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December 1999

  • 12/31/99 -- Week In Review
    Jerry Thomas pops the champagne and sprays the silly string to celebrate bringing you the best of the Fool this week.
  • 12/21/99 -- A Yearly Review With the Fool
    We've got the scoop on the year's biggest winners and losers, industry updates, and some top 10 lists to boot.
  • 12/20/99 -- Y2K: Not Much Ado About Nothing
    There's no widespread hysteria, no mass hoarding of cash, and U.S. markets are soaring. Just like Yi-Hsin Chang predicted.
  • 12/17/99 -- Week In Review
    Jerry Thomas celebrates the creation of the Fool's NOW Index and new retirement area in this week's Notes from a Fool.
  • 12/16/99 -- Penny Stock Fraud Uncovered
    It happened to some unsuspecting and unFoolish NEI Webworld investors. Make sure it doesn't happen to you. Jay Perlman has the story and advice for Fools.
  • 12/16/99 -- December Jester Award
    Check out a review of this classic must-read for the individual investor, Peter Lynch's One Up on Wall Street.
  • 12/15/99 -- New -- The NOW!
    Which 50 stocks will make up the Motley Fool NOW 50 Index? Here are the results of your submissions and suggestions.
  • 12/13/99 -- Holidays at the Fool
    If end-of-year stress is geting to you, we can cheer you up with a one-stop Foolish holiday shop. Get gift ideas, financial planning tips, and choose a charity to share in the goodwill of the season.
  • 12/9/99 -- Hot Stack Tips
    Looking for a great gift for someone on your holiday list? Check out this stack of books, compiled and recommended by us Fools.
  • 12/8/99 -- Fool Interview With a Biotech Bigwig
    What does decoding the human genetic code have to do with investing? Tom and David decipher the biotech industry with the main man at Celera.
  • 12/6/99 -- Portfolios for Retirees
    How do you make sure your money lasts as long as you do? Retirement expert David Braze is here to help by introducing real-money portfolios for the racy, reasonable, and reluctant retiree.
  • 12/03/99 -- Week in Review
    That's not sleigh bells you hear. It's Jerry Thomas shopping the Fool for the best of the week.
  • 12/02/99 -- November Retail Details
    How did your favorite retailers do last month? Get the same-store sales story.
  • 12/2/99 -- Foolanthropy 1999
    How much have Fools donated so far in this year's charity drive? Selena Maranjian has the numbers along with 10 motivational reasons to give.
  • 12/1/99 -- The Online Grocer Invasion
    Is it really time to get fresh fruit from your computer? Rick Aristotle Munarriz looks at who's bagging the benefits of online grocery shopping.

