Motley Fool Stock Advisor is the Motley Fool's flagship investing newsletter. Led by Motley Fool co-founders (and brothers) Tom and David Gardner, Stock Advisor's goal is to help everyday investors beat the market with a balanced, long-term approach to investing.

Let's start with the various benefits that come with Stock Advisor.

Here's what a Stock Advisor subscription gets you

Stock Advisor co-advisors Tom and David Gardner.

Stock Advisor co-advisors Tom and David Gardner. Image source: The Motley Fool.

Motley Fool Stock Advisor comes loaded with tons of goodies, including:

  • New stock ideas every month. The Stock Advisor analysts sort themselves onto Team Tom and Team David, and each team picks a stock to recommend each month. From time to time, a stock that has already been recommended even earns the coveted "re-rec" that signals an even higher conviction behind the pick!
  • Ten timely picks each month. Team Tom and Team David each pick five stocks every month that are uniquely suited to investors looking to invest cash right now. Maybe these stocks have been unfairly beaten down by Wall Street...maybe they've just released news that signals an even stronger opportunity than the Gardner brothers and their teams had previously identified...maybe something entirely different. But these are the stocks recommended by Stock Advisor that the analyst teams believe are the best timely opportunities to invest in.
  • Ten "Starter Stocks." New to investing? Everyone was at some point. That's why the Stock Advisor team picks ten starter stocks every year – five each by Team Tom and Team David – that they think new investors should use to anchor their portfolio. These stocks tend to be less risky, moated businesses, and are picked to be well-suited for new investors just dipping their toes in the water.
  • Regular updates on every recommendation. The Stock Advisor team covers earnings for every stock they recommend and every time major news moves prices substantially. In addition, the analysts update their recommendations – buy, sell, or hold – whenever the thesis for any stock has significantly changed. That's part of the team's commitment to making sure everyone has the best possible information.
  • An engaged community. Thousands of Stock Advisor members post on the message boards, talking through the new picks, stocks in general, personal finance, and anything else which comes to mind. This may be one of the most undervalued benefits of a Stock Advisor subscription, because the community really helps boost members' knowledge and understanding.
  • Reports on major trends. From time to time, the Stock Advisor team will identify a big, investable trend that they want to do a deep dive on. The trend might be AI, or driverless cars, or the death of cable, or any of a number of other opportunities. These research reports – which detail the opportunity, the risks, and potential stocks to benefit from each trend -- are available to Stock Advisor members as part of their subscriptions.

Is a Stock Advisor subscription worth the cost?

Here at The Motley Fool, we think that you should generally pay no more than 1% of your portfolio each year for investing guidance. (So if you have a $50,000 portfolio, you should spend no more than $500.) That said, if the educational benefits of the guidance you're receiving are more valuable to you than strictly the stock picks – if, for example, you're learning how to be a better investor and that will help you spend less on guidance in the future – then there's an argument for spending a little more than 1% annually. That's a decision you have to make on your own.

And in the same way, whether a subscription to Stock Advisor is worth it is a question that only you can answer. But how about we sweeten the deal?

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