

To have an objective test and analysis of the Motley Fool services, in December 2015 I opened an ETrade brokerage account dedicated just to buying each and every one of the Motley Fool stock picks as they recommended them.  For the last 4+ years, starting in January 2016, I have bought $1,000-$2000 of EACH and EVERY stock pick the Motley Fool has recommended.

If you don’t believe me, here’s a screen shot of my ETrade account of  a recent Motley Fool recommendation for  TESLA.  Note that  I bought 4 shares of TESLA on the day of their recommendation (January 2, 2020) for $428.91.  And as of  Friday, July 11, 2020 the stock was at $1,544.65 for a profit of $4,462 in just 6 months.  That is a 260% return!:

Motley Fool Review Stock Picks TSLA

That $4,462.93 gain/profit was on my 4 TSLA shares that on January 2, 2020 I bought at $428.91 so it cost me $1,715.

While I am at it, here’s one of their February 2020 picks that is up 48% in just 4 months.  On Feb 6, 2020 they recommended NVTA and I bought 100 shares of it at $22.54 and as of July 11, 2020 it was at $33.47 for a $1,092 profit, or 48%:

Motley Fool Stock Picks NVTA

I wasn’t able to buy every one the exact second I received the Fool’s email with a stock pick.  Like most of you, I am busy doing other things.  But I did manage to buy over 95% of them the same day the recommendations came out, and the others I bought the morning after.

So How Has My Motley Fool Account Performed? 

Quick Summary: As of July 25, 2020, even in spite of the recent COVID Crash, the average return of all the stocks in my Motley Fool stock portfolio bought from January 2016 to December 2019 is up +128.40% which means the Motley Fool Stock Picks have beat the SP500 on average by 93.57%.  More specifically, their 24 stock picks from 2016 are STILL up an average of 230.99% (compared to SP500 up 65% over the same time period), their 24 picks from 2017 are STILL up an average of 96.39% (compared to SP500 up 39% over the same time period) and the 2018 picks STILL are up 130.58% (SP500 up 21%). Their 2019 picks are up 55.66% (compared to SP500 13%).  And quite impressively, their 14 picks from 2020 are already up an average of  38% and the SP500 is up an average of only 7% over the first 7 months of the year.  So, the conclusion here is the longer you hold the Fool’s picks, the better they get! Keep reading to see the details of my Motley Fool stock portfolio and to learn 2 important tips I discovered along the way that really help to maximize my returns.



*** SPECIAL ALERT — July 25, 2020 — ONE of this Year’s Motley Fool Stock Picks Has Already TRIPLED and TWO Have Already Doubled in just 7 Months! ***

We have been tracking ALL of the Motley Fool stock picks since January 2016.
That’s 4+ years, 55 months and 110 stock picks. As of Friday, July 24th, one of their fourteen stocks picks from 2020 has already tripled (TSLA) and another two have doubled (ZM and SHOP)–all in just the first 7 months of 2020. In addition, 5 of their 2019, 8 of their 2018, 9 of their 2016 and 11 of their 2016 picks have also doubled.
Best of all, over these 55 months, the average stock pick is up 117%. That beats the pitiful SP500 average of just 31%–a beat of 86%.
And that’s even accounting for all of this COVID mess that has wreaked havoc on most stocks. BUT, the Fool has done so well because they have quickly identified stocks this year that will perform well in the post-COVID world. THAT is how the Fool consistently does so well–they adapt and constantly pick stocks before everyone else realizes the opportunities.

  • Shopify (SHOP) – April 2, 2020 pick and it is already up 168%
  • Zoom Video (ZM) – March 19, 2020 pick and it is already up 99%
  • DexCom (DXCM) picked Feb 20, 2020 right before the market crashed and it is still up 39%
  • Tesla (TSLA) picked January 2, 2020 before the crash and it is up 229% compared to the SP500 -1% so it is ahead of the market by 230%
  • HubSpot (HUBS) picked December 5, 2019 and it is up 45%
  • Netflix (NFLX) picked November 21, 2019 and it is up 54%
  • Trade Desk (TTD) picked November 11, 2019 and up 139%
  • Zoom Video originally picked Oct 3 and it is up 229%
  • SolarEdge (SEDG) picked September 19, 2019 and it is up 92%

Now, no one can guarantee that their next picks will be as strong, but our 4.5 years of experience has been super profitable. They also claim that since inception, their average pick is up 504% and now we believe them. Many analysts are saying that we have passed the bottom of this COVID crisis and “certain” stocks will recover quickly and be the new leaders. It seems that Motley Fool is very good at identifying the right stocks before everyone else does.

