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Mottley Fool, share recommendations.
Tyrion Lannister
Posted: 21 April 2018 17:42:43(UTC)

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Has anyone had experience of Mottley Fool's share recommendation service?

Some friends and I got to discussing MF, one thought they were excellent and another who had subscribed and cancelled basically said that only a fool would waste money on them.

I've had a look and have to say their American style marketing is nothing less than crass.

Any comments?

Alex Peard
Posted: 21 April 2018 17:55:29(UTC)

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I naively bought RBS and Johnston Press in 2006/7 on the back of MF recommendations. I forget which service of theirs this was through. Both were major disasters and have never used MF since! I still get their marketing emails on occasion but hardly ever read them.
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King Lodos
Posted: 21 April 2018 18:08:53(UTC)

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Valuewalk sometimes track how the portfolios of these sites perform:

Their conclusion:

Of the six Top Stock Picks lists, three have outperformed the S&P 500 so far, while three have trailed. As the index is up +8.49% on the year, it is outperforming the average of the six lists which is up only +5.29%. If you use these lists to make investments, be careful which one you use. However, if you make investments from all of the "top expert picks", you might just be better off putting it in the S&P index.

It's the classic problem: to outperform you have to do things differently .. Mainstream stock picks are more likely to be the most obvious ideas
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Tim D
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I'm somewhat boggled that they even offer such a thing. Back in the 90s they were certainly the biggest cheerleaders for passive index tracking - they certainly got me to switch my regular savings away from active management and to become far more suspicious of IFAs and the like (although I seem to remember their site's introduction to investing actually used to advocate some subsequently discredited "Dogs of the Dow" value strategy). I get the impression they subsequently "sold out" and joined "The Wise" they used to claim to so despise. A shame. (Hmmm.... do they still offer their own-brand investing platform these days? Anytime a broker is talking "stock picks" my cynical assumption would be it's more about whipping up some fee-generating trading activity than it is about helping out the punters).
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King Lodos on 21/04/2018(UTC), Alan M on 22/04/2018(UTC)
Posted: 21 April 2018 19:49:00(UTC)

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I can`t comment on the their share tips but I do have fond memories of the forums on that site, way back. In fact, I began investing after reading the Motley Fool Guide to Investing (I can`t remember the exact title) after my bank, First Direct sent me a complimentary copy. The book and forums were a revelation, until then the only experience I had was with Endowment Policies. Sorry, hardly a helpful post!
Bruce J.
Posted: 21 April 2018 20:27:51(UTC)

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I don't rate Motley Fool, and here is why.

Their "free" advice is constantly offering recommendations which may seem wonderful to someone who has just started investing, but in reality it's downright obvious to anyone with a bit of experience.

Over and over again they recommended Lloyds as a potential high earner. Then when Carney cut bank-rates after the brexit vote they suddenly changed their tune. They tell us that Glaxo has a high dividend, or Prudential is reliable, and other pointless truisms. As far as I can see it's all an act to suck in the more naive investors.

If they were really that clever they would make their money through investing.

I would say that the knowledge I have gained from these forums, especially the transactions thread, has been much more valuable than anything coming from those Motley Fools.

Finally, some of you may be interested to look up the Motley Fool on Wikipedia and read what it says about their "Foolish Four Investment Strategy".
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Posted: 22 April 2018 07:21:15(UTC)

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I always take the view why would someone on the internet recommend shares to me? They're trying to help themselves not me.
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