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February 03, 2009 – Comments (17)


I have been here since December, in other words, maybe, almost, possibly, about two months.  There are some really great people here.  They answer questions, they are fun to talk to, they are passionate about what they believe in, they argue (boy, do they/we argue - especially political arguements!),  I love it!  I hope you will too.  When I started, I had questions so I asked.  Some of the blogs that got really great answers and that could give you a good look at how you can use caps best are here.  Read the blogs.  Get an idea of what you like, what you want to try,  We are glad to have you here.  The more, the merrier!

From MFBriguy, the lazy man's way to a CAPS score of 99+. Just a note here, he subscribes to several Motley Fool services and follows them in his CAPS picks so you have a bit of info here on them as well -

On general CAPS behavior and information, redneckdemon has it down in “lessons learned in 2008". I wish I had read this before I started into CAPS. As a first time blogger, it would have been priceless. You will find it at -

This blog asks about collecting the lucky charms that are at the top of some of the CAPS pages.    The link for this one is

One of my favorite posts to show how CAPS can really give you inside information is Jazzy33's In 2009: Be a HOG!!! HOG is the symbol for Harley Davidson and the comments went back and forth.  -

These two are a couple of my own questions. I started out not knowing much about investing terms or the current market and economy.  I was confused by a term and suspected that there was more to it than Wikipedia would provide, so I asked CAPS -

When I first started into CAPS, I was concerned about the economy (specifically, my personal economy) I got more help than I could have imagined. If you are considering any investing or even if you are not, please check this out. The information is incredible and it comes from a number of really knowledgeable people -

Frequently, someone will give you information about a terrific stock, including all of the financial details. These are frequently offered up by someone who has studied them carefully. You might check these examples to see what I mean:

Dividends4life likes Lowe’s Home Improvement chain and offers an analysis here -

Or you might like SharpSEO who has a breakdown of stats on another company here

If you like your political commentary with satire, check out the blogs by DaretothREdux.

If you prefer straight economic discussion, you want to meet whereaminow. He will discuss, debate, or inform if you are interested in economic theory, politics, sociology, or any number of topics.  He is also incredibly enjoyable to read!

And finally there are the warnings.  CAPS members will share the information when they know of problems,

From Tastylunch, information about penny stocks in

From MagicDiligence, warnings of Red Flags in financial statements

TMFSinchiruna provides a warning against purchasing cars before checking to insure that the title is clear -

Please note that this is Not a "required reading list."  It is just that the amount of information on this site is phenomenal and it can overwhelm you even if you are Not new to the site.  I am merely trying to share the wealth, so to speak, so that you get off to a really great start.   If you find a blogger that you really enjoy, you can add that person to your list of favorites and go back and read more that the blogger has written.  If you find a really good post, join in to comment or question, or just check the REC box.  This lets the writer know that the subject did interest people and more on the subject might be well received.   There are CAPS members willing to help on a number of topics and they are great - Absolutely, totally fantastic!  TMF is lucky to have this resource and now you have it too! 

Fool on and enjoy!

17 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 03, 2009 at 11:14 AM, XMFSinchiruna (26.55) wrote:

Mary - Thanks so much for doing this... this is a great service you're providing to any newcomers!!... or even just for those who've been too busy to keep up with all the great stuff coming out on the blogs recently.

I wish there were a lucky charm for most community-oriented new blogger who adds substantial value to the experience for countless users... cause you would certainly get me vote. :)

Fool on!

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#2) On February 03, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Bays (29.17) wrote:

This is great..... Rec and follow

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#3) On February 03, 2009 at 9:54 PM, DaretothREdux (47.19) wrote:

Thanks Mary953!

I really appreciate that, and not just because you felt I should be included ;) but because you also provide slightly "less" new CAPS players with valuable resources. I am watching closely for GoodVibe to call the next market drop! Report this comment
#4) On February 04, 2009 at 4:00 AM, TMFSpiffyPop (99.86) wrote:

Mary, may I offer my congratulations and my thanks? Congratulations on finding CAPS and Fool Community -- I hope you will join us for a long, long time. I've been here for about 15 years and am even more earnestly looking forward to the next 15 years.

And thank you for contributing such a great resource, freely from your own efforts and heart.

Foolish very best,

David Gardner 

P.S. Consider adding in a point about our "Following" feature -- a tab on each of our My CAPS pages. It's a great way for newcomers to find their way back to any blogs or comments here on CAPS. For instance, I'm clicking "Following" on this thread. :)

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#5) On February 04, 2009 at 8:35 AM, Mary953 (85.27) wrote:

Thanks for the kind words. I have been using Fool newsletters for several years, but have only just begun to explore CAPS.