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About This Motley Fool Review

In this Motley Fool Review, I will also show you:

  • Exactly what you get when you subscribe
  • When they will release their next new stock picks
  • The percentage of their stock picks that were profitable each year
  • The OVERALL results of their picks year after year,
  • And I will tell you how those picks are still doing today, July 25, 2020 (HINT: their picks from the last 4 years (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) have beat the SP500 by 104% in SPITE OF THE MARKETS PLUMMETING 30% IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS.)

I will even share with you more screen shots of my own brokerage account to prove to you my results of actually buying all of their stock picks from both services for the last 4 years.

I will also tell you 2 important trading tips about the Motley Fool services that I have learned over the years.  Two little facts that you must understand about their services in order to maximize your profits.

Why Did I Write this Motley Fool Review?

I will 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).  They each worked 50+ hours a week to give our family the best lifestyle they could.  Unfortunately, my father passed away six years ago just after his 65th birthday. He worked hard his whole life and planned to enjoy his retirement, but he died within months of retiring.

My dad’s death taught be a valuable lesson–I need to start building my personal wealth NOW so I can retire early and ENJOY my retirement.

My Mission

To accomplish that, I set out on a mission to find the best and the fastest way to build my stock portfolio in a proven and low-risk way.

I started out by talking to people I thought were smart and wealthy, reading countless books and magazines, and subscribing to various stock newsletters and stock picking services.

To save YOU a lot of time, here is a summary of what I learned…

  1. The FIRST lesson I learned was definitely NOT to get stock tips from friends or chase rumors.  My friends didn’t know any more than I did.  But they sure acted like it, and they ended up costing me money and wasting my time.
  2. The SECOND lesson I learned is that you must take action. Reading, thinking, and talking do NOT build wealth. The sooner you start investing the right way, the faster your account will grow.  It’s all about saving and investing a little each month, and the power of compounding.  While I invested $1,000-$2,000 a month in each stock pick, you would have gotten the same percentage returns had you invested $100 a month or $10,000 a month.  So stop thinking about investing, and start investing NOW!  You will be surprised how quickly and easily your portfolio will start to grow.
  3. The THIRD lesson I learned was that not all stock newsletters are worth the money.  Over the last ten years, I have subscribed to literally dozens of stock newsletters.  I have also subscribed to another dozen software and/or charting services that are supposed to give me signals of what to buy.  The truth is, most of them worked out just “OK.”  With most of the services I found that when the markets were up, my portfolio went up.  And when the markets were down, my portfolio went down too.  My goal was to BEAT the market, not just match the market.
  4. The FOURTH thing I learned was how easy it is to get started building a profitable portfolio. Especially now that most brokerage accounts don’t charge commission and that you can open an account with as little as $100 to invest. Opening a brokerage account is easy and takes less than 3 minutes. To find the right stocks to buy, that too is now easy.

Eventually, I did find a stock service that were able to consistently outperform the market year after year.  And by ‘outperform’….. I am talking about consistently beating the market by over 104% over the last 4 years!

…And that’s brought us both here so I can share my experiences with the Motley Fool Stock Advisor service.

So, let’s get started.

Everyone always ask me…

Is the Motley Fool Worth the Money?

Based on my experience over the last 4+ years of buying every single one of their stocks picks, my analysis of their performance concludes absolutely YES!

As I mentioned above, just buying 4 shares of TESLA on January 2, 2020 has given me $4,400 of profits.  That is enough for the next 40+ years of the Fool’s subscription fee.

While every one of their stocks does NOT go up, they do pick a lot of stocks that DOUBLE or TRIPLE each year.  So, on average, their stock picks year after year REALLY BEAT the market by over 104% the last few years.

The regular price of the Motley Fool Stock Advisor is $199 a year,.  Even at that price it is very inexpensive compared to other services.  But new customers can now subscribe for just $99 a year on THIS new subscriber page. At $99, it is absolutely a no-brainer given that the average return of their stocks picks for the last 4 years is 138%.  That is an average of 104% BETTER than the SP500 for the same time periods.  For each of the last 4 years, these stocks have outperformed the market by a minimum of at least 50% PER YEAR.

OK, let’s get into the details of the Motley Fool…

MOTLEY FOOL PERFORMANCE REVIEW…

Just to whet your appetite, below are a few examples of their best performing stocks since they launched this service.  Did you buy Amazon, Netflix, Bookings, and Disney a few years ago to earn these 10,000% returns?   If you had subscribed to the Motley Fool Stock Advisor then you probably already own these 4 stocks!

motley fool review stocks 2 motley fool stocks reviewed 1

So, is the Motley Fool Stock Advisor worth it?

