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Elissa Stein
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Elissa Stein
January 28, 2009 5:35 am
The Complete Investor costs $39, for a year, so this is an inexpensive publication. Leeb is a “peak oil” advocate, but TCI is well-rounded, because it contains everything from financials to infrastructure, emerging markets, tech, etc. The publication recommends at least two stocks each month. The analysis is thorough and well written. Additionally, if a stock has lost its Mojo due to a flaw in a company or other adverse changes, TCI will advise to sell positions. There are two levels of sell recommendations: red and orange alerts, and you can receive them, and the publication itself, via email. TCI… Read more »
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June 6, 2015 5:15 pm

Thank you for the commentary. I’d be excited to communicate updated services and portfolios, where our trade by trade success is exceptional. We are also on Facebook now http://www.facebook.com/theleebinvestor.

Warmest Regards,
Timothy Leeb
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Dusty
January 29, 2009 11:34 pm
This newsletter is one that I began in the fall of 2008 mostly as a tax deductible expense. The price is a beginning subscriber rate that will increase a lot with renewals. My ‘star’ ratings are based on inadequate experience. My situation and the current Market have not cooperated in allowing significant use of this data. I can agree that the flow of information is interesting and well written. I am not impressed just by a flow of pretty words and ideas. I think the listing of usable picks for a small investor is limited. Some of that, however, is… Read more »
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A. Nony Mouse
January 31, 2009 9:08 pm
If I were to recommend one newsletter to anyone this would be it. I subscribed to “The Complete Investor” in September of last year and by following the advice therein, have actually been able to make money. Subscribers can choose from a number of Portfolios detailed within it to suit their investment strategy/risk tolerance: 1. Growth, 2. Income, 3. Fund Portfolio, ( included in it are mutual Funds from various sectors: Large Value,Large Growth, Large Blend, Mid- cap Value, Mid-cap Growth, Small Value among others) 4. FundFinds Portfolio (what some hot mutual fund managers are buying) 5.Fast Track Portfolio (generally… Read more »
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McDaib
February 7, 2009 5:40 pm
I’ve been a subscriber since early 2008, so I guess I’m about to expire. I’m not sure how it is with new subscribers now but when I enrolled I did receive a couple of bonus reports. Both had to do with long term energy supply(with sidelights of precious metals) and both were pretty much spot on. I’m a small time investor and a $2,000 play weighs heavily on my investment portfolio. I made a couple of investments last year which were mainly due to the Complete Investor and the reports I received for signing up. Both did well but required… Read more »
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Sunny
February 7, 2009 7:16 pm

Overall a good publication. Dr. Leeb is a big believer in commodities and the coming era of inflation so there is a lot of talk about buying gold. Aside from stock picks which run the gamut from blue chips to small caps I’d never heard of, this newsletter is also educational if you are interested in economics. But you need a long term focus here, Dr. Leeb is a forward thinker (peak oil, coming water & mineral shortages etc.) so if you’re looking to get rich overnight, this one may not be for you.

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Megha
February 8, 2009 12:01 pm
I have read Stephen Leeb’s basic newletters for a long time. Now I can’t find any of my old issues – before “The Complete Investor” – but I remember how long it took him to understand that the fallout from the Enron scandal would affect a number of his picks that he kept saying were safe to hold on to. Of course I remember that vividly because I held on until some of them were worthless. I would say that his timing had been terrible and if you like his picks, be sure to track the technical indicators before investing… Read more »
Timothy Leeb
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June 6, 2015 4:53 pm
First of all, thank you for following us on and off throughout the years. I believe we have made vast improvements regarding “timing” our trades as well as strengthening our portfolios. I’d happily comp you, so you can see for yourself, what I believe to be our strongest publication, most focused on timing, also requiring more focus on behalf of the subscriber. If we send a sell alert to your email and you don’t open your email, the trade alert is meaningless. Feel free to call me direct at 914 483 7654 or email me at Timothy.leeb@leeb.com Kindest Regards, Timothy… Read more »
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Lee
February 9, 2009 5:11 pm
I subscribed for the Complete Investor for four years, just dropped it…..costing me about $79/yr. Also signed up for his “Agressive Trader” for $1000 (options trading) a couple years ago but dropped it and got a partial refund promptly (I made a small amount of money with the Aggressive Trader newsletter but it felt like a casino….win big, lose big). He is a “peak oil” guy and was ahead of the pack. He also claimed to have a “Master Key” (based on oil price changes, among other things) that was “proven” to alert subscribers of market downturns. Well, we just… Read more »
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Stan
February 15, 2009 2:21 am

He makes some good picks and it’s nice that he has all of these different types of portfolios to choose from. It can get confusing though because there are too many to choose from. I don’t remember him providing any good guidance on which portfolio(s) to choose for a particular investing style.

