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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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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