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Rog Blake
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Doug Casey started The International Speculator well over 20 years ago, but I started subscribing around 2004. Originally, it was advertised as focused on any opportunities around the world likely to double in the next 12 months. This included real estate, stocks, currencies, and anything else that would fit the description. While this sounds good, no one can be an expert on every topic. Casey’s main interest is gold, followed by real estate. He is biased toward the obscure, so he focuses on junior mining companies (often penny stocks) and locations most subscribers only read about. His opinions and trip… Read more »

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Interesting points — the miners are awfully cheap, though they’ve been cheap before, too, and can sometimes remain so for a looong time. The conventional wisdom is certainly that inflation will come back sometime next year, and that the US dollar will weaken — but remember, everything is relative: will it be weaker than the euro? The Yen? Or just weak compared to gold?

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The bottom line is: If you want to lose money, just buy all the recommended stocks in International Speculator. I started subscribing in January 2006. Pretty much all their recommendations are Canadian junior mining stocks, focused on gold and silver. I was up about 40% overall in the fall of 2007 but then the crash came. If IS had recommended a decent stop loss policy I might still have most of my money. As it is, I’m now down about 50% from my initial investment and down about 65% from the peak. But what really knocks my rating of IS… Read more »

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Yep, they were myopic in their strategy at one point. I have done really well with a few recomnendations, but these stocks are so volatile, that’s why they don’t have a workable stop loss policy. At one point, a little late in the game, they started to clarify their stategy of how mining stocks should fit in an overall investment policy. My opinion now is that only a small portion of a portfolio should be in these stocks, which is what Casey/Stansberry now says.

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casey research terrible sell signals to much political garbage 4 years to lose tons and they cange recos all the time leaving you on your own. would not reco it

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Sorry for not responding to this question earlier, it got caught up in the spam filter because of the multiple links. I’ve of course seen the Stansberry “end of America” stuff many times — haven’t come up with anything intelligent to say about it because of the dramatic level of fearmongering and the tangents he goes off on for an hour as he “connects” dots that may or may not have anything in common. On the main premise, that the US dollar will lose its status as the reserve currency, I generally agree — but I expect it to happen… Read more »

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International Speculator – Doug Casey et al., Been a subscriber for a full two years. This newsletter’s recently proclaimed performance is disingenuous enough to prompt my review. Doug Casey and his group were slaughtered on their small mining company shares in 2008. Anyone who bought originally two years ago is down 80%. This newsletter recommended doubling up in September of 2008 and those recommendations are down 30%. Of course if you had any money left and bought in December of 2008 you are up over 100% if it was a first time buy. The newsletter touts this latter success rate.… Read more »

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I think you’re probably right about it not being a big influence — the broader concern for me is that I think investors, led by baby boomers, will become far more income-focused, despite the lack of safe income options, and that gold (being without income potential) looks better when everything is low-yielding, and gets less attractive when you compare it to bonds that have decent income yields. Of course, as a play on the fall of the dollar that’s less relevant — and that’s what we’re seeing now, a collapse in the dollar as safe haven which has everyone quite… Read more »

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steve leuschner
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steve leuschner

i just stopped renewing energy specultor and IS . five years of subscriptions to the Casey research family . what a load of crap . they dont respond when you point out that the great returns they claim are put into questions by subscribers they just ignore you i’d like to go to one of thier paid investment conferences and just give casey stick sell signals were nmon existant then he printed a small blurb in his site making an excuse as to why he cost most of his IS subscribers to lose their shirts they suck this place is… Read more »

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I have subscribed since 2006. This is NOT for short-term trading. It IS for making the most of the trend of the decade, which is the destruction of the US dollar, and many other currencies of insolvent countries. This leads to buying SOME junior gold and silver miners. They all got slaughtered in 2008. I kept some and they are all back strong now. The ones I regret are the ones I sold. I have been more consistently following their recommendations since 2009, with great results.

