Motley Fool Performance – August 2016

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Here are the latest performance stats for all the Motley Fool services, since their inception. Returns are calculated using the official methodology of each service, per the Motley Fool site.

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Special Ops and Deep Value Update

Note that due to the shuttering of both the Deep Value and Special Ops services, this is the last month I’ll be able to provide updated performance stats for them.

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  • Craig September 10, 2016, 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the review Kevin — very informative!


  • Douglas H September 10, 2016, 5:42 pm

    Very helpful….I look forward to this every month! Thanks.

  • M September 10, 2016, 6:13 pm

    Thanks sir. What do you think of the new MF One price. $14,999 for 5 years. I think they have removed the SMA feature that made ONE service attractive.

    • MR September 11, 2016, 5:25 pm

      I’ve been getting a lot of long emails on MF One as well. Sorry, I don’t have an answer for your question.

  • TMFInsider September 29, 2016, 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the news. I used to worked at TMF and it’s interesting to keep track of how they are doing. You are spot on that special ops type of investing does not suit TMF, as they lack any edge. They pay too little to attract any trader/analyst who has true skill.

    In fact, I will go further and say that the Fool does not have any edge even in the traditional buy and hold stock selection. The winning numbers you see with Stock Advisor or Supernova outperforming the S&P500 index is a classic case of bait and switch – the SP500 held up as a benchmark is simply a much less risky portfolio due to market-cap weighting, then either SA or SN portfolios by far. All the TMF services benefit from the “smaller-cap” effect where you get higher returns for taking on higher risk long term – just simply by not weighting by marketcap (by equal weighting for example) will produce this effect of increasing portfolio risk relative to the S&P500. Now a fairer comparison will be the portfolios against an equal-weighted S&P500 index like the etf RSP, then it is a comparable risk portfolio and and accessible to any investor. In the last 10 years the RSP outperformed SPY by 100%. That is the smaller cap effect in a bull period – of course the risk will bite you in the behind in a downturn. When you use a proper benchmark, the services’ performance don’t look so good anymore.

    The one edge TMF has is in marketing – you know the spammy emails you get – yeap. The best copywriters get paid ALOT. 🙂 There, I gave the magician’s secrets away.


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