Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?

Where have you gone David Gard-ener - a lonely subscription service turns its eyes to you…woo woo woo…

What’s that you say Ms Rule Breaker - The Great Gardener has left and gone away - hey, hey hey…

Ok…ok…maybe weaker sauce but its all I got just now.

Not to sure whether I just have happened to have stumbled across a number of posts lately that feature as their sole content and subject grumbling about the Fool and its stock recommendations - Or, if these sorts of postings are just regularly mortared-in to explode on whatever Fool service is being savaged. Human nature I suppose. Let’s take just Rule Breakers for example.

Once upon a time, Rule Breakers was something of the Go-G0 subscription service for us High Growth denizens. I for one have subscribed to that service for literally eons and will continue to do so. As such, it’s not very surprising to me - that in a period of a sort of sneering market sentiment toward Growth stocks and the accompanying evisceration of them, that people - especially the newbies to the service, have seen their investments dollars evaporate. Grumbling is being polite I suppose but that will tend to happen when you sell yourself as a way to crush the markets and then fail to do so.

Having said that, if you take a gander at Rule Breaker performance currently you might note that of the last 16 Rule Breaker recommendations all but one is under water - and some significantly so. Why might that be you might ask? Well that explanation comes easily: Those 16 latest recommendations cover a period from late June 2021 through today - which, if one is a real sharpie, correlates to the Great Growth Sell-Off. So of course they are down. When things turn around - and Growth is the markets sweetheart once again - the vast majority of those Rule Breaking picks will trim - if not erase, those losses practically overnight. Nothing is guaranteed here of course but I have seen this pattern enough over the years to recognize it: the only variable is time.

The other reason for the long litany of losing recommendations has a lot to do with the way Rule Breakers is set up, to wit: It’s Charter calls for delivery of Two (2) recommendations per month, delivered with perfect clock like timing and the precision of the changing of the Royal Guard along with regularity - rain or shine. So naturally - if you are recommending two Growth companies a month in the middle of a massive growth sell-off only a newbie or a witless nincompoop would not recognize the danger. Note - I have nothing personal against newbie’s or witless nincompoops having matriculated through those exact levels somewhat slower than your average newbie or nincompoop.

And then there is the loss of an All-Time-Great Investor: David Gardner. I mean…as good as the Rule Breaker team is - when you lose a major investing icon there is a price to pay…although, while such is entirely obvious and duly noted, there is some leeway…a bit of wiggle room in this equation thus far. Why? Well…because thats why. In the middle of a torrential downpour its much to early to figure out if you are going to get the second half in. And thats exactly where we are with Rule Breakers. Given the circumstances its much to early to assess the actual impact of David taking his ball and going home. Rather - even consideration of the reasons for the losses in Rule Breakers turns out to be something of a Red Herring. Why? Well…because thats why!

If you have any history at all of Rule Breakers then you understand what I am saying here perfectly. And then the question is neither the reasons why nor the loss of an ATG - but rather, it would be much to your advantage to utilize your time to be picking over the ruined recommendations carefully and spending your time investing in the most promising ones that are most certainly going to return to greater heights…eventually. Time is on your side:


So - I suppose the moral of the story is to quit whining, grumbling, and/or blaming the Fool - or - whatever other useless folly you find yourself prewired for - and, by the way, don’t be jumping on the new Rule Breaker recommendations just yet. Pace yourself - and while you are pacing yourself, pick out and research the last 16 or so Rule Breaker recommendations - put in some finely tuned, 15 minutes of personal vetting and research - and then edge into those investments as the case may be. Cross coordinate the 16 hapless ones with other services and such and then arm yourself with the confidence and will to move forward.

Still…I lament the loss of David G. Guy was most certainly the engine, the energy, the very life blood of the service. Having said that - alls well that ends well and whether it ends well or not for you personally depends on the actions you take to prepare your portfolio roster for the coming Growth renaissance.

All the Best,


Yeah I hear you.

Did you notice that Saul mentioned for the first time(to my knowledge) that his forum influences the market?


Hi MSlob:

I’ve wondered about that for a while now but I can’t say that I’m completely convinced. He can certainly have a brief positive impact on a number of retail investors perhaps for short moment of the trading day - however, when you consider that his portfolio is limited and does not turnover frequently any substantial impact might be swallowed up by the market and as such would be brief.

This is not to say that Saul has no impact - but that even with a high percentage of his followers it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the big boys and their algorithms and the vast number of retail investors that may have never heard of Saul.

So I’m undecided on the boundaries of his influence - but one thing I am absolutely sure about, is that within his realm he and his board represent a river of opportunity to those of us who are familiar with him, his investing wisdom and methodology.

If I am The Fool, I might attempt to lure him into running Rule Breakers.

All just another opinion of course.

All the Best,


Oh, we call Tamarindo “Tamagringo” haha
Good waves lots of stuff to do and close to Liberia airport. A little north and south are more remote locations to inhabit.
That area is not my thing but everyone warns to rent don’t buy at first. You might get stuck next to a house with a barking dog.

With your bucks I would get a couple places, one on the beach,one in central valley(60-80 “windows open” temperatures.

High season and every gringo in the world is down here celebrating their 2 years quarantine now that the pandemic is “over”. Can’t rent a car, much less anywhere on the beach.

Thanks for the heads-up on Tamarindo - have to think on that some. But one things for sure…with the way the futures are trending a portion of my bucks, your bucks and everyone else’s bucks are about to go missing tomorrow.

My companies picked a fine week to be reporting!

All the Best,

I still got &100k safety bonds besides my pension and social.
nyuk nyuk

“So - I suppose the moral of the story is to quit whining, grumbling, and/or blaming the Fool "
To people that whine too much I just say: Is the cheese with the whine” :slight_smile:

I think what we have to realize is that Motley Fool is a business. yes, they say they want to help us, enrich us , blah , blah, but in the end they are here to make money.
The loss of DG is HUGE and it remains to be seen if they can find their bearings.
Let us talk in a few years and see how the recommendations have done, I am sure they will all be profitable
Rearranged my portfolio and now just waiting
All the best


You are a very wise man in that your wealth building stool has more than just one leg,


Again - very astute comments. Hunker Down Wyking…Hunker Down!

All the Best,