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Skeeter
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Skeeter
January 28, 2009 3:29 pm
The Communique is the monthly newsletter that the Oxford Club produces. It is definitely an interesting read. There are specific trade recommendations given as are the explanations of why they are recommending them. You receive this newsletter every month regardless of the level of membership you join at. I believe the higher the membership the earlier you receive it, but not certain on this. I originally subscribe to the Oxford Club in 2003 at the minimum level $99 to try it out. I was tracking the recommendations before I joined any deeper. I would say most panned out. I did… Read more »
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John Parken
January 29, 2009 3:05 pm
I am a regular member. You receive the “Communique” twice monthly. I have to say that their advice is usually spot on. I especially like their 25% trailing stops on stock buys. I usually go a bit lighter and sell at a 20% stop loss. The one thing about them is that they continually push their higher priced products claiming even better returns. I don’t bite on any of that stuff. It’s just a simple “delete” in my email inbox. That’s why I rated their customer service as so-so. Overall, I would give their picks an A-. I must say… Read more »
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Dusty
January 29, 2009 10:24 pm
Oxford Club is entry level, a screen for finding prospects to whom a pitch can be made for more expensive offerings. The stock picks are OK but it is important to buy them about the same time they are added to the Club Portfolio and sell them when advised. The fine bragging record of OC picks depends upon buys at the bottom of the Telecom Crash and selling at the end of 2007 or very early 2008. Little concern is given to the current chaos. It is not a time to be invested for bull market conditions and this is… Read more »
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Chicken Little
February 7, 2009 10:08 am
I’ve subscribed since 2005. I found their recommendations better than average with several spectacular ones. They use a 25% trailing stop and this bear market really hammered them. For a time, the entire “Trading Portfolio” was stopped out and empty. They seem to have gotten back on track of late with some recent picks doing well. BTW, the Communique is published twice monthly except there is no mid-month report in January. And starting this month, the mid-month report is available only on-line; it will no longer be mailed to subscribers. I consider Oxford Club a decent value for not too… Read more »
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Clint
February 7, 2009 10:11 pm
I joined the Oxford Club and was almost immediately sorry. There were some interesting pitches on the Communique but over time I didn’t feel they were particularly interesting and I got really REALLY tired of getting all the constant pitches in small type and large type and REALLY large type for additional services, promises of wealth and returns, etc. etc. I can read just fine, and I never felt treated as a member, just as someone they can throw more pitches at. I canceled after a year and I now throw out or delete anything from Monument Street (Oxford and… Read more »
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adamtapps
February 14, 2009 10:51 pm

I was a subscriber off and on the past five years. There are
so many spin-offs in the Agora family trying to sell every-
thing under the sun. No longer interested in any thing the
Agora is putting out, I have lost money with this organizatiion.

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SageNot
February 16, 2009 11:30 am
Sadly I’ve been a member off & on since the ’80’s. Have cancelled them at least 3X & I have to agree with most of the nay sayers above. OC is an incomplete investing service, & offered very little protection to their subscribers during 2008. It’s as if they never expect to see bear markets or severe market corrections. If you had one more rating category above it would have t/b the measurement of the “heads in the sand” approach to a sharp reversing market. How many 25% stop losses did their portfolio suffer when it crashed & burned? They… Read more »
Tom C.
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Tom C.
February 24, 2009 4:33 pm

I’ve been a member of the OC since 4/06. I originally signed up for their basic $99. per year membership and in the Trading Circle in 7/07. I had some good returns in the basic membership but lost pretty good in the Tading Circle.
These guys are the absolute masters of the teaser letter and inundate their members with attempts to sell you more” get rich quick schemes “.
I’m still looking for a really good newsletter.

Trinette
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Trinette
February 24, 2009 5:24 pm

I have seen this letter over the years, and have seen the quality fall greatly. To Tom C, if you are looking for a good newsletter, try the Weber Global Opportunities Letter. They don’t try to sell you more expensive products.Read the reviews on this site.

