There are a growing number of financial websites offering a plethora of expert advice on investing. Although there are many common characteristics, each site has its unique appeal. Two sites that have high visibility are The Motley Fool and TheStreet.com. Below we give a comparison to help investors choose which one fits their needs better.
First, we looked at their homepages. The Motley Fool offers many features, including trending stories. There are also various tabs, which when clicked, bring up pages such as “Stocks,” “How To Invest,” “Retirement” and “Personal Finance.”
The site offers a premium option which allows subscribers to better personalize with articles of interest, portfolio names, and news. “How To Invest” is an extremely useful page for novice investors. It contains information related to finding a broker and The Motley Fools’ 13 steps to investing.
The Motley Fool also provides a plethora of other investment ideas and investing support features. It includes additional research for a fee and gives users the ability to participate in investment games. It has retirement information, proprietary products such as “Stock Advisor,” and an array of podcasts. Followers of the Motley Fool may also be interested in its sister companies: Motley Fool Funds, Motley Fool Wealth Management and Motley Fool Ventures.
TheStreet.com, similar to The Motley Fool, offers market commentary and the current market status. It also has the ability to toggle to other webpages like “Cramer,” “Investing,” “Personal Finance” and “Retirement.”
Jim Cramer is synonymous with TheStreet. The “Cramer “ tab is dedicated solely to Jim Cramer and his investment advice. It offers segmentation for his Action Alerts Plus, Blog, Monthly Call, Best Stocks, Cramer's Articles, Mad Money, 25 Rules for Investing and 10 Commandments.
Each tab has many drop-down choices to help investors find information on investing market segments as well as personal finance and retirement concerns. The Markets page provides daily details on the U.S. market indexes and stock performance.
This website also contains many stock screeners, research reports and top lists, some only available through its subscription service.
These are two of many financial websites, and they offer a comprehensive suite of products and information. Each has its own proprietary commentary and offers investment products like mutual funds or stock research that make it more valuable to the individual investor who does not have access to the same Wall Street data and commentary as professional investors.