Given that their AVERAGE STOCK PICK is up 504% since they launched the service–the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES–if you subscribed a decade ago.

But more importantly for YOU, you should be asking “how have their stocks picks been doing the last few years?”  Given you already missed out on those 10,000% returns on those 4 stocks, how is it doing NOW?

Honestly, as to be expected, all of their picks are not profitable.  Some go up as soon as they are recommended and never look back.  Some go up just a few dollars and they seem to run out of steam.  And some eventually drift lower.  So the first thing you need to understand about the Motley Fool strategy is that they are focused on the longer term.  With some picks you might need to wait a few months before they start going up.  But the average return of their stock picks since I have been buying them from 2016-2020 is a very impressive +116% which is 85% better than the market.  (Note here I included the fourteen 2020 picks that have only had a few months to gain in value so that pulls the 4 year average down a bit.)

So, assuming you have some cash to invest each month, and you can let the money stay invested for a few years, it certainly seems like a very safe bet.

Plus, it is super simple, as you will read below.  All of their stock picks come out on Thursday afternoons and it only takes a few minutes to read their pick and then you decide if you want to buy the stock they recommend.

Also, here is another FACT that I like.  The 2 Gardner brothers that started the Motley Fool years ago still run the company and make the stock recommendations.  So, unlike other comparable stock newsletters, there has NOT been any change of management like you see at other advisory services.

This is an extremely important fact because you might find another newsletter that has also done well, but you never know who really is picking their stocks.  With the Motley Fool, the 2 same brothers that started this newsletter have been there since day and there is no reason to believe they are leaving their own company.


Motley Fool Stock Advisor Summary

Here’s What You Get:

  1. Two brand new stock recommendations and analysis per month delivered in real-time to your email.
    • on the first Thursday of the month there will be a new stock recommendation from Tom Gardner
    • on the third Thursday of the month there will be a new stock recommendation from David Gardner
  2. Access to all of the Motley Fool’s Stock Advisor recommendations they made in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016.
  3. The Motley Fool’s Top 10 Best Stock to Buy RIGHT Now report that features some of their recent picks that still offer the best potential return.
    • on the second Thursday of the month Tom will release his New Best Stocks to Buy Now
    • on the fourth Thursday of the month David Gardner will release his Top 5 Stocks to Buy Now
  4. The Motley Fool’s Top 5 Starter Stocks report that features the ideal stocks that should be the foundation of new investor’s portfolios.
  5. 24/7 Monitoring:  They will let you know when they believe it’s time to sell any of their stock picks
  6. Toll-free customer service.  Yes, real people answer the phone.
  7. You also get:
    • A clear explanation of WHY they recommended each stock and the factors considered
    • A Risk Profile that explains the upside and downside of every stock pick
    • Starter Stocks: If you are just starting a portfolio, they will tell you their 10 rock-solid stocks that should be the foundation of your portfolio
    • Fool Knowledge Base:  24/7 access to their full library of reports and research to help you get their opinion on other stocks that you might own or be considering buying
    • Market News Updates: They keep you informed of all noteworthy news and trends in the investing world.

How Much Does It Cost?

The normal price is $199 a year.  No commitment.  Cancel any time.  However, they constantly run pricing promotions for new customers like TRY IT FOR JUST $19” and “50% OFF for New Subscribers.”

 CLICK HERE to see their CURRENT promotional offer for NEW customers.


More Motley Fool Details…

If you want more info, please keep reading.  And don’t worry, in this review I’ll cover everything–including the good, the bad and the ugly.

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

And most importantly, I will show you how their stock picks have performed for me and the differences in results of their two services: Stock Advisor compared to Rule Breakers.

So, keep reading this review of the Motley Fool Review to find out the TRUTH about their stock newsletters and their performances.

You may be surprised with my conclusion.

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 stated goal is to help you learn how to “invest better.”

They advertise heavily, often promoting their Stock Advisor’s staggering 504% return since inception compared to the market’s 95% return over the same time period.

Motley Fool Review Performance July 11, 2020

For that reason, many consider it the best stock newsletter.

Those returns sound great, right?

Take a look at the chart above….it appears too good to be true.

And THAT is exactly why I wrote this Motley Fool Review–to share the results of my experiences with their services.

About the Motley Fool

The Motley Fool was founded by David Gardner and Tom Gardner in 1993.  Their most popular stock recommendation service is called “The Stock Advisor” and was launched in 2002.

