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January 28, 2009 9:30 am
Have subscribed to Personal Finance (PF), a bi-monthly publication from KCI Communications for a little over a year and so far am very pleased with my subscription. Subscribers receive a printed version as well as web access to the current and all previous ones. For the past several years, Neil George was the editor. Neil had extensive experience as a banker and as a bond trader, so his emphasis was on receiving current income as well as the potential for capital appreciation. Following his advice has indeed resulted in significant interest and dividend income, but because of developing market conditions,… Read more »
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Dusty
January 30, 2009 12:37 am
My ‘Star’ ratings are always conservative. I have not had need of ‘customer service.’ I have been reading “PF” for almost two years. The subscription rate doubles after the initial (one year or two years together) subscription. When this subscription expires I will either renew or move to another similarly priced KCI newsletter written by the same group of individuals. KCI publishes a group of substantive free letters that cover in some detail most of what the small investor might like or need to know generally about the markets, especially when taken in concert with one or more of the… Read more »
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Gigabyte
February 14, 2009 8:05 pm
I’ve subscribed to PF for over 10 years. The investments that have done best for me are those contributed by Roger Conrad in the section called The Income Report. If one had followed the bond-heavy and other fixed income investment picks touted by the previous editor, one could have easily destroyed a portfolio in excess of the market’s decline. Roger Conrad, to his credit, cut losses short in some Closed End funds, something the deposed Editor did not seem to be willing to do.. always hoping for the “value to be recognized”. For many investments, it never happened, and he… Read more »
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Carl
February 23, 2009 4:59 pm

I’ve been a subscriber for over 7 years and have unfortunately lost some money under the guidance of the previous editor. However, I expect that the new editor, Elliott Gue, will turn that around.

L.L
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L.L
February 25, 2009 8:07 pm

A balanced view and sensible approach. Performance has been mixed, but not as bad as others. My portfolio is down about 25 %, but I should have gotten out earlier.

Mary Ann
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Mary Ann
May 4, 2009 11:36 am

I’ve subscribed to Personal Finance for about three years, primarily because it’s cheap. You get what you pay for.

I also subscribe to Utility Forecaster, also published by KCI; Roger Conrad is the editor. It’s also inexpensive, but far more useful than PF.

I always consider the recommendations in these newsletters to be ideas for my own due diligence.

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j.t.
June 21, 2009 3:13 pm
Have subscribed for several years and I LIKE this newsletter. Consider it essential research information for the energy sector. Amazingly detailed writeups dished in a lively style. The website is a gold mine too. Gue’s free ezine “PF Weekly” is excellent, and there are others to choose from. Roger Conrad is superb too. Even their solicitation brochures are fun to read. A real talented crew at PF. Only one small gripe to vent. They had FRO in their growth portfolio since June07 when at$45. It hit $72 by June08. From then on it was downhill until April09 when at $18… Read more »
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JTF
July 26, 2009 3:19 pm
I’ve been with them for about 4 years. Pros = 1) I like their “reviews” of market sectors. They give you bacground of particular sectors and industries and include material not just about specific stocks – like most writers do, but about the industries themseves. Examples: Reviews of the mechanics behind deep sea drilling, In depth review of the production of gasoline from crude oild through refining to shipping (pipelines, tankers etc). 2)They have growth, income & fund portfolios plus a small traders portfolio (shorts and hish risk longs). 3) twice a month issues, 4) easy to navigate web site,… Read more »
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Bill
July 31, 2009 7:45 pm
I have subscribed to PF for several years, and have found it very good. After some selection of their picks, they have led me to some good money makers. My two biggest complaints are (1) they cover many stocks in their write ups, but do not track them in their portfolios, leaving the reader on his own; and (2) they are far too slow to cut losers. I have disciplined myself to track stop prices and sell when those numbers are reached. When I do that, I find that I get out well ahead of PF, which eventually sells the… Read more »
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bracketman
August 27, 2009 10:13 am
I have suscribed to this publication for 12 yrs. and find it extremely helpful. It is conservative BUT very timely. I agree that it does NOT follow all recommnendations in each issue BUT if you are an investor you should be tracking your investments and determining if the suggestions are for you. You have to make the decision when to buy and sell. You must do the research concerning the recommendations before acting. Remember that this publication(as with all newsletters are behind the very latest news) and you must ultimately make the final decisions. I only wish thru the years… Read more »
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HFJ
October 5, 2009 11:41 am

Highly enjoyable… A lot of very valuable informations and advices for a good price.

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johnnyfinancialguy
September 14, 2010 3:40 pm
By far, the best dollar for dollar value financial newsletter I take and read cover to cover is Personal Finance. The editor is Elliott H. Gue, but he has other contributing editors who write their own pieces, such as “Growing Income” by Mr. Gue and Roger S. Conrad and “Playing the UPs and Downs” by Benjamin Shepherd. They (Personal Finance) provide a lot of information and research on who,why and how they’ve done in the past to help me make a decision on stocks, bonds, muni’s, etc. And over the years, I’ve made a lot more money than what I… Read more »
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Charles
November 27, 2010 9:33 am
I have subscribed to PF (and some sister publications and e-services) for 5 years or so. I very much enjoyed Personal Finance under its previous editor, Neil George. However, while Mr. George was a “scholar and a gentleman,” he kept readers in a number of even his most “conservative” investments way-y-y too long, resulting in losses of many tens of thousands of dollars to me. The current editor, Elliot Gue, seems knowledgeable about energy-related topics (although many of his recommendations from his e-pub, “The Energy Strategist,” are currently well underwater). However, some ignorant political comments and lame Obama-bashing (I guess… Read more »
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Bill F
December 7, 2010 5:33 pm

Ask them about Thornburg Mortgage, rural telecoms,closed end bond-funds- all supposedly conservative, high yielding investments they were touting in 2005-6 before the crash. They got killed worse than anything. No wonder Neil George exited quickly.

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jeff
January 16, 2011 6:24 pm

gue doen”t know when to pull the plug. he lead a lot of people over a cliff. better newsletters out there.

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Hoss
May 28, 2011 11:24 am
I first subscribed to Personal Finance probably over twenty years ago, back when Richard Band was editor. Over the years, Personal FInance has made a few bad calls, but overall for the small price of a subscription it is worth the price. Personal Finance has made a lot of people a lot of money for calling it right years ago about gold and oil. It is too early for me to give an accurate judgement about Elliot Gue as the current editor, but in the past, Richard Band, Stephen Leeb, and Neil George all gave good advice. KCI has been… Read more »
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gghannan
February 27, 2013 10:19 pm

This newsletter is reasonably priced, considering the quality of information. Roger Conrad is a champion of small investors, and with a few exceptions has made my modest porfolio grow quite nicely. His current colleagues seem to know their stuff, but for now I’ll just stick with Roger.

jrlowelljr
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February 28, 2013 2:34 am

Subscribed when it was written by Stephen Leeb. After the change, it went downhill rapidly.

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nierenj
March 8, 2013 3:00 pm
This award winning newsletter reprsents high quality financial journalism. Picks are for the most part sound and I’ve done well on some of them and I’ve missed the boat on others I didn’t invest in. Some, of course, were flops and I’ve lost money as, I’m sure, others did. It is generally free of political rants, which I believe is essential to high quality financial journalism. When I see, I suspect bias… Concentrate on investments and propective results. True, there has been turnover in staff, but the replacements have generally been as good or better. The changeover from Neil George… Read more »
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