In my limited but enjoyable travels in California, I've marveled at how the land and the view change so much, so often. Drive just a short distance, and mountains will give way to valleys. Acres of graceful windmills yield to fields of wildflowers. Here's a massive pumpkin patch; there's a breathtaking glimpse of the Pacific. Here's a dusty strip of desert; there's a beach lined with palm trees. Whatever you might be seeking, you stand a good chance of finding it in the Golden State. (Not that I mean to knock the value of other exciting locations, such as New York, Nebraska, or Rhode Island.)
The Motley Fool has something in common with California -- we're also a rich, deep resource, and one that many people know only a little bit about. Just as some people are familiar with only the Los Angeles area, if you spend most of your time on our discussion boards, you may forget (or never know) that we have a lot of personal-finance resources as well. If you listen just to our radio show, you may not realize that we run daily articles on investing and have stories in the news.
To address this vexing problem, I've put together a bunch of links to many nooks and crannies of Fooldom, in the hope of introducing you to some new corners. I hereby dare you to not stumble upon something surprising or interesting or useful! In fact, I invite you to bookmark this page right now and revisit it, because there's a lot to refer to here. (Perhaps also forward it to a friend who might benefit from some of our offerings -- just click on the "Email this page" link at the bottom of this page.)
Without further ado:
Want to learn how to evaluate companies? Want to be a savvier investor? We have hundreds of educational articles on the topic. For example, check out these articles:
- Cracking the Accounting Code
- Understand the Balance Sheet
- The Income Statement
- The Cash Flow Statement
- Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)
- Cash Conversion Cycle
- Free Cash Flow
- Enterprise Value
- Understanding Ratios
- Get Inside Management's Head
- Identifying Great Management
- How to Crush the Market
Also useful is our Fool's School -- especially the "How to Value Stocks" and "Investing Basics" sections. And here's an even longer list of articles and resources -- I prepared it a while ago for teens, but it's just as useful for everyone else.
To start gathering data on companies, visit our Quotes & Data area, where you can also set up online portfolios to track your investments, would-be investments, and watch lists. If you're waiting for the prices of some wonderful stocks to fall into your buy range, keeping an eye on them via an online portfolio can be very handy. This is also a great place from which to start researching companies -- we have got a lot of data and resources for you there.
Our Personal Finance area can help you save money in many parts of your life:
- Are you up to your eyeballs in debt?
- Need a new or better brokerage?
- Have tax questions?
- Thinking about buying or selling a home?
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- Want to refinance your mortgage?
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TMF Money Advisor
If the thought of addressing all of these financial issues and getting your fiscal house in order is making your head throb, consider checking out our TMF Money Advisor service. We created it to offer inexpensive yet top-notch professional financial planning advice for Fools like you. You can give it a whirl for free -- and why shouldn't you?
Radio, newspaper, and books
If you want to learn more about investing but have trouble sitting still at a computer for long, check out our Motley Fool Radio Show, carried by National Public Radio. If your local station isn't carrying it, ask for it -- or listen to it online. We've also got a syndicated weekly newspaper feature that runs in more than 200 papers around the country. If your local paper doesn't carry it, consider giving the business-section editor a jingle.
When it comes to books, we've got lots of our own that thousands of readers have enjoyed. Here are most of them:
- The Motley Fool Investment Guide: How the Fool Beats Wall Street's Wise Men and How You Can Too
- The Motley Fool's Money After 40
- The Motley Fool Personal Finance Workbook: A Foolproof Guide to Organizing Cash and Building Wealth
- The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: Eight Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of
- The Motley Fool's What to Do With Your Money Now: Ten Steps to Staying Up in a Down Market
- The Motley Fool You Have More Than You Think: The Foolish Guide to Personal Finance
- The Motley Fool's Rule Breakers, Rule Makers
- The Motley Fool Investment Workbook
- The Motley Fool's Guide to Couples & Cash: How to Handle Money With Your Honey
- The Motley Fool's Guide to Paying for School: How to Cover Education Costs From K to Ph.D.
- The Motley Fool Money Guide: Answers to Your Questions About Saving, Spending, and Investing
- Investment Clubs: How to Start and Run One the Motley Fool Way
Discussion boards -- theFoolCommunity
One of the things the Fool does best is provide a home for thousands of conversations on just as many topics. You owe it to yourself to check out our vibrant online community.
