The Motley Fool's CAPS investing service is another great way for investors to work together to beat the market. Among other features, CAPS lets users blog about their picks, investing strategy, market view, favorite rugby team, or whatever floats their boat.
Week after week, I go back to the CAPS well to pull up some of the best blog posts from the past week. This week, though, I thought I'd shake things up a bit. Instead of looking at the posts from just the past week, this week I've dug through all of the CAPS posts to bring you some of the best ever, as determined by you.
Community intelligence works
For those not yet among the 83,000-plus members of the CAPS community, CAPS is a multifaceted tool. It's a great way to learn more about investing, try out investing strategies without risking real money, share insights on stocks and the market, and research stocks.
Now, the latter -- researching stocks -- is far more helpful if CAPS ratings have some correlation to how the stocks end up performing (i.e., that a five-star stock like Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) (NYSE: BRK-B ) will actually outperform a one-star stock like Vonage). As Fool co-founder Dave Gardner (TMFBreakerDave) shared in the top CAPS blog post of all time, initial reads of CAPS performance suggests that the CAPS community is pretty good at divvying up the universe of stocks.
On espresso and investing
To be a fundamental investor, you need to have a pretty good understanding of the companies you've invested in. This means that sometimes you're going to snuggle up to a nice cup of espresso and start digging into those SEC filings. In another of CAPS' all-time top blog posts, one of CAPS' top players, TMFEldrehad, talks about the importance of reading SEC filings and walks through the example of Cherokee (Nasdaq: CHKE ) .
Time for a few small repairs
At the end of January, top CAPS player SpecBear's bearishness was running high. Not only did he think things would be bad in the near term, but it didn't sound like he saw much light at the end of the tunnel.
New builder rankings
No review of the top blogs would ever be complete without an appearance from floridabuilder, one of the leading CAPS players and bloggers. Floridabuilder has contributed a lot to the CAPS community through his great knowledge of the homebuilding industry. In this post from early December, he reviews some of his previous recommendations on builder stocks and gives a new set of rankings. His favorites include MDC Holdings (NYSE: MDC ) and NVR (NYSE: NVR ) .
The bright side of pessimism
Back in August, just as the craziness in the markets was really heating up, some of the CAPS players who were busy putting their thumbs down on just about everything started coming under fire. One of the top players then, and still a top-20 player today, TMFKmoney shared some of his thoughts on the upside of seeing the downside.
Is Chipotle the next Starbucks?
Can you compare burritos and coffee? CAPS All-Star TMFselzhanik sure thinks you can. Back in July, this leading CAPS player laid out some similarities between the stories of Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX ) and Chipotle (NYSE: CMG-B ) , noting that if Chipotle is on a similar path, investors could be in line for a pretty profitable ride.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
You may be able to guess that this blog post from EldrehadPicks is about Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. More importantly, though, this was the inaugural pick for TMFEldrehad's free CAPS "newsletter" -- a newsletter that now includes five picks that are, on average, beating the market.
And that's our round-up for this week. Be sure to check back next week for more great blogging action. In the meantime, why not head over to CAPS and add your two cents to the community pool?
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