November

  • 11/30/99 -- A Guide to Shopping Online
    Bill Clinton is doing it. Find out how you can, too. Get the scoop on online shopping in this Fool special feature.
  • 11/26/99 -- Week in Review
    There is a bounty of Foolish features for you to explore from the past week. Review the top news stories and the numbers, too.
  • 11/24/99 -- Happy Thanksgiving, Fools!
    Weed the turkeys out of your portfolio, join Fools as they reflect on the stocks they're thankful for, and share your blessings by joining in the annual Fool Charity Drive.
  • 11/23/99 -- Fool Charity Drive Launches!
    Find out which five organizations were chosen from your suggestions. Be a part of this historic drive and give a little this holiday season.
  • 11/19/99 -- Week in Review
    Jerry Thomas is back with the best of this week's Fool falling trippingly off his tongue (in cheek).
  • 11/22/99 -- Year-End Tax Planning
    Roy Lewis helps make 1999 a little less taxing. Check out his tips for the end of the year and perhaps even save a little bit.
  • 11/19/99 -- Week in Review
    Jerry Thomas is back with the best of this week's Fool falling trippingly off his tongue (in cheek).
  • 11/18/99 -- Profiles of a Century
    The Fool celebrates readers who've lived through most of the 20th century. Meet Joan Rose, a B-24 bomber riveter, and find out who's the most influential person of the 20th century.
  • 11/17/99 -- Fools in Newsprint
    Millions of Americans are (when it comes to newsprint) Fool-less. Check out our weekly syndicated newspaper feature and find out what you can do about getting it in a paper near you.
  • 11/16/99 -- Fed Raises Rates
    The Federal Open Market Committee voted this afternoon to raise the federal funds rate 25 basis points. We've got the press release.
  • 11/12/99 -- Week in Review
    Peek inside the punny mind of Rick Munarriz as he strolls through the best the Fool has to offer.
  • 11/10/99 -- Can UPS Deliver For You?
    When one of the "companies we wish were public" finally goes public, what are Fools to do? Yi-Hsin Chang takes a closer look at the newly available United Parcel Service.
  • 11/9/99 -- A Visit to barnesandnoble.com
    Has the Street undervalued barnesandnoble.com? Yi-Hsin Chang talks to CEO Jonathan Bulkeley about his plans to capture a greater portion of the market.
  • 11/8/99 -- Microsoft Declared a Monopoly
    Read the complete case filings, then check out analysis from the Fool News Team, the reaction from Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and give us your opinion on the ruling.
  • 11/5/99 -- Week in Review
    Rick Aristotle Munarriz pinch-hits to lead you through the best Foolish stuff from the past week.
  • 10/03/99 -- October Retail Details
    How did your favorite retailers do last month? Get the same-store sales story.
  • 11/3/99 -- AOL's Annual Meeting
    A first-time annual meeting attendee reports on her experience at the AOL annual meeting.
  • 11/2/99 -- Review Your Personal Finances Now
    Take time to review your personal finances before the holiday rush. Here are 17 things to do before you start decking the halls.
  • 11/1/99 -- Will the NOW Replace the Dow?
    We are building the first interactive economic index: The Motley Fool NOW Index. Help us create a relevant gauge for investors to track the long-term performance of today's global leaders.

October

  • 10/22/99 -- Week in Review
    Jerry Thomas shows you were to go at the Fool to get info on companies. The week's best stuff is just a click away.
  • 10/26/99 -- A Scary Special Feature
    Our Halloween pumpkin is full of stock tricks and treats and some very, scary investing tales. There's something for every Foolish ghoul.
  • 10/25/99 -- Investing for Couples
    Don't let money matters get in the way of your happily ever after. Find out how Foolish couples deal with finances.
  • 10/22/99 -- Week in Review
    Jerry Thomas shows you were to go at the Fool to get info on companies. The week's best stuff is just a click away.
  • 10/19/99 -- AT&T's Offspring
    Ma Bell has seen a lot of changes since 1980. Bill Mann helps Fools evaluate what their shares are really worth.
  • 10/15/99 -- Week in Review
    It's earnings season and the market is movin'... downward. Jerry Thomas makes sense of the week's events in Notes from a Fool.
  • 10/14/99 -- 1999 Fool Charity Drive Launches
    This year our charity drive is interactive... nominate your favorite charities!
  • 10/11/99 -- When Investments Go Bad
    It's another exciting edition of When Fools Were fools. In this episode, Fools share their most unFoolish investments and the lessons they learned.
  • 10/08/99 -- Week in Review
    Jerry Thomas muses on the market's manic movements. The best of the week is here, Fool!
  • 10/07/99 -- September Retail Details
    How did your favorite retailers do last month? Get the same-store sales story.
  • 10/06/99 -- The Little-Known Internet Powerhouse
    This company is a major Internet player, but you've probably never heard of it. Yi-Hsin Chang profiles Softbank.
  • 10/05/99 -- Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged
    The Federal Open Market Committee leaves the federal funds rate alone, but hints at future hikes. We've got the press release.
  • 10/04/99 -- The Psychology of Investing
    The way we think does affect the way we invest. David Gardner explains how in this ongoing Rule Breaker series.
  • 10/01/99 -- Week in Review
    Jerry Thomas celebrates the Foolish conversation. Take a stroll through the best of the site where "investors write for investors."