He’s a smart man and seems to have pretty good timing.

Of course, it’s an investment letter; so it’s buy and hold, which isn’t the best thing in these times.

Timothy Leeb
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June 6, 2015 5:11 pm

Stan,
We have made huge improvements since 09 with regards to trading services where our timing has been excellent. I think you’d be excited about utilizing Brain Trust Profits. The link is http://www.braintrustprofits.com. Our average gain per closed trade will have you motivated to check your email. Do not hesitate to contact me directly at Timothy.leeb@leeb.com or via phone at (914)483-7654.

Kindest Regards,
Timothy Leeb
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SageNot
February 16, 2009 12:11 pm
Have any of the 8 folks above read either of Dr. Leeb’s books on crude oil? If so, why do you think that we have crude oil trading below $35./brl on the Future’s Exch.? In his “The Coming Economic Collapse” he gives advice on how to thrive when oil costs over $200./brl, HUH? It never occurred to Dr. Leeb that when oil costing $147./brl blew up the commodity business in general, time had come to BAIL. Thrive Dr. Leeb, surely you jest. My last subscription to any of Dr. Leeb’s work was pre-Y2K, & he wasn’t any more accurate then… Read more »
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Amanda
February 24, 2009 12:35 pm
I subscribed to TCI for about three years. The cost was $79 a year, and it just expired. His advice was fine when the market was doing well, but his timing has been off, and he didn’t seem to see the overall weakness developing in the market. There were far too many choices, so if you couldn’t buy them all, and happened to pick the poor performers, oh well. His “Master Key” predictor might simply have stopped working (that’s his alleged secret to success.) The two worst “picks” that I followed were Nova Gold and GE. He recommended NG, a… Read more »
Jim
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Jim
March 3, 2009 9:25 pm
I subscribed from 2003 through 2006. Leebs comments about then current economic trends was the best part of his news letter. His recommendations were conservative, mostly blue chip types, with no wild out of space ideas! His portfolios rarely changed…. indeed two semi-annual issues would find almost the exact same names on his three lists. When it came time to re-subscribe for 2007, I dug out all issues from the previous years, and reviewed winners and losers. Except for Leebs reviews of “then current” market conditions, there were no real recommendations worth $39 a year. His free weekly emails were… Read more »
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Jim S
March 19, 2009 6:11 pm
I’ve been a TCI subscriber for a year or so – recently signed up for Leeb’s Real World Investing – for I believe in his overall themes (peak oil, gold) – only catch is, his timing’s awful. A couple examples: he called for a bottom in oil in Aug of last year, just before USO dropped a mind boggling 70%. Example #2, during Jan 09’s brief rally he called the market bottom – right before the Feb meltdown to new lows.. The real test of an analyst is what they say or predict at important market pivot points – and… Read more »
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JPA
March 21, 2009 8:41 am
Bear with me as I may ramble. Steve Leeb has decent logic and knowledge on the stock market and the economy, in general. I subscribed to his Leeb Income Investor and his Complete Investor newsletters because they are packed with picks like Personal Finance is by Elliott Gue. Not being a fool, Leeb has since come out with three more newsletters, one geared to taking $250k to $1 million in 6 years. Apparently exisiting members of his two other newsletters were not worthy of such advice without paying the extra fee. Ironically, he charges $500 per year for this service,… Read more »
Oliver Vandagriff
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March 21, 2009 10:05 am
Stephen Leeb’s The Complete Investor I have subscribed to this monthly newsletter/email advisory longer than any other, about one year. The cost was only $79/yr and for that I receive detailed news on fast growth companies, funds, banking stocks, energy/commodities stocks, and emerging markets. Early on I accepted their picks as gospel and invested in ten of their high rated picks. I lost money in all but two of them. One of them, Helix (HLX) I lost a LOT. I bought it at $27, got out at $17. It is now down to $5! And yet on page 10 of… Read more »
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Richway
March 28, 2009 1:08 am

I only signed up for it to get one of his books, and I should have just bought the book on amazon.com

He is even more of a wimp on his picks here than he was w/ Personal Finance, where he recommended so many picks to hold Warren Buffet would have been hard pressed to follow.

And of course as with all the rest, we are constantly bombarded with teasers for “The Big Money Makers” services. By the way, he does not even list how much up or down his picks are, so I think that says it all.

