In my limited travels in California, one thing I've marveled at is how the land and view change so much. Drive an hour or two (often just 30 minutes) and mountains will give way to valleys. One minute you're seeing acres of graceful windmills, the next you're looking at 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 a beach lined with palm trees. Whatever you might be seeking, you stand a good chance of finding it in California.
The Motley Fool has something in common with California. We're also a rich, deep resource, and one that many people only know a little about. Just as some people are only familiar with 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. If you just listen to our radio show, you may not realize that we have daily articles on investing and 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 in a box above and to the right.) Without further ado:
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- Analyzing Industries
- The P/E Is Not a Magic Number (part 1 and part 2)
- Rule Maker Metrics (part 1 and part 2)
- The Uselessness of the Price-to-Sales Ratio
- Four Ways Investors Are Tricked
- What Is Your Company Hiding?
- Where Fools Do Their Research
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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 also have a syndicated weekly newspaper feature that's been picked up by more than 200 papers around the country. If your local paper doesn't carry it, consider giving the business section editor a jingle and asking for it.
- The Motley Fool's Guide to Couples & Cash: How to Handle Money with Your Honey
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- The Motley Fool Investment Workbook
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One of the things the Fool does best is provide a home for thousands of conversations on thousands of topics. You owe it to yourself to check out our vibrant online community.
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Selena Maranjian has been touring Fool dom for more than nine 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 .