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What the heck are “Alpha Contracts?” Can you really “Lock in $52,000 with just 4 clicks of the mouse?”

Alpha Contracts! That’s what’s being teased by the Agora Financial folks these days, all as part of a pitch for Zachary Scheidt’s Contract Income Alert. We haven’t covered this particular letter before, but have covered a few income-oriented pitches by Zach Scheidt for his other letters over the years, mostly talking up dividend-paying stocks and […]

Get your “Scheduled Distribution” Now — Better than Stocks!

“On June 15th, 2009, Dayton Superior Corp. is required by federal law to pay investors a 97% ‘Scheduled Distribution’ … “Right now, more than 100 companies are issuing abnormally large, 1-day payouts to their investors … “And while most companies are cutting their dividends – or doing away with them entirely – these ‘Scheduled Distributions’ […]

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  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Generally these things pitch junk bonds that are trading well below par — that way you get the big coupon plus the big...

  • Travis, Steve McDonald of Oxford Club is touting this "Superbond Service" again with outrageous "guaranteed" returns o...

  • Thanks Travis for all these precious information and sight from you. I am actually shaving off my Tech position as I ...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Yes, there are lots of preferreds out there -- unlike bank stocks, though, they tend to act like bonds, which means they...

  • So basically, "junk bonds" eh?...

  • Thanks for the discussion on Zach Scheidt. Though I was suspicious I had not made the connection with bonds. You saved m...

  • Great "blatheration!" The best article I've read on bonds & junk bonds. Thx....

  • They are buying junk bonds, which is below investment grade. Therefore, banks and or insurance companies are not allowed...

  • LongOnLife

    STM, I couldn't agree more. I think KSS did have great insight into the science that he shared freely (early on at least...

  • It has to be bonds. They are talking about how YOU can profit. Sounds like dividends to me....

  • Are there any mutual funds that accomplish the same goal as Stansberry Credit Opportunities Newsletter? What sector/area...

  • Thanks Travis, a terrific overview of bonds in general and junk in particular! It seems ZS is pitching the idea that he ...

  • Probably Preferred Stock, not Bonds...

  • They don't say that you instantly have money deposited to your account ... they say that you have locked in future incom...

  • Hi Helen do you have supper bonds From the Oxford club and how it works Thanks let me know...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    We’ll put, George... and it seems like a lot of bonds now have almost no real covenants to protect investors from irre...

  • I was a professional bond trader, specializing in corporates and short-term (maturing within 1 year) government issues. ...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Are you referring to my trading restrictions? No, I'm just forbidden from trading in anything I write about for the thr...

  • Travis: the two companies now in bankruptcy were more "speculation" than "investment" - the possible percentage returns...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Could be, that's one of my fears -- though if the companies themselves are stable enough to get through the next downtur...

  • Whoo boy,ya gotta have some big brass ones to start monkeying around with junk bonds, or even anything BBB rated these d...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    You can screen for individual bonds at Finra -- I'd suggest going to their site (http://finra-markets.morningstar.com/Bo...

  • Stansberry has a service that deals with these "depressed" bonds that I have subscribed to with mixed results....

  • Where are those bonds paying > 15%? Point us to a list? The quality may be going down; I just want to look at it for ...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Thanks for the feedback, sct2ali -- sounds like you've got a rational plan for those individual bonds, and a reasonable ...

  • Please note, Travis DID respond, in a way, by covering this subject of Junk Bonds, pls read ay 30, 2018 / Travis Johnson...

  • Thanks, Travis, for a very! informative discussion of how bonds "work" and what role they might play in one's portfolio....

  • sorry I could not read full story, never like bonds from morning. takes too long, have no patients, I like to buy toda...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    I find the logic compelling, that private investors shouldn't have been cut out of the cash flow after Fannie Mae recove...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    I'm afraid I don't know much about building a fixed income portfolio, and I allocate very little of my portfolio to bond...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Sounds like it's a bond-buying advisory -- those folks have a terrible time convincing subscribes to sign up and buy cor...

  • There is insufficient information to answer this question. It depends upon where the bonds are held, ie: retirement fund...

  • Travis, could you publish, on the real money page, how does your whole portfolio look like, including your passive and a...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Sure. We have high-risk global politics combined with historically high market valuations and rising interest rates. T...

  • OK, Here are some dumbs question from someone who knows little about investing: What's with all the doomsday predictions...

  • Understandably stock selection companies market via teasers, and you do a great job investigating those. It all seems l...

  • I'm curious to know your opinion on fixed income investments (bonds, etc.). What portion of your portfolio is devoted to...

  • Stansberry has a similar service on discounted corporate bonds with good success, but they are straight up about what it...

  • These alpha contacts are indeed bonds. The confusion becomes more because they never say how much to invest in order to ...

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  • It says it's not options. I also think it is bonds....

  • Sounds like bonds to me. I'll save the $2000 and buy a bond with it....

  • Gr8Full!

    #SaveTheManatee's is providing us with an interesting inherited portfolio :-) education :-) if you are interested in fo...

  • I think I found the answer, in Wikipedia: Build America Bonds From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bui...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Yes. Though ideally, of course, you invest in a company that can increase the payout each year and also sees the value o...

  • $ No ticker It all depends on your risk tolerance and tax situation. In my taxable account, I try to keep a balanced po...

  • Being an underwriter, I'm not sure what hard market they are musing about. Most of our regulated investments are in Gove...

  • Gr8Full!

