For Board Newcomers and Oldtimers

Dear Newcomers and Delinquent Oldtimers welcome to Saul’s Investing Discussions!


• Over the last 10 days the board has been cluttered up with a bunch of off-topic answers to several off-topic posts by hapless newbies.
• Requests by one of the assistant board managers that a thread be stopped were blithely ignored after a relative newcomer posted the same question twice.
• There have also been several threads on the same subject like the Wall Street Article on FICO scores on 2021-07-24,…, followed by reference to the same article a day later,….

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THIS BOARD for quite a while and should know the rules:
• As Saul has requested numerous times, please answer a newcomer’s OT questions off-board by unclicking “Post this Reply to the Boards” and clicking “E-mail this Reply to the Author.”
• PLEASE USE THE THREADED MODE. First of all, you’ll see that Saul or one of his assistants has requested to stop the thread. Secondly, it avoids unnecessary duplication of threads.

Saul’s board has the singular focus of analyzing and discussing individual, rapidly growing, disruptive companies. That means that certain topics and basic questions that are acceptable on other boards are not appropriate here. We are trying to keep our discussions as advanced and detailed as possible and encourage you to chime in, provided your comments are on-topic and within the guidelines outlined in the Monday Morning Rules of the Board below.

Saul’s board has grown tremendously in recent years, and Saul has had to establish rules, published every Monday morning, to keep off-topic and non-contributing posts to a minimum. Thank you notes to Saul are best incorporated into posts discussing our rapidly growing companies instead of a separate, one-line post.

Saul has also engaged several assistant board managers, who will remind posters when they veer off topic, and stop off-topic threads from continuing. The names of the Assistant Board Managers, and the DO’S and DONT’S for this board are found here:


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Please remember that these ARE the rules of the board. If you are unhappy with them, or feel that they are too restrictive for you, no one is keeping you on the board. You can leave whenever you want. You should know though that this board has been very successful, and is a real treasure, for a great number of people.

If you are new to investing, we strongly recommend subscribing to one or two of the Fool’s paid services specializing in high growth companies where basic investment questions are welcome and handled by paid staff.

Stock Advisor,
Rule Breakers,

If you are new to The Motley Fool, please note that the Fool does not have a functional mobile app at this time (they are working on it). It is therefore best to use a computer, not a smartphone. The latter use makes navigating the TMF website difficult and frustrating. Please be aware that the Fool is not Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo or a chat room were snappy little one-liners may be welcome. Here are some helpful links:

• How to use The Motley Fool Boards,…

• The lowdown on TMF Discussion Boards,…

• The Motley Fool’s Community Posting Guidelines, We urge you to read them and study the links provided below. ht

• How to FORMAT a post,….

To profit most from this highly focused board, we suggest reviewing the links below to Saul’s investing approach and philosophy, especially the KnowledgeBase many of us have read and reread several times. The knowledge contained therein is priceless, and for many of us here, it has been literally life-changing. Since this board has attracted many well-informed, analytical minds, including industry insiders, we also found a review of several months worth of prior posts extremely helpful. All of this valuable information is given generously and freely to help us be better investors.

An Introduction to Saul’s Investing Philosophy

A superb introduction to Saul’s development as an investor is his letter to his daughter, followed by the first five references, posted on the right panel on any post on this board, under “Announcements.” If the announcements panel does not show up on the right, click “unthreaded” and it will. You can shift back to “threaded” and the panel should remain, at least until next time.

In addition, Saul’s End of Month Summaries provide insight into each of his investing decisions. Several other investors provide extremely useful end of month summaries as well.

1. An investing primer for my daughter,…

2. KnowledgeBase in three parts, is Saul’s compilation of his basic investing philosophy:
Part 1 -…

Part 2 -…

Part 3 -…

Saul has picked several of his classic posts to aid you. Here they are:

3. How I pick a company to invest in,…

4. Why my investing criteria have changed,…

5. Why it Really is Different – (SaaS companies and subscription software),…

6. Category Crushers,…

7. Here is a recent example of how Saul evaluates and follows a stock:
part 1,…

part 2,…
You will also find many, many excellent deep dives by other investors on the board.

8. Saul’s End of Month Portfolio Summaries,…

A compilation of the portfolio holdings of about 20 posters is found here:….

In addition to reading all of the above links, the following links may be helpful in finding your way around this board:

1. CMF_muji’s Distilling Knowledge, a summary of accumulated wisdom from many of this board’s members, outlining the investing criteria for hypergrowth stocks,

2. How to present a new growth stock in a format that will generate lots of engagement. Tossing out a simple “What do you think about XYZ” onto this board won’t cut it. You have to tell us about the company, what it does, and why you like it. Here are a few examples of SaaS companies and other fast-growing companies currently not the focus of this board:

2.1 Discussion of SaaS-type companies currently the focus of this board:

a. Introductions to a Stock, examples:

• PagerDuty (PD),…, and

• Slack (WORK) IPO,…

b. Earnings Follow-up Notes, examples:

• Alteryx (AYX),…, and

• MongoDB (MDB),…

2.2 Fast-growing companies not currently the focus of this board but welcome if presented as follows:

a. Introduction to a New Stock

• Peleton (PTON),…

• CarGurus (CARG),…

b. Earnings Follow-up Notes

• DocuSign (DOCU),

• Carvana (CVNA),…

3. How to find out if a stock has already been discussed, see the search tools below, also to be found on the right-hand panel:

3.1. Datahelper Search (Mark’s multi-board Search),

3.22. Easy Stock Search (Greg, sarksnz, Board Member’s Saul-only Search),

4. If you are an investing novice and you are looking for basic information, we have prepared a list of good references for you. It is posted on another board so as to not clutter up this board. I have linked to it here:

5. List of Discussion Boards for Topics not suitable for Saul’s Discussions,…

6. How to send an EMAIL off-board
Hit the “post reply” button, un-check the box "Post this Reply to the Boards,” then check the box “Email this Reply to the author.” The boxes are beneath the text field. Note that when you send such a private reply, the other person will then have your e-mail address.

We hope that this was of help,

Saul and Assistant Board Managers