The Fool’s Stock Advisor service has only one purpose – to help YOU 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 What You Get…

For those of your that are just starting out investing in the stock market–the Fool has a special section for you.

motley fool for starter investors

After you signup, you will immediate access the entire Fool Stock Advisor website which features access to all of their recent picks, the stock screener, their message boards, etc.

Motley Fool Stock Screener

Then you will start getting specific stock recommendations emails as follows:

  • Every first Thursday of the month, Tom presents one new stock recommendation.
  • On the second Thursday of the month, David presents one new stock recommendation.
  • On the third Thursday of the month, Tom presents five of his favorite Best Stocks to Buy Now list.
  • And on the fourth Thursday of the month, David presents five of his favorite Best Stocks to Buy Now list.
  • You also get:
    • A clear explanation of WHY they recommended each stock and the factors considered
    • A Risk Profile that explains the upside and downside of every stock pick
    • 24/7 Monitoring:  They will let you know when they believe it’s time to sell
    • Starter Stocks: If you are just starting a portfolio, they will tell you their 10 rock-solid stocks that should be the foundation of your portfolio
    • Fool Knowledge Base:  24/7 access to their full library of reports and research to help you get their opinion on other stocks that you might own or be considering buying
    • Market News Updates: They keep you informed of all noteworthy news and trends in the investing world.

As you might have noticed, Thursday is their favorite day.

That’s when new stock recommendations come out.  On Thursdays you should be expecting to receive your email shortly after noon ET and you need to be ready to invest.

An Example Recommendation

Here is what one of the recent Thursday “Best Stocks to Buy” emails looked like…

Motley Fool review

Here’s something else you MUST KNOW–Tom and David Gardner are still running the company and providing these stock recommendations!  So there has been no changeover in management.  If you look at other newsletters, you can’t compare one year to the next because they have so much changeover and you never know whose advice you are following.  This is a STRONG POINT for the Motley Fool’s service!

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

Notice the date of this recommendation…April 20, 2018 when the stock was around $42I purposely picked this one to show you because it was the Fool’s top performing stock pick of 2018.

Also notice the copy above says it was first recommended in January 2018 when it was around $29.18.

As of July 24, 2020 OKTA closed at $218.73 so that stock alone is up 649.60%!  This is just one of their stellar stock recommendations that has more than quintupled in the just 2 years:

  • In January 2018 they also recommended PAYC that is up 238% and in February 2018 they recommended FICO which is up 147%.
  • In March 2018 they re-recommended OKTA and it is up 421% since then.
  • Late April 2018 they also recommended SHOP which is up 713%.
  • Then in May 2018 they re-recommended SHOP and it is up 663% since then.
  • Early November 2018 they recommended ZS which is up 222%
  • In January 2019 they recommended TWLO that is up 196%
  • In February 2019 they recommended APPN which is up 46% and NTDOY which is up 62%
  • Their April pick of ZNGA is up 90% and May pick of SNPS is up 60%
  • Their July 2019 pick of Zoom Video is already up 205%
  • In October 2019 they recommended Zoom again and it is up 259% since that date
  • Their first pick in November of TTD is already up 139% and their second pick (NFLX) in November is up 76%
  • Their first pick from January 2020 TSLA is up 259%
  • And their first April 2020 pick was SHOP which is up a staggering 198% in just two months!

What you should note in the above examples is that it takes a few months for their stocks to move.  Generally, I see that most of their picks are just OK as they tend to move with the market, but they do pick a few stocks each year that double or triple. And it takes a quarter or two of earnings releases to positively surprise the market and then these hot stocks start climbing.


Their January and April 2020 picks are already up over 259 & 198%

Register NOW to get their next stock pick:

  1. Two brand new stock recommendations per month delivered in real-time to your email.
  2. Access to all of the Motley Fool’s stock recommendations they made in 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.
  3. The Motley Fool’s Top 10 Best Stock to Buy RIGHT Now report that features some of their recent picks that still offer the best potential return.
  4. The Motley Fool’s Top 5 Starter Stocks report that features the ideal stocks that should be the foundation of new investor’s portfolios.
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So, Why Should You Care About the Motley Fool?

You should care for several reasons.

First, it makes investing in the stock so much easier and less stressful.  Just read their recommendations every Thursday and buy what they recommend.  I just buy the 2 NEW picks each month as the “5 Stocks to Buy Now” are usually re-recommendations of previously selected stocks. Any of their stock picks that go down 8% I just sell off to cut my losses. This helps to keep some cash in the account.

Second, as you can see, they really do pick a few stocks each year that double or triple each year.  Specifically, 11 of their 2016 picks have more than doubled, 9 of their 2017, 8 of their 2018, 6 of their 2019 and already 3 of their 2020 picks have more than doubled.  The gain on those stocks more than makes up for a few of their picks that go down a little each year.

