Investment newsletters are periodicals that analyze economic activity,
track and forecast financial market trends, and strive to provide good
investment advice to their readers. Investment newsletters cater
to the do-it-yourself investor who is knowledgeable and confident enough
to invest without a professional investment adviser, but too busy to track
all of the potential investments himself. Most investment newsletter
subscriptions cost between $100 and $300 a year.
Since 1980, Mark Hulbert has been monitoring the performance of investment
newsletters and publishing the information in the
Hulbert Financial Digest, considered by many to be the preeminent
source for advice on investment newsletters. Each year, Hulbert
publishes a list of the top ten newsletters, ranked by performance.
In recent years, noted investment newsletters have included
Nate's Notes, and the
Bowser Report, as well as
the Option Investor reports,
the International Harry Schultz Letter, the
newsletter, and the Successful Investor website.
If you're scouting for an investment newsletter that's right for your
investment style and goals, here are a few tips to make that decision
- Start out by investigating various newsletters in Hulbert's Financial
- When looking at the performance of a newsletter's equities picks,
consider risk-adjusted returns over a ten-year period.
- Ask questions about the newsletter's editor: Does he know what
he's doing or has he just been lucky? What sort of education and
experience does the editor have as an investment adviser? Does the
editor have a method that he sticks with through thick and thin?
- Find out whether the newsletter is paid to tout certain equities.
- Check with the SEC or your state securities regulator to see if the
investment newsletter has ever been in trouble.
- Be especially wary of investment newsletters that try to hide the
fact that they're paid to tout certain securities, as well as those
who advertise false promises such as "High returns, low risk!"
(A cardinal rule of investing is that the higher the potential return
on an investment, the greater the risk or potential losses.)
Even if you find a newsletter that fully discloses when it's paid to tout
equities (or better yet, doesn't accept such payments), has a strong
record of consistent performance, and has a knowledgeable and experienced
editor, you still need to do your own due diligence. Don't simply
take the newsletter's advice and run with it; always investigate potential
investment opportunities independently.
Investment News Resources
- The Prudent Speculator
Subscribe to the investment newsletter ranked #1 by Hulbert Digest for Total Return Performance.
- Value Line
These weekly investment newsletters feature timely
information on stocks, mutual funds, options, convertibles, and special opportunities.
Well-known publisher of timely and trusted personal finance advice and business forecasts.
- The Motley Fool
Multimedia financial education for individual investors
around the world. The Motley Fool offers seven monthly investment newsletters,
covering a variety of investing styles.
Business and Financial News
- MSN Money: Investing
Financial planning, trading, and investment products and services for the individual investor.
Features financial news and research published in print and electronic formats.
Multimedia publisher of business news, financial information, and investment tools.
- CNN Money
Finance and investment news and commentary from the editors of CNN and Money magazine.
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