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Smokey
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Smokey
February 25, 2009 12:41 pm

A two-person show. They ferret out high yields that are pretty uncommon–but they underestimate the risk, or at least don’t explain the risk. Like everything, high risk is high reward–and in this market you’re likely to go bust. But I compliment them on finding some pretty unusual situations. Buyer beware.

Bob
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Bob
February 26, 2009 10:11 am

I have read this letter for years. I am retired and need
this data. Carla had a BA, MBA, Phd and teaches and used to
write annual reports. He husband also writes a newsletter
of a go-go sort.

She is very thorough and analytical. She keeps tracks of her
recommendation and has added stop points in last 6 months.

This is the best High Yield letter I get and the total is about 6. There is a first of the month letter and a mid month
update.

For only $99 a year this is a steal.

(Carla is in Calgary and knows the Canadian market very well.)

R Fraser
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R Fraser
March 8, 2009 3:49 pm
I agree with Smokey as to the risk of her picks. I subscribed to her newsletter for a year, but did not renew it, nor would I subscribe again. I bought several of her suggested picks and in general they had poor overall performance, as prices on average went down. She seems to pay little attention to price, and does not have a problem with recommending things that have already had a dramatic run-up in price. Especially in the fixed-income arena, this seems to increase the risk, as prices tend to mean-revert. Overall, a disappointing newsletter.
Bud
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Bud
March 20, 2009 7:00 pm

I have subscribed and bought a couple of her picks and they promptly lost====big time. They were not good choices and if anyone has followed her, they will notice that most of her picks from last year lost @ 40 to 50%. I just quit. Watch them though, they debit your credit card every quarter and the rest of the Street Authority gets your e mail and you get inundated with their terrible picks.

Paul
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Paul
March 22, 2009 7:52 am
To summarize, I had approximately five problems: (1) She picked shipping and Business dev corporations on the eve of a major recession, which I think was insane. (2) She mentions underlying volatility in her wripte-ups, but there have been additional factors such as people dumping because of yield freezes and cuts, or recession-sensitive sector picks (3) Compounding (1) & (2), she claims to be writing this for really cautious investors looking for the safest picks, including actually her mother and is supposed to have twenty something years of experience in market analysis, but if I were a little old lady… Read more »
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JohnnyHeck
April 25, 2009 7:07 pm
After trying many many other newsletters over the last year and a half I have just started to give Carla a chance. To me what distinguishes Carla the most is that she really never over hypes one of her featured picks. She presents them more as “food for thought”. She warns you to do your own due diligence before investing to determine yourself whether the risks seem reasonable to you. But she sure does come up with intrigueing possibitlities that I have never uncovered on my own through simple stock screening. Similar to all letters, if you jump on the… Read more »
s pylyshenko
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s pylyshenko
June 1, 2009 9:09 am
The information included in this letter is well presented. Carla covers in fairly good detail many aspects of high-yield investing, letting an investor pick according to their needs. A good value for the money. I noticed that all who reviewed the letter before April give it a very tepid or negative review. That is the time most investments lost money, particularly high-yield investments, as they were considered at high risk, and risk was out. Now that the market has gone up, so have the investments. The one serious problem with this letter is its accuracy, particularly in the Dividend Capture… Read more »
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imguyo
July 17, 2009 12:48 pm
After cancelling my initial subscription, I commenced the second subscription to this letter 6 months ago on a teaser rate. Sadly, the content quality is still sub par to other publications. I already own most of the recommendations meeting my criteria, and the dividend capture selections are ridiculous. The ex-div date of some listings are before receipt of the newsletter, and most of those listed are so thinly traded they are not worthy of additional research. I did submit this and other suggestions in a survey, but no response. I will not renew as there are many better choices for… Read more »
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Ted
December 8, 2009 9:27 pm
I took the 3 mo subscription for $40; one of those auto renewal schemes I hate. Marked my calendar for the final week of service so I could cancel if I chose to do so. Lo and behold, my credit card was charged several weeks early. When I contacted them, they gave a lame excuse, but did quickly refund my money. Their service does contain some advice not easily found other places. Example – the tech stock hybrids – ELKS, STRIDES, & CORTS. Kind of a combo stock+bond. Sounded great, but difficult to research (even on Fidelity, Morningstar) and trade… Read more »
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Elichen
March 9, 2010 10:04 pm
I lost a lot of money with Carla on the one pick of hers I bought. That was DHT, which had been paying an astronomical dividend, as shipping companies often do. However, minutes after I eagerly bought in, the company announced they were dropping the dividend and the stock instantly crashed. I don’t know if Carla could and should have foreseen this coming based on info that would have been available to her, but I would think she should have been able to tell if the dividend was unsustainable given the available data at the time. Anyway, I have never… Read more »
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Ash
March 14, 2010 8:32 am

I subscribed around 2007, and many picks sank like a stone. It could also have been my timing in entering market, so don’t want to blame their newsletter entirely.

