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By no means am I trying to be ugly here, but it just bothers me when I see people asking for advice on how to get their finances in check and what to do with their savings, and they are given a link to a purchase course. These people are trying hard to do with what they have. I believe there is enough free advice on this, and other, web sites to avoid them paying for a course. I didn't expect to see this sort of behavior on Fool.com.

Dear slimflem,

While I understand your dismay, it is also a recognition that the Motley Fool is not a philanthropic, not-for-profit business. Like the kind of companies in which you choose to invest, we work under a similar set of economic realities. Without revenue, the Motley Fool will cease to exist.

Yes, we do have plenty of free advice, but we have also developed outstanding 'for pay' products that help individuals take control of their own money. As employees of the Fool, it is our job, and our responsibility, to let people know about them. But we would never suggest a product if we didn't believe in it ourselves. We are proud of our offerings, and we think they provide an incredible value for those who wish to invest the time and money in them. So I don't look upon our suggestions as spam, but rather as offering all the appropriate Fool tools to customers.

I hope you will look at Tony's reply in this light.

Foolishly yours,

Karen Kosoy
TMF Karen
Community Fool


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