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We do this through our free website, Fool.com.au, chock full of ‘Motley’ investing news and commentary, and through our free email newsletter, Take Stock, as well as our subscription-based Motley Fool Share Advisor, Motley Fool Dividend Investor, Motley Fool Hidden Gems and Motley Fool Pro services.
Our focus isn’t on the world’s billionaires… though we’re of course fans of Warren Buffett’s investment style and philosophy!
Instead, we’re entirely focussed on helping ‘Mum and Dad’ Australian investors — everyday people who are investing in shares to secure their long-term financial futures. We champion shareholder values and advocate tirelessly for the individual Australian investor.
Just like you, we are patient, business-focussed investors. Every day, we’re combing the ASX for the very best opportunities for individual investors – and helping them to build their wealth over time with great investment ideas.
Whether it’s fully franked dividend-paying shares, value investing plays, or fast growers we believe may be the market leaders of tomorrow, The Motley Fool Australia is on the lookout, and constantly sharing our unique stock market insights with you.
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The Motley Fool Australia offers four subscription-based stock investment services.
Motley Fool Share Advisor offers members one ‘best of the best’ ASX investment recommendations each month, as well as one U.S. stock idea. Since inception in December 2011, our Motley Fool Share Advisor picks have soundly outperformed the All Ords index. Interested in joining? You can sign up with a risk-free membership, including our 30-day full money-back guarantee.
Motley Fool Dividend Investor is a collection of investment ideas that specialises in ASX dividend paying stocks. Launched in October 2014, our Motley Fool Dividend Investor service focuses on selecting great businesses with regular, reliable, and rising dividend payments.
Motley Fool Hidden Gems is our ASX-only, small cap investment service. If you’re looking for growth – and don’t mind a little volatility – Motley Fool Hidden Gems could be right for you. This service is only periodically open to new members, and we maintain a strict membership cap. (Announcements are made as and when the service opens to new members.)
Motley Fool Pro is our ASX-only, real money portfolio. This service teaches you how to construct and build a diverse portfolio, from the very start. The Motley Fool will use $1million of it’s own money to invest in the ASX. We don’t manage your money, you simply follow our guidance trade for trade, with funds in your own trading account.
Below, you’ll meet our Motley Fool Australia team. You may have already “met” investment advisor Scott Phillips through his frequent television appearances and articles in The Sydney Morning Herald and elsewhere.
Bruce Jackson is the General Manager of Motley Fool Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 146 988 052, ABN 83 146 988 052, AFSL 400691).
Way back in 1997, Bruce, a native Australian, co-founded The Motley Fool UK. From modest beginnings, firstly as Managing Editor and then as Managing Director, Bruce built up the business into one of the most successful recognised brand names in the UK financial sector.
After 18+ years living and working in London, at the end of 2006, Bruce decided to relocate back to Australia in a desperate attempt to reacquaint himself and introduce his young family to the concept of sunshine.
Bruce has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Markets), and before co-founding The Motley Fool UK, he was a Finance Manager at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
In his years with The Motley Fool, Bruce has written thousands of articles and pieces of content for the websites, and in 1999 also co-authored the best selling The Motley Fool UK Investment Workbook (if you’re looking at photo, he’s on the left. The goatee has now well and truly gone!).
In 2011, Bruce started The Motley Fool Australia. Despite all those years living in London, he still has an Aussie accent, and still supports Australia in The Ashes.
Scott Phillips is an Investment Advisor with The Motley Fool Australia as co-advisor of our flagship investment service, Motley Fool Share Advisor, and small-cap focussed service, Motley Fool Hidden Gems. He is passionate about investing, having managed his own portfolio for over 15 years. A dyed-in-the-wool Fool (in the best way), he has been a member of The Motley Fool since 1999. Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and is currently completing his MBA.
Before joining the Fool, Scott worked in various sales and finance roles in industry, which has allowed him to see the good, bad and the ugly of corporate management close-up. Giving him a great understanding of the way businesses run – and what separates the business wheat from the chaff – Scott wholeheartedly agrees with Warren Buffett when he said he is a ‘better investor because I am a businessman and a better businessman because I am an investor’.
Scott left a successful career to follow his passion – investing and helping others invest better. It’s no surprise he ended up as an Investment Advisor at The Motley Fool Australia. You can find his Motley Fool profile here.
Joe Magyer, CFA is the Director of Research at The Motley Fool Australia, Advisor of Motley Fool Pro, and Chairman of U.S.-based Motley Fool Inside Value. He is also a regular contributor to Fool.com, Fool.com.au, and The Motley Fool’s popular Market Foolery podcast and Motley Fool Money radio show. Joe is a sought-after expert who has been interviewed by the likes of ABC’s Good Morning America, CNBC, and The Washington Post. His U.S. service, Inside Value, has been repeatedly recognized by MarketWatch as one of America’s best-performing investment newsletters.