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coachellabill
April 8, 2009 2:12 pm
I have been subscribing to this newsletter for several years. Some of his advice has made money for me, chiefly in Gold and Energy stocks.. But I am increasingly perplexed by his ability to play both sides. In his ads for special services he trumpets how the newsletter warned of the coming financial storm, but if one looks at the portfolios he espouses, one can see that the losses there have been just as severe as the market in general. If he knew, why didn’t he close those positions instead of suffering the losses? (and tell us to sell).
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csprings
April 23, 2009 5:40 pm
I like reading the letter for his sentiments. The picks make an interesting watchlist, but has to be combined with a timing system. If the other service of his I subscribe to takes off, I’ll stick with this one, but otherwise I’ll probably just start assembling my own watchlists from stockgumshoe, which are just as interesting and free. So far he is a good example that you can be right in the long term and dead broke before you get there. One of the reviewers said he doesn’t post performance…he doesn’t give an overall percent up or down of the… Read more »
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JohnnyHeck
April 24, 2009 10:35 pm
I will not be renewing my 2 year subcription this fall. This letter is a confusing mess of multiple portfolio recommendations with the usual data light “story stock” approach to justify the recommendations. The greatest “crime” of this service was it’s assertion that based on Oil prices it could predict when it was time to get out of the market. Well, it actually did! But unfortunately Leeb decided to ignore his own indicator under the “peek oil” theory. Too bad – If he just suffered 6 months of relative under performance before the crash, he would now look like a… Read more »
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SLY DOG
May 27, 2009 12:31 pm

Not much to report here, other than the usual disappointments due mostly to a bear market. I do agree with others that I’m tired of the constant e-mails. He needs to provide some sort of grading device for his picks, as well as others. I tend to pick some of his dividend paying stocks, which is my preference, right now. Overall, just ok, at best.

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randy
June 6, 2009 12:39 pm

the sky is falling buy gold. definetly a reconstructionist. If someone wants someone to tell them what to do, Leeb will definetly let you know but after the fact. Spent your time before youspend your money. More sales than guidence

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stkfox
June 7, 2009 8:06 am
My two year subscription is about up and I won’t be renewing. Like alot of people I became aware of Leeb through some radio interviews and his book, “Oil Factor”. About two years ago, he sounded like a sage and I could see where he was going, agreed with many of his picks, and his rationale for doing so. His strategy seemed, well, pretty smart. And then he completely ignored his own “oil factor” and lost a bundle for his subscribers! I agree with JohnnyHeck, what was the guy thinking? He could have come through this with a diamond reputation… Read more »
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Steve B
June 23, 2009 6:05 pm

I have been a long time subscriber and have followed Leeb’s advice religiously but I am down over 50% from my initial investment. I opted for a change and cancelled my account in May 09 expecting a refund. Customer service Steffany Bowes agreed to refund in 4-5 bussines days but I’m still waitng 6 weeks for the refund and they won’t respond to questions. I’d stay away from these folks……worst customer service I’ve seen in a long time. Leeb’s OK but his customer service is the pits.

Phil
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Phil
June 29, 2009 8:30 pm
I subscribed to the Complete Investor after reading the Oil Factor and thinking that it was terrific. In the Oil Factor Leeb gives a formula for when to be in the market based on the price of oil over the last 12 months. I think it was something like if oil is up over 80% in last 12 months get out of the market and stay out until oil up no more than 20% in last 12 months. The problem is that when the Oil Factor gave the sell signal Leeb told his investors to stay in the market becuase… Read more »
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gene
July 20, 2009 1:49 pm

I have subscribed to Leeb’s publications for many years off and on. He is very long term and you need to pick and choose from his list. I use his ideas and philosophy and then compare with some other newletters I subscribe to. Over all good reading but picks are to long out in developing.

Frank R.
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Frank R.
August 7, 2009 9:01 am
In Feb. ’09 I received a mailing from TCI that proclaimed “There will be no depression”. Inside was material that was decidedly bullish on the stock market, stating that an important low soon would be reached. This agreed with my own opinion so I subscribed for $80 online, believing that my report on the “8 stocks to buy in 2009” would arrive in “5 minutes” as the ad claimed. It took several days and phone calls before I could even log on to Leeb’s website. I was placed in e-mail contact with an employee who admitted to me that the… Read more »
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LarryG
August 27, 2009 4:13 am
I had subscribed to the Complete Investor for many years. During that time Leeb had sent, by e-mail, advice and market information 2 or 3 times weekly. However, when the market meltdown occurred in late 2008-2009, he seemed to have disappeared. At the time when we needed guidance the most, he was scarce as hen’s teeth. Because of his neglect I did not renew my subscription. Some of his recos like Novagold & GE were portfolio killers. And, too, his constant barrage trying to sell his other advice letters had become very irritating. I just wonder if his prediction of… Read more »
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FJH
October 7, 2009 8:08 am

A lot of valuable informations in a well written and relatively cheap newsletter.

