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Motley Fool, please get your act together



August 13, 2017 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: FAZ , TVIX , SQQQ

TMF recently made a significant change to CAPS, eliminating ETFs.

But there's a catch. They missed a lot of funds: CLAW, SMDD, LABD, BIS, CHAD, SQQQ, JDST, RUSS, KOLD, GASX, DRIP, DGLD, DSLV, BRZS, DWTIF, DGAZ, FINZ, GASL, KRS, BRZU, JPNL, CHAU, BOIL, UGAZ, UWTIF, USLV, RXD, TBZ, GRN, SICK, GUSH, UWT, LABU, BOM, SOP, JNUG, SZO, AGA, UUPT, BUNT, DEE, ADZ, ZIV, TVIX, UVXY, FAZ, QID, VXDN, ETX, TPS, TBX, SDYL, SST, BIB, FINU, SVXY, KORU, NAIL, DPST, SPUU, and many more. I sent them a message about this issue several days ago, but there has been no response.

TMF also took a stand against penny stocks: "First, we gave penny stocks the boot. We don’t use them in our investing, and likewise they no longer have a place in CAPS. Specifically, stocks need to have a trailing three-month average daily dollar trading volume greater than $250,000 and a current market cap greater than $50 million to be picked. Also, we maintained our floor of $1.50 per share price for any stock to be eligible for your CAPS scorecard."

The only problem? It's completely false - they didn't make these changes. You can still pick stocks with market caps less than $50M and share price less than $1.50. 

The bigger picture is that CAPS engagement is clearly declining. There are less people writing good blog posts and stock pitches. If this continues, I suspect TMF will eventually shut CAPS down.

TMF and the CAPS community need to work together to create more engagement and content. 

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 14, 2017 at 4:33 AM, notyouagain (39.77) wrote:

Remember Foolanthropy last year? I don't either.

When did you last try clicking on the 'View All Posts' link at the bottom of the main blog page? 

How many people here even remember the old Fool home page with the buzzbox?

Not only do I never get articles with a comment section anymore, I don't even get articles that give me a box to 'rec' them.

The good times ended sometime after 2012 or 2013. All that's left is nostalgic memories. The good times are gone and apparently the Fool couldn't care less. 

Every so often someone writes a blog like this one pleading with them to bring back the Fool we all loved and it falls only on deaf ears.

Sad but true. 

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#2) On August 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM, Bkeepr100 (< 20) wrote:

When the MF founders made the choice to turn to the dark side of charging people $$$ for access to the boards a number of years ago, then came the switch from credit is bad for the investor to an offered fool chargecard, the numerous MF fee consulting,  the matter of XMFSinch and the PM purge, etc, etc...

In short, they lost sight of the goal and got turned around on the message. Much like the hard hit football player that makes a wrong way touchdown for the other team.

It is very possible that this site could return to something better content wise, but if the founders have any toes left to shoot off the corprate foot I would be surprised. 

It was the change in the old school fees to be on the discussion boards and change of auttitude that I can point to as the beginning of the downfall.  The brothers should have learned and not tried to make from some MF mods that the fool became  much like the finacial traps that were railed against at first.  

The outcry and shrinking member base was the first clue...

But when you sell your site's soul and  worse, it's moral compass to make some extra cash, people will vote with their feet.

And that is whay we have an almost dead FM site.

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#3) On August 16, 2017 at 6:23 AM, AnsgarJohn (98.31) wrote:

I am relatively new to CAPS and Motley Fool (2013). The CAPS changes seem logical. I did notice constructive's point, that some ETFs haven't been taken out (yet). 

Keep up the good work and improvements. This should lead to new enthusiasm and new blood in CAPS and the Motley Fool community. 

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#4) On October 09, 2017 at 5:27 PM, kristm (99.72) wrote:

Recommendations on blog posts has been broken now for weeks.

The site feels more abandoned than a K-Mart in a bad neighborhood.

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#5) On November 08, 2017 at 1:34 PM, IWantToBeatBabo (99.84) wrote:

Kristm said “The site feels more abandoned than a K-Mart in a bad neighborhood” 

Bravo!! That is funny and I fully intend to use that line with my friends next time the chance presents itself! 

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#6) On January 19, 2018 at 3:18 AM, TerryHogan (99.98) wrote:


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#7) On February 08, 2018 at 2:40 AM, TSprings11 (84.25) wrote:

I had lunch with DG last summer and as a new Fool (2016) I talked about what I thought was worng with CAPS, like for example the best players just downthumbing flying "penny stocks." When CAPS made the changes I thought "oh wow I feel like I influenced this." CAPS is very outdated but I is still a great tool. I just hope they look to modernizing it. 

From the buisness standpoint I think the biggest challenge the MF faces is that they simply dont appeal to the younger generations, and I think they are trying to address that. They are making a new app that is suppoed to be simialr to CAPS. 

The thing about CAPS is that It does not add much to their buisness but it pleases people like us. I think DG, if he had it his way would put more into CAPS. 

 As a young fool I hope they address all of the concerns listed above.  


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