September

  • 09/30/99 -- The Doctor is Online?
    The explosion of online medical information is good for consumers -- is it good for investors? Jeff Fischer explains why healthcare companies are rushing to the Internet and who's leading the industry.
  • 09/28/99 -- When Fools Were fools
    Everyone makes mistakes, including us. Fool employees explain how they found trouble with credit cards in this first installment.
  • 09/24/99 -- Week In Review
    Market downturns, however unpleasant, are trivial events to the true long-term investor. Jerry Thomas takes you on a calming journey through the best of the Fool.
  • 09/22/99 -- Why Fools Love Alan Abelson
    He's a perennial bear. A perpetual pundit. A man Fools everywhere enjoy picking on. Especially Louis Corrigan.
  • 09/20/99 -- The Pros of barnesandnoble.com
    It hasn't been a highflying Internet stock, but Yi-Hsin Chang says the company is showing signs of life.
  • 09/17/99 -- Week-in-Review
    Let Jerry Thomas be your guide through the best of the Fool this week.
  • 09/17/99 -- The Berkshire Meeting
    Fool Yi-Hsin Chang recounts her experience at the 1999 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, one of the most anticipated and attended shareholder meetings in existence.
  • 09/16/99 -- The Misunderstood Market
    There's no one wise guy leading the stock market. Dale Wettlaufer explains why the market as a whole is efficient in the long term.
  • 09/15/99 -- Managing Expectations
    Get the facts and figures on the Foolish Four approach, one of the easiest investing approaches the Fool has to offer.
  • 09/14/99 -- The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Fribble
    Selena Maranjian, arguably one of our most talented Fribblers, adds Foolish commentary to excerpts from a tenth century Japanese journal.
  • 09/13/99 -- Off-line Commerce Emerges
    What if online commerce was the standard and bricks-and-mortar the new kid on the block? Jeff Fischer "scrutinizes" the emerging business.
  • 09/10/99 -- Notes from A Fool
    Jerry Thomas is away and another, hilarious, Fool comes out to play. Get the odds on the best content of the week.
  • 09/09/99 -- Hot Stack Tips
    Company executives read too, you know. Find out which books inspire some of the country's top CEOs.
  • 09/08/99 -- Fools Talk to Amazon CEO
    Find out what Jeff Bezos had to say about Amazon's business, short-term traders, and dating in this interview transcript.
  • 09/07/99 -- The Inside Track on Tracking Stocks
    What are tracking stocks and what do they mean to investors? Yi-Hsin Chang explains all in this Fool special feature.
  • 09/03/99 -- Week-In-Review
    Take the Labor Day weekend to slack off with Jerry Thomas and catch up with the best of the Fool.
  • 09/02/99 -- August Retail Details
    How did The Gap and Target fare? We've got the same-store sales story for all your favorite retailers.
  • 09/01/99 -- Back to School Special
    It's the most wonderful time of the year! As your big and little ones head off to school, spend some quality time with yourself and learn how to invest for every age Fool.

August

  • 08/30/99 -- Dell Exec Talks Business
    Tom Gardner recently chatted with Dell CFO Tom Meredith about quarterly earnings, the Internet, and free PCs. Here's the interview transcript.
  • 08/27/99 -- Week-in-Review
    Jerry Thomas plays the cruise director on your tour of the best Fool offerings of the week.
  • 08/25/99 -- Warren Buffett: Portrait of an Artist
    He's the man behind Berkshire Hathaway. Louis Corrigan takes a look at the life and times of Warren Buffett.
  • 08/24/99 -- Fed Raises Rates
    As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee raised the funds and discount rates today. Here's the press release.
  • 08/20/99 -- Week-in-Review
    Let Jerry Thomas be your guide through the best of the week. Get the numbers and top news stories, too.
  • 08/17/99 -- Greenspan's Interpreters
    The Fed chairman isn't known for his straight-forward talking. Louis Corrigan takes a look at those who try to read between Alan Greenspan's lines.
  • 08/13/99 -- Week-in-Review
    Let Jerry Thomas be your guide through the best of the Fool this week.
  • 08/12/99 -- A Look at ROIC
    Dale Wettlaufer says it's a financial tool you should know. Learn all about return on invested capital.
  • 08/10/99 -- Are Public Markets Going Public?
    The NYSE and Nasdaq are seriously considering letting investors in on the action. Louis Corrigan has the scoop on the possible IPOs.
  • 08/06/99 -- Week-in-Review
    Jerry Thomas celebrates our anniversary and the introduction of News World. The best of the Fool is here.
  • 08/4/99 -- July Retail Details
    How did the Gap, Wal-Mart, and other retailers fare in July? Get the same-store sales data here.
  • 08/4/99 -- Happy Anniversary, Fool!
    Today is the Fool's fifth online birthday and we owe it all to you, our community. Jerry Thomas celebrates.

