written by reader Too Many Newsletter – Information Overload!

By archivist, February 25, 2013

Hi all,
I’ve posed a ? to Travis and the Support team regarding the number of Newsletters that I’ve acquired over the past year. At this point it seems that I get at least 5 or 6 different ones each week from various vendors – Street Authority/Agora Financial (x3+)/ Newsmax/Soverign Society/Stansbury Research/Wall Street Daily/Wealth Advisory/Palm Beach Letter/Energy Advantage, etc. etc. etc.

The information ranges from ”Doom & Gloom” to ”Latest & Greatest,” but one constant seems to be ”BUY, BUY, BUY” our newest most exclusive (and expensive) research! Travis and the Thinkolator (!) often debunk much of the information or show that its not really very current, merely the HYPE of the Day/Week/ or Month.

So in good conscience I’m asking for your opinions as to what service is truly worth keeping and to what degree do you individually or collectively believe it (they) provide(s) truly valuable information?

I’m struggling with keeping up with the info, the repeats, the slant of a ”guru/specialist/sage” all of whom seem to have impeccable credentials supported by a massive advertising ”house”! It also seems that if you take one you soon are innundated by everything published by that family and others! I feel truly ’blessed’ to be PT Barnum’s – ”sucker born every minute!” and would like to unravel that dubious distinction…

Per my discussions with Travis, I think others may have a similar problem and would like to have some feedback!

Thanks – Dave

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bebeblu
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bebeblu
February 26, 2013 10:14 am

It is driving me crazy as well .. almost every email I receive lately is pushing me to “Log into my friend Steve’s $900,000 Website” for a mere $2500, . I am about ready to unsubscribe from all of them just to stop the craziness….

dickco1
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dickco1
February 28, 2013 10:34 pm
Reply to  bebeblu

I’ve been a sucker and subscribe to over 20 newsletters. It would be more but for reading reviews here putting truth to outrageous claims! For 20 years I swore by Hulbert and averaged 14-16% yearly buying 4-5 of his top performers over past years and ignoring the current year. Then the old performers failed to perform and I started endless acts of faith.
I recently compiled results from newsletters and list them below. They are total return and make no adjustment for time invested!
RANK LETTER %GAIN VALUE($000)
1 Gumshoe 416.54 114
2 Grail 135 25
2 DDDBCorps 98 40
3 Ameritrade 91 176
4 Sound Profits 81 18
5 Activist Trader 61 7
6 Pepsi 44 1454
7 Outstanding Inv 43 58
8 True Income 38 27
9 Extreme Value 35 108
10 12 Letter 35 27
11 MF Rule Break 31 79
12 TOTAL 31 2714
13 Stock of the Mo 25 25
14 SA Resourse 19 44
15 Hi Yeild 16 23
16 Money Market 14 15
17 China Strat 14 57
18 Cabot Top 12 11
19 DivMach Co 12 68
20 Casey 10 12
21 Silver Stock 9 7
22 Daily Wealth 7 20
23 Small Stock 7 56
24 Spin Trader 4 9
25 MFStock A 4 156
27 Gold Analy 3 79
28 Thomas 3 10
29 Speed Retirement -32 4

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flyinkel
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February 26, 2013 11:01 am

YES! YES! YES! Stock/mutual fund picking isn’t my full time job, but it seems to be taking up a lot of time lately! Any chance of getting your opinons on best hedge fund managers/hedge fund newsletter too. Would love to have the boom gurus as well as the bust gurus.

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jolson1110
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jolson1110
February 26, 2013 12:19 pm

I’m a 20 year + subscriber to Richard Band’s Profitable Investing. Have met him at a couple of Money Show speaking engagements and can say he is a solid rock in a squishy environment. I’ve always appreciated his conservative “stay the course” belief in solid investments and particularly dividend paying securities.

His twice weekly updates help sort through major market moves up or down.

That said I’d never blindly just buy his model portfolios, preferring to get ideas and confirmation from Richard to my own ideas and research

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
February 26, 2013 1:09 pm
Reply to  jolson1110

Thanks Jim, we’ve gotten some reviews on that one but not lately — they’re here if anyone wants to see them (or add their own): http://stockgumshoe.com/reviews/profitable-investing/