    After the George W. Bush Steel tariffs were announced in 2002 there was a 30% plunge in the S&P 500, a slump in the doll...

  • Thanks Doc, You're candor, perspective and logic are refreshing. I am a happy camper who at 72 felt the need to in...

  • You are quite right, Lulu, love is one of those things expressed over time. I think many groups, not just Christians, ...

  • This sounds like it could be muni bonds....

  • The vast majority of these newsletter make more money selling subscriptions than do their recommendations. It is always ...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    I certainly don't know, and can't promise you anything about the future. My general position is that investing in stock...

  • The question is, what do we do now ? If all the bubbles burst at once, and we have the current system, the currency ...

  • Commodity risks...it is easy to forget but the commodity sector can get badly hit in an overall deflation. A lot of bub...

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  • It was a little expensive to get into the top level. I get more stock recommendation's each week than I can use. Each ...

  • You are welcome, dungac. I mentioned it before, but the same conservative advisor put me into some coal bonds which ...

  • Very good analysis. I also joined the newsletter and I seem to keep asking myself, why do it with pennies when I can rid...

  • I just couldn't help myself. I literally just about choked when I read discovered what genius Richard laid out for us to...

  • At eTrade also sometimes one can get 1 or 2 bonds. A lot of 5 is commonly available, 10 almost always. If the offer req...

  • I basically like bonds. My stock portfolio now has a bunch of growth stocks that don't pay dividends; I have capital ga...

  • I have learned through experience that gains that come quickly can evaporate in an instant. At the time of the tech boom...

  • Wow - Watched as stocks, bonds and crypto's marched to Valhalla over dead and dying wretched putrid gold bugs. Left behi...

  • Jody, Years ago I had two of his services. One recommended Iceland government bonds. In about two years later the Gov...

  • I like the Oxford Bond Advantage and Steve McDonald's picks. The interest payments on the bonds are a welcome site when ...

  • Utility forecaster is very reasonably priced, and recommends fairly conservative stocks and bonds suitable for long term...

  • Rocketman impressive thaughts. One area I am concerned with is paper of any kind money, stocks, bonds, etc. would be as ...

  • $$ no ticker. been a member for just a couple months, trying to soak in the vast knowledge and expertise of all posters....

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    China and other countries hold a lot of our bonds, but we owe our own citizens much more (through institutional investme...

  • LongOnLife

    Hi Emo, Welcome to the Gummune. I mostly lurk, too but I'll occasionally throw out a comment when I think I have somethi...

  • Mike- Look at the Downtown Investment Advisory on Seeking Alpha. Salo Eizenberg is straight up, usually advises bonds o...

  • Steve McDonald is a fraud who lost more than 50% of my bond stake in 2015. IGNORE HIM. You will do better throwing a d...

  • Ben, Armstrong thinks that the market will melt up in the future as people rush to get out of government bonds. I don'...

  • IMO chances of attaching USD to gold again as the currency structure exists today are slim to none HN. Such a move would...

  • This 1531(b) program involves purchasing "Build America Bonds" (BABs)....

  • wikiwiki...your topic is a good one and I am flattered you would ask me, but I decline to do free research unless it is...

  • Mr Nightengale, I was dismayed to hear this was your experience with the Club. I show you have been with us since 2004...

  • I already own PLPM, and I know they allow payments in many currencies, but never heard them say anything like One Tap! S...

  • Some of you are content to sit out the cryptocurrency bull because you believe it is a bubble. I agree, its a bubble. Re...

  • I was a fan of Bond Trader and Oxford Bond Advantage until he picked some bonds that went into default. I made some mon...

  • Travis, thanks for confirming what I was gathering from watching the video. Fitz-Gerald does drop a couple of little 'hi...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Good points, lithium is often touted as the "next gasoline," but so far no battery has come close to the efficiency or e...

  • Many people seem to dislike Stansberry but I have found his advice about position sizing and stop losses to be rational ...

  • Could not agree more Sharon, your well timed post is appreciated. This condition has been building for decades and has b...

  • I just wanted to warn fellow gummies. Get out of local or state bonds. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/s...

  • I'd likely get a better return trading tobacco stocks, than I would following this dweebs advice. I'm all for the First...

  • IMPORTANT!!! MOST OF THESE BONDS ARE NOT TAX EXEMPT.. MMP HAS BEEN ADVISED AND HAS DONE NOTHING TO CORRECT THEIR MISTAKE...

  • I rather imagine if all was well, that there'd be no resistance to the audit, but confidence in the government, in each ...

  • arch1

    I agree that is what they would do if allowed to do so. There have already been court decisions that many if not most pu...

  • Tnx, Travis: Excellent Article! Now I know Muni Bonds. IF I had a portfolio where $500K represented 10% of the portfolio...

  • This is a SCAM. Fitz will separate you from your hard earned money. There is no magic bullet. The states and local gover...

  • Tobacco bonds?? WTF!!! I knew Keith was blowing smoke up our asses for his profit line. Slathering that layer of dookie...

  • I gleaned enough info from Wiki to lead me to believe that it's not a complete scam, but an "investment" opportunity tha...

  • Fearless Five...I said I challenged my broker, but in fact it was an established financial consultant working for a well...

  • wiki says that these high yield bonds are mostly toxic investments. "In many cases the bonds permit state and local gove...

  • This sounds like an ad for "snake oil". He wants $2,000 for a one year subscription with no refunds, or $550 for three m...

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