But you need to do your own technical analysis before buying or selling…(Leeb and his team aren’t very good “short term stock pickers”!)

Todd
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Todd
October 10, 2009 4:34 pm
I’ve subscribed to The Complete Investor from roughly early in 2007 to date (late 2009), paying $79 per year for most periods. What appealed to me initially was Stephen Leeb’s view of the global macroeconomy – largely founded on his outlook that the two primary factors determining which investments will be profitable in the years ahead are energy shortages (Dr. Leeb ascribes to the Peak Oil theory) and the rise of foreign/emerging markets, especially Brazil, Russia, China and India (though over the years this has shifted to Brazil, Russia, Australia, and China). I still think he has the macroeconomic trends… Read more »
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DM
October 12, 2009 7:38 pm

My 1 year subscription just ended and I will NOT be renewing. My biggest disappointment with TCI is the short term indicator. This indicator went negative on or about 3/6/09 just at the market low. It has stayed negative through a 7 month 60% bull market rally. What a bad joke.

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Complete Investor Subscriber
October 30, 2009 12:48 pm

Stephen Leeb is a perfect market timer. In beginning of 2008,
he recommended financial and home builder stocks, most of
which lost 80-90% value during the meltdown. Now, he is
recommending gold, oil and other commodities. I guess it is
time to short commodities. He has short positions in fast
track portfolio. Most of his short positions have increased
in value, thereby losing subscribers money. The only way
yo make money using this newsletter is to go long on his
short positions and go short on this long positions. Consistency
wise, I give him 5 stars, he is 100% wrong all the time.

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fivester
October 31, 2009 3:43 pm
I have subscribed to TCI since Leeb started this newsletter after leaving Personal Finance. Like some of the other reviewers, I would say I get more value from his commentary than from his stock picks. Of the portfolios in the newsletter, I find the small cap value and the mutual fund portfolios the least useful. The mutual funds seem to change without much reasoning and are not covered nearly as extensively as his economic outlook or the individual stocks. The small cap value picks do not seem to be particularly inspired or to have done very well, even accounting for… Read more »
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Laurence
December 11, 2009 12:44 pm

“……worst customer service I’ve seen in a long time. Leeb’s OK but his customer service is the pits.”
I concur with the writer of this review. When I extended my subscription in March ’09, my email updates and alerts stopped. I’ve contacted them five times by email, phone, and written correspondence. It’s now December ’09, and the problem remains. Only after the 3rd or 4th contact did I receive the materials that had been offered (as a bribe?) with the solicitation for the extension. Amazingly incompetent. Or just crooks. I dunno which.

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ellisto
January 23, 2010 3:11 pm

I subscribed to this newsletter when it started in 2005 [appx] and have been pleased with the overall view and with the discussions of various stocks.

What was a terrible failure was to NOT give a sell signal during the summer of 2008 at all.

If you are going to claim to be a market timing guru you need to say when to get out, in a timely fashion.

ellisto
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ellisto
January 23, 2010 3:14 pm

Leeb failed to give a sell signal in the summer of 2008- Springer in Income Performance at least said go to 50% cash- Sept of 08 so he is the better timer

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February 5, 2010 8:15 pm
I subscribed to the Complete Investor for about a year as a ‘Charter member’, but dropped my subscription because I was annoyed at the relentless marketing of additional Leeb products. If it weren’t for that, I might have kept the subscription. For a very reasonable price at the time — less than $99 a year, I got an interesting read every month. Today, with internet access, I can get financial entertainment from the web, so it’s less valuable for that purpose than it used to be. He published the performance of every single newsletter recommendation in each issue from the… Read more »
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BOBK
September 19, 2010 4:05 pm

I have been a subscriber to THE COMPLETE INVESTOR since it started and to PERSONAL FINANCE before that. I that Leeb is an intelligent huckster – witness his neverending new newsletter and self-aggrandizing pronouncements. However, I think that his basic Growth Portfolio is a good one for somewhat aggresive investors and that his Income Portfolio bears cherry picking. His Fund Finds are also worthwhile. His long-term bullishsness on commodities and energy is, I think, valid. As for his other portfolios (especially small-cap value), forget it! Market timing is not his thing, so follow him for buy-and-ho;d only!

