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Lucca 27
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Lucca 27

I subscribe to PRO, Stock Advisor, Million Dollar Portfolio, Global Gains, Hidden Gems and Rule Breakers and will post this review on all the sites. In general I found the letters useful for ideas in an up market, but not terribly helpful in our current down market. I found some excellent companies like DWSN, EDU & CTRP that I would not otherwise have looked at. Sell recommendations usually come too late and analysts tend to fall in love with stocks and catch “falling knives”. For example the repeated recommendations of Select Comfort, Irwin Financial, First Marblehead all the way down… Read more »

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Gravity Switch
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It’s certainly not because their charts are pretty! I like good businesses with powerful brands and distribution and growth prospects, in general, and when they get cheap they can be very tempting. Of course, when a growth “darling” falls like these two have it’s very hard to guess when the falling might stop, which is one of the reasons I don’t own shares of either. I still keep them in the corner of my eye, though, and hopefully I’ll notice when they get too cheap to ignore.

Linda McVarish
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Linda McVarish

I just ended my year subscription, and was sad to have to cancel it. I don’t have the money to invest in all the ideas I already have. Their newsletters are a great read, the recommendations all solid companies, not penny stocks or anything. A lot of them are biotechs, also technology and consumer products and services. Not every stock has performed well, but most have vastly outperformed the market. I love the RB community forum and the CAPS ratings, too. I’ve tried 4 of the Motley Fool subscriptions (Hidden Gems, Rule Breakers, Global Gains and Option Advisor) and loved… Read more »

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Meno
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Meno

Well, I just think that the Treasury should print money and we should not be borrowing it from the privately held “Federal” reserve at high interest, for starters. Yet, no one seems too bothered by this.

beesvees
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beesvees

I am fairly new and enjoy the advice to search out stocks that interest you in some way so it will be fun to follow. My stocks based on their picks are doing quite well.

Gravity Switch
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To enroll in DRIPs you usually need to contact each company directly, or else go through their transfer agent — I listed a couple of the major agents in the article above, but every company should list them on their website and list the availability of a direct investment or DRIP plan (often called DRIP or DSPP).

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psarachik
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I joined Rule Breakers but quit after one year. I
joined because of the market beating performance claimed by the service and I believe that is true provided you can afford to buy every one of their recommendations. I however have to pick and choose so I bought 5 of the stocks recommended that year and earlier (you get to see all previous reports). I gained on 2 lost on 3 and am still holding a modest gainer and a BIG loser.
I concluded that its just not worth the annual fee.

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greenfire67
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Great ideas and write-ups. The problem with “cafeteria” type letters is that YOU do all the work. Sure they suggest comments by other subscribers, but that is NOT what I pay for. Research is on you. Best buys now usually put you under water. 200 + stocks is too much to chose from, especially when majority of stocks underperform the market on a 1 yr. basis. Also, no real target price for the recommendation. Let’s take NFLX. No real guidance for the stock just before the big rally. Only “so & so reader really likes it”. I want David or… Read more »

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bkeating51
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bkeating51

Rule Breakers has improved a lot over the past year. Although almost all subscribers think that the quality of the stock picks is high, many were unhappy about a lack of follow up on the picks. TMF Rule Breakers has done a number of things to address this. Here are two of the most important: Whenever one of their recommended stocks is up or down by around ten percent, a knowledgeable member of staff writes an article on the cause of the movement. The most important change is that they have now assigned “ticker guides” to all boards. His or… Read more »

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bkeating51
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bkeating51

To update 15 months later, my original enthusiasm for Rule Breakers was that just after I joined they put me onto Ambarella, a video chip maker I had never heard of, at 28.50 and two years later I sold half at 93 and the rest at 123. A two year quadruple. At about the same time I jumped into Facebook at just under $30. Another two year quadruple, but I still own these shares. The service has been pretty cold the last two years, and in fact lost a lot of subscribers a lot of money with its big premature… Read more »

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John Krieger
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John Krieger

I did join, after doing my own investigation on a couple of their teasers – this was before I know about the gum shoe. The net is I bought NVDA at $25, now $153, and AMT at $45; now $132. Those two alone pays for a lot of $49 dues.

