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Duane Strickland
Duane Strickland
January 28, 2009 9:52 am

I have been a subscriber to MF Stock Advisor for almost 2 years. There is a montly newsletter and occasional updates. There are recommendations for where to put new money as well as recommendations each month on new stock to purchase. The service costs around $200 per year, with specials advertised quite often for discounts up to about 50%. There are advertisements each week attempting to get the subscriber to join other services. A person can try a service for 30 days free. I believe they are spreading their resources too much and it is annoying to get these get rich quick advertisements. Some of their discussion groups can be quite helpful. They take little responsibility in my opinion for their recommendations. They always say to research and make make your own decisions. I don’t need their service to do that. I will be dropping this service at the end of my subscription in March.

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Lucca 27
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Lucca 27
January 31, 2009 10:25 am

I subscribe to PRO, Stock Advisor, Million Dollar Portfolio, Global Gains, Hidden Gems and Rule Breakers and will post this review on all the sites. In general I found the letters useful for ideas in an up market, but not terribly helpful in our current down market. I found some excellent companies like DWSN, EDU & CTRP that I would not otherwise have looked at. Sell recommendations usually come too late and analysts tend to fall in love with stocks and catch “falling knives”. For example the repeated recommendations of Select Comfort, Irwin Financial, First Marblehead all the way down and then the final sell recommendation at much lower prices that had been recommended a few months earlier. There seems to be a reluctance to say do nothing and wait. Recent recommendation after recommendation is substantially under water.

In general Fool is an excellent source of information on a wide variety of financial subjects and the authors seem to be competent and professional. “The Boards” can be a useful source of information and opinion, however slogging through them is tedious because there are a lot of junk postings wherein people tell the reader what they are buying (not why) and criticizing other posters, a situation that breaks into a brushfire that overwhelms a posting site for a day or two.

Unfortunately the web sites for each of the portfolios, while consistent on a stand alone basis, are a total mess when one subscribes to several newsletters. Each letter ranks performance differently. No letter as far as I can ascertain includes dividends in calculation returns, a substantial flaw in assessing the performance of a stock.

The “cafertia” approach of the newsletters is also annoying – the same stock may be recommended in two different newsletters and checking the boards requires going to three different boards to get updates. The non-subscriber board and then each of the two different subscriber boards.

All in all I do not believe that the price of any individual newsletter, each of which is a niche letter, is worth it unless one is a substantial investor, as am I, although far less substantial than a year ago. I am not going to renew any of my newsletters, except PRO which I like because it discusses options.

All in all Fool is pretty good, but it presents a conundrum. The service is intended to educate unsophisticated investors, at which it does a good job, but it is so expensive as a percentage of assets that unless a subscriber has several hundred thousand of dollars to invest they would do better in a basket of index funds. I would recommend that a new investor without a substantial portfolio subscribe to one of the services for a year or two to get some education and then go on to one of the many free sites that provide all sorts of ideas and their own boards.

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Mark
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Mark
February 7, 2009 9:38 am

This is for the Motley Fool. I am posting this only to warn you against what just happened to me this morning. They sucked $149 from my credit card, renewing me for another year. Right now I am rating their customer service at zero, because they should warn you before doing this. I can only hope they will refund my money at this point.

Ah yes, the product. I’m tired of hearing about Marvel. Yes, yes, yes, a ten bagger, but OLD news. To be fair, I like the CAPS reviews by their members, and their Novartis recommendation was pretty good. It’s down from what I paid a year ago, but has weathered this downturn better than most.

I only subscribed to their regular membership, so can’t say much for the spin-offs. Overall I rate them Average, and their subscription overpriced…

Hope this was useful. Thanks, Mark

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hank
February 16, 2009 6:02 am

furious at them, because they continued to say buy the market even as it sank. now,i am new at investing (or losing) so naturally i followed their advice just to see my portfolio sink. they are experienced, so why didn’t they start advising shorts etc. however it is an interesting site with lots of member feedback.

Ron
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Ron
February 25, 2009 1:06 pm

As with most every other newsletter out there, the gains they represent are all a matter of buying the stock reco’s when they are 1st announced. The fact that they continue to reco the stock months and months after the original announcement dilutes the return dramatically when you purchase at 20% premium to the original announcement date.

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Tom
February 25, 2009 1:50 pm

I lost more money following their recommendations over the last few years. Got sucked into their CAPS ratings reports and found that even if 95% of their most successful investors rated a stock 5-stars for outperforming, I could lose 80% of my money in short order. I unsubscribed after one year. Loved the idea, but hated the result.

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L.L
L.L
February 25, 2009 7:39 pm

Too much hype and chest thumping. Maybe they were good in the beginning, but their recommendations and performance were mediocre during my subscriptions.

Mike
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Mike
February 25, 2009 11:52 pm

I subscribed to MF Stock Advisor for 1 year at a price of $99. After the one year I canceled. They were consistent in giving you 2 stocks each month, 1 from Tom and 1 from Dave, but the picks would always end up in the red. If you were good at placing trailing stops, I’m sure you might have been able to eek out a few % points here and there. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend.

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ttindxb
March 16, 2009 10:22 pm

Stock Advisor was my 1st newsletter, and I agree, a very interesting read, BUT their recommendations weren’t my cup of tea, and enuf with MVL and ACTI already! Love the Caps site, and am thinking of Global Gains, we’ll see if they put it on special! I enjoyed their throw in energy newsletter, some good pick sI have bought on the cheap now waiting for oil and gas to rally!

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March 21, 2009 12:31 pm

They of