The Motley Fool

About Us

At The Motley Fool, our purpose is to help Australians invest — better.

Funny name, right? Well, yes… and no. You see, we take our name from Shakespeare. The Bard features the multi-coloured court jester — the motley fool, as he’s called — in a number of plays. Our particular inspiration comes from As You Like It:

A fool, a fool, I met a fool i’ th’ forest,
A motley fool. A miserable world!
As I do live by food, I met a fool,
Who laid him down and basked him in the sun
And railed on Lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms, and yet a motley fool.
“Good morrow, fool,” quoth I. “No, sir,” quoth he,
“Call me not ‘fool’ till heaven hath sent me fortune.”

Yes, you see the motley fool was the only person who could tell the king the truth without losing his head. Who could speak truth to power. And so, as we look to provide Australians with a better way of investing, who better to take as our inspiration than the court jester who owed nothing to anyone and could speak the truth.

We distinguish ourselves from the lower-case-f fool by claiming, as our own, the capitalised version. We are proud Fools, and we work only for our readers and members.

We do this through our free website,, chock-full of ‘Motley’ investing news and commentary, and through our free email newsletter, Take Stock.

And we also offer premium membership-based services: Motley Fool Share Advisor, Motley Fool Dividend Investor, Motley Fool Extreme OpportunitiesMotley Fool Hidden Gems, Motley Fool Gold Pass, Motley Fool Pro and Motley Fool Everlasting Income.

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 regular Australian investors — people with jobs, families and who are investing in shares to secure their long-term financial futures.

We champion shareholder values and advocate tirelessly for the individual Australian investor.

Looking for ASX investment ideas? You’re in the right place!

Just like you, we are patient, business-focussed investors. Every day, our investment team is combing the ASX for the very best opportunities – and helping investors 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 is on the lookout, and constantly sharing our unique stock market insights with you.

You can get to know our Foolish style and investment philosophy now with Take Stock, our free email newsletter. A couple of times each week, you’ll receive ASX ideas and high quality, share market commentary… all for free.

No matter whether you’re just getting started with ASX investing, or you’ve already retired with a sizeable portfolio and are looking for dividend income, we trust you’ll find Take Stock interesting, amusing and insightful.

Our mission is to Educate, Amuse and Enrich, after all…

Premium research and stock recommendations

The Motley Fool offers seven membership-based investment services:

Motley Fool Share Advisor is our flagship service, and has been been beating the market since 2011. It offers members one ‘best of the best’ ASX investment recommendation 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 Extreme Opportunities focuses on the higher-risk, higher-reward end of the ASX, seeking out the ten-baggers of tomorrow, but accepting that some recommendations could well go to zero. It’s venture-capital style investing, but on the ASX.

Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio is designed to integrate with the three services listed above. It’s a real-money diversified portfolio comprised solely of ASX-only shares from Motley Fool Share Advisor, income stocks from Motley Fool Dividend Investor and growth stocks from Motley Fool Extreme Opportunities.

Motley Fool Hidden Gems is our ASX-only, small cap investment service. If you’re looking for small-cap value and 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 has put $1 million of its own money to work — letting members invest first, of course. We don’t manage your money, you simply follow our guidance trade for trade, with funds in your own trading account.

Motley Fool Everlasting Income is designed to do exactly what it says on the tin: provide you with an income stream in or near retirement, without having to sell shares to fund your lifestyle. With clear portfolio and withdrawal advice, we show you how to construct a tax-effective, quality portfolio of Australian shares, and how you can use it to provide yourself with a regular income.

Our Philosophy

At The Motley Fool, we’re long-term, business-focussed investors. We don’t have a ‘house view’ and we don’t tell our advisors, analysts and writers what to think. We ask only that they have a long-term perspective, treat investments as businesses (not codes or charts on a screen), and always — always — put our members and readers first. We stand on the shoulders of giants, we believe in diversification, and we know that temperament is perhaps the most important part of investing. Click here for more on our philosophy.

Say “G’day” to the Motley Fool team

You may have already “met” our Chief Investment Officer, Scott Phillips, through his frequent television appearances and articles in The Sydney Morning HeraldThe AgeMoney Magazine, Weekend Sunrise, Sky News Business, and elsewhere. Click here to read more about Scott and the rest of the team

Our U.S. parent company

Founded in the U.S. in 1993 by brothers David and Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world’s greatest investment community. The company’s name was taken from Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king — without getting their heads lopped off.

Despite our quirky name, we are a proper, grown-up company. Headed by CEO & Co-Chairman Tom Gardner and Co-Founder & Co-Chairman David Gardner, The Motley Fool has a deep and experienced executive management team, and board of directors.

Along with our U.S. parent company, we reach millions of people each month through our websites, emails, books, newspaper columns, television appearances and investment services.

We thank you for visiting our site.

Contacting Us

You can contact our member services team with questions and enquiries at [email protected]