July

  • 07/30/99 -- The Week in Review
    Get the top news stories, market numbers, and Jerry Thomas on grasping a million in this week's Notes from a Fool.
  • 07/28/99 --Finding a Financial Planner
    Many Fools can do without a financial planner, but some find it a necessity. Dave Braze (TMF Pixy) explains how to go about finding one.
  • 07/26/99 -- Polling All Fools
    What's the hottest story of 1999?
  • 07/23/99 -- The Week in Review
    Get the top news stories, market numbers, and Jerry Thomas on grasping a million in this week's Notes from a Fool.
  • 07/22/99 -- Midyear Review 1999
    Cooling Internet stocks, hot online financial service companies, the big winners. Just three of the hot topics you'll find in our Midyear Review.
  • 07/20/99 -- One Millllion Posts!
    Meet Arlene Poff, the Fool who wrote our millionth message board post.
  • 07/16/99 -- Week-in-Review
    "The Outer Limits" haunts Jerry Thomas as he thinks about the shift of power online. Learn all the ways you can customize your experience at the Fool.
  • 07/15/99 -- Thoughts on After Hours Trading
    A longer market day may be coming your way. Louis Corrigan offers his two cents on the topic.
  • 07/08/99 -- June Retail Details
    How did the Gap & Starbucks fare last month? We've got the same store sales data for you.
  • 07/06/99 -- A Closer Look at Disney
    The entertainment giant has seen better days. Rick Munarriz takes a look at the trouble in the wonderful world of Disney.
  • 07/02/99 -- A Foolish Week-in-Review
    Get market numbers, top news stories, and Jerry Thomas's commentary in this week's Notes from a Fool.
  • 07/01/99 -- Celebrating Foolish Freedom
    If your long holiday weekend isn't jam-packed with barbecues and fireworks displays, visit the Fool. You'll find some great activities in this special feature.

June

  • 06/30/99 -- Fed Raises Fed Funds Rate
    Find out what the Federal Open Market Committee said in today's press release and what it means to you.
  • 06/28/99 -- The Planet Hollywood Winners!
    Find out which lucky Fool is headed to LA and read all the winning posts from our "Save the Planet" contest.
  • 06/25/99 -- A Foolish Week-in-Review
    Get top news stories and market numbers of the past week and Cheeze's commentary on investing Foolishly.
  • 06/23/99 -- Companies Fools Wish Were Public
    Fool writers wish they could own shares of these nine privately held companies. Find out what they are and why Fools like them so much.
  • 06/18/99 -- A Foolish Week-in-Review
    Get market numbers, top news stories, and Jerry Thomas's commentary in one easy-to-use package.
  • 06/17/99 -- Paul Allen's Wired World
    He co-founded Microsoft and has invested billions in Internet-related companies. Read all about his Wired World.
  • 06/17/99 -- Greenspan Speaks
    What does "modest preemptive actions" mean? Get the details in Alan Greenspan's testimony.
  • 06/15/99 -- Comcast for Dad?
    That's the stock idea TMF Seymor is giving his dad for Father's Day. Read all about Comcast and other stock ideas in this special feature.
  • 06/08/99 -- Fools on Amazon.bomb
    Barron's says the party's over for the online bookseller, but most Fools think differently. Five Fools share their opinions.
  • 06/04/99 -- A Foolish Week-in-Review
    Get market numbers and top news stories and TMF Cheeze's commentary in this week's Notes from a Fool.
  • 06/03/99 -- May Retail Sales
  • 06/01/99 -- Save Planet Hollywood & Win a Trip!
    The chain is on the verge of bankruptcy and needs your help. Learn about its troubles, post your solution, and you could win!