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Russell
September 21, 2010 3:32 pm

I cancelled my subscription July 15th and received an acknowlegement the same day. None of the promised items were ever received and zero information as to investment information as promised. Several calls to customer service and many emails to no avail. All I received is it is in the system. I can see by the reviews that this is an ongoing problem with Mr. Leeb. Guess we can kiss our money goodbye.

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Kwong
November 25, 2010 3:08 am

I read it for info and decide what to invest in. So far in ’10 I’ve returned 140%. Maybe I’m just lucky with my picks (2 gold stocks)… We’ll see next year. Gold situation has changed somewhat, wonder what he’ll say about gold’s next phase- that *mild inflation is expected and only in 2 or 3 years. That the euro and yen is in trouble so US$ may not devalue that much and may be safe haven too. He is long term and I’m a trader/ shorter term.

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M.R.
February 14, 2011 3:22 pm
Pros: Leeb provides very insightful “Big Picture” analysis and market commentary, along with coverage of current and future investment trends (his books are also very good, by the way.) Relatively inexpensive subscription rate. Cons: unreported track record (perhaps Hulbert covers TCI.) Too much portfolio turnover. Too many portfolio holdings – why not simply buy sector ETFs instead? Too many “stock story” write-ups and not enough comparative data analysis of a given recommendation’s position within its industry, and with respect to its competitors. The Small-Cap Value Portfolio is particularly atrocious: NovaGold was recommended at $18 in late 2007, then plunged to… Read more »
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billy-bob
March 14, 2011 10:23 pm

I found Leeb’s service to be junk. It’s basically a way for him to get your email address and then spam you with all sorts of other crap that he markets. Not only that, but he sells your name and address information to other investment newsletter services. I’d say read his books and skip this one. I now route everything from Leeb straight to my spam folder.

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Randy
March 28, 2011 12:50 pm

Do not give them your email address because they will spam you. After my subscription ran out I did not re-subscribe. I unsubscribed from their emails but they keep on sending me their spam anyway. Now all of their emails go into my junk mail. When the market crashed his portfolios crashed also. Mr Leeb did not have enough sense to get out before the crash. If he was honest he would warn people about his newsletters and how his portfolios crashed along with the market. You would do well to look elsewhere for market guidance.

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May 28, 2011 11:42 am
I have subscribed to The Complete Investor for years now, ever since Leeb left Personal Finance. I followed him to his new newsletter because his advice had been excellent. Leeb’s forecasting is not perfect, but after subscribing to over a dozen newsletters over the years, Leeb is as close as you’re going to get to someone who can tell you what most likely will happen long term. Leeb has made a lot of people money by getting readers in oil and gold years ago. He also was one of the first people advocating investing in the Indian and Chinese companies,… Read more »
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September 1, 2011 2:20 pm
Thank you so much for both the positive and negative responses you’ve posted here. Responses like these give us the feedback necessary to make the kind of changes to our services that best serve you, the customer. We’re not perfect, but without the negative feedback there’d be no way for us to improve. So thank you! We have a wonderful customer service center reachable by phone at 866-833-2070. We implore you to contact them with whatever concerns, problems or questions you may be having so that the issue(s) may be rectified ASAP. If you have any further questions, please don’t… Read more »
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October 12, 2011 3:04 pm
Have subscribed for two year. The biggest problem with Leeb’s group is it has zero strategy provided with the pick. In addition, Leeb is a devote Keyesian and in one case chided the Fed for not starting QE3, which his ideology requires to make money. It is a classic “we’ll make money over other people’s misfortune” story. Back to my first point. He’ll tell you at the beginning of each month buy this or sell that. But there is never a strategy. Other papers will say, “buy XXX up to $##.## price with a ##% trailing edge stop to protect… Read more »
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December 6, 2012 8:38 pm
Have actively followed Stephen Leeb since his days with Personal Finance. Complete Investor provides a continual presentation of 5 fund categories (Growth, Income & Value, Funds, Fund Finds as well as Small-Cap). . . giving a very good fundamental basis of additions/buys and deletions/sells on a timely basis. Stephen Leeb is and has been an agnostic economist in his views . . . providing a viewpoint that is clear, concise, and accurate; able to consider and reformulate those viewpoints as economic conditions warrant. Would have rated Complete Investor a 5 overall but I still would like to find that one,… Read more »
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June 6, 2015 7:27 pm

Timothy give my very best wishes to your Dad who I am pleased to say was my roommate one year at Penn – he also appeared on FMN a financial management network that I helped establish back in the 80’s.I remember when you were born & fwiw I also have a son named Timothy. I was a friend of Marty Zweig & your dad-both very talented gentlemen who were Wharton school Grads.

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