They did introduce some pretty interesting investin instruments such as ELKS. But I once emailed their website when I realized they were miscalculating yields on ELKs. They acknowledged this, but didnt change anything.

Aesthetically, the website is horrible, but I have not deducted points for that (after all, look at the Berkshire Hathaway website!)

Nathan
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Nathan
July 31, 2010 10:38 am
I subscribe to several income and dividend orientated newsletters. I have found this one to be the least helpful for my style of trading. Most of the funds and stocks Carla recommends seem a little risky for me. Many of them are trading significanly over NAV. I like to trade on margin to compound my results. Many of Carlas recommendations can not be traded on margin due to the price or nature of the investments. Most street Authority letters trade with real money, this one does not as near I can tell. So she does not have any closed trades… Read more »
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johnnyfinancialguy
September 14, 2010 3:25 pm
High-Yield Investing is a joke! They (publishers) want you to invest in a financial product, such as a mutual fund, limited partnership, etc, but they never give you the name of the fund, so you can do due diligence and research the fund to see if it really is paying those types of dividends. The Sept.2010 issue promises returns of 24.9% a year – yeah, right! As soon as I figure out how to go to the moon on a dollar, then I might believe this 24.9% a year stuff! Give us a couple of names to research and then,… Read more »
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Frank
October 12, 2010 6:18 pm
Recent subscriber. As will all newsletters, I paper trade all recommendations that pass successfully through a screen. Most email sites have good screener software as will one’s online broker: Scotrade, OptionsXpress and Schwab. After 3 months I reject those recommendation that are not performing on par with the S&P500 or better. So far High-Yield paper trading has produced 8.5% gains not including dividends. That is since July. I compare this gain with other emails I receive tauting their dividend stock recommedations. Guess what, High-Yield is ahead. I repeat, I paper trade only those recommendations that pass a screener test. As… Read more »
John N
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John N
December 1, 2010 9:56 pm
I subscribed to this newsletter form about June 2008 through June 2010. I believe I paid $79 for a 24 month subscription. As it’s name implies, its focus is investments providing high yields. In that department I believe it does a very good job, not necessary excellent buy very good. It appears to be good newsletter for those investors who are focused almost totally on income. The editor, Karla Pasternak, in my estimation really does her homework. She does the research to find prospective hi-yield investments of various types (they are many different types – perhaps many most of us… Read more »
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Andy
April 29, 2011 9:28 am
After reading all these negative reviews, I wonder if we’re all talking about the same newsletter. I have been getting her newsletter (and another one) since August 2010. I have been quite happy with the resulta. Following her recommendations my portfolio has grown about 16%. I don’t buy everything she recommends, I’m selective. I research the stocks myself and try to buy them when they are trading at their 50 day moving average. I’ve been quite happy with the dividends and I find that her stock picks fluctuate less than the market. Maybe the key is to do your own… Read more »
Papa Allan
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Papa Allan
August 13, 2011 9:07 am

I have subscribed to Carla Pasternak’s newsletter for years and find it to be excellent. I have made money from her recommendations. However, I do my own research to select from her suggestions and do not blindly take all of them. The cost of the subscription is low, the content highly analytical but with a practical and clear presentation. This is the best financial newsletter I have subscribed to in decades of personal investing. She comes up with interesting ideas and suggestions in every issue. The key is to do your own research too.

Anna1
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Anna1
May 29, 2012 1:55 pm
I don’t understand why this newsletter does not have higher ratings. I have been subscribing to this newsletter for about 6 years, and never been disappointed. Her coverage and research is thorough, her picks well considered. During the downturn, I actually increased the value of my portfolio. She is not always right – some of her choices have tanked. But overall, those which I purchased at her suggestion have generated both good capital gains as well as generous income in the form of dividends. It is true that some of her recommendations are not terribly liquid, but that cana be… Read more »
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