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Rog Blake
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Rog Blake
February 9, 2009 7:48 pm
Doug Casey started The International Speculator well over 20 years ago, but I started subscribing around 2004. Originally, it was advertised as focused on any opportunities around the world likely to double in the next 12 months. This included real estate, stocks, currencies, and anything else that would fit the description. While this sounds good, no one can be an expert on every topic. Casey’s main interest is gold, followed by real estate. He is biased toward the obscure, so he focuses on junior mining companies (often penny stocks) and locations most subscribers only read about. His opinions and trip… Read more »
Bob Wilber
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Bob Wilber
February 23, 2009 6:45 pm
The bottom line is: If you want to lose money, just buy all the recommended stocks in International Speculator. I started subscribing in January 2006. Pretty much all their recommendations are Canadian junior mining stocks, focused on gold and silver. I was up about 40% overall in the fall of 2007 but then the crash came. If IS had recommended a decent stop loss policy I might still have most of my money. As it is, I’m now down about 50% from my initial investment and down about 65% from the peak. But what really knocks my rating of IS… Read more »
steve
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steve
May 23, 2009 8:27 pm

casey research terrible sell signals to much political garbage 4 years to lose tons and they cange recos all the time leaving you on your own. would not reco it

MikeW
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MikeW
June 7, 2009 12:55 pm
International Speculator – Doug Casey et al., Been a subscriber for a full two years. This newsletter’s recently proclaimed performance is disingenuous enough to prompt my review. Doug Casey and his group were slaughtered on their small mining company shares in 2008. Anyone who bought originally two years ago is down 80%. This newsletter recommended doubling up in September of 2008 and those recommendations are down 30%. Of course if you had any money left and bought in December of 2008 you are up over 100% if it was a first time buy. The newsletter touts this latter success rate.… Read more »
steve leuschner
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steve leuschner
August 27, 2009 7:46 pm
i just stopped renewing energy specultor and IS . five years of subscriptions to the Casey research family . what a load of crap . they dont respond when you point out that the great returns they claim are put into questions by subscribers they just ignore you i’d like to go to one of thier paid investment conferences and just give casey stick sell signals were nmon existant then he printed a small blurb in his site making an excuse as to why he cost most of his IS subscribers to lose their shirts they suck this place is… Read more »
Mike
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Mike
December 8, 2010 6:09 pm

I have subscribed since 2006. This is NOT for short-term trading. It IS for making the most of the trend of the decade, which is the destruction of the US dollar, and many other currencies of insolvent countries. This leads to buying SOME junior gold and silver miners. They all got slaughtered in 2008. I kept some and they are all back strong now. The ones I regret are the ones I sold. I have been more consistently following their recommendations since 2009, with great results.

C.R. Schmink
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C.R. Schmink
December 27, 2011 8:38 pm
I dabbled (and lost) with penny stocks, using a specific, relatively small amount of money. PRIOR to 2008 I subscribed to International Speculator, and learned enough not to be stupid and sell while what I owned was down 50% and more. That discipline (learned, not an inherent personal trait) stood me very well. Take, for example, Silver Wheaton (a strong Casey recommendation). My ONLY heartburn is that when it got down to $2.56 at the bottom, I didn’t have enough free cash to purchase any more than what I already had (which averaged around $10). I ended up selling most… Read more »
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crrussell
February 26, 2013 9:07 pm
Have been a subscriber for many years. They have improved. Better writers, researchers. Like all high voltage publications, make your own decision to buy and why; then you’ll know when to sell whether IS recommends or not. The best filter is you. Casey is quite right when he says that the down drafts can be life threatening, but not fatal [I made that up, but I’m sure he’d put it something like that]. Almost all of the Casey publications can be characterized as mandatory self evaluation investment suggestions! I do like the Casey ability to find promising juniors and their… Read more »
golddigger
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golddigger
October 12, 2013 11:11 pm
Blind gambling dressed up as well researched speculation! I have to say after subscribing to casey research’s international speculator for multiple quarters that not only is the newsletter useless it is actually destructive if you follow their advice. Bottom line is that this newsletter is an abject failure. Most of their current recommendations are down 70% or more. Think honestly about that for a minute, how much would it hurt to lose 70% of your money? The few success they currently have are only up 8% or so. As a matter of fact if you look at their investment history… Read more »
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golddigger
October 12, 2013 11:13 pm
I have to say after subscribing to casey research’s international speculator for multiple quarters that not only is the newsletter useless it is actually destructive if you follow their advice. Bottom line is that this newsletter is an abject failure. Most of their current recommendations are down 70% or more. Think honestly about that for a minute, how much would it hurt to lose 70% of your money? The few success they currently have are only up 8% or so. As a matter of fact if you look at their investment history it is dismal at best. During bull phases… Read more »
chuckg
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chuckg
January 23, 2014 9:26 am
A lot of people just “don’t get it!” This is International SPECULATOR. Recommendations are not to be construed as family heirlooms, passed on from one generation to the next. Doug Casey has a “patented” evaluation system, the “8 P’s: Phinancing (sic), People, Properties, Politics…and claims to “eat his own cooking.” Timing is just about everything with buying & selling these stocks (his recs). I invested $1200 in Virginia Gold Mines, which eventually turned into $30K, $14K in Diamond Fields which turned into $200K+, $15K in MAG Silver, a yr. later, was $180K. Many of his recs. are off 80-90% or… Read more »
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Ove Johannes Aspen
August 8, 2016 6:25 pm

Seems that Stock Gumshoe just saved me 2000 dollars.I get a lot of updates from Nevsun Resources as well.

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