May

April

  • 04/29/99 -- Warren's World
    Get background info. on Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, and Berkshire Hathaway before the big annual bash.
  • 04/27/99 -- Give Mom a Stock
    A good stock lasts way longer than flowers. Find out which stocks Fools are giving their moms this year.
  • 04/23/99 -- The Week in Review
    Get tops news stories and market numbers of the past week and Cheeze's commentary on investing Foolishly.
  • 04/22/99 -- Wade Cook Revisited
    Why should you stay far away from Wade Cook and his ultra-expensive seminars? Read on.
  • 04/20/99 -- A Look at ROIC
    Dale Wettlaufer says it's a financial tool you should know. Learn all about return on invested capital.
  • 04/16/99 -- The Week in Review
    Get tops news stories and market numbers of the past week and Cheeze's commentary on investing Foolishly.
  • 04/09/99 -- The Week in Review
    Find out what Jerry Thomas learned from our April Fool's joke. Plus, get market numbers and top news stories in this week's Notes from a Fool.
  • 04/09/99 -- Fools in Newsprint
    You can catch us online and in the newspaper, too. Check out the Motley Fool newspaper column.
  • 04/08/99 -- March Retail Sales
  • 04/07/99 -- Wall Street Credentials
    CFP? CFA? RIA? What's it all mean and how do you get them? Get the scoop on these designations and others.
  • 04/01/99 -- April Fools Day 1999
    The Fool takes Internet meringue company public
  • 04/01/99 -- The Week in Review
    In Observance of April First

March

  • 03/29/99 -- Dow 10,000? So What?
    Dale Wettlaufer brings a Foolish perspective to the Dow 10,000 hype.
  • 03/29/99 -- Y2K Panic Waning
    Many chicken littles are now more optimistic about the Y2K problem. Get the scoop in Countdown to Y2K.
  • 03/26/99 -- The Week in Review
    Catch up on the past week of Foolishness in this week's Notes. You'll find top news stories and market numbers, too.
  • 03/23/99 -- An Interview With Network Appliance
    Fool Dale Wettlaufer recently chatted with the CEO of Network Appliance. Check out the interview transcript.
  • 03/22/99 -- Tom Gardner Fights Fraud
    Mr. Gardner goes to Washington to testify before a Senate Subcommittee. Find out what the Fool has to say about Internet fraud and the future of online trading.
  • 03/19/99 -- The Week in Review
    In Praise of Folly
  • 03/18/99 -- The Steve Jobs Story
    It hasn't always been wine and roses for the CEO of Apple. Get the scoop in our Fool Bio.
  • 03/16/99 -- The ABCs of IPOs
    They're not the get-rich-quick vehicles they're made out to be. TMF Puck has the skinny on initial public offerings.
  • 03/12/99 -- The Week in Review
    Free Thought
  • 03/09/99 -- Confessions of a Car Salesman
    He used to sell cars and now he knows how to buy one. Pick up some helpful car tips from Winthorp.
  • 03/05/99 -- The Week in Review
    Suddenly: Internet!
  • 03/04/99 -- February Retail Sales
  • 03/03/99 -- Fools Talk to Yahoo!
    David and Tom Gardner take a walk down memory lane with Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang.
  • 03/02/99 -- The Internet Evolution
    New business models are blazing trails through the online world. Get a sneak peek into the future of the Internet.

February

  • 02/26/99 -- The Week in Review
    In this week's Notes, TMF Cheeze reviews the week that was and explains why Fools should be doing their own homework.
  • 02/25/99 -- Click Here for Tax Help
    Take shelter from the tax mumbo jumbo in the Fool's Tax Haven. Read helpful articles, download forms, and talk to other Fools.
  • 02/23/99 -- Greenspan Speaks
    Alan Greenspan testifies before the Senate on various economic indicators. Read the transcript and learn more about the Fed.
  • 02/19/99 -- The Week in Review
    Where the Coyotes Howl
  • 02/16/99 -- The Promise of the Internet
    How platforms, protocols, and paranoia could change global commerce and the role of the government.
  • 02/12/99 -- The Week in Review
    Hearts and Minds
  • 02/09/99 -- Stocks Fools Love
    So what makes Fools' knees weak and their hearts race? Godiva? Roses? Their stocks of course.
  • 02/05/99 -- The Week in Review
    Good Karma
  • 01/29/99 -- Click Here for Foolish Humor
    Only You Discount Broker implements revolutionary new trading restrictions. Chairman Rick Chester explains.
  • 02/04/99 -- January Retail Sales

January