Third, if you are just getting started, its a great place to start and learn about the stock market.  Financial advisers agree on very few things, but the one thing they ALL AGREE ON is the sooner you start investing in the stock market they better off you will be in a few years.

I’m on a quest to become financially independent sooner than later. So, I’m going to take all the help I can get to get there faster.

Here’s another IMPORTANT RESULT: Subscribing to the Fool helps you save more of your money because you WANT to have cash in your brokerage account ready to buy their next stock pick.  It really forces you to save because you don’t want to miss out!

None of us have the time nor the skills to analyze thousands of stocks and then decide which ones are the best ones.

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

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

What Do You Get?

As a Stock Advisor (SA) member, you’ll have unlimited access to all of their current and historical stock recommendations.  The suggested stocks also come with related articles if you wish to read more on the suggestions.

Motley Fool Stock Advisor review

You’ll also get access to their “Favorites” page, which allows you to customize a list of stocks that you are interested in following.  That page looks like this:

Motley Fool Stock Advisor review

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

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, self-driving cars, lithium batteries, pot stocks, etc.

For example, they just released a list of “The 10 Best Stocks to Own Today”  that present the best opportunities in today’s fastest growing industries.

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 the Motley Fool 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 Stock Advisor review

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

The fact is, the Motley Fool stock picks have beat the market the last 4 years. My results shown below prove it. That is the most important thing you need to know. Also, they have been in business since 1993 and employ 250+ people. And they currently have 600,000+ subscribers to their Stock Advisor service. 600,000 people can’t be wrong!

Not to mention I’ve been a customer for over 4 years and I am very happy I subscribed because of the performance of my stock portfolio. I just wish I had subscribed earlier. 

I know for a fact it is not a scam–my stock portfolio proves it!  They deliver exactly what they say they will deliver, and I have even met a lot of their employees at various investor education conferences that I travel to.

Like I said earlier, I subscribed because I saw their advertising about their great returns, and I had to subscribe to test it out myself.

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

Motley Fool FACTS

But, for the benefit of people reading this Motley Fool review, here are the FACTS from my Motley Fool Review:

  1. There’s no question is a legit company that is very well known among investors.  They say they have over 600,000 subscribers.
  2. I subscribed in 2015 and my results are listed below in the next section.  Here is the summary–every year for the last 4 years they have beat the market by more than 50%:
    • The average return of their 24 picks for 2018 is 143% which is 123% better than the SP500;
    • the average return of their 24 picks from 2017 is 97% which is 59% better than the SP500; and
    • their 2016 picks are up 248% compared to the SP 500’s 63% so those 24 stocks have beat the market by 185%!

3. They even have their own mutual fund, which is the “Motley Fool Global Opportunities Fund Investor Shares (FOOLX)”. I don’t have any comment on that fund as I haven’t reviewed it yet.

4. 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.

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!)

Motley Fool review

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 4 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. As I mentioned above, each of their last 4 years their stock picks have outperformed the market by over 34%.

I subscribed in 2016 and my results are as follows (updated as of June 27 2020):

  1. Of their 24 stock recommendations from 2016, 17 are up, and the average of all 24 picks is +224%.
  2. For 2017, 16 of their 24 picks are up with an average of +85%.
  3. Of their 24 picks from 2018, 16 are up with an average of +108%.
  4. And of their 24 picks from 2019, 20 are up an average of 51% (which is still beating the market by 45%)
  5. YES, that means the last 4 years their picks have OUTPERFORMED the market by an unbelievable 169% from 2016, 54% from 2017, 108% for 2018, and 45% for 2019.

That is why they are consistently rated as the best stock picking newsletters.

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 usually $199 a year, but if you are a new subscriber visit this new subscriber page to see their latest offers like 50% off or try it for just $19 with a 30-day 100% membership refund period.

3- There is definitely a “Fool Affect.” With 600,000 subscribers, you must understand that the stocks they recommend do tend to go up about $2 within the first hours of the release of their recommendations. So be ready on Thursday to buy as soon as you get the email.

4- Like with any other investment advisory firm, it’s true that their investment strategies are not 100% guaranteed. From what I have experienced in the last 3 years, they do seem to pick one stock a year that goes down 20-30%.  Sometimes they bounce back, and sometimes they don’t.  They will, however, let you know when they want you to sell it.  My recommendation would be to place a stop loss order based on your risk aversion with trailing percentages and/or fixed prices.

