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June 03, 2009 – Comments (14)

Am I the only one here who is completely astounded that CAPS has not unleashed the power of the watch list yet? I mean I know, we all have space for 200 picks in our CAPS portfolios, but right next to the commentary tab at the top of your scorecard you'll notice an area for yourself entitled "Watch List." Me personally, I haven't used it yet and with good reason, it's not necessarily a reminder to myself but a notice to everyone else of other companies that are currently peaking my interest, and that my friends is the rub!

Why hasn't the Motley Fool taken advantage of this wonderful tool and made the Watch List open for everyone to see. I'm more than happy to blog about companies that interest me and stocks that might be peaking my attention, but I bet it would sure be a lot easier for everyone to see in a very simple watch list what companies are peaking my attention. In addition to this, just as we have pitches for our CAPS portfolio picks, perhaps we could have "notes" for our watch list picks. We don't need to have green or red thumbs for watch list picks, perhaps just cognitive reminders for ourselves and our readers.

Not just thinking of myself, there are plenty of other CAPS players that I would be interested in viewing their watch lists. Right now I have to scroll through a never-ending blog post of Portefeuille's just to find his 520+ recommendations when it would be SO much easier just to have the ability to see his watch list as easy as I can access his scorecard and commentary. Bulls and bears alike I think Watch Lists could become an interesting tool and I think the Motley Fool would be smart to look into expanding it for all to see. Any community feedback here would be appreciated as I'd be curious to know if I'm the only one feeling this way.

UltraLong

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#1) On June 03, 2009 at 2:32 AM, portefeuille (99.66) wrote:

Right now I have to scroll through a never-ending blog post of Portefeuille's just to find his 520+ recommendations when it would be SO much easier just to have the ability to see his watch list as easy as I can access his scorecard and commentary.

I am still giggling. I decided to mention my list  just a few seconds before I got to the part of your post mentioning it (I usually comment before I reach the "lower parts" of a post ...).

good idea!

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#2) On June 03, 2009 at 3:00 AM, MAURIZIO400 (49.28) wrote:

yea! good thinking

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#3) On June 03, 2009 at 5:26 AM, TMFBabo (100.00) wrote:

I may be in the minority, but I like my private watch list.

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#4) On June 03, 2009 at 10:31 AM, tgarci2 (53.29) wrote:

My watchlist usually just consists of stocks under the $1.50 or $100M range, and somewhere around 90% of the time are stocks that I want to green thumb.  I am a big fan of keeping around 75% of my real money in small cap stocks, the ones that can easily hurt you as much as they can help, and I would love to get others opinions on my 'would be' picks before I purchase.

 Pretty good suggestion though ultralong, I can't lie when I say I wouldn't mind seeing your watchlist...

 why does that sound inappropriate

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#5) On June 03, 2009 at 10:36 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

I have a few in the watchlist, but doubt anybody would click on it to see if it was available. Mainly sector bets and few unkowns that I like to go back to. I don't see the reason for hiding it, but I doubt it is a priority for TMF. I was wondering if anybody else even used the feature. I always get a kick out people putting up pitches that say they are putting it up just for the watchlist. I don't think all players even know about it.

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#6) On June 05, 2009 at 4:43 AM, TMFUltraLong (99.95) wrote:

Really, no other comments or consensus on this other than the few players above? Makes me think that perhaps I am in the minority on this one.

UltraLong

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#7) On June 05, 2009 at 8:10 PM, TSIF (99.96) wrote:

My watch list is simply a place I put things that peak my interest, but I don't have time to do DD on. The most annoying thing about it is that if you click add it to your watch list from the stock ticker it is ALWAYS an upthumb.  Adding them manually with a pitch is a pain in the ....

IF you go to make them active you have to copy your pitch, make an active play, and then delete them. There should be a button to make my watched list item "active".  :)

So they linger there and I look later and I say, wow if I'd really picked that when I was looking at it, I'd be up 100 points now....they I say, no wait, when I was looking at it I thought it was over priced and would have down thumbed it...so lost 100 points......

