Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for the great insights you share on this board.
I saw this review of top performing newsletters over the past 7 years: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-best-performing-advisers…
I know there are other objective reviews of newsletter returns and reviews vary based on time horizons, risk, etc., but this appears to be a reasonably objective report on the returns of various newsletters.
Congrats to TMF, whose IV (12.2% annual return), SA (11.1%), and RB (10.8%) newsletters rank #5-7, respectively, in this review! I’m grateful to have found TMF years ago and for the investing education they’ve given me.
This review led me to research a little more about the newsletters with the top 4 total 7 year annual returns:
4) Forbes Special Situation Survey: https://www.specialsituationsurvey.com/newsletters/sss/ (12.9%)
3) Nate’s Notes: http://www.notwallstreet.com/ (blog updates are free to view) (15.5%)
2) Teal Linde: http://www.lindeequity.com/ (16.3%)
- BioInvest: http://www.bioinvest.com/ (16.7%)
The subscription prices for these newsletters runs around $200-$400 per year and generally come with money-back guarantees and/or pro-rata refunds. A couple of them provide sample newsletters. Most of them are more active in “sell” recs than TMF, which many people here seem to want (this hasn’t been a concern for me, as I look for ideas to start to invest, but don’t depend on TMF to determine when to lighten or sell, which I rarely do).
So I’m interested in testing one or more of these out. If their returns beat those of other newsletters, it would seem worth considering investing at least some of my time and money into them in addition to, or in lieu of, my current TMF newsletters. What I like about TMF services are the boards and the “motley” perspectives and the expert advice of some of the posters and analysts. As a believer in the value of proven expertise of individuals based on objective performance (e.g., Buffett, Tom E.), I put a lot of weight into who is analyzing a given stock, which attracts me to add’l newsletters by analysts with proven records of top performance (unfortunately, the analysts behind TMF newsletters change relatively frequently, and their investing performance varies widely).
The biggest cost for me in considering following these newsletters isn’t the money (any reasonably priced newsletter that helps me achieve great returns will pay for itself), but the time it will take to add new info to my research and to test and develop trust in a given analyst, newsletter and approach. While I’m tempted to stick with TMF only and continue following the handful of analysts and investors I know and trust here (based often on CAPS scores–I have strict criteria for scores I trust based on how they are achieved), I feel I should start trying out some of these other newsletters given the returns.
So my current idea is to pick one and follow it for 2-6 months and see if it’s worth my time and money. But if others here already subscribe to these or other newsletters with proven public records, I’d really appreciate hearing your reviews. Or if any here would like to test out some newsletters with me, we could possibly make it an interesting project to add to our TMF resources.
So what other newsletters with proven annual returns do you recommend?
What do you like about TMF newsletters and services over other newsletters?
Any thoughts on the specific newsletters listed above?
Any interest in testing out add’l newsletters with me and sharing our findings?