Motley Fool is Broken....You are all making my point (almost)
My intent was the silliness in that one is not locked into their stock pick times and the inherent abuse of closing out picks early. I was not interested in what the perfect strategy or formula of abusing Motley Fool was or is....
I don't think Motley Fool Stock Picking is the same as investing with your own money as some have suggested. There are some examples I will show where it is not. Ultimately, it should be:
1) There is no degree of certainty. Just as we may put more of our money into an oil stock that's doing hot this year versus a longer term investment or vice versa ..... A degree of certainty if introduced to Motley Fool would force a percentage into our stock picks. This limits stock picking from 200 to 100 stocks. 0 - 100%
2) All stock picking is based on the opening trade price and in real life we (investors) sometimes like to wait to buy in mid-day trading if we are certain to expect a cheaper buy in amount.
3) Without #1 (degree of buy-in....degree of certainty), dividends are handled differently based on some flat-rate formula based on how many cents per share the dividend and yield is. I am not sure how this works exactly but it would be different entirely if more of our money/certainty was in 1 stock instead of another.
Sure fine I can go ahead and play along with the system as is and exercise new strategies and even perhaps ditch my Bear Sterns stock pick. However, my point is Motley Fool is still in BETA TEST and I am here to say IT's BROKEN....Don't Justify It....FIX IT.