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Subject:  Fool Disclosure and Paid Content Date:  4/30/2010  4:02 PM
Author:  RHinCT Number:  126 of 142

I am used to seeing disclosure messages at the end of articles with notices such as "WellPoint is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation."

Reading the Fool Disclosure Policy I find a lot about the rules for authors' disclosure. And I find a section explaining about the 30 day window when recommendations made in paid content - such as the example above - will NOT be disclosed, which makes perfect sense.

What I could not find was a statement committing MF to revealing paid content recommendations outside the 30 day window. Obviously you make such disclosures at least some of the time, as in the example I used. However I find no statement saying that outside that window you will make any such disclosure.

So what is the real policy? I am guessing that it is either (1) disclose anything outside the 30 day window, or (2) disclose sometimes if it is outside the 30 day window, where the rules for disclosing (or not) are not themselves for public disclosure.

If you can clarify this point it would be appreciated, and adding the clarification to the posted Fool Disclosure Policy might be a good idea too.

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