Is The Motley Fool a scam?

We admit it, it hurts a little bit that you’re asking if The Motley Fool is a scam. But we understand.

Our returns might seem too good to be true. Some of our marketing is rather enthusiastic. We have a funny name, and we’ve been known to wear jester hats while talking stocks on national television.

Most of all, there’s a ton of information out there — we can count at least 200 advisory services that want you to subscribe — and it’s hard to know which ones to trust. And you need to be sure, because it’s your money on the line.

So, since you asked, we’re happy to report that The Motley Fool is definitely not a scam. We’ve been offering investment guidance for more than two decades and millions of people have benefited from the advice we’ve offered, either through our free content on or our premium services, which focus on different styles of investing. And our members who have invested alongside us have enjoyed great success. You can check our results at any time on the Fool’s home page — we’re big on transparency — but you can also go to an independent third party to see how we’re doing. We’re happy to save you the click and give you the highlight:

The three top spots in the Hulbert Financial Digest’s five-year rankings of more than 200 investment-advisory services all buy and hold quality companies. Remarkably, all three are subscription newsletters published by the same advisory firm, the Motley Fool in Alexandria, Va., which was founded by brothers Tom and David Gardner in 1993.

For those unfamiliar, USA Today has called The Hulbert Financial Digest “the bible on who gives the best investment newsletter advice.” Barron’s says the HFD is “well-researched and informative … and it doesn’t pull any punches.” So you can probably trust what they have to say.

We are proud to say we currently have hundreds of thousands of members paying for our advice, and we’re pretty confident they don’t think the investing education they’ve gained, the recommendations they’ve received, and the results they’ve enjoyed are the results of a scam.

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  1. Laleh Farr

    Anyone who only keeps referring to their few wins and not mention their losses does look fishy. Do you publish your full history of buys and sells somewhere for people to see your true performances?

  2. Khy Becher

    it’s a scam when i sign up for the free trial then they wont let me cancel within the 30 days

  3. paul

    Your suppose to make it easy to unsubscribe from your bs and horse hockey so unsubscribe me from everyone! ok! My attorney will assist.

  4. Ryan

    I think people think your site is a scam even more is because you remove legitimate comments from your sites expressing legitimate concerns over your service.

  5. Jim Beam

    I think people are wondering if your website is a scam because of the scammy/seedy advertising practices you participate in online.