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tcolmer
Irregular
January 21, 2014 9:22 pm

Fellow Irregulars. As you know, we are occasionaly offered the opportunity to a free subscription for a limited time to various Newsletters in the vast arena of Newsletterdom. Having been the recipient of one of these offers, feel free to read my reply to Mr. Staffords email regarding my humble opinion. Im my short span of trying to educate myself in the Investing world, the price of an Irregulars subscription has been the best money spent, hands down.
Thank you for the opportunity to read and digest the information provided by your publication. I was asked by the site “Stock Gumshoe” to review your newsletter to see if it would provide relevant information to what I consider to be a target audience of the Stock Gumshoe newsletter. I must admit I am somewhat overwhelmed by the volume of information available at your site. If I may, I would like to preface the conversation by providing you with some background information:
I am a 56 year old male, who has been employed in the Oil Refining Industry, in various capacities, but mainly Operations, for 37 years. As I am known to say, I am doing quite well for someone who barely made it out of High school. I was fortunate enough to work for a Major Oil Company that offered a Stock plan, that both matched investments and compounded dividends, so without my knowing, I have done rather well. And while I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, I do possess the desire and work ethic to learn and develop the skill set to manage my money on my own, as the thought of turning my money over to an investment firm to the tune of 2% per year seems a bit much. While I understand there are a lot smarter people in that field than myself, my vested interest in my own success drives me to the same result. Comfortable retirement, steady safe income, and the ability to dabble in speculative investments should I chose.
I said all that to say this, your newsletter, while extremely informative, is a rather complex information bonanza to navigate. The coverage is very broad, from Turkey to Tennessee, and pretty much all counties in between. The Oilprice.com website has headings for Energy, Metals, Alternative energy, etc, etc. When I went to the heading of Metals, and clicked on the Uranium tag, an article came up from 2012 (“How to play the Uranium Rebound”), and this appeared to be the most recent article. A little behind the times, maybe? As well as this was a reprint from another Energy Newsletter (The Energy Report).
The Oil Market Forecast section is very high tech. The plot chart and lines connecting the dots require some very intense scrutiny. Needless to say, it was above my head. The verbiage contains valuable information regarding supply/demand issues, which I would imagine is necessary for Day trading, but in general, trying to predict the oil pricing market is highly educated guessing, again, I do not possess the knowledge to compete or participate.
I also took the time to read the long list of Terms and Conditions required to subscribe to your newsletter ($495.00) and noticed that your newsletter is indeed a subsidiary of CNBC. I found that interesting, as while it would seem to be an increase in knowledge base, it also has, to me at least, a broader, negative spin, as CNBC and MSNBC are of the same parent company, I believe. There are some political overtones there that some may not agree with.
All in all, a very informative newsletter, with tons of information. Unfortunately, I do not have the capability to decipher, nor utilize all this information, so I would not spend the money to subscribe to your newsletter. That is not to say I would not visit your website, as there is some valuable information there, but I do not see the expenditure returning me enough value to justify it.
Thank you,

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jcoulborn
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jcoulborn
April 29, 2014 11:48 am

Like a few others here,I was offered a free trial of the service since I’m an Irregular. This isn’t my first Oil/Gas newsletter since I’ve also read OI and ESI from Byron King at Agora.
Oilprice.com is a very different type of letter. It’s a weekly “catch all” almost of the oil/gas market. There’s an article every week detailing where the editors thing there might be value in the markets. Sometimes it’s on Canadian oilsands, sometimes it’s American fracking stories, other times a more obscure off shore, and sometimes it’s BP.
As previous commentator Timothy Colmerauer said, Oilprice also has a large technical analysis. Like him, I found most of it indecipherable. It seems, though, that they are going away from that, as it hasn’t been as prominent in the last few weeks.
As well, the newsletter runs a very in depth service about a medley of international oil markets, from Ukraine to Venezuela to Mozambique. This is often an interesting read, and they’ll give a a stock idea or two with the market they’re reporting on. However, because it’s such a broad service, it seems almost like this is pitched to someone with a lot more money and a lot more internationalized holdings than I have and might ever have.
Overall, I enjoy reading oilprice’s service, but I think it’s a little to broad right now. That being said, it’s certainly a good way to get informed on the international oil and gas markets. They also don’t keep the cleanest record of what stocks are recommended and what price targets they are looking for.
Would I subscribe to this newsletter? Not now. If I worked in the Oil and Gas sector and invested exclusively there as well, then I would be much more inclined as it’s a wealth of information.
I do sincerely thank them for letting us review their service, and I honestly enjoyed reading their publications.

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sukiepongo
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sukiepongo
August 29, 2014 1:51 pm

James Stafford’s Oil & Energy Insider is a compendium of information about the energy market. Unlike other reviewers, I don’t find that daunting—it’s energizing. The round-up of international news is especially fascinating; Stafford seems ahead of the State Department (or at least what the State Department tells us). He recommends service stocks and others (GTAT, for example) when they edge into energy territory. And he recommends shorts as well. He gives suggested prices, though he doesn’t lay it all out in a portfolio with buy and sell points. This newsletter gives you a far more valuable asset—knowledge and an inside edge.

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davidshelton
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March 3, 2015 2:04 pm

Like others on here I was offered a free trial of the service in exchange for a review. Hard to add much more to the previous reviews except to agree that though this service doesn’t give you a model portfolio with buy,sell and hold updates it is packed with information and insights with a global perspective. Lots of data and expert opinion to act on. I’d say this is a serious service aimed at more serious(professional) investors who require little hand holding and who are more capable in the decision making part of the investing equation. No pump and dumps here!

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