5- After paper trading their stock picks for 6 months, I eventually had the confidence to start buying their picks in my Etrade account.  Here are a few screenshots of my account that show the date I bought them and the returns.  Notice the TWLO was recommended twice so I bought it twice:Motley Fool review
Motley Fool review Performance twlo
Motley Fool review Performance NTDOY

I also feel that their service is very cheap compared to other alternatives that don’t perform as consistently. (Zack’s Investor service is 3x the price)

How Much is a Motley Fool Membership?

The Stock Advisor is now available at its lowest price ever.  Last year I paid $199 and if you go to their website you will see the full retail price is $199.  BUT–They do run pricing promotions of $19 a month or $99 a year.  Either way you can cancel in 30 days and get a full refund.  You will also get their “BEST 10 STOCKS TO BUY TODAY” list when you subscribe…


Register Now to get:

  1. Two brand new stock recommendations per month delivered in real-time to your email.
  2. Access to all of the Motley Fool’s stock recommendation in 2020 (3 have already doubled) , 2019, 2018, and 2017.
  3. The Motley Fool’s Top 10 Best Stock to Buy RIGHT Now report that features some of their recent picks that still offer the best potential return.
  4. The Motley Fool’s Top 5 Starter Stocks report that features the ideal stocks that should be the foundation of new investor’s portfolios.
  5. Access to The Motley Fool’s promotional page to get their deep discount pricing.

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Does the Motley Fool Cover Penny Stocks?

No, the Motley Fool Stock Advisor (SA) focuses on blue chip stocks, which are large & well-established companies in their respective industry.  They do NOT review or recommend penny stocks.

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:

Is the Motley Fool Good for Technical Analysis?

No, definitely not. Technical analysis involves analyzing trade volume and prices and then trying to forecast the direction of stock prices.

The Motley Fool 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?

Nope. Day Trading involves buying and selling stocks on the same day. The Motley Fool recommends stocks they want you to hold stocks for years, not minutes.

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 – How much do you invest? How will the Fool perform this year? What will the market overall do?

Rich is relative.

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

My answer to this question is that over the next few years it should make you “richer” than if you didn’t subscribe!

Then What is it Good For?

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

Being exposed to the Motley Fool’s stock recommendations and what the Gardner brothers have discovered will help you pinpoint what is essential in building a profitable 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 Stock Advisor worth it?

The short answer is YES.

If you skipped my entire review and came right down to the conclusion, (Good for you; I would probably do the same…) then here is my summary…

Of all the stock subscriptions I have tried over the years, the Motley Fool Stock Advisor gives you the greatest bang for your buck and is most definitely worth the cost.

I’ve been a paying customer for over since 2016.  I buy $1,000 worth of each of their 2 specific stock picks every month.  Here is a summary of the performance of the Motley Fool’s stock picks since January 2016.

Since I started subscribing in January of 2016, here are their top stock picks:

  • SHOP is up 2,715%
  • MTCH is up 837%
  • OKTA is up 597%
  • TTD is up 540%
  • ZM is up 234
  • PAYC is up 342%
  • And their WORST stock picks is ALKS which is down 53.70%

Over the last 4 years, 83% of the stock picks have been profitable. So they are not perfect. BUT, they do have a nice history of picking a few stocks each year that double or triple and THAT is what makes their picks so good.  Take a look at the BEST STOCK column above and you will see.  Also note that the BEST STOCK more than makes up for the WORST STOCK each year.



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As I stated at the beginning of this Motley Fool Review, since I started, my portfolio has outperformed the SP500 by at least 45% each of the last 4 years so I can definitely say it’s been worth it.

The biggest negative I experience is:

  • With over 600,000 subscribers, there is definitely a Fool Effect on the stock prices. Within the first few hours of getting a recommendation, the price of the stock typically shoots up $2 or $3 so I have learned to get my order in quickly.

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If you did read my entire Motley Fool Review and want more details as to why I’m recommending it, let’s get started.


So How Does the Motley Fool Stock Advisor Service Compare to Their Rule Breakers Service?

The Rule Breaker service works in much the same way as Stock Advisor.  The differences are:

  • Rule Breaker’s picks are coming from just David Gardner and his team
  • You still get usually 2 new stock picks per month
  • But these picks focus on high-growth stocks that they feel are poised to be market leaders
  • The results of Rule Breakers stock picks are MUCH MORE VOLATILE than the Stock Advisor’s picks
    • Over the last 4 years, the Rule Breakers picks have outperformed the Stock Advisor’s picks
    • The biggest winning stock each year has a much bigger gain than Stock Advisor’s biggest winning stock each year
    • But their biggest LOSING stock has a much bigger loss than Stock Advisor’s biggest loosing stock each year
    • Their profitable pick percentage is lower too, so fewer of their stock picks actually go up compared to Stock Advisors
  • BUT, because of the great success of a few of the Rule Breakers picks each year, if you bought all 24 of their picks each year your portfolio would be about 8% higher with Rule Breakers than with Stock Advisor’s.

