How do I get and use The Motley Fool Alexa skill on the Amazon Echo?

Have feedback on The Motley Fool Alexa skill? Email us at alexa@fool.com or call (888) 391-6123.

At long last, the dreams of individual investors everywhere have come true: Now you can check your stocks while washing the dishes … or lounging on the couch away from your electronics … or cooking dinner … or taking a bubble bath. The Motley Fool has launched a skill for the Amazon Echo platform, letting you check on the stocks you own and even create a watchlist of the companies that matter to you.

What is Alexa and the Amazon Echo?

If you’re not among the millions of people who have installed an Amazon Echo in your home, allow us a brief introduction. The Echo — also known as Alexa, because that’s the name of the cloud-based artificial intelligence interface you talk to in order to access your Echo — is a microphone-enabled bluetooth speaker device that lets you speak naturally and ask for information, entertainment, and music, as well as control devices in your home, such as lights, switches, and thermostats. (To get more information or to buy one, go to Amazon’s Echo page.)

What can I do with Echo to get information from The Motley Fool?

The Alexa Motley Fool skill lets U.S.-based users ask for a stock quote by speaking the name of a company or a major index (Dow Jones, Nasdaq, or S&P). There’s no need to memorize tickers or deal with the frustration of our alphabet containing so many letters that sound similar (“Did you say B or V?” “No, I said P!”).

You can also create and manage a stock watchlist, easily adding and removing stocks you want to follow, and getting an overview of your watchlist’s daily performance.

Here are some things you can ask:

  • Alexa, ask the Fool for Facebook.
  • Alexa, ask the Fool how is the market doing today.
  • Alexa, ask the Fool for my watchlist.
  • Alexa, ask the Fool how the Dow is doing.
  • Alexa, ask the Fool to add Amazon to my watchlist.

Want to know how such a skill might work in real life? Here’s Motley Fool radio and podcast personality Chris Hill taking his Alexa for a test drive.

In addition to Alexa’s verbal response, you’ll also be able to see the information on a “card” within the Alexa app, with more details on the stocks you want to know about and the watchlist you’ve created … just like this.

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How do I enable The Motley Fool Alexa skill?

There are two ways to enable The Motley Fool skill. You can simply say, “Alexa, enable The Motley Fool Skill.” Or, if that’s too simple for you, you can jump into your Alexa mobile app, go to the Skills section, search for “The Motley Fool,” and then click “Enable Skill.”

How much will this cost me?

The Motley Fool Alexa skill is free of charge. Woo hoo!

Do I need a Motley Fool account to use this?

Nope! Looking up a company and building a watchlist are all available without an account. As we get feedback from our users, we’ll explore additional functionality that might need to be stored with a Motley Fool account, or even tools that integrate with the Fool’s suite of premium services.

Questions or feedback?

We want to hear from you: did you find something wrong, did Alexa pronounce the name of the company strangely, did you hear incorrect information, or do you have a cool idea you want to share? We would love any and all of your feedback. Just shoot us an email at alexa@fool.com or leave us a message at (888) 391-6123 and we’ll get right on it.

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