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Reuben
March 17, 2009 8:27 pm
I subscribed quite a few years ago. A year or so later in a moment of utter madness I took one of their special offers to upgrade to a lifetime subscription. I don’t have any record of what I paid initially, but now I pay an additional $25 per year to continue. If I could replay history I probably would not have subscribed, but since I am already there I will keep it. A couple of their writers do seem to be reasonably knowledgeable, but on the whole I think they overrate their own expertise. I have taken some of… Read more »
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Jimbo
March 19, 2009 1:18 pm
Subscribed in 1980’s and now lifetime member, on $25/year. Have seen this service go from good to not quite so good as new philosophies dominated. Point: start a new high-dollar letter with a flashy pick, and fold it when it depletes; and hey, infrastructure costs more when it gets top-heavy. Point: Forget the subscribers when the market tanks; we don’t time the markets, just use stops. Point: Develop picks according to new market conditions, such as more volatility, more mortality, more surprises, more extremes, less safety, and more show biz. A bright light in Oxford Club now is Alex. For… Read more »
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jsarz
March 19, 2009 5:48 pm
I tried patience with this newsletter – however their portfolios were decimated over the last year or so. I can understand normal portfolios taking a hit – but they have a Perpetual Income portfolio which is “income based” and supposedly safer than the rest. Unfortunately they were asleep at the wheel when the credit crisis hit this portfolio as well with 70% losses. This portfolio is one retirees depend on for income.. On top of that they had “buy” recs on it all the way down. Now they finally switched to be cautious note with 6 holds and 2 buy… Read more »
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JPA
March 21, 2009 8:23 am
Like so many other subscribers, Oxford has tried to get me to do the lifetime bit at a very expensive price. I didn’t bite and I’m glad I didn’t. I subscribe to several newsletters and have found duplication in their recommendations, many from sources affiliated with the same group or with Stansberry & Associates, which I will talk about at another time. OC held firm on DSU for far too long and cost me serious money, only to lately recommend selling it in favor of BLW, which I have already lost 12% on. Who gives a damn what the dividend… Read more »
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M Martiz
March 21, 2009 4:18 pm

Agora products have been much like the Stansberry publications. Excellent, timely information. Incredibly informative — however, once again, I just don’t have the kind of money to get the kinds of returns that matter. Overall excellent material.

Jill K.
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Jill K.
March 23, 2009 9:40 pm
I’ve subscribed twice. Once at the $79 level for the first year, then let it expire and then again but at $49/year but I wouldn’t be able to place a “free ad”. I don’t care about the ad. What I noticed was being inundated with emails and snail mail for subscriptions at exhorbitant amounts of money. Many of these ads appear to tout the same information but teased in a different story. They are avid about dollar cost averaging all the way up and all the way down until the stop-loss is hit. I won’t subscribe again. I figure I… Read more »
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Richway
March 28, 2009 1:43 am
I am also sad to say they hooked me into the Chairman’s Circle, and what a waste of a lot of money. Anyone can use 25% stops and get lucky once every few years. I am so disgusted with them and Stansberry I don’t even know if I will continue paying the yearly fee to continue their service. I really did not like seeing Alex sitting in first class when leaving a retreat, after they tried charging extra for my Spouse to attend, and of course they had a couple of huckster’s at the retreat trying to get private placement… Read more »
John Parken
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John Parken
April 22, 2009 12:39 pm

Oxford Club Communique — i find it’s choices very good and always based on logical financial reasons. Of course, no newsletter is always correct about their selections, but I find that more often than not, their selections have done quite well, even in our recent economic downturn. And I always follow their advice to have a 25% trailing sell stop of every one of their recommendations. Overall, of the 4-5 newsletters I have paid for in the past, this one ranks weel above those. I give them an overall ‘4’.

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max thweatt
April 24, 2009 1:12 pm

i have been a subscriber to several of the oxford publications for approx 18 months.they seem to be fairly accurate with their forecasts.i also like the fact that they don’t seem to have so many of the teasers that you refer to.cost for most of the service’s is $49.95.i will renew my subscriptions with them.

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Craiger
May 19, 2009 12:45 pm
I am a lifetime member and have subscribed to the Oxford Club for about a decade. I have never attended a seminar or subscribed to any supplemental offerings. Reading the prior reviews makes me sad. The best of this club are the 4 pillars of wealth. The allocation model, and the stop loss based on the closing high price are the top two. All of their investment recommendations must be plugged into the allocation model to achieve results. They do state this, but not very often in the monthly letters. The best use of this club is to focus on… Read more »
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theaccusersgift
July 27, 2009 3:41 pm
While occasionally I will see a good pick in the other portfolios, the portfolio for which I subscribe, and in my opinion the only portfolio worth reading is the “Gone Fishin’ Portfolio”. Hulbert has tracked the performance of the “Gone Fishing Portfolio” and it is one of the better diversified portfolios in his review, beaten only by the asset allocation portfolio of http://www.fundadvice.com. If you don’t want to subscribe to the Oxford Club, the Investment U newsletter is free and also occasionally tracks the “Gone Fishing Portfolio”. Alex Green, the author of the “Gone Fishing Portfolio”, has also published a… Read more »
JOHN
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JOHN
August 3, 2009 9:31 am

OXFORD CLUB: YOU WOULD WANT TO DOUBLE RESEARCH ANY ADVICE

Bruce Hicks
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August 31, 2009 3:42 pm

I have been a member of Oxford Report off and on again for the past 20 years. Each time I subscribed, I was seduced by the “tickler” ads or emails. So far, I have made NO PROFIT from their ‘information’ etc. I also have learned that they have a parent company AGORA FINANCIAL. It seems that all the “Subsidaries” do is to advertise subscriptions to each of the OTHER newsletters of companies under the AGORA umbrella. It seems to be a BIG CIRCLE!

