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To paraphrase my seventeen-year old, "So, oh!-mi!-gosh! Like, how many MF programs/subscriptions/services are there? Really??

But, more importantly for me, to which should I be connected? I'm convinced I need to follow through on the Money Advisor, but what else to complement??

Not to be overly dramatic about this, but my first steps are important ones. Has anyone been here??


We do have quite a few subscription products. Here is a link to a matrix of our newsletters:

I think the nice lady was comparing the Motley Fool Stock Advisor to your TMF Money Advisor subscription. Most of our investment newsletters make recommendations of stocks, mutual funds, etc. TMF Money Advisor is more of a personal finance planning tool. TMF Money Advisor includes:

- Online financial planning tool
- Toll-free phone access to a financial advisor
- Access to all of our online courses
- Subscriber only discussion board
- Access to the general Fool discussion boards
- 20% discount on Fool products (excluding TMF Money Advisor itself) that are sold on the website

Have you filled out the online financial planning tool? Here is a link to the TMF Money Advisor page:

Once you have filled out the planning tool (or before, if you have any questions) you can call the financial advisor, and with your permission the advisor can view your planning tool information. You can ask the advisor a wide range of personal finance and basic investing issues. As far as investing assistance, the advisor can discuss your risk tolerance and financial goals to arrive at an appropriate asset allocation for your portfolio.

Here is a link to the online courses available to you through TMF Money Advisor:


Stock Advisor vs. Income Investor

Stock Advisor and Income Investor are both monthly investment newsletters that give two recommendations per month. Stock Advisor is written by David and Tom Gardner (cofounders of the Motley Fool). The woman you called works for Phillips Publishing. Stock Advisor was our first newsletter and Phillips handles its publication and distribution. All our other newsletters are handled internally at the Motley Fool.

Income Investor focuses on income producing financial vehicles, like high dividend yield stocks, REITs, preferreds, Master Limited Partnerships, etc. So the idea is to get current income while minimizing the risk of capital loss (hopefully experiencing capital appreciation as well).

Stock Advisor focuses on capital appreciation. So far the newsletter has only recommended stocks and David and Tom tend to recommend mid to large cap companies.

Each of the newsletters could be used to set up an appropriate asset allocation of your portfolio.

I hope this helps.

Keith O'Malley
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