Prior to leading Inside Value and making the leap to Sydney, Joe served as a senior analyst for U.S.-based Motley Fool Special Ops and Motley Fool Income Investor. Before that he oversaw the Fool’s analysis and coverage of the energy, metals, and telecom sectors after joining the Fool back in 2007. In a previous life, Joe worked as a research analyst at a boutique investment bank and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in finance from Georgia State University. He is also a CFA charter holder. You can see his Fool profile here.
Andrew Page is the Lead Advisor on Motley Fool Dividend Investor and contributes to Motley Fool Share Advisor and Motley Fool Hidden Gems.
He has worked in the financial markets for over 14 years, representing a number of high profile organisations. With a strong focus on investor education, Andrew has delivered hundreds of presentations in both Australia and the US. He is also a regular guest on the Sky Business channel, where he appears as a guest host on the “Your Money, Your Call” and “Lunch Money” programs.
In a former life, Andrew completed an Honours degree in Microbiology and also established and operated his own business. Both experiences helped him become a better investor: The former having nurtured a sceptical, evidenced-based approach, the latter helping to augment theory with practice.
Andrew champions a long-term, value-oriented approach to investing, and believes success is more about time in the market than timing the market. With the majority of his personal wealth in shares, Andrew is a firm believer in practicing what you preach and hopes to lead by example. You can find his Motley Fool profile here.
Matt Joass, CFA is the Portfolio Manager of Million Dollar Portfolio and a senior contributor to Motley Fool Pro. A Kiwi with a passion for value investing, Matt has managed his own portfolio for the last 10 years. He joins the Motley Fool team from chilly Copenhagen, where he had been working as a financial analyst in the headquarters of an international shipping giant.
Matt is a big supporter of investor education and during his time in Denmark he co-founded the Copenhagen Investment Club, a fortnightly meeting of likeminded value investors. He believes that the best asset of an individual investor is a long-term focus and he is always keen to take part in an open-minded valuation debate.
Matt has also worked for a fast-growing telecommunications company in New Zealand and has trained in New York and India through a graduate development program. He holds an Honours degree in International Business from the University of Auckland. He is a CFA charter holder and has also recently started the CPA Australia program. When not working or studying, Matt loves to get outdoors and is an avid sailor. You can find his Motley Fool profile here.
Mike King is a Fool.com.au Investment Analyst and Writer. He caught the investing bug more than a decade ago, at a time when the U.S. had invaded Iraq and fear reigned in the markets. His initial success as the markets took off encouraged his passion and thirst for knowledge.
With 13 years behind him at one of Australia’s largest domestic banks, Mike’s passion for stocks led him to join a boutique funds management firm, where he stayed for four years. A seven-year stint in the equity research unit at one of the largest investment banks in the world followed that, giving Mike a thirst to pursue his passion further.
Mike holds a Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning. His passion is to help retail investors invest better, and that passion was one of his primary reasons for joining The Motley Fool Australia in late 2011. Mike has written thousands of articles since joining, including for Fairfax Media, Yahoo!7, Ninemsn and has also appeared on ABC’s The Business.
You can see Mike’s profile and all his current stock holdings here.
Catherine Baab-Muguira is a Fool.com.au Investment Analyst and Writer. A Fool since 2010, she comes at investing by way of being a compulsive reader and has a keen eye for detail from years of working as a freelance journalist. In 2012, she joined The Motley Fool’s Analyst Development Program to pursue her love of investing full time, and worked as an analyst on one of The Motley Fool’s U.S. services before heading down to Australia. She enjoys contributing to Fool.com.au, Fool.com and DailyFinance.com, has written about stocks for The Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax publications, and manages her family’s stock portfolio.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of Auckland, she has lived all over the world, including year-long stints in Singapore and New Zealand. (Hence her great love for nyonya laksa and the All Blacks.) We’ll forgive her that last one! You can find her Motley Fool profile here.
Claude Walker joined the The Motley Fool as a Research Analyst in October 2014, but that wasn’t the first time our members have heard from him — prior to joining the team, he was a freelance contributor to Fool.com.au for over a year.
Claude’s passion for understanding markets intersects with his interest in long term sociological trends to inform a thematic approach to investing. On a company specific level, Claude prefers a Warren Buffett-inspired approach of favouring companies that can already boast, or are currently developing a sustainable competitive advantage. He looks for management teams with the capital allocation skills to complement operational expertise.
Prior to joining the Motley Fool, Claude worked for two different solar energy companies and graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts/Law (First Class Honours). More recently, he started an investing blog called Ethical Equities and assisted a boutique investment company with stock analysis.
Claude’s appreciation for culture and nature have lead him to travel around the world twice (in different directions), and continue to fuel an inclination to explore new places — but even when he is appreciating culture and nature, he can’t help thinking about the next great investment idea.
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