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June 05, 2009 – Comments (27)

Hi and welcome to the CAPS family.  We have actually some really great people here, They answer questions, they are fun to talk to, they are passionate abouit what they believe in, they argue (boy, do they/we argue - especially politics).  We even have a few black sheep in the family.  I love it and I hope you will too! 

There is a danger of information overload in the beginning.  When I started I had loads of questions, so I asked.  Some of the blogs that got really great answers and that could give you an idea of how you can use CAPS best are here.  So are blogs written by others that have helped me or showed real information that needed to get out.  Read the blogs.  Get an idea of what you like and what you want to try.  We are Glad to have you here.  The More, The Merrier!


A word about the features on CAPS.  There is a box under the Rec box called Follow.  If you like a blog or want to come back later, click that word.  Follow changes to Following.  You now have a 'Following tab on your homepage.  No one else can see it.  You can keep up with any blog of interest and the blogs pop to the top when more comments are added.

Favorites - can be used to pick out those you want to follow because you like their writing, their picks (which are displayed each day in an update), or because you like the sort of person they are.  On the Quicl Stats page for the person, is a line under the name "Add member as a favorite" which after being clicked changes to 'Member is a favorite'.  It is a high compliment.

Recs are a way of showing agreement with a post or the discussion that it has started.  Sort of like applause.  I am expecting some discussion on the way I have interpreted these features and some additional features that need to be added to the mix.  For now moving to blogs


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 -  I got my answers in a more understandable form.

Also,  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 -

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.  -


Who should you listen to among all of these people?  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!


Frequently, someone will give you information about a terrific stock, including all of the financial details.  Will you get straight out information from people who know what they are talking about on CAPS? Sure!  Should you jump in and invest (CAPS or real life) without carefully checking it for yourself?  NEVER!  The author of the blog expects that you will do your own research!

Check Chris Graley on Silver for a great example here -

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

The ultimate?  How about this!  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!


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,

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 -

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 -


We have a lot of folks using different types of analysis on the stock market.  A sampling -

GoodVibe4Ever started the drive to types of analysis with his Technical Analysis class on Elliott Wave Theory whic spauned a chatroom community (As a member, consider this an invitation to join in anytime!)  My favorite post of all time?  TRADING RULES FOR BEING IN THE STOCK MARKET! PRICELESS  Also check out how to trade Ultra ETF's if you like to live dangerously - and know that there is a wealth of information between the two -

Have you ever considered Astrology as a viable analysis method for the market?  Check out "The Astrology of the Market"  by Kstarich.  It is very complex, but if you just mark the dates down, you have the gist of what she is trying to tell you

From a most amazing new CAPS member, binve has written a number of very good blogs.  Try one of these to get a basic understanding of the market for the moment -  This one: or this one:

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,  remember to 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!

27 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 05, 2009 at 4:14 PM, innerflame (< 20) wrote:

Once again Mary- a plethora of valuable reading to get the most out of Fool world. I found even more that I want to read. Thank you!

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#2) On June 05, 2009 at 4:36 PM, JonBarleycorn (69.04) wrote:

Gosh, I wish I had seen this piece when I was just starting out -- well done.


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#3) On June 05, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Semirural (< 20) wrote:

Mary, I can't thank you enough. I'm lucky I stumbled in here. I've been poking my head in and out of the CAPS blogs for some time, and couldn't get a handle on it.  (Several dummie/noob issues like, "Surely there must be an easy way to come back to the same bloggers again without searching.")

Anyway, thanks again. I'm now following your blog, as there's a lot to digest in this post.


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#4) On June 05, 2009 at 5:04 PM, columbia1 wrote:

Everybody should recommend this so it will be in the all-time favorites list for all to enjoy in the future!!

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#5) On June 05, 2009 at 5:43 PM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

Let me add one more blog that will help enormously.  GoodVibe suggested that the Options Blog is for swing traders, This blog on "How to Start, Close, Hedge, and Stop Positions"  in the stock market is of much more aid to those wanting to try their hand in the market.

His other suggestion --  Lots of paper trading first to get the hang of it, followed by small trades.

AND This - CAPS - is a community - Feel free to add your favorite or most helpful blog if I missed it!

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#6) On June 05, 2009 at 5:52 PM, portefeuille (98.90) wrote:

Everybody should recommend this so it will be in the all-time favorites list for all to enjoy in the future!!

or the old version since that one already has 48. recommend both!

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#7) On June 05, 2009 at 6:32 PM, TMFJake (88.51) wrote:

Thanks Mary!

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#8) On June 05, 2009 at 8:15 PM, bigroosterdaddy (69.18) wrote:

Wish I read this a year ago.



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#9) On June 05, 2009 at 11:11 PM, Tastylunch (28.66) wrote:

Pretty awesome post Mary, wish I could rec it more than once.

CAPS should link this to all new players in their welcome email.

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#10) On June 05, 2009 at 11:15 PM, portefeuille (98.90) wrote:

Pretty awesome post Mary, wish I could rec it more than once.

CAPS should link this to all new players in their welcome email.

... and have them read 10 meters of alstry. after that they will have smooth sailing ...

hi there future new players!