Nick
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Nick

They give you ten buys but one of them might make money in five years the others take a lot more time if you want to tie up your money for 8 to ten years then go for it

money tree
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money tree

I think The Motley Fool does a fantastic job of advocating for diversified, long term, value investing,- always. Of course they send out “teasers” to get folks attention, but I have been very impressed with all their analysis and the different products they offer. If you spend any time with them, they readily admit where they got an investment thesis wrong, and they are clearly stating risk factors, potential value, and what could go wrong with a stock. They have handily beat the market- by a very solid margin- in all five of their stock picking advice services. The Rule… Read more »

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Michael Hoffman
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Michael Hoffman

I’ve followed the Fool for years, and admit that they taught me much of what I know about investing. I still use their glossary when I come across terms I don;’t recognize, or to refresh myself on financial analytics. This year, I had some disposable income and took a leap into Stock Advisor and Rule Breakers –and use the recommendations to fuel my Roth IRA. It’s limited to the annual contribution limits, so I’m carefully selecting which stocks fit my personality (buy what you know). So far, can’t complain — beating all the major indexes, 25.6% growth in 7 months.… Read more »

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hillva
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hillva

I have subscribed to Rule Breakers, Million Dollar Portfolio, and Stock Advisor but find, by far. the best value in Stock Advisor.

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rob007
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rob007

I paid extra for rulebreakers, but was always mailed to me two weeks or more (ie, two months) late. Also, none of the picks I bought ever paid off much, and most lost money.

Faith
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Faith

Love rule breakers Have made about 40% + the last 6 months. Very easy to understand. Simple methodology.

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ggoad1
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I have been with Motley Fool for about 4 yrs now. I spent one yr on Fool One, which is quite expensive for my limited portfolio. ( I did this to go to events, and ask specific questions of one of there wealth advisers ) which was cheaper than paying directly for advice on this level. Back to the services. Now I just take Stock Adviser and Rule breakers. I pick through the company’s offered, some I watch for a couple of years, some I buy out right. Some are not for me. Stock Adviser is a lot more solid… Read more »

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jwhmlh
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jwhmlh

I subscribe to Rule Breakers and Stock Advisor and consider both well worthwhile–I especially respect David Gardner’s advice

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John Nelson
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John Nelson

I guess it is good for big moneyed investors who buy and hold. I enjoyed the read of the newsletters but it’s not for me.

Gordon
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Gordon

The idea of collective intelligence is appealing, and their review of the financials is helpful. This has lead to strategies that often, but not always, work. They were my ‘starter engine’. I still think it is a good place to start. With learning, I no longer feel the need to use the service. Besides, Stock Gumshoe really provides the cautionary essentials I need to make a better, sober, analytic decision. I consider this service like a PBS station-serving the public good through shared lenses-keep up the good work !

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dandepriest
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dandepriest

I subscribed to Stock advisor and Rule Breakers but cancelled at the end of the trial period. From their entry list of stocks and the 4 new recommendations promised, it became clear that the services are intended for investor with at least $10K to invest. At the stock prices, my meager $2K isn’t enough to buy enough shares of enough companies to be worthwhile.

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Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Stock advisor is even better. I think very highly of Motley Fool. Even supernova.
I do not think highly of Weiss Edelson “stuff”
And I think they cheated when they knew Larry Edelson was dying but continued to take money for their services

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mobilecc
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I’ve bought their Rule Breakers and Stock Adviser over the years and like their analyses and their apparent lack of hype (except in the ads), but have never made money on their advice, probably because I didn’t follow their advice on how to setup your portfolio with their core choices. As someone commented earlier, you’d have to buy a fairly large number of their picks, and stay with them a fairly long time to come out ahead (spectacularly as in Netflix and Amazon) and that strategy doesn’t match my personal objectives. Congratulations to those commenters above who wisely or luckily… Read more »

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Sitka Charly
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Sitka Charly

Are the monthly stock picks for Stock Adviser and Rule Breakers the same?

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
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No, they are separate services. There’s probably a little overlap in their portfolios, but they don’t issue the same recommendations at the same time.

Helen Saunders
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Helen Saunders

Perhaps I am not using this paid for service correctly. However, Rule Breakers and Stock Advisor do not give me the answers to questions hinted at stocks worthy of investment even though I am a subscriber. I paid for my subscriber but detest having to waste time searching for promised answers.

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Michael
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Michael

I have had a subcription to Rule Breakers for 2 years. The good is that they expose you to companies you never heard of and present some logical reasons to buy based on research and market related conditions. The bad is that since they invest for the long term they usually do not provide and explanation for poor performance over a quarter until the impact of that performance decline has already appeared in the stock price. One needs to consider that long term might be a great outlook but a 6 month low period deprives one of investing in other… Read more »

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eberle
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eberle

Very poor customer service. I have to search for the recommendations. I do better on my own

Mike
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I have been a member of Rule Breakers for a year now. I would highly recommend it, but you have to review the RB recommendations and “Do your Homework,” as Jim Cramer would say. I think they do a great job identifying potential stocks for a portfolio. I initially invested about $11,000 in about 10 Rule Breakers stocks in March 2018 and within 6 months, I was up $4,300! Then we had the market meltdown. I held on, as I am following the long-term strategy that Motley Fool recommends. By late-December, my gains were almost completely erased. Now that the… Read more »

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