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One Way to Improve CAPS



December 16, 2013 – Comments (9)

CAPS is an awesome tool and is one of the most effective tools I have used to improve as an investor.

However, as many have commented, it does not seem to receive as much attention these days. I think SeekingAlpha has been a huge blow to CAPS, but there are still ways to revive the CAPS community. 

One proposal: Give a small portion of the top-performing CAPS members free access to all of TMF's products. I'm not sure exactly what that number should be-- whether it is 1%, 2%, etc, but I think it is a great idea for many reasons:

1) Negligible revenue hit: I do not get the sense that there is a huge crossover between CAPS members and Premium Subscribers

2) Improved Incentives: The CAPS community will not have an incentive to check their score, post more quality picks, etc.

3) Discussion Boards: The Premium Services will also benefit by having some of the best stockpickers in the Fool community on their discussion boards


As many sites (TMF, SeekingAlpha, GuruFocus, etc.) have started incentivizing people to write articles by paying $$$, the free tools such as CAPS have suffered. However, many of these people would rather post ideas and make money off of them than write up long articles for $100. It would be a nice incentivize and perk to allow the top performing members to have access to all TMF products, and it would have wide-ranging benefits.   

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 16, 2013 at 7:23 AM, portefeuille (98.93) wrote:

I think most "top performers" do not ascribe all that much value to "TMF products".

There is quite obviously no interest in improving CAPS. If there was, it would be quite easy to do so, a few suggestions can be found here (that list is from comment #10 here).

March 30, 2009, Finding the true gurus in CAPS

May 30, 2009, Ellipsis

August 23, 2009, Accomodating the specialist; innovating caps

August 28, 2009, Opening up a new continent in Caps; finally some justice for the stockpickers and a new challenge for the rest of us; innovating caps (7)

May 13, 2010, changes

February 03, 2012, What additional info would you like to get out of CAPS?

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#2) On December 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM, portefeuille (98.93) wrote:

Those that want to see something uselful that originated in the domain should

read the pitches written by zzlangerhans.

and follow my old fund and the zzporte collaboration.

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#3) On December 16, 2013 at 7:36 AM, portefeuille (98.93) wrote:

#1 That old fund is now up around 244% from its December 2011 low.


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#4) On December 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM, constructive (99.97) wrote:

TMF tried this a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly, CAPS members rated 99+ got 6 months free access to Rule Breakers. Presumably they would know if that was successful in converting free users to subscriptions.

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#5) On December 17, 2013 at 1:41 AM, XMFConnor (97.13) wrote:


Interesting-- did not realize that, 

However, I think that is the wrong approach because 1) that's only one product and 2) I don't think the goal should be to make money off the top CAPS performers, but instead to keep them on CAPS and improve the discussion on the premium discussion boards

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#6) On December 17, 2013 at 6:08 AM, AnsgarJohn (98.25) wrote:

I would say, when people write pieces on or comments, show their CAPS score. It is like a feedback rating on eBay/Amazon.

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#7) On December 17, 2013 at 6:11 AM, AnsgarJohn (98.25) wrote:

Like you see it here within CAPS, but not in the rest of the site like here: 

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#8) On December 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM, MKArch (99.81) wrote:


Here's my suggestions along a similar line. I remember a TMF staff member saying he was working on an upgrade of his own initiative along these lines maybe a year ago that gave me hope that TMF was not going to orphan CAPS. However I've emailed TMF a couple of times recently to inform them that HBIO had spun off their HART unit but this was not adjusted in CAPS. I didn't get a response and it hasn't been adjusted yet.

HBIO was actually an idea I picked up on from TMFDeej who went from one of the most prolific contributers in CAPS to AWOL. Hopefully I'm wrong and missing something but I suspect CAPS is orphaned but TMF doesn't want to ackowledge it publicly. Just let the subs figure it out for themselves I fear. 

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#9) On December 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM, drgroup (67.40) wrote:

Wow!! socialism is alive and well here. What do you expect from a free site, real financial insight. Even your brokers, if you have one, are less informative than Fools....

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