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
bebeblu
7 years ago

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
dickco1
7 years ago
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
7 years ago

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
jolson1110
7 years ago

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
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/

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Carol
7 years ago

Have done Stansberry products for 7-8 years, they run hot and cold but paying attention have gained. Am dropping 2 this year, they have become too republican fanatical, shouldn’t be in this type of product, now replacing with Motly Fool. Best advice——-
PAY ATTENTION !!!

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Michael Meek
Michael Meek
7 years ago
Reply to  Carol

Republican! You have not been paying attention. S&A has been and always will be aligned against big, intrusive government. Democrats and Republicans in and out of office and the voters who put them there are responsible for the mess our country and the world is in.

Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

Hi Dave — we get this question a lot, we’re making another push today to get some more opinions out there on this topic for you and everyone else who asks. Today’s note is here http://stockgumshoe.com/2013/02/whats-your-favorite-newsletter/ — we’ve already got a good number of comments and the reviews of newsletters are flowing in as well so our overall rankings will be gradually moving in response to those new reviews.

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george carlberg
george carlberg
7 years ago

After 40 years of listening to advisors and being burned by both brokers and newsletters (They tout their wins, but ignore their blunders) I am ready to start my own corporation and load up on a big salary and huge stock options.
The industry has gotten away from shareholders as partners and more as innocents to plunder. What happened to integrity and using a expertise to help people? It appears there is no room for the straight shooter, the business goes to the hype. It would be interesting to have a background check on the advisors and the corporate officers.

I really appreciate the insights and honesty from Gumshoe and the subscribers.
Keep up the excellent work!

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Joanne K.
Joanne K.
7 years ago

I don’t have a newletter to recommend. However, I’ve found “seeking alpha.com” to be very helpful.

FarmGirl
FarmGirl
7 years ago

I posted this on Travis’ article on this today, but I have one addition.

“I have most of my money in very conservative stuff, and agree that the Retirement Letter and Cash Machine are useful in running that. I keep about 10% to 15% in very aggressive stuff – nothing in the middle. For the last five years, the #1 letter in Hulbert has been New World Investor, and #2 is Forbes Special Situations. Those two are almost always near the top of the rankings, and I use them for ideas and do my own DD.”

The addition is that New World Investor doesn’t have an “upsell” to a more expensive letter and has never asked me to subscribe to anything else, and Forbes is not nearly as bad as Stansberry when it comes to burying you with solicitations to buy other letter.

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Lynn Clark, Stock Gumshoe
Reply to  FarmGirl

Thank you for the input! The reviews on New World Investor can be found here: http://stockgumshoe.com/reviews/new-world-investor/

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carroll richard
7 years ago

What I like about your website is the “unlocking” the stupid mystery companies other sites tease and explain in simple terms what the co is valued at, the future prospects and if it is a good or bad idea. Mostly the honesty is refreshing!

Smarttogether
7 years ago

Not really a newsletter, but I subscribe to an excellent stock rating service. The author tends to stick to the types of industries he knows well and does in-depth evaluations of companies according to if they offer good value and are good long term invesments. He provides an accurate record of all his recommendations and also of his returns over the years. He has beaten the return of the stock indexes year in and year out and has averaged 13% per year for ten years. No BS or hyperbole, just clear thinking. Investorsfriend.com

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Lynn Clark, Stock Gumshoe
Reply to  Smarttogether

We just added Investorsfriend.com to our list of reviewable services, if you’d like to add your starred review: http://stockgumshoe.com/reviews/investorsfriend-com/

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Paul Secosky
Paul Secosky
7 years ago

I am currently a subscriber to John Markman’s, Traders Advantage. The site provides short term investing ideas which have been profitable for me. The site does not advertise teaser stocks, just good ideas.
I am a loyal Stockgumshoe reader and appreciate the work in uncovering these stock teaser articles promoted by other sites. Keep up the good work.

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Lynn Clark, Stock Gumshoe
Reply to  Paul Secosky

Thanks, Paul! Here’s a link to our readers’ reviews of Trader’s Advantage:
http://stockgumshoe.com/reviews/traders-advantage/

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