Motley Fool Options Terms of Service
Welcome to Motley Fool Options (the "Service"). This page sets forth the special Terms and Conditions by which The Motley Fool provides you with access to the Service (the "Terms"). It supplements the Fool's Rules (our standard terms and conditions), which are incorporated by reference. By subscribing to, and using the Service you are agreeing to abide by these Terms as well as the Fool's Rules INCLUDING THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER DETAILED IN SECTION 10 OF THE FOOL’S RULES.
Motley Fool Options
The Service provides recommendations on options trades. The Service can recommend any form of options trading, but is restricted to the universe of stocks within our premium newsletter stock-picking services, which consists of Global Gains, Hidden Gems, Income Investor, Inside Value, Rule Breakers, and Stock Advisor, as well as any Motley Fool premium reports.
The Motley Fool strives to operate with the highest level of integrity and to treat everyone — our customers, employees and community — fairly. With that in mind, we've put in place guidelines with respect to the Service in addition to our standard trading rules. They include:
- The Service will wait at least 30 days after a Fool newsletter has issued a new recommendation before issuing a trade alert in the underlying security.
- The Service may issue an alert in the underlying security of a stock that is not currently on its scorecard within 90 days of a Fool newsletter recommending the sale of the stock. The Service may continue to issue alerts on a stock sold by the newsletter as long as it remains active on the Service's scorecard. If all actions on an equity have closed or expired on the Service's scorecard, and the stock is not an active newsletter recommendation, the Service may no longer issue alerts on the stock.
- If one of The Motley Fool's real-money portfolio services has issued an Intent or Alert to trade, the Service will refrain from issuing its trade alert in the security until the portfolio service has completed the trade.
- If the Service issues a recommendation on a stock, The Motley Fool's real-money portfolio services will refrain from issuing trade alerts in the security for 2 days.
- Employees and contractors cannot trade based upon any knowledge of an upcoming recommendation by the Service. They may only trade in the security after the Service's recommendation has been published.
Please note there may be occasions where the Service takes a position with respect to a security that is counter to that of another Fool premium service.
An affiliate of The Motley Fool provides investment products that may hold securities mentioned in our publications. Editorial personnel have no nonpublic knowledge of the affiliate's holdings, and the affiliate's personnel have no knowledge of any editorial content before it is published.
A Word of Caution
The Service may use a mix of options strategies. Trading in options involves different risks than investing in traditional equities. Some of these risks include:
- When using some forms of options, the risk of loss is hypothetically unlimited, as investors who short may be required to purchase shares to cover at any time, and at any price.
- Options can be used to create leverage, which increases the risk of total loss, since smaller fluctuations in value will have significant effects on your portfolio.
We want to help you make money. However, The Motley Fool is not in the business of rendering personalized investment advice. We don't (and can't) know your financial situation, risk tolerances, or investing objectives. Accordingly, the decisions made and actions taken by the Service do not constitute a recommendation that a particular security, strategy or action taken is suitable for you or any specific person for that matter.
The Service bases its recommendations and forecasts on techniques, information and sources believed to be reliable in the past and cannot guarantee future accuracy and results. The Motley Fool and the writers will not be liable for any investment decision you make, or action you take based upon reliance of any material you read here. The Motley Fool is a company of investors writing for investors and as such, the writers (and/or the company) may own stocks mentioned by the Service. For more information about writer disclosure, as well as a list of places where you can view stocks our writers and analysts own, see our disclosure policy.
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Last updated August 12th, 2016