The Secret to Motley Fool Stock Advisor's Performance These 14 Years

Motley Fool co-founders Tom and David Gardner helped Motley Fool Stock Advisor produce its impressive performance.

Smart investors can successfully find stocks that can crush the market indexes and produce life-changing wealth. Since 2002, the Motley Fool Stock Advisor service has delivered winning investment ideas to its subscribers, and over that time span, the picks that Fool co-founders David and Tom Gardner have made have tripled the performance of the S&P 500 stock market index. Below, we'll show you how you can get access to this award-winning service at a discounted price of just $53 a year. But first, let's take a closer look at the secret behind Stock Advisor's stellar returns and how the Gardners hope to keep delivering winning picks well into the future.

Finding the best stocks in the market

Motley Fool Stock Advisor gives its subscribers two stocks each and every month that have the best chance of outperforming the market over the next three to five years. Tom gives one pick in every newsletter, and David gives a pick of his own as well. Together, both of the Gardner brothers look carefully at each company's history, leadership team, and prospects for future business growth. Often, their picks will be brand new recommendations. Sometimes, though, the Gardners will revisit past picks and rerecommend them as being top investment opportunities right now.

One of the biggest benefits of Motley Fool Stock Advisor is that subscribers benefit from the different investing styles that Tom and David have. Tom tends to be more conservative with his stock-picking, seeking to avoid major losses in order to generate strong portfolio gains. David, on the other hand, is more aggressive with his selections, and he's willing to take the occasional major loss in exchange for the chance to find stocks that can double, triple, or even rise tenfold over the long run.

The secret of Stock Advisor's success

Motley Fool Stock Advisor follows several core principles that guide its investment philosophy. The team believes in buying businesses rather than ticker symbols, meaning that analysts will look closely at company fundamentals. Selections are made with a long-term intent, and the service encourages diversification by choosing stocks from many different industries. David and Tom pride themselves on looking in corners where many stockpickers fear to tread to find their best picks, and they keep their emotions in check in making selections and evaluating existing holdings to decide future actions. Stock Advisor strongly believes that you have to keep score in order to remain accountable, and most importantly, the Gardners inject plenty of fun in the investing process.

A look at the top picks from the Gardners can give you some insight into what you can expect from the service. Many of David's best-performing stocks have become giants in their respective areas. Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) has grown to be the leader in the online travel space, and its return of more than 5,900% over the past 12 years has been a key part of David's total return advantage over his brother. Similarly, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has gone from a DVD-renting mail-order company to a pioneer in the video-streaming business, and longtime investors have experienced 5,000% gains since late 2004.

Tom's best picks have also given investors big wins. One of Tom's first selections was health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). That stock has risen almost tenfold in the 14 years since he first made the pick, thanks to the rise of the health insurance industry and UnitedHealth's prowess in capturing the healthcare services business with its Optum unit. More recently, Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) has entered the automotive industry with a vengeance, and its luxury electric-car models have huge waiting lists that promise to make waves among car enthusiasts and send rival automakers scurrying for competitive cover. Tesla has produced returns of 600% in less than four years, and the company is only now starting to ramp up its production efforts to enter the mainstream market.

How you can use Stock Advisor to set up your own winning portfolio

For new investors, Motley Fool Stock Advisor makes things easy. Once you subscribe, you'll get immediate access to our list of Starter Stocks, which are the picks that best embody David's and Tom's investing philosophies. You'll also get their Best Buys Now, which take into account current market conditions and opportunities among their recommendations.

Best of all, right now, you can sign up for Motley Fool Stock Advisor at a special introductory rate. Rather than paying our usual price, take advantage of this offer and pay as little as $53 per year. You'll then get two new stock recommendations every month, along with all the resources that Stock Advisor offers its subscribers.

Investors who want to succeed can't afford to waste time, and that's why we've put a price on Motley Fool Stock Advisor that should encourage you not to procrastinate. Don't miss another opportunity to get in on the long-term success that the service has given its subscribers. Click here to join the Motley Fool Stock Advisor community today and get on the road to life-changing wealth.

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