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Lucca 27
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Lucca 27
January 31, 2009 10:39 am
I subscribe to PRO, Stock Advisor, Million Dollar Portfolio, Global Gains, Hidden Gems and Rule Breakers and will post this review on all the sites. In general I found the letters useful for ideas in an up market, but not terribly helpful in our current down market. I found some excellent companies like DWSN, EDU & CTRP that I would not otherwise have looked at. Sell recommendations usually come too late and analysts tend to fall in love with stocks and catch “falling knives”. For example the repeated recommendations of Select Comfort, Irwin Financial, First Marblehead all the way down… Read more »
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Serein
February 8, 2009 7:06 am
I subscribed to Hidden Gems in September and canceled my subscription after two months in November 2008. It was clearly encouraging to receive a pro-rated refund of my annual $199 subscription fee without delay. On the one hand, the subscription fee appears relatively low-cost even for investors with smaller portfolios, on the other, I quickly realized that it did not bring me value as a useful source of investment information. The reason I canceled the service was because although some of the content was interesting to read and was to some extent educational, the analysis of individual stocks that was… Read more »
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Denby45
February 9, 2009 2:00 am
I subscribed to Hidden Gems because the name implied they were finding very cheap stocks which were flying under the radar as they put it. I was a subscriber for several months and every month they seemed to be pushing what I beleived were expensive rather than cheap stocks. Luckily I am a value guy and I did not buy many of their recommendations and subsequently did not get very badly burned. I did however buy a couple of their recommendations e.g. Select comfort which they recommended four times in all and it just went completely down the drain. This… Read more »
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Travelin
February 16, 2009 11:06 am

I’ve been a subscriber to Motley Fools’ Hidden Gems for 5 years or so. It started out at $99, then doubled, to $199 per year. I love reading the newsletter every month, but also the weekly updates, special reports, CEO interviews and the CAPS member recommendations and discussion boards; all included for subscribers to any of their newsletters. I don’t have much money to invest, but the choices I’ve made have paid pretty good, (up until 6 months ago.) The best, I think, is MIDD, but there are many good picks, as well as many losers.

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.L.L
February 25, 2009 7:24 pm

I was a subscriber for several years and bought quite a few recommendations with mixed results, Got totally burned on FMD and select comfort, The small gains on others have evaporated, All in all not a good experience.

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paul
February 28, 2009 10:05 am

The inconsistency is the worst part – would be nice if they admitted to blowing it once in a while and explain (if they could) where they went wrong

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Fred
February 28, 2009 11:13 am
I subscribed to Hidden Gems in 2006 for a year. I did well as the market was going up. I found that the price of the stocks spiked after their recommendation and I could never buy at the price they gave but if you waited for a couple of weeks until they stabelized it was better. I did well with Midd, Nuance, Ctrip and a couple of others. They are all down now. My best stocks came from just reading the articles on the web site where they mentioned that they were part of the Stock advisor. Most of them… Read more »
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dnarnya
March 16, 2009 10:50 am

All stocks down. They recomended stocks all the way down..SCSS is now about to be delisted. Started reading them in 1999 and learned a LOT. Now I think they are just churning out one investment newsletter after another and coming up with “new” newsletter subscriptions. Latest one is Million Dollar Portfolio. Expensive at 499 last year..now 599. Then they’re coming up with a new thing to lure us ..something called Duke street. Getting tired of them.
BTW…DWSN was recomended in Hidden Gems? Hah..funny cause they said to sell it in the Million Dollar Portfolio.

Topcat Carpy
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March 21, 2009 11:49 am
I am fairly new to investing in the market. Unfortunately, I started investing about 2 years ago-with the bulk put in the market about 1 year ago. Needless to say my portfolio hasn’t done well. I bought the “Hidden Gems” subscription a little over a year ago, because I thought that I could learn to invest in up-and-coming companies that would be a little riskier, but would do all kinds of wonderful things to my portfolio. I did not renew it. I wasn’t happy to have the 2nd year price double to $199.00. It was easy to get excited about… Read more »
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Saltaway
April 10, 2009 12:01 pm
I was a subscriber to Hidden Gems for 2 years Mid 2006 to Mid 2007. While the market was up their picks did pretty well. The problem was they never believed in protecting the down side. Also, when they liked a stock they would recommend it all the way to the bottm and then issue a sell. They often would personally visit the companies offices and if they liked the people they would re-recommend the stock for averaging down without any skepticism. They cost me a lot of money in sleepcomfort and first marblehead. Luckily I sold the stocks when… Read more »
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Chasbo
April 11, 2009 5:02 pm
Subscribed to Hidden Gems for 2 years but recently canceled when all of my stocks from their recommendations were down 70% – Loopnet, Heartland Payment Systems, among others. Their write-ups make the companies sound amazing. The only time I made money was when I bought a stock right at 12 noon on the 4th Thursday when the newsletter is distributed by e-mail and sold it at 2 PM that day as the 2 stocks tend to rise in response to subscribers buying. The interesting thing to me is that the stock starts to rise in the AM so I’m wondering… Read more »
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Rey
January 22, 2010 6:24 pm