We have a dedicated discussion board for almost any stock you can think of, as well as boards for industries, investment approaches, and personal-finance topics. Look over our directory, and you'll even find boards for these everyday topics and more:
Astronomy; Photography; African-American Fools; General Aviation; Humor and Urban Legends; Card & Board Games; Death and Grieving; Great Movies; Eclectic Library; Single Fools; Foolish Golf Tips; Television Banter; Quitting Smoking; Fools Fighting Fat; Surviving Cancer; Christian Fools; Islam; Atheist Fools; Major League Baseball; Genealogy; Beer; Help with This STUPID Computer!; Military Fools; NASCAR; Pet Lovers; Retired Fools; Teachers; College Fools; Divorce; Gardening; Health and Nutrition; LASIK Eye Surgery; Music & Musicians; Parents and Expecting Parents; Adoption; Single Parents; Homeschooling; Political Asylum; Aspiring Writers; Recipes/Cooking; Vegetarian and Vegan Fools; The Wine Cellar; Wireless World; Gay, Out, Loud, Proud; Living Below Your Means; Computer Games.
We've got scads of investing-related boards, too, of course -- on topics such as low-P/E stocks, retirement investing, real estate, biotechnology, managing your portfolio, mutual funds, preferred stocks, value investing, investing beginners, reading financial statements, and terms, definitions, and jargon.
Of course, we have dedicated boards for hundreds of popular companies. Interested in Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HDI ) ? On its board, you'd learn that the company recently surpassed General Motors in terms of market capitalization. Think of any company, and we probably have a board for it, where investors are thinking aloud: Google, Apple, AppliedMaterials, Qualcomm, Krispy Kreme, eBay (a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation -- see more about our newsletters below), Sirius, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Dell (another Stock Advisor recommendation), HomeDepot (a Motley Fool Inside Value pick), Best Buy (yet another Stock Advisor choice), Lucent, Microsoft (also an Inside Value recommendation) ... these are just a tiny tip of our iceberg. Check us out!
Over the past few years, we've launched a suite of investing newsletters designed to deliver superior investment ideas directly to you each month via clear, concise, engaging writing. Learn more about each of them, and see whether you'd like to try some out (for free):
- Motley Fool Champion Funds: Shannon Zimmerman profiles top funds with market-beating returns. (Sample pick: T. Rowe Price Real Estate (FUND: TRREX ) , up 10% since being featured in September.)
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- Motley Fool Hidden Gems: In this newsletter, Tom spotlights undiscovered, undervalued companies generating heaps of free cash flow. (Sample pick: an unusual jewelry retailer, up 27% since being featured in September.)
- Motley Fool Income Investor: Fool analyst Mathew Emmert highlights exceptional high-yield companies. (Sample pick: a food company, up 25% since being featured in September.) Here are a few other companies to investigate if you're in the market for high-yielding investments: Southern (NYSE: SO ) , Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE ) , and Wachovia (NYSE: WB ) .
- Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement: Robert Brokamp offers practical recommendations for getting yourself set up for a solid retirement.
- Motley Fool Inside Value: Philip Durell presents undervalued companies poised to bounce back with gusto. (Sample pick: First Data (NYSE: FDC ) , up 5% since being featured in September.)
- Motley Fool Rule Breakers: David Gardner seeks out dynamic young companies out to change the world and grow at a rapid clip. (Sample pick: IMAX (Nasdaq: IMAX ) , down 23% since being featured in September. Most picks are up, but even slumping ones can be good, sometimes representing bigger bargains.)
Of course, not all picks will zoom skyward. But on average, we're doing very well.
A while ago, I wrote an article describing each newsletter in more detail, along with reviewing its performance a bit -- check it out to see just how well we're doing. Or try one or more newsletters for free to see all of our recommendations and how they've done. You'll also get access to all past issues.
How-to guides and online seminars
Your friends at the Fool are pioneers in online learning. Since the late 1990s, we've taught tens of thousands of people through our online seminars and How-to Guides. Our offerings have gotten high marks from participants and come with money-back guarantees. So check them out -- you've got little to lose. Some are even free!
Some sample topics:
- How to Plan the Perfect Retirement
- How to Start Investing
- How to Pick the Best Mutual Funds
- How to Crack the Code: Read Financial Statements Like a Pro
- How to Combine Love and Money
- How to Stash Your Cash
- How to Know When to Buy and Sell
- How to Disaster-Proof Your Finances
If there's a bit of the archaeologist in you and you enjoy exploring, poke through our archives and the piles of discontinued features, and you'll be able to find all kinds of interesting things.
I know I've neglected many terrific spots in Fooldom. Our Site Map can point you to some. Feel free to share some of your favorite corners with other Fools by talking about them on our discussion boards.
Selena Maranjian has been touring Fooldom for more than 10 years, and she's still surprised now and then. She owns stock in Berkshire Hathaway. For more about Selena, view her bio and her profile. You might also be interested in these books she has written or co-written: The Motley Fool Money Guide and The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens. The Motley Fool is Fools writing for Fools.