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TMFJake - Better Know A CAPS Player



November 19, 2009 – Comments (22)

So this idea was proposed on a fransgaeredts (sp?) blog back in late August if I remember correctly by TMFJake on whether or not there would be community interest in a Better Know A CAPS player blog. We already have Rich Duprey doing his 1 in 100 investor commentaries which I feel are good but are merely third party views of how that person has made 1500 caps picks over a few years. It really gives you no insight into how that person makes his/her choices or what makes them tick.

So here's what I'm curious about gauging is the level of interest in a series of "Better Know A CAPS Player." I woule envision this being run much like TMF has recently run the roundtables on various topics. It doesn't have to be a 100 question tell me everything about your life session, but perhaps 5-10 questions would be enough to satiate some purported 140,000 CAPS users and teach them a little bit more about various investment styles and the people behind them. I for one would be pretty damn excited to see a series like this evolve but I'm just 1 of 140,000.

So here's what we need...... opinions! We need as many opinions on this as possible so that Jake or The Motley Fool can determine if it's even a viable idea. How are we going to get those opinions? Well I expect to have quite a few in the next 24 hours because apparently some of you are goofy enough to subscribe to my blogs, but you also need to recommend the daylights out of this blog for two purposes. One, it will keep this blog in the top 5 for daily, weekly and monthly timeframes and allow TMF a good 30 days to gauge interest in this idea. Secondly, it will selfishly pad my recommendation count and cause me bouts of happy happy joy joy =) !

Let me also add, I'm not saying anything will come of this, I'm merely getting the ball started so that hopefully TMFJake sees the interest in this idea and given that level of interest, acts accordingly. So let's hear it, Better Know A CAPS Player or not?


22 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 20, 2009 at 12:25 AM, UltraContrarian (30.23) wrote:

So the idea is that TMFJake would interview people and then post it as a blog/article?

Sounds good to me. There should definitely be humor but also some deep stuff like 'your biggest weakness as an investor'.  In my opinion we often learn more from our failures than our successes.

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#2) On November 20, 2009 at 12:31 AM, ikkyu2 (98.48) wrote:

I like it, would read, would rec if it was executed the same way that you, and TMFJake, have executed other things in the past.

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#3) On November 20, 2009 at 1:07 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (77.88) wrote:

Well I expect to have quite a few in the next 24 hours because apparently some of you are goofy enough to subscribe to my blogs

Aw man I did'nt know there was a subscription cost. What a ripoff:)

My only thoughts on this are-

 what is your favorite comedy show(s)- (my answer) South Park.

what about a bull or bear icon after a players name.

some purported 140,000 CAPS

Geez UL have you recently taken an accounting class in China.

Fool on


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#4) On November 20, 2009 at 1:17 AM, Tastylunch (28.76) wrote:

I believe this used to do this back when Hollywood Dan was here. I think he actually taped his intereview with Eldrehad.

I'm all for it, although I wouldn't want to be interviewed since I prefer my anonymity. Besides there bette, smarter people than myself here. :)

Sounds like good fun.

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#5) On November 20, 2009 at 1:32 AM, TMFUltraLong (99.60) wrote:

I don't even think it has to be as far as a phone or video interview. It could be as simple as TMF or Jake emailing a participant 5-10 questions to be answered by email and then turning that persons responses into a weekly article. What I definitely dont want to see if the same 5-10 questions. Although 20-60% of those questions will be basically consistent person to person, as mentioned above, it needs to be fun and different with each case.


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#6) On November 20, 2009 at 1:37 AM, Tastylunch (28.76) wrote:

yeah I agree that would be fine. Although there is something interesting at a primal level about seeing what a internet person looks like.

This would be a fun idea. Hope they do it.

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#7) On November 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM, TMFJake (58.34) wrote:

I really like this idea, as you know, and would be willing to start it up in the blogs. Two questions for those that want this:

1.  What are the burning questions?

2. Who do you want to start with?

Fool On!

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#8) On November 20, 2009 at 11:14 AM, lemoneater (58.88) wrote:

Great idea! Allow an investor to share relevant life experiences and personal motivations that have led to his or hers goals future and/or realized.

Chris Graley already started this idea off in his own way with his blog about his gaining a hard work ethic from his dad's example and his own experiences with his paper route and the military.


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#9) On November 20, 2009 at 11:22 AM, lemoneater (58.88) wrote:

Should be "her" not "hers"

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#10) On November 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM, kdakota630 (29.47) wrote:

I like the idea as well.  I'm assuming it would be kind of a "20 questions" format as opposed to a "Playboy interview" type that would go on for pages and pages.

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#11) On November 20, 2009 at 4:43 PM, APJ4RealHoldings (45.23) wrote:

Not really that interested.  I wonder how much staying interest (clicks & actual reads) something like this would generate after a couple of months (or after 5 or so 'interviews' had already been done)

 ...I would read it maybe if I was bored.  Just offering my opinion ;)

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#12) On November 21, 2009 at 1:28 PM, foolishlymeek (67.70) wrote:

I would be interest in reading these interviews. I would love to know more about other Fools - especially those who are the best investors. I think all questions should be open-ended, not just a yes or no answer.