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greg
September 11, 2009 3:26 pm
I have subscribed to a number of newsletters, but this is the only one I have kept. I have had it over four years and if I had to choose one to keep it would be this one. Their “secret” is the use of a 25% stop loss. Once I figured this important piece of information out, I cannot complain about the returns. They generally recommend one stock a month with the goal of buying and holding until it hits the 25% stop loss. Most of their recommendations are solid, established companies with little speculation. The articles are interesting and… Read more »
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Kim
October 24, 2009 10:48 am
Some reviewers say that the quality and performance of this newsletter decreased over years. However, according to Hulbert, the track record has been actually significantly better during the time that Alexander Green has been editor. From the end of 2001 through June 30, 2009, according to the Hulbert Financial Digest’s calculations, the Oxford Club has produced an 8.1% annualized return, vs. a 0.0% annualized gain for the Wilshire 5000. This service is currently in 5th place for risk-adjusted performance over the trailing ten years among the 87 newsletters for which the Hulbert Financial Digest has at least a decade’s worth… Read more »
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fred
October 24, 2009 2:20 pm
Subscribed twice. Can’t say they really made me any money, but then, I use these things for my own research – rather than just blindly buying what a pundit says to buy – and what should we really expect for $79.00 a year? Sure, this entry level letter is offered cheaply to bait people to buy the more expensive services – but no one has to bite. I regard Alex Green highly for the integrity of his recommendations and clearly communicating about them. I also think Oxford, customer service wise, has some execellent educational materials – I particularly like their… Read more »
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tt
November 25, 2009 2:33 am
I have been reading newsletters for a long long time. I enjoy Travis’s writeups but was suprised he didn’t remark on the “honest pitch” aspects of Alex’s write up. Most authors would have you believe government contracts were sure to launch this companys stock. Alex merely suggests he feels its a possibility – so would I, especially if they made one of these machines to look at your feet so you don’t have to take off your shoes at the airport. Alex Green has a terrific track record in picking stocks, and providing a range of lower risk portfolios. he… Read more »
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BB in Boulder
November 25, 2009 7:21 pm
I have been a basic member $99 for many years. Never bought any higher priced pitches. Still subscribing I agree with the comments about way too many teaser letters and have asked them to stop pitching to me to no results. I’ve never gone to their investment ‘parties’ or cruises. That said I hired an independent financial advisor last year and what they advised was no better that the GFP (Gone Fishing Portfolio). If you can take the long term view, the GFP – either mutuals or exchange traded funds is solid advice as it most of Alex Green’s stuff.… Read more »
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john peters
December 1, 2009 3:55 am

i didnt subscribe as i died of boredom and sceptical astonishment (not cancer) before i got to the end of this
letter. if they got to the point a bit more quickly and left out
all the bullsh*t they might avoid the derision their ad deserves

Phil
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Phil
January 4, 2010 10:00 pm
As a former bond trader/salesman then direct mail copywriter I’m always fascinated by the insanely long teaser letters these online research guys send out. I’m also a sap for them. I subscribed to Oxford a few years back when they were using the very same “fights cancer and terrorism” ad they are repeating now. I then received all the follow up letters from other online researchers. I subsequently became involved with Stansberry & Associates, eventually joined their Alliance. Stansberry seems a bit impressed with himself and may or may not be kinda wacky politically, depending on your persuasion, but he’s… Read more »
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fred
January 6, 2010 12:34 pm
Oops, I did it again! Subscribed, that is, but its OK. Just read Travis’ review on latest Oxford smart grid tout to gain subscribers. Need to separate their tout stocks from their real recommendations to buy. Their touts are a bit like Tobin Smith’s – far off to pan out, if they do big time as touted, and ya, these newsletters all have copy writers extraordinare! But still, for the money, they have some sound recommendations, well researched, and Alex Green and Bassenese both seem honorable and very straight forward in explaining their “real” recommendations. That said, sure, the best… Read more »
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Alan
February 4, 2010 12:48 am
It’s been a long time since I was affiliated with Oxford Club and Agora, but I actually worked for this newsletter at one time. I think the one thing that I am really most angered with is their shameless promotion of Alex. At one time, they were promoting him as “walking away from a huge Wall Street bonus” just to be with them… Truth is, he did but he had no choice. You see, he was writing for OC AND he was a broker at a major brokerage firm. In fact, the broker he often pointed subscribers to… was his… Read more »
Paul Anderberg
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February 9, 2010 9:50 am

When I started investigating online investing, I subscribed to quite a few free newsletters. The Oxford Club publishes one called “Investment U.” I have profited from some of their ideas. So I figured that if their FREE service was helpful, their paid-for MEMBER service would be wonderful. WRONG!!!! The only additional “benefit” you get from actually paying these SCUMBAGS is that they inundate you with teases for their pricier services.

