Is Motley Fool Share Advisor worth the money?

What is Motley Fool Share Advisor?

Is Motley Fool Share Advisor worth the money?

How does Motley Fool Share Advisor work?

These are the questions I get asked all the time.

But let’s get one thing straight, I am writing a review of The Motley Fool’s very own product, Share Advisor, as a guy who writes for The Motley Fool Australia. So, yes, I am biased.

Normally, a biased product review is a three-step process:

1. Identify the reader’s want/need (e.g. ‘I want great stock picks’)

2. Give the solution (e.g. ‘only our stock ideas are hand-picked by some of Australia’s top investors)

3. Payment

However, I’m going to do just two things:

  • Explain how Motley Fool Share Advisor works
  • Tell you why you should NOT buy a subscription

Then, I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s right for you.

How Motley Fool Share Advisor works

For a very low yearly subscription fee, Motley Fool Share Advisor members get two new expert share picks every month. One new monthly share pick will be found on Australia’s ASX, the other share idea comes from U.S. markets, where the likes of Apple, Alphabet (the owner of Google) and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway can be found.

Our expert analysts and Motley Fool Share Advisor’s lead investment advisor, Scott Phillips, scour the markets for the best investment idea every month. Motley Fool Share Advisor also offers its members a ‘BUY, HOLD and SELL’ rating on every stock pick ever made by the team, so our members are never left in the dark — new members can see all of our past share picks. What’s more, new members get access to one of Australia’s largest online investing communities.

2 reasons you should NOT buy a Motley Fool Share Advisor subscription

There are two reasons I wouldn’t buy a Motley Fool Share Advisor subscription, right now:

  • You have excessive debt. If you plan to write your Mother’s Day message on the back of a Citigroup credit card bill, don’t buy a Motley Fool Share Advisor subscription. A little bit of debt is okay, but too much debt can have a crippling effect on your personal finances and family life. Our advice is to get yourself in a position where you have three to six months of living expenses covered before you begin investing. Tip: Try rolling your high-cost debt into your mortgage. We’ll be here when you come back.
  • You want to get rich quick. You might think I’m joking, but if you think Motley Fool Share Advisor is your ticket to riches in 2017 — don’t even bother. We are long-term investors. That means if the ‘best monthly stock pick’ drops 10% tomorrow that’s okay (although, we would rather it didn’t). So long as it is an attractive long-term investment, we’ll stay the course. Our ideal minimum investment holding period is three to five years.

That’s all there is to it.

These are the facts. The rest is up to you.

But just in case you are wondering how the average Motley Fool Share Advisor stock pick has performed since we launched in 2011:

  • Share Advisor’s ASX picks are up an average of 53.8% versus the benchmark’s 25.3%
  • Share Advisor’s US picks are up an average 67.1% versus the benchmark’s 29.9%

Those figures are accurate at the time of writing, and past returns are not a reliable indicator of future performance. Still, my family’s portfolio is pretty happy with the returns, so far.

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Motley Fool contributor Owen Raszkiewicz owns shares of Apple and Alphabet. 

The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Apple, and Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). 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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