Motley Fool vs. Seeking Alpha

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As an investor, you have countless options to assist in your investment research.

The web contains a variety of websites that provide:

  • News wires;
  • Investment research; and
  • Other financial services.

Each of these sources is unique in their own way.

So, which source is best?

And more importantly…

…which source is best for you?

You have come to the right place, my friend!

Here at Wallstreet Survivor, we are committed to giving you the facts and letting you decide.

Today, we will look at Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha.

These two platforms speak to investors in different ways.

Motley Fool aims to help any investor, including new, intermediate, and advanced.

Seeking Alpha provides in-depth technical analysis to intermediate and advanced investors.

Motley Fool vs. Seeking Alpha 

Motley Fool

The brother duo of Tom and David Gardner founded The Motley Fool back in ’93.

Motley Fool is excellent for investors who seek to invest in a fun and honest way.

These guys aim to help subscribers compile a well-rounded investing education.

So, what is the mission of the Motley Fool?

As the company succinctly puts it, “to help the world invest better.”

The company targets every investor with its intuitive and “can-do” resources.

You will enjoy the precise, targeted, and academic content with some humor.

Are you tired of the same ole, same ole investment research?

If so, you will love the fun and honest take on investment research that these “fools” provide.

Swing over to the Motley Fool’s homepage to make our overview come to life.

You can see much of what the company has to offer without looking far.

The homepage includes the following:

  • Latest news;
  • Investing articles;
  • Links to beginner investing;
  • Stock ideas;
  • Retirement resources;
  • Stock tracker;
  • Broker locator;
  • Podcasts; and
  • The Stock Advisor (premium service).

The two primary sources of data and quote information are Factset and Morningstar.

In addition to the above, the Motley Fool is affiliated with several other companies.

These companies include Motley Fool Asset Management, Motley Fool Wealth Management, and Motley Fool Ventures.

Motley Fool makes content on both stocks and investment strategies.

This content can be accessed by paid subscription or entirely free.

If you do not have access to the premium service, the company will select specific parts of the premium newsletters to share on the free version.

Subscription Services

Motley Fool’s subscription service provides a few levels of membership.

These levels are customized based on various types of investing and interest (and here they are):

The Stock Advisor (SA)

Do you need tips on your investments?

Stock Advisor offers stock recommendations from professional analysts and even the Fool founders.

In addition to recommendations, you also receive newsletters and community access.

This service normally costs just 0.55 cents per day (or $199 per year).  But it is currently on sale for only $99 a year.

*** SPECIAL ALERT -- July 25, 2020 -- TWO of THIS YEAR'S Motley Fool Stock Picks Have Already DOUBLED and ONE Has Already TRIPLED 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, two of their twelve stocks picks from 2020 have already doubled (SHOP and ZM) and another one has tripled (TSLA)--all in just the first 7 months of 2020. In addition, 6 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 128%. That beats the SP500 by an average of 93%. 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 228%
  • HubSpot (HUBS) picked December 5, 2019 and it is up 52%
  • Netflix (NFLX) picked November 21, 2019 and it is up 54%
  • Trade Desk (TTD) picked November 11, 2019 and up 121%
  • Zoom Video originally picked Oct 3 and it is up 259%
  • SolarEdge (SEDG) picked September 19, 2019 and it is up 78%
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. So make sure you have the right stocks in your portfolio.

Normally the Fool service is priced at $199 per year but they are currently offering it for just $99/year if you click this link

If you order today, you will get these upcoming stock recommendations:

  • August 13 - Tom's New 5 Best Buys Now
  • August 16 - Tom's New Single Stock Recommendation
  • August 20 - David's New Single Stock Recommendation
  • August 27 - David's New 5 Best Buys Now

CLICK HERE to get The Motley Fool's Stock Picks for just $99 per Year! 

Rule Breakers (RB) 

Do you hate following the rules?

Rule Breakers looks at high-growth stocks that could make you rich in the not-so-distant future.

These are the stocks that are poised to become market leaders.

Your membership includes newsletters, recommendations, and community access.

This service costs just 0.82 cents per day (or $299 per year).

