I think it’s likely that a lot of you have seen this ad, from Nick Hodge for his Alternative Energy Trader service, and it’s not all that disguised so I expect quite a few of you have also already figured out the name of the company teased … but it’s getting a lot of play, and I’m getting a lot of questions, so I thought I better write it up quickly for your edutainment.
Alternative Energy Trader, by the way, is yet another “bump up” subscription from the Angel Publishing folks — I guess it’s the next step up from the Alternative Energy Speculator, which itself hasn’t been around all that long and was seemingly an “upgrade” from Green Chip Stocks (Trader will cost you $999, Speculator $499, Green Chip less than half that — a nice little progression as you drive each subscriber up the latter to the next rung). That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with this, it’s what essentially every one does and it’s the logical way to extract more money from a group of subscribers — though I know from reading thousands of reviews of newsletters that the constant “upsell” drives folks crazy almost as often as does poor performance.
But we had a point today, yes? Getting to it, never fear.
From my days as a direct mail copywriter for nonprofits and charities, back before my beard started turning grey, I remember that the first thing most people read is the P.S. at the end of the letter — so let’s check that out first, this is how the letter ends:
“P.S. I forgot to mention something to you. Because this company is so small, we can only open 500 spots for Alternative Energy Trader. With nearly 400,000 readers, we just can’t open this opportunity to everyone. So starting right now, you’re on the clock — only the first 500 who respond get in. No exceptions or extensions. This is the only way we can make sure everyone gets the same fair shot at those 18,000% gains.
“P.P.S. Late-Breaking News: On April 27th, the company I’ve been telling you about cleared a huge hurdle. In a unanimous decision, an Idaho Commissioners’ Board approved a key change that allows for this company to build its industrial complex on a 5,000 acre plot of land, provided that complex involves building a nuclear power plant. With this development, your 18,000% gains are closer than ever. But remember, you must move fast to be one of the 500 people I’m releasing full details to…”
The teaser is built around a company that’s trying to build a nuclear power plant in Idaho, and the tease is that there was a secret meeting between a U.S. executive (for the teased company, naturally) and the South Korean Prime Minister, when they talked about the crux of their deal, and that Hodge got a secret “unauthorized photo” of that meeting.
And the basics of the deal? Importing South Korea’s nuclear power plant designs (the APR 1400 reactor) and using them to build a new nuclear generation plant in Idaho, on land that is now appropriately zoned and in an area where they apparently have at least some local support to build such a plant. Hodge gives some reasons for why this investment will make you 200 times your money:
“Reason #1: The secret meeting backed by $54 billion worth of U.S. government cash
“It’s common knowledge by now that Obama is embracing nuclear energy…. tripled the amount of loan guarantees for nuclear power to $54 billion in his budget request.
“He’s practically hemorrhaging money to get nuclear energy in place as soon as possible.”
We’ve certainly heard that before, and it spurred quite a few nuclear stocks forward after the State of the Union address. This deal is a specific one, though, so let’s learn some more about it:
“When the ink dries on their deal with Korea, the small nuclear energy outfit I’ve been talking about will have inroads to the some of the most effective, powerful, and economical reactors in the entire world….
“… they’re likely to soon be granted permission to erect brand-new APR1400 nuclear reactors on an obscure plot of land in Idaho.
“But that’s not all this firm’s deal with Korea would hand them…
“According to the terms of their talks, if other North American energy companies decide to go through Korea for similar reactors, this firm would get paid a hefty commission on every reactor built.
“And not only here in the United States, but on the entire continent.
“It’s nothing short of incredible what this small company (it has just a $35 million market cap) has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time…”
And as to the financing of this future nuclear plant?
“They already have a $70 million deal in place with a Connecticut firm that will cover the costs of everything from applications to securing the land and water rights they need.”
He did have a “reason #2” why this one would make you rich, too, but I’ll just paraphrase: “sometimes small stocks on the cutting edge go up dramatically.” OK, we can accept that … as long as you say “sometimes.”
And the third reason you’ll become wealthy from this investment?
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“Reason #3: I’ve already been right about this company… TWICE
“As you might assume, building nuclear reactors isn’t easy…
“In fact, the road of approvals is long and tedious.
“But this company has numerous advantages. According to recent information, not only will thousands of jobs be created through construction and plant operation, but reactors will also change the financial landscape in Idaho.
“Other businesses will be required to support the folks working at the plant, which is expected to create nearly $3 billion for the state’s GDP during construction.
“Most of that money will go to the local area while clean, low-cost energy is being created for the region.
“That’s why this company has received overwhelming support from the community (80% of local citizens have voted for this company’s progress), and is coasting at record pace towards becoming THE American nuclear franchise.
“And although it’s little more than a formality for these guys, they still have to go through the process of approval — for legal reasons.
“The thing is, every time a new approval takes place, the share price of this company jumps drastically. It has literally doubled over the span of just tw