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Top Stock Investing Newsletters

For decades, do-it-yourself investors have relied on stock investing newsletters to help them determine which stocks to invest in. Stock investing newsletter come in all types, and can cover everything from penny stocks, day trading stocks, foreign stocks to long-term investing. I have probably subscribed to dozens of stock investing newsletters over the years, and ended up canceling most of them.

Finding a good stock investing newsletter requires a bit of trial and error, but here are some tips to finding the right newsletter.

Generally, there are three things you must consider:

  1. The style and risk level of trading you are interested in.
    If you like steady returns, don't subscribe to a penny stock newsletter. On the other hand, if you like to take risks, a long-term strategy newsletter will bore you to death. First and foremost, you must understand what kind of investor you are, and find the stock investing newsletter that fits your style.

  2. The cost of the newsletter
    Stock investing newsletters can cost anywhere from a hundred dollars a year to well into the thousands. Your newsletter should charge a reasonable price for what it is offering. There are tons of overpriced newsletters out there, so be careful before subscribing to one. You want to make sure a really expensive newsletter has some kind of money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. If they don't, then my advice is to move on.

  3. Performance history
    You will hear people in the stock investing business say over and over again that past performance is not an indicator of future performance. While this is true, it is also a fact that past performance is pretty much all you have to go with. Think about student performance in schools. Someone who gets straight As one year is not necessarily going to make straight As the next year. But who would you rather go with? Someone who got straight As last year, or someone who got straight Ds? You're better off going with someone who has a history of performing well. Look for two things in performance histories for the newsletter you are considering:
    1) A long history - anyone can have a lucky year and show good returns for a short period of time, but very few people can show good returns that span 5 - 10 years.
    2) Strong returns - The newsletter results should beat S&P 500 returns, which is often the benchmark used to judge returns for stock investing newsletters or mutual funds.

    Make no mistake - If a stock investing newsletter has good historical returns, it will mention this somewhere. If it does not publish its history or provide one when you ask for it, then take that as a warning sign.

My favorite stock investing newsletters:

 1. Valueline

Valueline is a well known and well-respected stock investing newsletter that has literally stood the test of time. It's "Timeliness 1" stocks have averaged over 14% a year since the mid 60's. Valueline is one of the top resources I used for my stock research and investments. Read my full review of Valueline.

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