There are a growing number of financial websites offering a plethora of expert investment advice. Although there are many common characteristics, each website has its own unique appeal. Two websites that have particularly high visibility are The Motley Fool and The street.
Key points to remember
- Among the growing number of financial sites offering expert investment advice, two particularly visible sites are The Motley Fool and TheStreet.
- The Motley Fool offers a premium option that provides subscribers with investment recommendations, stock research and analysis.
- Motley Fool’s Stock Advisor service, another paid program, claims to have beaten the S&P 500 by a factor of three over the past 20 years.
- Jim Cramer is sometimes considered synonymous with TheStreet; Cramer is a media personality, stock market expert and one of the co-founders of TheStreet.
- TheStreet offers expert resources related to investing, personal finance, retirement, technology and markets.
The Motley Fool
The Motley Fool is a private financial advisory and investment firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. It employs analysts and experts across the country who constantly comb through the market to find the best stock picks and investment ideas. The name Motley Fool comes from Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It. The play only references one character who can tell the Duke the truth without having his head cut off: the court jester.
The company employs more than 625 people worldwide and was founded in 1993 by co-presidents and brothers David Gardner and Tom Gardner, and Erik Rydholm (who has since left the company). The website also has a presence in the UK, Australia, Canada, and Germany.
The website offers many features including trending stories. You can also search the content of the website using certain filters, such as “Latest Stock Picks”, “Investing Basics”, “Stock Market”, “Retirement” and “Personal Finances”. “.
The “Investing Basics” section is an extremely useful page for novice investors. It contains information on finding a broker and The Motley Fools’ 13 steps to investing.
The site also offers a premium option that provides subscribers with investment recommendations, stock research, and analysis. For an additional fee, investors can access additional research and participate in investment games. Motley Fool’s subscription service started in 2002. They also offer a service called The Stock Advisor. This program offers monthly stock picks and premium investment education to its subscribers. The service claims to have beaten the S&P 500 by a factor of three over the past 20 years. The Motley Fool Stock Advisor service costs $99 for the first year ($199 per year after the first year). The Stock Advisor service is highly respected in the investing community.
Motley Fool followers may also be interested in its sister companies: The Ascent, which provides free personal finance product reviews and educational resources, and Millionacres, which provides subscription-based real estate investment advice and real estate resources.
TheStreet is a financial news and financial literacy website. It was co-founded in 1996 by Jim Cramer and Marty Peretz and went public in 1999. In 2019, the company was acquired by TheMaven for $16.5 million.
TheStreet offers expert resources related to investing, personal finance, retirement, technology and markets. Jim Cramer is sometimes considered synonymous with TheStreet. Cramer is a media personality and stock market expert. He is also a former hedge fund manager, columnist and author of numerous books and articles.
Jim Cramer has a dedicated section on TheStreet which focuses on his investment adviceincluding his 25 investment rules and recommendations for the best stocks.
Investors can also find information on investment market segments, as well as personal finance and retirement issues. The website’s “Markets” page provides daily details on US stock indices and stock performance.
The website also contains numerous stock filters, research reports and recommendation lists, some only available through its subscription service. As of 2022, the website offers a subscription service specifically for retirees, called Retirement Daily.
The company has also partnered with Sports Illustrated Fantasy to provide a channel, called Bull Market Fantasy, which offers news, analysis, and advice for fantasy sports leagues.
These are two of many financial websites, and they offer a full suite of products and information. Each has its own proprietary commentary and offers investment products like mutual funds or stock research that make it more valuable to the individual investor who doesn’t have access to the same Wall Street data and commentary as professional investors.
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