FOOLS AND THEIR MONEY

INVESTORS USING ONLINE FORUMS ARE BEATING WALL STREET AT ITS OWN GAME

Small investors have always fretted that they are the last to know when it comes to stocks. But their status at the bottom of the information food chain is changing, and quickly. "This is a revolution," says David Gardner, who with his brother Tom is responsible for starting the wildly popular online personal-investing forum called the Motley Fool. Located on America Online, the Fool (the name is inspired by a line in Shakespeare's As You Like It: "I met a fool i' the forest, a motley fool") has spearheaded a spectacular shift in the way investors' money is funneled into the...

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