Posts Tagged ‘newsletter’

VASCO Data Security International Inc. (VDSI)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
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A Foolish pick from a tease for the Stock Advisor newsletter sniffed out by the Stock Gumshoe.  As coincidence would have it, there was a big jump in it today (or the Gumshoe is getting a lot more readers).

I’m going to lay back until the excitement dies down and look at VDSI again.

Spotlight Illuminates Illumina

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
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I received a recent teaser from Motley Fool with the subject “Glimpse Obama’s favorite healthcare investment”. The headline in the content of the email itself was

The “$1,000 Genome” is about to be announced… and it’s already making smart investors rich!

This sounded vaguely familiar…and interesting. Being too cheap to pay for the newsletter (though I have always wanted to have the budget to do so), I did the Google thing to see what the Stock Gumshoe had to say about it. I found an article about a different promotion but seems to be the same stock, which is ILMN.

ILMN actually looks interesting, so I am adding it to the Cheap Lazy watch list (which, yes, I will one day publish on this site, as soon as I get over the second adjective).

LHCG Looks Like an Interesting Gamble

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
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I ran across this in a hype newsletter. I say hype because there is seldom much substance other than “buy my newsletter for other great picks” and the stock has almost always done a big jump before it is emailed out, leaving me with the fear that the rise is over. And LHCG just jumped almost 9%. But…

If the new healthcare reform (which, from what I can tell, is still all talk) does happen, it depends on how they categorize this health service company. Then it could go through the roof or threw the grave. Most of the Motley Fool CAPs seem to be looking up. Smart bunch, but all long-term investors while I have a mortgage to meet.

askStockGuru has it at a 23.74 buy today, and from the charts it looks like one of those stocks a trader can have some fun with in the 24-25 range, so I’m goint to stick it on the watch list and take a closer look when it hits 24.50.

How Cheap, Lazy Investors Spot A Twisted Promotion

Monday, June 8th, 2009
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An alert reader sent in an ad that bragged about the reader who followed the advise of the newsletter had made 100% profits in 90 days. That definitely sounds impressive.  Until you look at the information given to back up the claim.  The teaser that  “since March alone” … “doubled…”.

OK, I can stop right there. Being paranoid is a price one pays for being cheap and lazy. If you’re not paranoid, you can’t be lazy. Well, you can, but you won’t be investing for long, because you’ll be broke. And I was paranoid around the March time frame after the heavy beating I took in the Fall of 2008. So I only bough a little of the terribly depressed stocks available at that time. I could have thrown a dart on March 1st and tripled my money in 90 days (and did, on one stock…tripled, not the dart thing). Look at the charts of almost any stock of real interest, and odds are 9 out of 10 that it will have doubled since March 1st.

I’m not saying the newsletter in question is not useful, informative, or even profitable. I am saying that if they are going to try to sell me with a stacked deck, I’ll pass.

Does This Really Work?

Friday, June 5th, 2009
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As a result of being cheap and subscribing to lots of free investment info, I get more than my fair share of emails advertising to idiots. One of my a favorites (mentioned last week but received again this week) offers “free stock picks” for paying for a stock pick newsletter. Does that mean the free ones are good and the one you pay for are worthless, or vice versa?

Anyway, today’s junk mail was this offer for a special report of ten top picks. I would have bit, knowing full well it would increase the work of my spam filter. But then I noticed that they had eight links in the email to the same place to get the free report. Which tells me that they are either too dumb to hire a good web copy writer for their pitches or are only looking for people so dumb that they have to be shown eight times how to get something for free. I can understand two (top and bottom of the email), even three if it is a really long email. But eight links? Nah, that’s too many. I’ll pass.

If you want to get it anyway, those eight links point to http://www.newsletteradvisors.com. It actually came with a parameter, but that probably confirms my email address as a sucker, so I’m leaving it off.