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I dabbled (and lost) with penny stocks, using a specific, relatively small amount of money. PRIOR to 2008 I subscribed to International Speculator, and learned enough not to be stupid and sell while what I owned was down 50% and more. That discipline (learned, not an inherent personal trait) stood me very well. Take, for example, Silver Wheaton (a strong Casey recommendation). My ONLY heartburn is that when it got down to $2.56 at the bottom, I didn’t have enough free cash to purchase any more than what I already had (which averaged around $10). I ended up selling most… Read more »

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Have been a subscriber for many years. They have improved. Better writers, researchers. Like all high voltage publications, make your own decision to buy and why; then you’ll know when to sell whether IS recommends or not. The best filter is you. Casey is quite right when he says that the down drafts can be life threatening, but not fatal [I made that up, but I’m sure he’d put it something like that]. Almost all of the Casey publications can be characterized as mandatory self evaluation investment suggestions! I do like the Casey ability to find promising juniors and their… Read more »

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golddigger
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Blind gambling dressed up as well researched speculation! I have to say after subscribing to casey research’s international speculator for multiple quarters that not only is the newsletter useless it is actually destructive if you follow their advice. Bottom line is that this newsletter is an abject failure. Most of their current recommendations are down 70% or more. Think honestly about that for a minute, how much would it hurt to lose 70% of your money? The few success they currently have are only up 8% or so. As a matter of fact if you look at their investment history… Read more »

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I have to say after subscribing to casey research’s international speculator for multiple quarters that not only is the newsletter useless it is actually destructive if you follow their advice. Bottom line is that this newsletter is an abject failure. Most of their current recommendations are down 70% or more. Think honestly about that for a minute, how much would it hurt to lose 70% of your money? The few success they currently have are only up 8% or so. As a matter of fact if you look at their investment history it is dismal at best. During bull phases… Read more »

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chuckg
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A lot of people just “don’t get it!” This is International SPECULATOR. Recommendations are not to be construed as family heirlooms, passed on from one generation to the next. Doug Casey has a “patented” evaluation system, the “8 P’s: Phinancing (sic), People, Properties, Politics…and claims to “eat his own cooking.” Timing is just about everything with buying & selling these stocks (his recs). I invested $1200 in Virginia Gold Mines, which eventually turned into $30K, $14K in Diamond Fields which turned into $200K+, $15K in MAG Silver, a yr. later, was $180K. Many of his recs. are off 80-90% or… Read more »

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Ove Johannes Aspen
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Seems that Stock Gumshoe just saved me 2000 dollars.I get a lot of updates from Nevsun Resources as well.

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What is the latest “hot” promo-? ” Red Gold ” somewhere south of Nova Gold .. ” Second, this area of Canada is home to some of the richest mines in the world. I already told you about several companies that struck gold in this region… including Delaware Resources and Stikine Resources, which saw their shares rise 2,700% and 6,600%. Farther to the north, there’s also Novagold’s massive Galore Creek gold project, with 9 billion pounds of copper, 8 million ounces of gold, and 136 million ounces of silver in mine reserves. This discovery helped Novagold shares rise 10,888%. Do… Read more »

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nuggettrader
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It must be Pretium Resources (PVG). The following elements lead me to that conclusion:
– Dr Q= Bob Quartermain (Pretium CEO)-
– Project Brucejack is south of Novagold’s Galore Creek
– Brucejack mine currently in construction (to be operational mid-2017 according to company)
– The transmission line construction continues to progress towards completion (mentioned in the promo)
– Seems to be on the highest grade gold mines to be operational soon
Hope this helps

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Randy P
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Randy P

Doug Casey is a first class writer and I’m partial to his philosophical approach but I must say after decades, since the late eighties, of having followed him that his investment advice has not been profitable for me. I’ve had a couple of exhilarating runs on his recommendations but not enough to cover for most recommendations that were garbage.

My recommendation to anyone would be read Doug for educational and entertainment purposes only for that is what he excels at. He is dangerous to follow for specific investment advice.

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Lately, and it might be the market, but I’ve made good money on Louis James recommendations. Some speculative gold recs and while I’m still underneath it at the moment I’m starting to see some good movement in his Uranium recommendations. I am cautious with my entry points and on speculations like this I adhere to stops and take profit when I can. These services shouldn’t need to hold your hand; this is your money. This guy (Louis James) and Matt Badiali currently w Banyon Hill (formerly Stansberry Research) have been worth my investment in their research and when they are… Read more »

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zbyg81
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IS is not a cheap but an expensive newsletter. As I understand it has been sold many times. I started subscribing it as Crisis Investment in 1990s and it was then really written by Mr Casey in his peculiar way. When it was sold the price increased a lot and I discontinued. Now I got a special offer and I have been subscribing again a few years. The content is OK but maybe not better than some cheaper gold speculation newsletters like Gold Newsletter and Daily Gold or Don Durrett’s ‘offerings’ etc. They seem to be always optimistic about the… Read more »

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Lookout
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Lookout

I joined in June 2013. Bought about 30 of their recommendations with several 5 and 10 baggers amongst them. Currently on a 13% loss and never got better than a double. Of course I would have an odd 5 bagger if I knew the bottom and the top but then I wouldn’t need IS.