How they describe themselves: Motley Fool CAPS operates from a simple premise: Working together, we can improve our investing results. This revolutionary new service pools the resources of the Motley Fool Community to help you identify the best stocks at the best times to buy them — and which stocks to avoid, too!
Pooling insight from the Fool community, major brokerage firms, and market mavens, CAPS generates stock ratings by weighting the influence of the CAPS community based on their past performance as stock pickers. The result is a service that will help you find better stocks and follow the best investors.
What they think makes them better: Motley Fool CAPS is first and foremost about community-generated stock ratings. Over 100,000 participants have made more than 2 million picks on CAPS and generated 5,600 rated stocks (almost triple the number of stock ratings available from services that cost hundreds of dollars for a subscription). Every 20 minutes, CAPS measures the performance of the stock picking community and re-calculates the CAPS Stock Ratings, creating the first dynamically updating, analyst-driven stock rating service. The depth and breadth of stock coverage and quality of the CAPS community are unmatched.