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
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.
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)
*** UPDATED SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 WITH STOCK PRICES AND PERCENTAGE RETURNS THRU FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 **
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 MOTLEY FOOL RECAP:
- The Motley Fool stock pick ZOOM VIDEO (TICKER: ZM) is up $84 or 28% in the last 10 days due to a strong earnings release. Do you own stock in ZOOM VIDEO? If you subscribed to the Motley Fool you would. They recommended it 4 times in the last 12 months. The Motley Fool has been hot on Zoom Video for over a year now recommending it July 3, 2019 when it was at $90; then again Oct 3, 2019 when it was at $76; then again at the start of COVID on March 19, 2020 when it was at $123 and finally again on April 16, 2020 when it was at $150. So now it is at $383. THAT is exactly how they get their incredible returns year after year.
- The Motley Fool stock pick CROWDSTRIKE – Ticker CRWD is up 30% in the last 3 weeks. The Motley Fool recommended Crowdstrike (CRWD) on June 4, 2020 and again on July 2, 2020.
- Four of their picks for 2020 have already more than doubled (ZM, SHOP, ZM, TSLA).
- Thirteen of their 24 stock picks from 2019 are up >50%
- Seven of those 2019 picks have already doubled and 2 have quadrupled.
Don't miss out on the Motley Fool's next stock pick–it could be the one that doubles or triples in the next few months. If you order today, you will get their next scheduled STOCK ALERTS:
- September 17, 2020 – David's New Single Stock Recommendation
- September 24, 2020 – David's New 5 Best Stocks to Buys Now
- October 1, 2020 – Tom's New Single Stock Recommendation
- October 8, 2020 – Tom's 5 New Best Stocks to Buy Now
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.
BEST STOCK NEWSLETTER OF 2020 (December 6, 2020 UPDATE)
One of this year's Motley Fool Stock Picks is up 596%, Two Others have TRIPLED, and 2 more have DOUBLED in just 111 Months!
We have been tracking ALL of the Motley Fool stock picks since January 2016. That's almost 5 years and over 115 stock picks. As of Friday, December 4, 2020, 20 of their 22 stocks picks are up with an average return of 76% compared to the SP500's 19%.
In addition, 8 of their 2019, 11 of their 2018, 9 of their 2017 and 15 of their 2016 picks have also doubled. Best of all, over the last 5 years the average stock pick is up 199%. That beats the SP500 by an average of 144%. And that's even accounting for all of this COVID crisis 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. Now they are starting to pick stocks that will do well in the Biden presidency.
- Fiverr Intl (FVRR) - Sept 3, 2020 pick is up 75% in just 3 months
- CrowdStrike (CRWD) – June 4, 2020 pick and it is already up 74%
- Zoom Video (ZM) – April 16, 2020 pick and it is up 172%
- Shopify (SHOP) – April 2, 2020 pick and it is up 204%
- Zoom Video (ZM) – March 19, 2020 pick re-recommended and it is already up 301%
- DexCom (DXCM) picked Feb 20, 2020 right before the market crashed and it is still up 15%
- NVTA picked February 6, 2020 is up 129%
- Tesla (TSLA) picked January 2, 2020 before the crash and it is up 596%
- HubSpot (HUBS) picked December 5, 2019 and it is up 152%
- Netflix (NFLX) picked November 21, 2019 and it is up 59%
- Trade Desk (TTD) picked November 7, 2019 and up 368%
- Zoom Video originally picked Oct 3 and it is up 433%
- SolarEdge (SEDG) picked September 19, 2019 and it is up 204%
Now, no one can guarantee that their next picks will be as strong, but our 5 years of experience has been super profitable. They also claim that since inception, their average pick is up 529% 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.
FYI -- Updated as of January 16, 2021 -- Thank goodness 2020 is over and we look forward to life returning back to normal in 2021. But the one GREAT thing about 2020 if you were a Motley Fool subscriber was 21 of their 24 2020 stock picks are up; and EIGHT (TSLA, NVTA, ZM, SHOP, ZM (re-recommended), CRWD, CRWD (re-recommended), and FVRR) have now at least DOUBLED! The average return of their 2020 stock picks is now +95% compared to the SP500's +19%. Their top performer was TESLA which is now up 860% since they recommended it in January 2020. In addition, their 2019 stock picks were awesome too and they are now up 121% beating the SP by 87%; and their 2018 picks are up 209% beating the SP by 165%. Now for 2021, with a new President and a COVID vaccine, most analysts expect the market to continue up, but make sure you have the right stocks!
In fact, over the last 5 years the average Fool stock pick has more than tripled (up 214%)! This time period covers the 2016 election, the Trump administration, the China trade negotiation, COVID, and now the Motley Fool is getting ready to release their stock picks for 2021 and the Biden administration. Don't miss out on the Motley Fool's next stock pick. Here is the schedule for their next TRADE ALERTS:
- January 21, 2021 - David's New 5 Best Stocks to Buys Now List
- January 28, 2021 - David's New Stock Recommendation
- February 4, 2021 - Tom's New Stock Recommendation
- February 11, 2021 - Tom's 5 New Best Stocks to Buy Now List
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).
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 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 investopedia.com:
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!
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;
- 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.
MOTLEY FOOL ALERT HOT STOCK ALERT*** 9:08 AM ET SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 ALERT: ZOOM VIDEO (TICKER:ZM is up $124 or 38% to $448 in early trading this morning due to a fantastic earnings release. ***
DO YOU OWN ZOOM? I DO AND I BOUGHT IT 4 TIMES IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS--THANKS TO THE FOOL!
The Motley Fool has been hot on the stock for a year now recommending it July 3, 2019 when it was at $90; then again Oct 3, 2019 when it was at $76; then again during COVID on March 19, 2020 when it was at $123 and finally again on April 156, 2020 when it was at $150. So now it is at $448. THAT is exactly how they get their incredible returns year after year.
Learn more about the Motley Fool Stock Advisor service and how you can get their picks for just $19.