Conclusion:  Rule Breakers picks have higher returns, but more variance as well.  So if you missed out on just one Rule Breaker pick each year, your results could be significantly worse.

For more information on Rule Breakers, see our Motley Fool Rule Breakers Review article.


The Math Doesn’t Lie

The reason I think the Motley Fool services are 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 $1,000 in each of their 24 recommended stocks each year and the average stock increases by only 1.0% (that’s peanuts…), then I would make $240 a year.  If you invest only $500 in each pick then you would still make $120 a year.

The reality is their picks have been up at least 30% each of the last 3 years so if you had invested $1,000 in each of the 24 picks per year you would make $7,200 a the first year, $14,400 the second year and roughly $21,600 the third year.  And if you had invested just $500 in each of their picks you would have been up 1/2 that.

The math doesn’t lie.

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

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 $1900!

That’s a 475% 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 Motley 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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41 responses to “Motley Fool Review: Is Stock Advisor Worth the Money? UPDATED July 25, 2020”

  1. Team Wall Street Survivor says:

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

  2. Bob Crankshaw says:

    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.

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      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.

  3. Andrea says:

    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!!

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      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.

    • Bill Kalenborn says:

      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.

  4. Andrea says:

    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!! 😩

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      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.

  5. Karen says:

    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.

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      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.

  6. freida m phillips says:

    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

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      Hi Freida, yes you would first need brokerage account like Robinhood. Then once you have a brokerage account and are ready to invest, the Motley Fool will help you pick winning stocks.

  7. Jan Hough says:

    I have a subscription and bought some of their top stocks. Nearly all went down since then…some as much as 20%. This is while the market continues to recover/climb. They have no magic. I have done better (at least no worse) on my own.

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      Hi Jan, Which Fool service did you buy?” Of their 24 picks form 2018 17 are up and the average of all 24 is up 23% above and beyond the SP500 return as of March 29, 2019. It’s important that you trade all their picks, because of course some will be up and some will be down. But the average return of all should beat the market.

  8. Jared G says:

    I was a MF fanatic from 98-00′. Sold everything when my stop-loss’ triggered moved to Vegas and bought my first house. 20 years later I’m ready to start investing again on my own. Do you have any other recommended books or sites to help me jump back in head first?

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      Hi Jared, that’s great. A classic book that i love and recommenced if you haven’t already read it is “One up on Wall Street” by Peter Lynch

  9. Cato says:

    I’m also a Motley Fool Subscriber, I don’t regret it. I only wish I stared investing earlier in life.

  10. Team Wall Street Survivor says:

    Hi Patricia, there is a company called Stockpile which will allow you to buy fractional shares of a company. I actually wrote a review about them. For example, if Amazon is too expensive @1,800, with Stockpile you can buy 1/10 of Amazon for $180.

  11. BGE says:

    I can’t argue with the results that you can get from Stock Advisor if you are careful. Like you mentioned, they are not perfect and you can get some duds. But their winners are usually really good. However, I am surprised you didn’t mention the relentless and long-winded marketing that you get subjected to as a customer. It felt like Stock Advisor was the MF gateway drug. To me that was a definite con.

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      Hi BGE, thanks for the comment. I have to agree with you. I am a fan of the Motley Fool and have made money trading their recommendations. But, you’re right. Sometimes they send too many emails. I just unsubscribed from the marketing emails.

  12. Michael Young says:

    How do I join and what will it cost me to join

  13. Shery says:

    Hi! Thank you for your thorough review. I know absolutely nothing about investing in stocks. So, this may be the dumbest question of all time but here it is, after choosing stocks MF recommends how would I make the investment. It sounds as if not thru MF? Do I have to have another person or company that does that?

    Again, thanks for all the info and sorry if my question is really stupid.

    • Team Wall Street Survivor says:

      Hi Shery, no question is a dumb question! You would need a different company to place the trade. The Motley Fool will simply recommend the stocks to buy. But then you need a brokerage account to place the trades. (some brokerage companies I like are Robinhood and TD Ameritrade)

  14. Travis says:

    Great article, but i have stupid question too.

    I don’t have $2000 a month to invest like the write does.

    If I only have $500 to invest a month, do you still think it is a good idea? Or will I spend too much money on commissions? Is there any way to buy stocks without paying commissions?

