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BuzzCreek49
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January 19, 2010 1:57 pm
Fabian’s newsletter is a good read and makes sense. I have taken it for about a year but only recently have begun to apply his recommendations to my portfolio. He has remained heavily in cash for 2009 and missed a lot of the large runup. However, he did get about half the runup in parts of his recommendations. His mechanical trade points for ETFs (mostly) are deliberate and he appears to be sensitive to catching trades out or in based on his formula. He may miss some of the trade value by not including fundamentals in his evaluation of trade… Read more »
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February 8, 2010 4:45 pm
The publisher’s dad, Dick Fabian was a pioneer in technical analysis for the investing public when he started the Telephone Switch Newletter over 30 years ago. (The odd-sounding name referred to the then-new priviledge that mutual fund investors had of calling on the phone and switching to money-market funds for safety in a down-market.) This is the “next generation” of that letter, with an updated name. The great technically-driven investment advice hasn’t changed, though. The senior Mr. Fabian became famous for his iron-willed disipline of selling when his mutual fund composite price fell beneath it’s 39 week simple moving average.… Read more »
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December 4, 2010 3:30 pm
I have been a long-term subscriber to this market-timing service, off and mostly on, for over 25 years. Fabian’s system used to make some pretty steady money, particularly in the 80s and 90s. In recent years I feel the greatest benefit is capital preservation. It is a great defensive service for your serious money, and it did indeed get me out of the market before the crashes in ’87 and ’08. But, profits have been pretty slim for the last 10 years or so. It’s just hard to make much money with the newsletter these days. You spend a lot… Read more »
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ML
January 10, 2011 1:27 am
I have subscribed to Doug Fabian for slightly over 2 years – his track record in 2009 and 2010 was really disappointing. Given that the S&P index rose by double-digits in both years, Doug Fabian’s negative returns were particularly stinging. I did not think I should pay a service advising me to stay largely in cash, or enter positions with such little conviction that many of the positions are stopped out at a loss (incurring transaction costs on top). If the right thing to do in investing is “be fearful while others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful”,… Read more »
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JohnQ
September 9, 2011 7:57 am
I started with Telephone Switch back in the early 90’s. It was a market timing newsletter that essentially told you when to buy and sell 3 different things – precious metals, US stock and international stock – mutual funds. This service was amazingly accurate. Today Successful Investing tells you when to buy and sell a few ETF’s. The son has really dropped the ball. He pimps his ETF trader which is expensive and spends very little time on his Successful Investing followers. I believe he saves his best info for his ETF traders (expensive service). I recently got an ad… Read more »
Del Ojo Zafado
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Del Ojo Zafado
June 16, 2012 10:50 am
Consistently bad investing advice on the over all stock markets since his call of Jan ’09 of I would not “go chasing high yields” here. A plethora of +9% then yielding Natural resource stocks and preferreds have soared since then. RDS/B, ACAZF, AES-C , even CHK-D, etc etc, many more like REP-A called at par for huge total returns. Doug completely missed the rally off the under cut low of 10/11! His son I believe who handles e-mail often does not respond or responds with complaints about your remarks about picks you are following or invested in. Doug had ETF… Read more »
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oldblueeyes
July 31, 2013 9:51 pm
I have decided finally to opine on the topic of Doug Fabian. Let me say that I agree with my fellow colleagues on this forum ex 1. That person needs to do a bit more research so that he/she can be in better position to make an analysis. This advisor was a complete failure in my view. I can attest to the fact that as a VIP subscriber years before I found myself time after time in losing trades where the percentage was staggering. I also was a subscriber and a client of his from Q4 2007 to Q1 2009… Read more »
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