Motley Fool Backstage Terms and Conditions of Service
Welcome to Motley Fool Backstage (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 13 OF THE FOOL’S RULES.
1. Motley Fool Backstage
Motley Fool Backstage is a service from The Motley Fool, LLC. Backstage provides you with access to the Backstage portfolio as well as other content, tools, features, and offerings. Backstage is an all-access pass to specialized, advanced investing services at the Motley Fool. Backstage is an advanced investing hub that provides elevated and exclusive content focused on advanced investing topics, investing courses, in-depth research, tools and analysis you can use to help you diversify your portfolio.
The Service provides recommendations for buying stock in publicly traded companies on U.S. and in some cases foreign exchanges. The Service will recommend a collection of stocks up front and later send occasional updates about those or other stocks, and may include ongoing coverage or additional recommendations.
This Service may also contain information about investing in cryptocurrency and other digital assets. There is question amongst several jurisdictions and regulatory authorities as to whether cryptocurrency is a security. The Motley Fool cannot provide advice on the treatment of cryptocurrency as a security and recommends that investors check with their personal financial advisors to see if investing in cryptocurrency is right for their own financial situation. Cryptocurrency trading involves high risk and is not suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade cryptocurrencies, tokens, or any other digital asset, you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment, and therefore, you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose.
From time to time, we may change the features and offerings included in your Service membership, but we will provide you with advance notice of any material changes. You may terminate your membership at any time pursuant to the terms of your subscription.
All services and features provided by the Service are provided “AS IS.” The Fool assumes no responsibility for the timeliness or delivery of any content or the deletion or failure to store any personalized or customized settings.
A Word of Caution
The Service may use a mix of investing strategies within the portfolio. Regardless of the action taken by the Service, it is in the capacity of a responsible investor and not a speculator. That doesn't mean our trades will always turn out to be winners. It means that we have done our best to do our homework and consider the inherent risks before pledging our money. We urge you to do the same.
We want to help you make money. We also want to provide you with a more enriching and useful experience along the way. So while we may ask you a few questions to help direct you to portfolios and other content we think may interest you, The Motley Fool is not in the business of rendering personalized or individualized investment advice. We don't (and can't) know your financial situation, risk tolerances, or investing objectives. Accordingly, the information provided along with the decisions made and actions taken by the Service do not constitute a recommendation that a particular portfolio, framework, security, strategy or action taken is suitable for you, or any specific person for that matter.
Companies recommended by the Service may operate in industries that are prohibited under U.S. law, and may trade in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, and on exchanges outside the U.S. All of these factors can increase the risk of investing, and in some cases may involve legal risk to the investor. The Motley Fool strongly urges caution when considering these investments, and encourages you to speak with your own legal counsel before investing.
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.
2. Backstage Membership Fee; Terminating Your Membership.
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Members who previously purchased a subscription to at least one Motley Fool service (e.g., services included in the Rule Breakers or Everlasting families of services, but not including Stock Advisor, Rule Breakers, Everlasting Stocks, Total Income, Real Estate Winners, Rule Your Retirement, and Epic Bundle) may have received complimentary access to the Service. If you cease to be a member of the Motley Fool service(s) through which you have received complimentary access to the Service, you will no longer receive access to the Service and must resubscribe to the Service to continue access.
The Motley Fool reserves the right to increase the Service’s fees or institute new charges upon reasonable notice. Fees are due in advance. Unless otherwise explicitly noted at the time of ordering, your membership will automatically renew until you notify us of your decision to terminate your membership YOU ARE PROVIDING YOUR ELECTRONIC AUTHORIZATION FOR FUTURE CHARGES AGAINST YOUR CREDIT CARD ON FILE UNLESS YOU CANCEL.
Accordingly, you agree that your Service membership fee will be billed automatically at the beginning of each renewal period at the then-current rate to the credit card you used in your most recent transaction with us.
You may cancel your Service membership at any time, however, there are NO REFUNDS.
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Transfer; Discontinuing a Service
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In the event that we discontinue the Service, you agree that The Motley Fool may transfer your subscription to another Service of equal or greater value.
3. Credit Transfers
If your purchase included a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, you will have 30 days from the date of purchase to apply the value of your full purchase price towards another portfolio-style service at The Motley Fool. Not all purchases or terms will include this guarantee.
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The Motley Fool reserves the right to disallow transfer into certain services depending on insufficient credit, product openings, investment timelines, a member’s history of transfers or prior refunds, or for any other reason at The Motley Fool’s sole discretion.
4. Disclaimer of Warranties and Liabilities
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Although this is included in the Fool's Rules, it bears repeating (and capitalizing):
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5. You Bear Responsibility for Your Financial and Investment Decisions.
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6. Trading Rules
The Motley Fool strives to operate with the highest level of integrity and to treat everyone — our customers, employees and community — fairly. For this reason, all of our services abide by trading rules.
Employees and contractors cannot trade based upon any knowledge of an upcoming recommendation by one of our services. They may only trade in the security after the service recommendation has been published.
If one of our services issues a recommendation about a stock, The Motley Fool's other services will refrain from issuing trade alerts in the security for 24 hours.
Please note there may be occasions where a service takes a position with respect to a security that is counter to that of another Fool service.
Affiliates 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.
7. The Service Is Intended for U.S. Residents Only
The Service is aimed at, and published for, individuals residing in the United States. The Motley Fool makes no representation that the materials provided, and actions taken by the Service are appropriate for users outside the United States or permitted under the laws of other jurisdictions.
If you choose to access or use the Service from a location other than the United States, you do so at your own initiative and risk, and you bear full responsibility for compliance with any applicable local laws.
8. Everything Else
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Last updated June 9, 2022