Because of Hidden Gems, I took a 401K rollover that was making 5% to a set of stocks that made 40% gains. I can understand that people were frustrated during a down market, and some stocks tanked (SCSS and LOOP come to mind). However, CTRIP, BBBB, BWLD were huge gains. It has been worth the money to me just on those stocks alone. The price is hefty, but worth it to those who put in at least a little bit of money every week. Worth at least a trial.

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EricPA
January 26, 2010 11:45 am
I was a Hidden Gems subscriber for one year (May 08 to May 09) and found overall it to be very helpful. I ended up buying four stocks from those presented. My own feeling is that much of the unhappiness stems from the size of the downturn and time frame that MF operates (3-5 years or never as they put it). I do agree with other comments; some lack of depth in the research and their damage control on less desirable picks. I have done okay with 3 of the four now in positive territory and will continue to hold… Read more »
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A. R.
February 9, 2010 3:24 pm
I subscribed to Hidden Gems for one year. I made quite a return, and continue to do so, on their recommendations of Innophous, Atheros and Chipotle. There were other nice gains I missed. Staring in early 2009, when the market was deep in the hole, I started to invest quite a bit in their picks and rode them all the way up. Some, such as Ottertail Power (OTTR) have not faired as well but will need to be longer term holds. My only hesitation with Hidden Gems, at the time, was that they were recommending picks ALL THE WAY DOWN… Read more »
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BH
May 12, 2010 10:36 pm
I have been following The Motley Fool since the early days on AOL. I subscribed to Hidden Gems in 1999. I have not followed all their advice or bought all of their pics. Overall market performance has an awful lot to do with the results you will get from this service. These are long term investors. They do not claim to have any skill at timing the market. I agree with so many of the other reviewers that they do seem to be unable to recognize a loser and are reluctant to sell. I was burned on SCSS and others… Read more »
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Afamiii
November 22, 2010 1:31 pm
I’ve been a subscriber for a couple or three years, until my credit card expired earlier this year and I decided to move to Fool Stock Advisor. They are generally good analysts, but not really good investors. They do not have a focused investment strategy and serve up a couple of stocks that are generally OK (good company, good price.) They focus too much on the company and not enough on the price or the market in which they are in. They delivered a number of good stocks that I have made money on. They have also delivered a number… Read more »
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Afamiii
November 23, 2010 5:01 am
I subscribed to Hidden Gems from 2006 to 2010, just over four years. I recently let the subscription lapse when my credit card on the account expired (and they could not autorenew.) The newsletter was much stronger when Tom Gardner and Bill Mann edited, bringing me such winners as CTRP way back in 2006. However, as new editors have taken over the strategic focus seems to have moved or gotten lost. Many of the current recommendations are good companies at good prices, but don’t meet my investment strategies, which have now gravitated to extreme growth (+30%) and future growth prospect… Read more »
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Rtrak
February 21, 2011 8:34 am
I started off with Motley Fool in 2009 subscribing to Stock Adviser which I found to be interesting. I use the approach of only investing in companies involved in activities I’m interested in. Rather than investing my ‘hard earned’ I tracked the recommendations, sadly with mediocre results. I gave up on Stock Adviser and moved to Hidden Gems hoping to find some ‘ground floor’ (or preferable ‘bargain basement’) opportunities. In addition to their recommendations I also did my own research, despite this, in ‘difficult’ markets I’ve taken a beating (like – 48%)on two of my four selections. The other two… Read more »
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Steve
February 9, 2012 10:37 am
I think Hidden Gems does require a lot of luck in picking the right recommendations at the right time. If you look at the overall performance of all their stocks it actually lags the S&P, and there are some utter dogs in there that I divested from on the way down to near zero (SCSS, CRYP) and others that have paid for my subscription many many times over (CMG, ATHR, BWLD, CTRP). They recommend that you hold positions in at least 10 of their stocks, and that is what I now plan to do after selling half my CMG at… Read more »
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