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Share Services: Motley Fool Dividend Investor v Motley Fool Hidden Gems

The Motley Fool Australia offers a Dividend Investor service and a Hidden Gems investor service as different investors will understandably have different investing goals.

Some investors will want income above all else to help provide reliable cash streams in retirement when there’s no regular paycheck to rely on, while other investors with longer time horizons may prefer to concentrate on higher risk growth shares.

Dividend investing for example probably provides the best risk-adjusted returns over time, while growth investing with Motley Fool Hidden Gems probably offers the most potential for life-changing capital gains thanks to the power of compounding.

Drilling down even further, The Motley Fool Dividend Investor develops its approach to dividend investing as follows:

  • Dividend Investor picks must pay a regular dividend. Across all recommendations its expert advisor Andrew Page aims to pick shares that yield a minimum of 3% plus the tax effective benefits of franking credits.
  • The usual blue-chips just won’t do. Dividend Investor likes to look for the best under-the-radar shares that aren’t followed by the mainstream media and analyst community as these offer the best opportunity for out-sized returns.
  • Considering less conventional dividend plays is also a feature in that the service may consider companies that pay a low dividend today, but have genuine potential to grow it quickly.
  • Dividend Investor identifies the best management teams via regular meetings to discuss how their companies are performing

How Hidden Gems treads its own growth path

  • The Hidden Gems service focuses on small-cap companies with big growth opportunities that may compound your wealth many times over
  • Its picks by small-cap expert, Claude Walker, can be higher risk as some of the companies it covers may be selected for their potential more than anything else
  • It may also pick a company under the ‘special situations’ mantra when a share market opportunity that’s too good to miss arises due to exceptional circumstances
  • It covers innovative leaders that have moved early to take market share in emerging industries
  • It focuses on the best new technology opportunities that have potential to deliver growth long into the future
  • It focuses on the best new healthcare shares that can turn into tomorrow’s big winners thanks to the tailwinds supporting the sector

The Hidden Gems service recommends at least 12 picks a year, often many more, while Dividend Investor picks one share a month and like Hidden Gems recommends its three favourite shares to invest new money in on a monthly basis.

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Motley Fool contributor Motley Fool Staff has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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