Motley Fool One Prices: March 2014

Here are the latest Motley Fool One membership costs, as of their March 2014 membership drive:

  • 1 year membership: $7,999/year
  • 2 year membership: $12,999 ($6,500/year)
  • 3 year membership: $15,999 ($5,333/year)
  • 5 year membership: $17,999 ($3600/year)

They also offer a $1000 early acceptance discount, and even more valuable, a 1 year FULL money back guarantee on all of the memberships (yes that includes the 1 year membership, so you could in effect use the service for free). Plus if you are an existing subscriber to any of their other services, you can count that cost against the Motley Fool One cost.

The prices continue to increase with each new membership enrollment, particularly the 5 year memberships. Last October, the cost of a 1 year membership was $7499, so they have increased that now by $500. However, the price of a 5 year membership has gone from $14,499 to $17,999 which is a full $3500 increase (which is $700 year). It is quite a steep increase but they are adding a potentially very valuable SMA service to the Motley Fool One offering. So at least the hike comes with additional benefit. Read my post here about why I think that new SMA service could be a game changer. But it nevertheless makes this much more of a premium service, catering to those with large portfolios.

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  • Todd Schermer March 24, 2014, 1:18 am

    I have to say, I am extremely disappointed with the steep price increase. I joined in the fall last year (2013). With rebates on existing services and the $1K rebate, I was able to justify the 5 year cost given the size of my portfolio. And I love the service and have slowly over the past 8 years increase my subscriptions in the Fool. I enjoy spending time researching and contributing to forums and continue forward to a long, successful and relationship with the Fool.

    But when I see price increases like this, 6 months into the service, I’m get very concerned about my renewal rate 5 years from now. A concern that may make be pull the plug before this first year and go back to SuperNova or even just Stock Advisor.

    With a mutual fund or money manager I’m guaranteed a 1% to 1.5% take, no matter what my portfolio size or market conditions. Increases in flat rate services obviously require larger portfolio’s to match those cost and also require the investor to incur the risk during market downturns.

    I think the Motley Fool risk alienating the customers (the active, involved investors) with significant price like this. To me, these are two separate type of customers ; one who want to take the time and mange it themselves and one who believes in the process but wants or needs someone to execute it for them. I, obviously, being part of former would hate to be priced out of Fool One to attract more of the latter. Especially, since I think it the active do it yourselfers that make the service and the forums thrive.

    Personally, I would suggest they keep the the Fool One service prices consistent and consider separate fees for the managed service option.

    • Kevin March 24, 2014, 1:57 am

      Todd, those are fair comments and do agree I hope the price increases don’t continue at this rate. They are adding features that I think justify the increases for now but separating the wealth management features from the rest of MF One would provide an alternative for those who enjoy the services and the community but don’t want or need the rest.

  • Rob June 23, 2015, 1:24 pm

    I signed up in March 2014, and paid the $18k. Mainly because I have been with the Fool forever, in various services, and was anticipating rolling over a sizable 401k. Following the 401k rollover (Q4-2014) I started investing in everlasting portfolio companies and supernova companies. Additionally, I have been selling puts and calls on same companies. My 1yr return as of yesterday – 14.8% vs S&P 10.4%. That isn’t really representative though as I’d only started putting the bulk of cash to work end of 2014 and am just approaching full investment. My YTD return is 10.55% vs S&P at 4.11%. Of course, who knows what will happen over the next 4 yrs, but it’s a nice start, and has more than paid for my 5 yr service.


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