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Sallie Marsico
February 11, 2010 1:50 am
Just joined Oxford Club. Membership package is classy. Initial foray helped me pick Owens & Minor (OMI) out of the pack, based on 3 recommended stocks recommended for 2010, (…but not without checking the company out in the S&P Stock Guide and on line: A rated company, paid dividends since 1926, solid earnings and returns, 208m debt to 1,283m in assets and 14.7m in cash.) Then I tried to access the 13 newsletter/reports listed in the membership guide. Not so fast, Watson. Everything was a teaser. One teaser drove me crazy: 617m Michigan company to build connectivity lines for 62… Read more »
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Charles
September 4, 2010 1:22 am

Oxford’s newsletter is mainly to “Sell” you higher costing “Services” that you thought you were going to get when you subscribed originally. A great tease and a LOT of BULL.

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David O
December 6, 2010 3:00 pm
Subscribed to Oxford Club October 2009.I waited patiently for new recommendations. There were a couple losers in the beginning but over the last 8 months they are right on target with great returns and a couple of unbelievable picks. I rejoined and at least they do well in a up market. The Oxford Portfolio is A-, the 7 Deadly Sins is also A-, The Perpetual Income Portfolio is B and the other 2 mutual fund portfolios are worthless. I like them and for $79 they are worth a lot more. I throw out all their other junk. Also, I do… Read more »
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Rick
February 8, 2011 10:17 am
I have subscribed to OC ($79/year) for at least 10 years. I have tried many different newsletters, several trading services and options advisors. As you can tell I am a sucker for long shots. That being said, I have benefited greatly, mostly by applying the general knowledge in their articles to my retirement accounts, selecting V.G. mutual funds in line with their (usually Alex Green’s) view of the upcoming year(s). I also from time to time will buy a 100 shares of a stock pick that resonates with me, and that usually works out positively. As has been said, they… Read more »
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jrs
February 25, 2011 1:46 pm
I’ve been with the OC for 4 years and have very sparingly cherry picked their recommendations and only after my own research. The picks I settled on have done very well over the years and I have used their small portfolio allocation advice (no more than 4% per stock). Additionally I have employed their trailing stop advice and between these two key trading/investing tools I have done well. My advice is to ignore all the hype and additional sales pitches–if you ever want to know what over-hyped stock pick they are trying to sell use this site to cut through… Read more »
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MachineGhost
November 20, 2011 12:18 pm
I’ve been a lifetime member since the very early 90’s, so I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. The bad in the 90’s was due to ex-Investment Director Chris Weber’s terrible performance (at one point it was -10% for the previous three years according to Hulbert). He was eventually thrown out circa 1998-1999 and replaced with Alex Green, who was recruited by Executive Director, Julia Guth. Those two individuals are pretty much the nuts and bolts of The Oxford Club. Green brought basic discipline to the club in the form of total portfolio asset allocation, trailing stops on… Read more »
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teds31
June 8, 2012 5:11 pm
Warning: this is a long review, but i go over almost all of their services and perks. This is my experience only. The Oxford Club is my first investment newsletter that I have come across since I started to get into investing a couple years ago. I was promoted by Early to Rise when Michael Masterson (or Mark Ford who runs he Palm Beach Letter) was running it. It was a good offer and they offered a lot of “fraternal” perks to go along with the newsletter. I liked what I heard and the educational opportunities and went with it.… Read more »
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suprmaddscientist
July 29, 2012 9:06 am

I have been a lifetime member of the Oxford Club for nearly 30 years. More recently they were ranked in the top 10 newsletter for the past decade (2000-2010) Their service is intended for long term investors, not for short-term investing or trading. If you are seeking long term investing advice, their service is great.

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algermain
February 26, 2013 7:02 pm

I have subscribed to OC for the past 5 years and find it good value for money. I have also subscribed to at least half-a-dozen other newsletters over the same period and have dropped all of them. The OC appears to have a good cross section of contributors. They are quick to recognize a mistake and advise accordingly.

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January 31, 2015 5:24 pm

of all the news letter I subscribe to Oxford’s income letter is the best in class.

Carole Davick
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Carole Davick
July 17, 2016 11:05 pm

I paid my $49 and have not received anything.

Jam
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Jam
July 24, 2016 7:54 am

Let’s see how much I get back???!!!

Blake Morton
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Blake Morton
August 5, 2016 11:51 am

signed up for newsletter and several free books and have not received anything. I thought it would be electronically sent to me via email.

Nancy
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Nancy
September 6, 2016 2:26 am

Have you received your books and newsletter yet?

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