I like lemoneater's idea of knowing life experiences and personal motivations.

Possible questions:

- What are the three top things you look for in a company to buy the stock?

- What would you recommend for others to learn more about investing - whether stocks, bonds, EFTs, mutual funds? (Books, websites, etc.)

- How did you get started in investing? Silver spoon? Hitting 40 with no retirement account and realizing social security was not going to help? Divorced and lost everything to your spouse?

- What one thing would you like other Fools to know about you? (Ultra, we already know that you live for recommendations, which makes me assume that you are very competitive! ;) )

Tasty, I would like to learn more about you - and other Fools who are consistently in the top investing lists. You can always take the Fifth for any question! :)

Now I have a foolish (small f) question.  Is a person a bull or a bear or is a person bullish or bearish about a stock.  Or possibly both! 


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#13) On November 21, 2009 at 3:47 PM, Teacherman1 (< 20) wrote:

I'm for it, but also wanted to take this opportunity to show my admiration for your entrepreneual spirit in your TOP FOOL post.

What are your rates for advertisments?

Jake. I think we should start with the TOP FOOL.

Why you make your picks.

Which ones you are in with real money in real life.

What is your investing background.

Some general comments about who you are and what you do when you aren't spending every waking moment posting in CAPS.

Biggest investment error.

Biggest investment win.

Just some of the things I would like to see if this is done.

Have a good day and may every one win in the market. Hmmm don't know if that is even possible.


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#14) On November 24, 2009 at 2:55 PM, ParrotRedWorm (82.82) wrote:

Cool idea but watch out for the personal. 

For instance, part of UL's mystique to me is my ability to some days picture him as coming in from his pizza delivery job to his basement bedroom and some days as a Howard Rourke type in a 3 wolves tee shirt.  Naturally depending on whether or not he led me astray in a given week.  I'm sure that he is probably just the guy in his avatar though, and that is fine with me...

And then there is the stalkers thing, I don't care to hear about anyone's last $1M real life score, just tell me what you like and try to fool me why.

I suggest announcing a weekly target and then we all pin our questions on their blog, TMF Jake can pick which questions to shoot at the target.....fool on.

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#15) On November 25, 2009 at 11:28 PM, tweetybirdvicky (< 20) wrote:

love the idea - it would add a new level to the forum. And BTW Ultra - why not start a hedge fund? Seriously - All of us more  busy, less brain blessed or just plain lazy hangersoners would love to hitch on with someone we know  with a great track record we trust and just the right mix of cynicism and analysis - who's not in anyones pocket! ( please dont tell us you are a pimply blighter delivering for Dominoes and living in your Moms basement)- and curse me for a putdown for a pimply blighter or  any potential contributor the the great  Social Security Ponzi scheme that may save me from eating cat food).....

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#16) On November 27, 2009 at 3:52 PM, akaprimo (72.25) wrote:

Great idea, I agree with Parrot's suggestions.

You could also extend this to the lowest scorer, a title for which I am contending. There might be some value in what I call anti-investors (someone who always manages to buy high and sell low).

Ultralong - keep on doing what you are doing. Your blogs are always interesting and informative as are your stock picks.


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#17) On November 30, 2009 at 1:37 AM, Linksmanrjf (39.84) wrote:

Count me as a yes vote, but it's too late for me to add meaningful additions to what everyone's already suggested.  Fool on!!

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#18) On November 30, 2009 at 3:11 AM, fransgeraedts (99.82) wrote:

Dear UL

a very good idea.

I would also like to see the possibility for everybody to describe their capsstrategy in -for example- their profile. And to search for players with the help of a tag-system. (Rendering a list of -for example- buy and hold retail investors.)


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#19) On November 30, 2009 at 8:17 AM, tweetybirdvicky (< 20) wrote:

Thats the best idea of all - separate out some buy and hold, intermediate term and swing.

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#20) On November 30, 2009 at 8:53 AM, IlanBigfoot (75.41) wrote:

Great idea! Of course the most important question is "where do your ideas come from?" or maybe "what process do you go through to find your winning ideas?" That's what we really want to know!

 And the Good Lord knows we all thank you for not putting stupid religious comments in your TOP FOOL post. 

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#21) On November 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM, jddubya (< 20) wrote:

I agree with most of the comments - this is a great idea.  Knowing how others make the decisions they make is very well worth the time spent (much thanks to jake for spending the time!) 

 #20 - this comment I don't agree with (and I'm sorry for wasting the comment space by commenting on it, but I just had to)

"And the Good Lord knows we all thank you for not putting stupid religious comments in your TOP FOOL post."

LOL - speak for yourself.  I thank UL for putting whatever the hell he wants out there.  For that matter I thank any top fool for putting whatever they want out there. (I lol because of how you mention the "good lord" and "stupid religious comments" in the same sentence - makes you come across as an intolerant religious nut)

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#22) On November 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM, IlanBigfoot (75.41) wrote:

Just my lame attempt at some humor there....

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