15 Reasons Why Fools Invest Better

Lee McClennahan understands research and, at The Motley Fool, he found an investing strategy that paralleled his own investing ideals.

Jun 6, 2014 at 5:00PM

Lee McClennahan has an extensive background in finance. After working at Merrill Lynch, fresh out of college and newly married, Lee established his own research firm in 1970 where he specialized in offering small cap research to more than 300 institutions. In 1974, he sold his company to a large regional firm. During the next 30 years, he worked in real estate finance, and American Funds and The Capital Group. Lee's vast experience in research and service meant that, when he sent comments to The Motley Fool, it excited us. Just last month, he wrote:

Thank you for taking the time to write such a helpful response and for providing good service to your clients. 

I’ve been a stock market investor for over 50 years, owned my own research/investment banking company and was head of marketing for The American Funds (part of The Capital Group) in LA so I have worked with some of the nation’s leading analysts and portfolio managers. The point is, that I know good research when I see it -- and you guys do great work. I also appreciate the book you recommended which I will order shortly.

We love to hear from our members, and Lee's comments point to the work that we hope all our members appreciate. The research that we do here is an integral and core aspect of our work. When speaking at a Fool One member event in Minneapolis, Tom Gardner explained some of what our Foolish work includes: helping you reach your financial goals. We do that, in part, through putting together top-shelf research from a variety of perspectives. Lee found The Motley Fool within the past year and our research drew him in:

I also make it a point to follow the best investment professionals in the industry and that’s how I discovered the excellence of The Motley Fool -- from an article in the WSJ on August 3 of last year. The more I studied the Motley Fool’s process and their recommendations, the more attractive they became and the more I realized that they are largely in sync with the way I want to manage my portfolio. I have told my friends that The Motley Fool is like investing with Warren Buffett but with a tech bent (which I like). 

Lee is one member of our Fool family, but he's an important member -- as are all of our members. His professional experiences offer us the Foolish chance to learn continually through emails, message boards, and more. He also helped us learn more about what we're doing right. Lee recently sent us a list of things he likes about The Fool: 

  1. Analysts seem to have a maturity beyond their years, i.e., analyze companies like investment professionals with many years of experience
  2. Long term orientation
  3. Patience
  4. Ability to focus on what’s really important in a business
  5. Not overly influenced by Wall St analysts (very important)
  6. Constantly striving to be better -- I’ve enjoyed their book recommendations and video interviews immensely 
  7. Emphasis on strong management, financials, and overall company valuation
  8. Willing to pay up for a sustainable growth company
  9. Good at sifting through the noise to address the key issues
  10. Addresses the potential negatives in a factual way
  11. Recommendations are brief, easy to read, and address the key points
  12. Communications on technical issues for non techies is excellent
  13. Research gives me confidence to sit still in rough markets and to add to positions on declines (this is a big deal)
  14. Helps satisfy my entrepreneur itch 
  15. I use MF as my primary starting point for the majority of my new purchases

As Tom Gardner pointed out, we want to help our members succeed. Through our research, diverse analysts, and our members, we can get one step closer -- together.

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1 Key Step to Get Rich

Our mission at The Motley Fool is to help the world invest better. Whether that’s helping people overcome their fear of stocks all the way to offering clear and successful guidance on complicated-sounding options trades, we can help.

Feb 1, 2016 at 4:54PM

To be perfectly clear, this is not a get-rich action that my Foolish colleagues and I came up with. But we wouldn't argue with the approach.

A 2015 Business Insider article titled, "11 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich" rated The Motley Fool as the #1 place online to get smarter about investing.

"The Motley Fool aims to build a strong investment community, which it does by providing a variety of resources: the website, books, a newspaper column, a radio [show], and [newsletters]," wrote (the clearly insightful and talented) money reporter Kathleen Elkins. "This site has something for every type of investor, from basic lessons for beginners to investing commentary on mutual funds, stock sectors, and value for the more advanced."

Our mission at The Motley Fool is to help the world invest better, so it's nice to receive that kind of recognition. It lets us know we're doing our job.

Whether that's helping the entirely uninitiated overcome their fear of stocks all the way to offering clear and successful guidance on complicated-sounding options trades, we want to provide our readers with a boost to the next step on their journey to financial independence.

Articles and beyond

As Business Insider wrote, there are a number of resources available from the Fool for investors of all levels and styles.

In addition to the dozens of free articles we publish every day on our website, I want to highlight two must-see spots in your tour of fool.com.

For the beginning investor

Investing can seem like a Big Deal to those who have yet to buy their first stock. Many investment professionals try to infuse the conversation with jargon in order to deter individual investors from tackling it on their own (and to justify their often sky-high fees).

But the individual investor can beat the market. The real secret to investing is that it doesn't take tons of money, endless hours, or super-secret formulas that only experts possess.

That's why we created a best-selling guide that walks investors-to-be through everything they need to know to get started. And because we're so dedicated to our mission, we've made that available for free.

If you're just starting out (or want to help out someone who is), go to www.fool.com/beginners, drop in your email address, and you'll be able to instantly access the quick-read guide ... for free.

For the listener

Whether it's on the stationary exercise bike or during my daily commute, I spend a lot of time going nowhere. But I've found a way to make that time benefit me.

The Motley Fool offers five podcasts that I refer to as "binge-worthy financial information."

Motley Fool Money features a team of our analysts discussing the week's top business and investing stories, interviews, and an inside look at the stocks on our radar. It's also featured on several dozen radio stations across the country.

The hosts of Motley Fool Answers challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves.

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, is among the most respected and trusted sources on investing. And he's the host of Rule Breaker Investing, in which he shares his insights into today's most innovative and disruptive companies ... and how to profit from them.

Market Foolery is our daily look at stocks in the news, as well as the top business and investing stories.

And Industry Focus offers a deeper dive into a specific industry and the stories making headlines. Healthcare, technology, energy, consumer goods, and other industries take turns in the spotlight.

They're all informative, entertaining, and eminently listenable ... and I don't say that simply because the hosts all sit within a Nerf-gun shot of my desk. Rule Breaker Investing and Answers contain timeless advice, so you might want to go back to the beginning with those. The other three take their cues from the market, so you'll want to listen to the most recent first. All are available at www.fool.com/podcasts.

But wait, there's more

The book and the podcasts – both free ... both awesome – also come with an ongoing benefit. If you download the book, or if you enter your email address in the magical box at the podcasts page, you'll get ongoing market coverage sent straight to your inbox.

Investor Insights is valuable and enjoyable coverage of everything from macroeconomic events to investing strategies to our analyst's travels around the world to find the next big thing. Also free.

Get the book. Listen to a podcast. Sign up for Investor Insights. I'm not saying that any of those things will make you rich ... but Business Insider seems to think so.


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