Economic Outlook: A List of Recommended Investment Newsletters

The Economic Outlook Column suggests a list of recommended investment newsletters to read that will provide a variety of notable economic investment information designed to help guide reader investments.


| September/October 1985



Investment magazines

By subscribing to one or more of the many investment newsletters published today, you can, in effect, hire an experienced investor to "show you the ropes."


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The Economic Outlook column delves into various financial publications that provide a list of recommended investment newsletters with experienced investor information to help MOTHER's readers choose wisely. 

A SAMPLING OF RECOMMENDED INVESTMENT NEWSLETTERS

When, usually after years of labor, the family income exceeds the demands of the monthly budget, many people find themselves wanting to put their extra cash to work. And while certificates of deposit, IRAs, and savings accounts are probably the first steps taken, some of those neophyte investors will, sooner or later, begin to daydream about entering investment arenas that hold potential for greater returns. However, the possible rewards to be won in the stock market or in the purchase of precious metals or collectibles are balanced by equally great risks, and all too often a beginner will find him- or herself paying a heavy fee in losses while learning the rules of the game.

There is, however, a way to reduce that risk a bit. By subscribing to one or more of the many investment newsletters published today, you can, in effect, hire an experienced investor to "show you the ropes." Now it's true these limited-distribution periodicals are not inexpensive, and they're certainly not infallible, but the very fact that many of them have been around for decades can be seen as evidence that a goodly number of people have found the advice offered by newsletter editors to be well worth the cost.

The following list should serve to give you an idea of the wide range of investment newsletters available . . . though it's by no means all-inclusive. (Those newsletters marked with a star will send a free copy if you request one, mentioning that you read about their publications in MOTHER. The others charge varying prices for sample issues. When writing for price information or a free copy, always enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope . . . and please don't take advantage of the free copy offer unless you're seriously considering subscribing to the publication requested.) We've tried to provide a little information on the particular focus of each, but your best bet is to select a few from the list below that seem to cover your particular areas of interest, then compare the sample copies before subscribing. After all, the price of a subscription can be a fairly significant investment, and investing blindly is never wise.

THE COMMODITY INVESTMENT ANALYST

($480 a year—12 issues—from TCIA Publishing Inc., Phoenix, AZ.) As the title indicates, the emphasis is on commodities (gold, cattle, wheat, sugar, soybeans, and so forth) rather than stocks.

CONSENSUS OF INSIDERS

($247 a year—52 issues—from Consensus, Fort Lauderdale, FL.) Consensus focuses on the stock market.





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