I agree with tgarci2.  A few of mine are not pickable and I put them on my watch list so I can try to see if they move into the pick range.

Nothing of interest there. IF I'm really interested in a stock then I pick it, pitch it, toss in a green dollar sign if I'm invested or feel strong about it.

The watch list being public would be embarrasing!  In addition, I barely have time to clean up my active account and spy on everyone else's. If they aren't ready to pick it and are only watching it and I spy on their watchlist and pick it....then they might have just been watching it to find the best time to dump on it, leaving me in the wrong play!  It's a full time job spying on  portefeuille 's active plays!

Nope, make allow viewing optional if you want...but I already have information over load without public watch lists and second guessing the guesser!

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#8) On June 05, 2009 at 9:53 PM, lennysims (77.60) wrote:

I personally would like to see other's watch list; it's away to get more ideas and I think part of what Motley Fool is all about.

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#9) On June 06, 2009 at 7:32 AM, translator999 (99.94) wrote:

Yes, I've often wondered why TMF doesn't allow us to see other people's watchlists. In fact, I'm CONVINCED that there are more interesting stocks on some CAPS players' watchlists than there are on their active-picks page. I put quite a few stocks on my watchlist that do not fit TMF's ridiculous market-cap and minimum-price criteria for inclusion on CAPS, and I assume other people do the same. On the other hand, I can understand why some CAPS players would prefer that their watchlists remain private. Simple solution, as TSIF pointed out, would be to allow CAPS players to choose whether to make their watchlist public. Or TMF could give us TWO watchlists: one private and one public. That should make everyone happy!

I agree with you, UltraLong; allowing us to see other players' watchlists would be beneficial and a great addition to the CAPS experience.

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#10) On June 06, 2009 at 9:47 AM, alexpaz (29.10) wrote:

I am astonished that you are actually the 2nd highest Caps player

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#11) On June 06, 2009 at 12:11 PM, TSIF (99.96) wrote:

alexpaz....timing is a great deal of the game.  Having the foresight, willingness and fortitude to follow through is another big piece.

Some suggest that you can't survive cycles over the long hual with UltraLong's picks, but I suggest the long haul could be very long indeed if you had tried this at the bottom of any of the last 7 recessions.  If stocks don't dip again, then they will level off the rise at some point and hand picked stocks have a chance again to outshine leveraged ETF's, but picking enough to overcome UltraLong's accuracy advantage which will last much longer than the points in a steady market will be quite a challenge to someone.  I gave up too many accuracy points learning the game, but someone with a good accuracy score has a chance to compete.  Good luck. 

 

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#12) On June 06, 2009 at 4:04 PM, portefeuille (99.66) wrote:

Yes, I've often wondered why TMF doesn't allow us to see other people's watchlists. In fact, I'm CONVINCED that there are more interesting stocks on some CAPS players' watchlists than there are on their active-picks page. I put quite a few stocks on my watchlist that do not fit TMF's ridiculous market-cap and minimum-price criteria for inclusion on CAPS, and I assume other people do the same.

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hey! everyone! this is a free country! (and to some degree the U.S. are one as well ...)

make a blog post. give it the headline "..." to confuse people or "my watch list". add your watch list in the body of that post. add changes to that list as comments.

write in your profile where that list is.

give this post here a recommendation. 

write a post about it yourself.

really easy and effective, I should think ...

(again, see comment #1 above.)

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#13) On June 06, 2009 at 5:03 PM, TMFJake (29.14) wrote:

Our plan (no date set yet) is to give members the option to make Watch Lists public or keep them private.  Fool On!

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#14) On June 06, 2009 at 5:22 PM, portefeuille (99.66) wrote:

Our plan (no date set yet) is to give members the option to make Watch Lists public or keep them private.  Fool On!

wow, I just thought of exactly that taking a shower. I agree. But please add non U.S. stock exchanges, do away with the 20 minute delay and give it the "outperform" / "underperform" feature. In short: make it compatible to my list ...

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