I highly recommend Intelligent Investor. I've tried them all.
I’ve been a subscriber for almost the entire life of Intelligent Investor. Must be getting onto 20 years now. Without doubt, I believe they offer the very best value investing stock recommendation and analysis service in Australia. I have tried almost every newsletter out there. Intelligent Investor is the only one I have stayed with year after year. In an industry full of cowboys, this team are professional and high quality.
They have taught me how to invest with thoughtful understanding and purpose, and they have guided me through some ver...y scary market highs and lows. Each and every time navigating me along a profitable path. I have become a good investor, largely due to them. They do much more than report what the business papers already write. They go deeper and really add value to my understanding of each business they recommend. And they explain things very simply. It really doesn't matter whether the share market goes up, down or sideways, because I now know what to do and why. Of course, not every stock buy has been profitable, no one has ever done that, but if you follow their advice to be patient and to buy good, well managed businesses when their stock prices become undervalued, then over time you will do very well. If however you just pick up the odd recommendation and buy without diversification or care, then you may loose money. I don’t follow every recommendation of Intelligent Investor but I do follow most of their non-spec buys and my own returns match very closely their own audited performance. You should never approach share market investing with a get rich quick gambling mindset. Many people do and they get hurt. Invest slowly, over time, into good businesses when their stock prices are low, then you should do very well. I highly recommend Intelligent Investor. ( I don’t use their InvestSMART services, only The Intelligent Investor side of the business).
I do not understand why they get good reviews
I had taken the Intelligent Investor subscription for a number of years. At one time 3 of the stocks they recommended and I bought kept going down, Namely Trade me, IOOF and Santos. I could accept Santos going down as I feel no one expected the oil price to fall so sharply as it did. When I wrote on the internal website about my concerns, and how as the price fell they recommended the buy at a lower price and used this as their base price. I got a very pompous letter from [Name Removed] saying I should learn how to invest. When I queried [Name Removed] on why I got such a reply. I was ignored. If these guys were so smart they would have invested their own money and not have had to make money on advise.
Long term user . . . II is one of the best
I have subscribed to Intelligent Investor for several years, and they give me lots of good ideas, only some of which I invest in. Over the years I have tried all the big investing services, and found only three who are worth the money (in order) - Lincoln Stock Doctor (LSD) (the best qualitative research), Intelligent Investor (II) (the best for generating longer term well researched investment ideas), and Marcus Today (MT) (best analysis of day to day stockmarket information). I would not invest in anything without consulting all three, but ...I certainly do not blindly follow their recommendations. Best investment I make every year is my membership of the Australian Shareholders Association for some serious investor self education, then pay for some good data through LSD, II and MT. Always do my own research before investing, but I would be lost without the ideas, data and analysis I get from these three great information providers.
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They Exaggerate their returns
I have used II for a number of years but I have chosen not to continue for the below reasons.
When looking at the past returns achieved for their portfolios, I have seen their numbers been overly exaggerated in some cases and sometimes it will totally change. For example once their marketing documents said their portfolios achieved 13%pa and then another time It said 8%pa that was for the same portfolio and the same year so how could it be different.
Also in a lot of cases they have told users to buy certain stock like Amaysim and then after...the stock price has dropped 80% from the buy price they only say they are ceasing coverage or they don’t even put a sell update. Their whole strategy is to buy low and hold for a couple of years but if the stock pick was a total mistake they need to communicate that mistake to users. Also their managed funds have not performed well the Small Cap fund is down 20% for the year when the index is up 10% and their listed fund has just been dropping in price. All in all not impressed they are like another Motley fool.
Why does INV keep changing its name?? Dodgy!
I invested 20k in Fat Prophets(FAT) when it started. The idea was to invest in a diversified portfolio. After about 12 or so years and 5 or 6 company name changes that $20k is now $2k. That company is Investsmart(INV). Why would investors subscribe to the financial advice services if a company whose market value has steadily decreased to 10%?
Best advice, big profits!
In depth stock analysis and quality advice has helped me make significant over the last 2 years.
I also tried recommendations from other top companies within similar market but made a big loss
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