  15. Sean says:

    Great blog, very helpful, factual and un-biased. I’m aleady a reasonably competent investor. However, as you say with a full time job etc there simply isnt the time to research all these stocks yourself. Thanks!

  16. Coleen M. says:

    Hi, I am very new to this investing thing. Although I have Robinhood a year ago and lost $1,000 with my stupidness lol..Anyway now I have been reading this article about MOTLEY FOOL stock advisor and I was thinking to subscribe coz I really dont know wnaything about stocks.. BUT email came to me and I subscribed and it was the MOTLEY FOOL Rule Breaker for $99 for 2 years…. SO Im like…. What did I do? Should I cancel it (since they have 30 days money back guarantee) and go with the Stock Advisor instead? Thats $99 for a year subscription! NOt sure whats suitable for a brand new investor??

    And also I can start with a 1,000 to invest and may have only $500 each month and maybe I can increase later on depends how it goes… Is this MOTLEY FOOL okay in my situation or u can suggest anything else… Thank you so much in advance…

  17. Gonzo says:

    Great article. if I am reading this right, are you saying that I will be invested in 24 positions (no more) from the MF. If something new is added, I would assume it will be coming with a recommendation to sell a position so to remain at 24 positions. Is this correct assumption?

    • Nancy says:

      Motley Fool almost never recommends selling, they are strictly hold for the long term. They make 24 recommendations a year; you don’t have to buy all of them–it’s entirely up to you. They have several stocks that call “starter stocks” for new investors; more stable fewer frightening ups and downs.

  18. Wm Harvey, PE (Retired) says:

    Good article. Used to be a mem of AOL and the first investing forum on Compuserve. I studied for the broker exam and the market for 5-yrs late 80s to early mid-90s. I used every sw program there was and studied making trading systems. The sys design and books were for commodities only. Some books very very expensive btw. Orig my data was sent to me via the mail ha..that dates me.

    I got me and the wife out in Oct-Dec of 1999 saved us a bucket load of money. I did it intuitively. Only investment since then is FNICX. Wanting to get back end and do some intermediate timing. Decided to join the Fools for first time but want to know if will let me know the SW you guys are using now.Still have older versions Tradestation, Telescan (broker sw), Metastock, Nirvana and several others. Kinda leaning toward TC200. I used them when they were still DOS operated.

    Wld really appreciate the advice on my trading sw to use. The fool does the Fundamentals and I do the TA.

    Respectfully

  19. Jon says:

    Thank you for the great article! My only question is if I’m already invested in a stock, does the Fool have a recommendation on it?

    • Wall Street Survivor Team says:

      Hi Jon, thanks for your comment. Yes, you can always lookup a ticker you own and get the Fool’s Caps rating as well as their research report if they’ve ever covered their stock as well as their recommendation.

  20. Tom Trofe says:

    Buying into the 2 services above is not too risky. What about the more expensive ones they recommend like Blast 2019 for $1999?

  21. Kelly says:

    Thank you for the helpful review. My husband and I are both self-employed and have SEP-IRA accounts. Here is my question…..Am I able to open a different SEP account and independently control the investments based on MF recommendations? If so, which investment brokerage would best for this for long term investment returns? I am considering investing $1000/month total for the 2 recommended stock picks.

  22. Sim says:

    Thanks for the review. I was hesitated first but no more after your review.

  23. Ben Black says:

    You can’t use “average return” of a slew of stock picks to measure against an index, that is incredibly misleading, and just shows the kind intellectual dishonesty that the Fool likes to ensnare readers with. Think of it this way, one stock pick could go up 1,000%, but the other 4 all lose 100%. Guess wha the “average” return is? 100%. So, instead of saying 4/5 picks went bankrupt and lost everything, you can say that the average return of those stocks was 100%. This is why statistics can be very, very misleading in the wrong hands. Alway, ALWAYS ask to see what’s under the hood, otherwise con men will take you for a ride you never asked to be on.

    • Wall Street Survivor Team says:

      Thanks for the comment. I used many metrics besides average return. I also told you the number of stocks each year that are up (which disproves your 4 out of 5 possible scenario), the biggest winner, and the biggest loser. I used to display standard deviation of the returns, which is what you are referring to, but I removed it last year.

  24. Juliana Lamberth says:

    Hello There,

    I have a few questions if you please could clarify them for me…Does the Motley Fool service provides information on when TO SELL the stocks? I believe this is as important as when to buy…another thing, I leave in Europe and my resources are invested in Brazil. Can I operate (open a brokerage account) in the USA and how do I transfer the money from Brazil to this account? Thank you in advance for your reply!! 🙂

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