Development Strategy and Feedback
We are be seeking your feedback throughout the process, from the design we create to the tools we offer. We’ll be building the network using an iterative process – the first version will be shooting for effective rather than pretty – and we’ll add features as we go. We can to be sure we’re creating a system that works for you.
All blog posts that meet our basic requirements will be published to the Blog Network page, in which our large and growing community will decide which content rises to the top.
Additionally, contributors can have their content appear on major finance sites – Fool.com, Yahoo! Finance, AOL DailyFinance, MSN Money, CNNMoney, and more – if it meets our higher quantitative and qualitative requirements.
Here are some examples (culled from our blog contributions in our stock-picking game CAPS) of the kind of posts we would love to see from you:
- $50 Billion Left Equity Mutual Funds, Now What?
- General Mills: Gains from Grains?
- Spec in Bio Tech: PDLI
- How Useful is Berkshire's Book Value for Valuation Purposes?
- Dividend Stocks - The Safest Investment in the World
The more you post, the more insightful your articles, the more you develop a following, the faster you will be able to rise to the top of the network.
Trading Guidelines and Disclosure
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- You must disclose any ownership stake in a stock, ETF, or closed-end fund you're writing about -- long, short, or options.
- You cannot mention a stock in a post until two market days after you’ve last executed a transaction in it.
- You cannot execute a transaction in a stock you mention in one of your posts until two market days after the post is published.
- If you manage money or are a Registered Investment Advisor, you must identify yourself and the firm or company you work for, as well as include specific disclosure text in each post.
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Legal Copyright Stuff
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Your contributions, like all content at The Motley Fool, are still subject to our Fool’s Rules, so we reserve the right to yank any posts we deem offensive, unethical, illegal, or otherwise inappropriate, or for any other reason. Check out the Rules for more details – they’re straightforward and informative – but for the most part, if you write to make your mom proud, we’ll all be fine.