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#11) On June 05, 2009 at 11:57 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Mary, You are consistently the most helpful and most supportive member on this site! This is an extremely helpful and useful list. Thank you so much for putting this together. You're the best!!!!

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#12) On June 06, 2009 at 12:16 AM, portefeuille (98.90) wrote:

Mary, I think Russ needs your help (see comment #133 here) ...

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#13) On June 06, 2009 at 12:19 AM, portefeuille (98.90) wrote:

(or binve here)

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#14) On June 07, 2009 at 11:41 AM, isusan (< 20) wrote:

Thanks for taking the time to compile & update these lists Mary! When I first arrived here you were the first to offer assistance with useful links, and it was incredibly helpful. I agree with Tasty, and suggest that this should also be a permanent part of the main page...thank you!

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#15) On June 07, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

I'm afraid that due to bad timing (releasing this on Friday after market close), it will sink into the sunset by Sunday afternoon and be lost.  Thanks for the kind words though, friends.

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#16) On June 08, 2009 at 1:44 PM, anchak (99.91) wrote:

Correct.....This one needs to be made some sort of a sticky ( of course like making the alltime most recd list would help).

Cheers!To probably THE most gracious Capster here!

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#17) On July 24, 2009 at 9:18 AM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote: Anticitrade’s Top 10 Companies to buy based on Liquidation Value sparked a rousing debate and provided some terrific insights into the thoughts of talented stock selectors on CAPS, This is worth some study if you are looking for companies to study.

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#18) On July 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

On the economic news of the day, Alstry is the CAPS watchman. This blog on "Unintended Consequences Should be the Intention" deals with a bill being considered by US lawmakers.

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#19) On July 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

Don't forget the discussion boards for good discussions as well. It is also a great place to go to ask questions and get a timely response from players that have been on CAPS for more than 4 months:)

Try thestinkyfeet board as a suggestion:

Thanks Mary. Hope your doing well.

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#20) On July 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

Madcow - as you can see, I am adding notes for myself again. I wanted to ask permission to use TSF (Where did you get the name?) Also thought that either a group of great discussion boards or of great fund groupings needs to be here. Funds are easier (TSF, All-Star, TigerPack, and individual like Dividends4Life and Anticitrade) - That almost needs a new index! OOOPS - and TMF fund! I only know of one discussion board - and that there are thousands! Care to help a friend?

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#21) On July 24, 2009 at 4:37 PM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

This is a fascinating discussion on possible ways to invest in silver - companies to currencies.  The blog is "As a Followup Post, I've had my eye on Silver Wheaton for a While.  Thoughts?"  GreenCollegeGrad gets plenty of thoughts here  and even sums up the pros and cons at the end.  Most of the metal experts weigh in with some impressive ideas.

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#22) On July 26, 2009 at 1:44 AM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

This is a two parter that is well worth your time.  RussWild teaches the beginning class of Technical Analysis with Class 1  -  And then Class 2 - . Why bother?  Do you remember the panic at GS when an employee stole the "secret trading program?"  What do you think they base those things on?  Besides, a good craftsman never scoffs at another good tool to use.

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#23) On July 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

How does the game of CAPS differ from RL (CAPS-speak for real life)?  JakilaTheHun has a brilliant bit of thinking for you with "A Change of Seasons, Inflation, and CAPS vs RL at  He includes some excellent stock analysis.

And what is a party without entertainment?

Abitaire usually tends to the serious side, but once in a while ...  (Humor) CNBC Website Spoofed is at

Ocsurf is one of my favorites for a boost.  Most of his posts are the editorial cartoons that you wish your paper carried.  Just go down the list of blogs.  Here is one -

And one more.  TMFDeej has an article on dividend paying stocks called "Good article, TERRIBLE title"  (He is referring to the title of an article that he referenced)  A couple of things to add here.  TMF means The Motley Fool in CAPS-speak and anyone with those initials before their username works for the Fool.  Also, Deej has enough good articles that he has a separate folder in my bookmarked section.  (Surprised, Deej?)


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#24) On July 27, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

One other from Alstry on the Social Contract.  The blog and the following discussion make this the one to be added under the commentary section.  An absolute gem and one worth publication as quality work by CAPS stars in both blog and commentary!  Use this instead!

(And if this confuses anyone, realize that I use comments at this point in part to remind myself of some blogs that should be brought into the next installment of this index.)

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#25) On July 27, 2009 at 4:41 PM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

I will remove some of my early blogs from the next index, but will add this DuckTales episode on inflation to the mix under humor, "Do you think the Federal Reserve would understand if it is Animated?"

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#26) On August 04, 2009 at 6:51 PM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

 Gold/Silver/GSMs (and a little Oil for good measure)  Is a favorite post from Binve, straight from his Tin Foil Hat Zone!

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#27) On August 04, 2009 at 7:00 PM, Mary953 (84.97) wrote:

Anchak has put together a DIY primer on ETF's at  .  He is also one of the core members of the discussion group The Stinky Feet which can be found under Discussion Boards.  You are invited to drop by there as well to add your two cents (or .02) to the discussion.

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