Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Motley Fool Hidden Gems Canada?

A. Hidden Gems Canada is the first-ever offering from Motley Fool Canada exclusively based around uncovering what we consider the very “best of breed” small-cap stocks from both Canada and the U.S. (generally, but not necessarily, CAD$2 billion and USD$5 billion under in market cap, respectively).

We’ll be taking much of the same investing philosophy that Motley Fool co-founder and CEO Tom Gardner employed when he first created the U.S. version of Motley Fool Hidden Gems. And we intend in Hidden Gems Canada to have an even more extensive “growth stock” component as we search high and low for future small-cap multi-baggers for you.”

We’ve done this by enlisting new Motley Fool Canada analyst David Kretzmann, who has worked directly alongside Motley Fool co-founder and leading growth stock expert David Gardner for going on half a decade in Motley Fool U.S. services Rule Breakers, Supernova, and Explorer.

Q. Why is Motley Fool Canada launching Hidden Gems Canada?

A. It’s quite simple – most of the highest returning stocks in the Canadian stock market over an extended amount of time have been small cap companies.

In fact, since the start of the decade, 94 of the 100 highest returning stocks were small caps – including every stock in the top 10 highest returners.

What’s more, small-cap stocks as a whole actually outperformed the TSX composite by a whopping 26 percentage points from 2005 through 2015.

And it doesn’t end with Canada. Global small caps have crushed global large caps, as you can see from the chart below.

Additionally, surveys have shown that 98% of Motley Fool Canada readers are interested in more growth stock coverage and 4 in 5 Motley Fool Canada readers are interested in an exclusively small-cap stock-picking service.

Considering the incredible performance of small-cap stocks both at home and abroad, combined with the obvious interest among our member base, makes launching Motley Fool Hidden Gems Canada a win-win!

Q. How is Hidden Gems Canada different from Stock Advisor Canada, Dividend Investor Canada, and PRO Canada? Should I be a member of all of them/more than one?

A: Whereas Stock Advisor Canada is focused on delivering a highly diverse group of premier Canadian and U.S. companies each month… Dividend Investor Canada is focused solely on guiding you through all aspects of successful dividend investing… and PRO Canada focuses on using options and other hedging strategies to boost your upside potential and limit your downside risk…

Motley Fool Hidden Gems is exclusively oriented around unearthing the best and most exciting small-cap stocks in both Canada and the U.S. – the stocks that could truly be among the highest returners of the decade.

While some members may find that Hidden Gems Canada is the only solution they need from us right now, we designed Hidden Gems Canada to be a service that will complement your existing Stock Advisor Canada, Dividend Investor Canada, and PRO Canada memberships. But, of course, the choice is entirely up to you!

And given that we’ll be offering a 30-day, 100% membership-fee-back guarantee when we officially open our doors, you’ll actually have the chance to “test drive” Hidden Gems Canada for a full month before making that decision.

Q. Who will be on the Motley Fool Hidden Gems Canada team?

A. Your Hidden Gems Canada team will consist of three members.

Motley Fool Canada Chief Investment Advisor Iain Butler will serve as the lead advisor. You may know Iain as the lead advisor on Stock Advisor Canada and as the co-advisor of Dividend Investor Canada.

Motley Fool Canada Associate GM Taylor Muckerman of Stock Advisor Canada, Dividend Investor Canada, and PRO Canada will be an investment analyst on Hidden Gems Canada.

We’re also incredibly excited and honoured to welcome brand-new Motley Fool Canada investor David Kretzmann onto the Hidden Gems Canada team as an investment analyst. David has worked directly alongside Motley Fool co-founder and leading growth stock expert David Gardner for going on half a decade in Motley Fool U.S. services Rule Breakers, Supernova, and Explorer, and is one of the foremost authorities on growth investing throughout the entirety of The Motley Fool’s global operations.

For more information on all three of our investors, please visit our Meet the Team page.

Q. Is Motley Fool Hidden Gems Canada right for me?

A. Of course, the only person who can truly answer whether Hidden Gems Canada is right for you is you. But please note that we’ve designed Hidden Gems Canada to be our most exciting… highest-flying… and most growth-oriented service to date.

Many of the stocks you will have never heard of, and we do predict some incredible swings in both directions – so if you do ultimately decide to join Hidden Gems Canada, please be sure to do so with a long-term investing outlook in mind.

You should also know that we’ve designed Hidden Gems Canada in such a way that you can spend anywhere from as little as a few minutes per month to multiple hours per day interacting with the service… our recommendations… our content… and of course both your fellow members and our very own analysts (via our private, members-only message boards). The choice is entirely up to you!

And don’t forget, with our ironclad Membership-Fee-Back Guarantee, you can try out Hidden Gems Canada as a full-time Charter Member for up to 30 full days, then actually get every cent of your membership fee back if you cancel by Day 30.

Q. Can I really enjoy an extended “test drive” of Hidden Gems Canada without fully committing to the membership fee?

A. Yes! Here’s how it works…

Once our private Charter Member invitations to Hidden Gems Canada officially go out in just a few days’ time, you’ll be able to formally join us.

At that time, you’ll pay the membership fee up front, and will be able to try out everything membership in Hidden Gems Canada entitles you to for a full 30 days – including being in the front row when we formally reveal our Final Four “Top Small-Cap Stocks to Kick Off 2018,” which will serve as the first four official recommendations of Motley Fool Hidden Gems Canada.

Then, so long as you contact us via email or over the phone by Day 30 of your membership, you can simply ask us to cancel your membership to Hidden Gems Canada, and we’ll refund your fee in full.

Naturally, we’ll be sad to see you go. But we’ll happily refund your money as promptly as possible, and we’ll always appreciate that you decided to give Hidden Gems Canada a try. And, of course, as you’d expect from a company like The Motley Fool, there will be no run-around or begging you to stay whatsoever. The cancellation and refund process will be as painless as possible. You have our word on that.

Q. How much does Hidden Gems Canada cost?

A. We haven’t begun accepting Charter Members into Hidden Gems Canada quite yet. But when we do, rest assured that you’ll be formally emailed a private invitation to join, which will include everything you could possibly need to know about membership, such as:

  • Each and every benefit you’ll derive from membership in Hidden Gems Canada.
  • All of the investment research and analysis that you can expect to gain access to.
  • A full explanation of our ironclad 30-day “Full-Membership-Fee-Back Guarantee.”
  • And, of course, a comprehensive breakdown of our pricing terms.

So please just keep an eye on your inbox for your private Hidden Gems Canada invitation that will be arriving in just a few days’ time!

Q. My question isn’t answered here. What should I do?

A. No problem! Just send an email to [email protected] with any questions you may have that aren’t found here, and a member of our team will do their best to answer it as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.

Or, if at all possible, please consider joining us for the special pre-launch, live Q&A session we’ll be holding coming in just a few days’ time. (Further details on this event — as well as a private link to join us for it — will be sent to you in the coming days. So please keep an eye out.)

Please just keep in mind that the Hidden Gems Canada team is not legally allowed to give personalized financial or tax advice in any way, and nothing we say during the event should be taken as such!