Dave - I make extensive use of the Following feature.  I use it as a bookmark, to follow conversations that I have taken part in, and I use the threads and blogs from the list that I am following to find the blogs that I recommend here.

If you haven't used this feature yet, you don't have a "following" tab at the top of your CAPS page, but that is easy to fix,  Next time you see a post that you would like to go back and find easily, look at the top right corner of that blog.  Under the box that allows you to add a recommendation (yeah, a rec), you will see "Follow" and "Share".  Just click on Follow.  It will turn orange, the word will change from Follow to Following, and you will have begun a Following section tied to your CAPS page.  Clicking on that tab will now give you a list of all of the items in your "Following" section. Put as much or as little as you like there.  It is your private library of things that you want to go back to.  Each time a comment is added to anything that you are following, the blog will jump back to the top of the list.  This way, you can even keep up with the conversation or arguement if one gets started.


If you are still around, if someone wanted to add a column to that following page that allowed you to flag messages you were especially interested in, it would be even better.  You're the man, so I thought I would drop the idea just in case!     :)

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#6) On February 14, 2009 at 2:22 PM, walt373 (99.84) wrote:

Wow, there's a lot of stuff here. I wish I had started reading these blogs earlier. Thanks for the list!

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#7) On May 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM, redneckdemon (< 20) wrote:

Wow, I really need to pay more attention.  Searching for my screen name to find some old threads I had posted in, and I find myself mentioned in one of the single most useful posts I have run across in the blogs to date!

 I also wish I had found this list sooner...

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#8) On May 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Mary953 (85.27) wrote:  This link brings together some of the most incredible hidden gems of the CAPS stock picking world - nominated by some of the not so hidden gems of our CAPS world.  Check out the people referred to, but don't forget to spend some quality time looking at the posting CAPS members as well!

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#9) On May 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM, jddubya (< 20) wrote:

wow - can't believe I didn't see this until now. Great Stuff!

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#10) On May 26, 2009 at 12:08 PM, Mary953 (85.27) wrote:

Will you get some just straight out information from someone who knows what they are talking about?  Sure!  Should you jump on it and invest (on CAPS or in real life) without carefully checking it yourself - NEVER!  and the author of the blog expects that you will do your own research.

Check Chris Graley on Silver for a great example here -


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#11) On May 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM, Mary953 (85.27) wrote:

Hi there!  There are places around CAPS that throw up the newest comments no matter where they occur.  If you have noticed that this blog is currently getting a lot of comments, it is because we have had loads of new members and great blogs since its last incarnation in Feb and a new CAPS blog really should be added.  I am looking at some of my favorite blogs, sorting through and posting likely candidates here. 


Look at some of the blogs above if you need an idea of what this is about.  Or if you have a blog that is especially helpful to you or especially good information, put it in the comments section.  I can then get the chance to pass more information along.

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#12) On May 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM, PrestonCheek (30.74) wrote:

Hey Mary, having been a blogging friend of yours for some time I am kinda sad that I missed this and I'm sorry I have not rec'd it, but I just did.

I hope all is well with you and keep up the good work.

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#13) On May 26, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Mary953 (85.27) wrote:

This has to be included.  It provides more than a blog.  Run by Solarisking, the All-Star Portfolio has a list of stocks picked by the absolute top Fools in the game.  These people have been here for over 6 months and are still in the top 1% - a feat that gets harder, the longer you are here.  If you click on the STATS tab at the top, you can find the portfolio itself, complete with a reason for each pick and the name of the CAPS member responsible ---- SWEET!

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#14) On May 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM, RootnToot (29.11) wrote:


Thank you for putting this together. Great Post.

 Two Fools up and a rec from me.

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#15) On May 27, 2009 at 6:38 PM, Mary953 (85.27) wrote:

Toronian has a warning that should be up in Big Red Lights at the entrance to the blog - Warning, Fools Ahead - No, that's not his title - Just check.  Save yourself some headache -

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#16) On June 05, 2009 at 10:59 AM, Mary953 (85.27) wrote:

From a most amazing new CAPS memberf, binve haswritten a number of very good blogs.  Try one of these to get a basicunderstanding of the market for the moment -  This one: or this one:

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#17) On June 05, 2009 at 5:52 PM, portefeuille (98.93) wrote:

updated version here.

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