Rule Your Retirement (RYR) 

Are you ready for retirement (aren’t we all?).

Rule Your Retirement was made for those investors nearing, or already, retired.

Your membership includes model retirement portfolios and tips on Social Security.

This service costs just 0.41 cents per day (or $149 per year).

Options (OPT)

Are you looking for some alternatives?

Options gives you access to Options University, weekly commentary, and investment recommendations.

The Options service offering is tailored to intermediate and advanced traders.

This service costs 2.74 per day (or $999 per year).

In addition to all of its service offerings, the Motley Fool also has more advanced platforms.

However, these platforms are closed to new members.

These custom subscription packages include:

  • Market Pass (MP);
  • Total Income (TI);
  • Supernova (SN);
  • Explorer (EXP1);
  • Premier Pass (PP); and
  • One (more on this below).

A “One” membership includes everything that the Motley Fool has to offer.

The membership begins at $1,499 per year and goes to $8,499 per year.


The company discloses when a writer has an interest in any particular recommended security.

In addition-to staff holding stock, some of the recommended stocks are holdings in the Fool’s portfolio service holdings.

There are articles on the Motley Fool that come from affiliate companies or writers following a different disclosure standard.

Lastly, employees of the Motley Fool have limitations on writing about stocks that they actively hold.

Seeking Alpha

Seeking Alpha was founded all the way back in 2004.

This company focuses on giving its readers with Wall Street’s perspective on individual investments.

Seeking Alpha provides cutting-edge, crowdsources research content targeted toward individual investments.

But what is crowdsourcing, anyway?

According to

Crowdsourcing involves obtaining work, information, or opinions from a large group of people who submit their data via the Internet, social media, and smartphone apps.

Accordingly, the content creators are individual, crowdsourced writers, and investors.

Many of them have investment management backgrounds related to buy- and sell-side research.

Seeking Alpha is best for intermediate to advanced investors.

You will appreciate the views of other industry professionals.

On top of that, you will get content for investing recommendations.

Various Seeking Alpha articles provide in-depth insight, including stock valuation derived using investment valuation theory and professional opinion.

Seeking Alpha’s free services provides you access to a range of investing content.

However, the website rarely offers any analysis of trading strategies or securities.

Seeking Alpha offers both free and paid members-only content.

The free content includes investing and financial literacy articles and the latest market news.

One downside is that you have limited access to “old” news.

This access can be limited to as little as ten days from its original published date.

But if you are reading ten days later…

…you are probably too late!

Subscription Services

Seeking Alpha offers two distinct membership options.

Seeking Alpha Essential

Seeking Alpha Essential was previously known as Seeking Alpha Pro (ever heard of it?).

This service is for the individual investor who requires more exclusive access to the daily developments on Wall Street.

Essential also includes:

  • Access to new and archival content of articles and news;
  • Newsletters;
  • Recommendations;
  • Alerts;
  • Charts; and
  • Comparison tools.

For Seeking Alpha Essential, you will pay just 0.65 cents per day (or $239 per year).

Alternatively, you may pay on a per-month basis at $29.99 per month.

Seeking Alpha Pro+ 

Seeking Alpha Pro+ is the company’s ad-free professional level subscription service.

You can use the service for ideas, charts, research tools, newsletters, and access to everything on the Seeking Alpha website.

You can create on-demand research for specific securities.

Also, you can receive advance notice of the most relevant long and short articles.

The service also includes content exclusively made for institutional-level investors.

This service also provides corporate plans.

For Seeking Alpha Pro+, you will pay just $6.58 per day (or $2,400 per year).

Alternatively, you may choose a per-month payment of $300 per month.

Both Seeking Alpha service offerings offer free and subscription content, so you can choose to pay to receive more (if the free stuff isn’t enough).


Seeking Alpha employs more than 15,000 writers.

These writers get paid varying rates for their content.

Each writer must sign and disclose information about any investments they have before writing about it.

Alpha allows readers to dispute content displayed on the company website.

Lastly, Seeking Alpha tells readers (check the terms of use) that not all investment strategies are suited for every investor.




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