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Lucca 27
Lucca 27
13 years ago

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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Serein
Serein
13 years ago

I subscribed to Hidden Gems in September and canceled my subscription after two months in November 2008. It was clearly encouraging to receive a pro-rated refund of my annual $199 subscription fee without delay. On the one hand, the subscription fee appears relatively low-cost even for investors with smaller portfolios, on the other, I quickly realized that it did not bring me value as a useful source of investment information. The reason I canceled the service was because although some of the content was interesting to read and was to some extent educational, the analysis of individual stocks that was made available to subscribers was for my taste shallow and grossly incomplete. Compelling arguments were generally not made to explain individual recommendations. Broad brush optimistic statements by the analysts about future prospects for individual companies are totally insufficient. Even if the Hidden Gems service is intended for unsophisticated investors, that doesn’t mean that a more complete analysis should not be presented to such investors. My view is that unsophisticated investors need the same information as sophisticated investors to make decisions, most certainly as pertains to fundamental analysis, but they need the information presented differently, in a more digestible manner (for ex., avoid using technical or specialized market terminology and stay light on technical analysis). Perhaps the answer is to provide subscribers not only the buy/sell recommendation along with the main rationale (as was generally true during the time I subscribed), but separately also provide the deeper analysis. Conversely, although it has been a confusing investing environment over the past year for both professionals and non-professional investors, I find it surprising that recommendations to sell previously recommended stocks were not made earlier in time and that consequently the Fool portfolio realized only relatively modestly lower loses than market averages.

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Denby45
Denby45
13 years ago

I subscribed to Hidden Gems because the name implied they were finding very cheap stocks which were flying under the radar as they put it. I was a subscriber for several months and every month they seemed to be pushing what I beleived were expensive rather than cheap stocks. Luckily I am a value guy and I did not buy many of their recommendations and subsequently did not get very badly burned. I did however buy a couple of their recommendations e.g. Select comfort which they recommended four times in all and it just went completely down the drain. This was even before the big turndown in stocks. LOOP was another one I took a hit on. All in all their educational side was good but then you don’t need to subscribe to any newsletters to get the benefit of that. I was poorly disappointed overall.

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