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For over 10 years I was a successful hedge fund manager and I now write for RealMoney.com. Over the years I have developed a strict set of investing disciplines that have helped me to be successful through any market.

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Half Of His Portfolio Stocks Are In Loss !
HALF OF HIS PORTFOLIO STOCKS ARE IN LOSS !

I dont like JIM CRAMER because he is promising great stock picks and great money from them AND HE IS LIYNG. I was member of his service AND HALF OF HIS PORTFOLIO STOCKS ARE IN LOSS !

BUT FORTUNATELY I ONLY TRY FREE TRIAL and dont pay any money for JIM CRAMER´S USELESS STOCKS PICKS !

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Mattmajernik Trnava, Trnava

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Actually Liked It For What I Used It For
Jim's trust is too big to make huge profits and he uses large-caps mainly but I did like it and used it for ideas.

He can give ideas about sectors that are moving or are starting to move, so when he bought something I liked to find competitors - or most of the time small-caps in that same sector that stood to gain much more over time than the actual stocks he bought/picked.

Using it this way, I actually did pretty well. It gave me ideas of where to look for my stocks.

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Just watch Mad Money
I've been a big Jim Cramer fan for years, although I tend to lean towards more shorter-duration technical trading. I do respect Jim for attempting to give simplified fundamental investment advice to the masses as opposed to the get rich quick mentality of most other trading sites.

I joined Action Alerts Plus back in June as I had never used a paid newsletter before and figured it was a good starting point at a fair price ($350/yr).

You'll receive real time updates of changes to Jim's charitable trust portfolio. You can also see the performance of Jim's portfolio and unfortunately it has underperformed the S&P. If you've read any of Jim's books, you'll know he has a fundamental, buy-what-you-know trading style. His basket includes household names like McDonalds, Disney, and Nike.

I think mimicking the charitable trust portfolio would be a good idea for your IRA, but not if you're looking for shorter term swing trades. On the website, he recommends having at least $5,000 in order to be properly diversified; although I think that's impossible. This is really for a large, dividend yielding long term portfolio.

Ultimately I canceled the service during my free trial. You do have to call to cancel, although the customer service rep I spoke to was friendly and did not try to sell me anything else.

I'd recommend watching Jim Cramer on CNBC before the market opens and on Mad Money. His latest book, "Get Rich Carefully" is a great book for new investors to check out.

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Bostonfields Boston, MA

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Never been able to make head or tails of this one.
I only had a short term subscription with this one.

Out of the 20 or so newsletters I tried in the past, I was never able to figure out what the heck was going on, what was in the porftolio and what the returns where.

Overall I think Jim is a decent guy and I bought, enjoyed and recommend his latest book.

However, there is something weird with this letter... Uncle Jim is not as transparent as he could be.

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Good Alerts, but Not profitable
Jim's alerts are good if you are a very active investor seeking additional research, however they are not good if want to make serious money in the market.

Overall his alerts yearly don't typically do much better than the S&P 500 if they do better at all. It is nice to have the options that he gives and every now and then he makes a great pick, but this is rare.

Not a good value, and there are plenty of other services that are better than his.

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Shgarber Tuscaloosa, AL

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For non-full time traders
This service has so many fundamentals its crazy! When a stock the charitable trust holds is performing poorly, they typically buy more and write as if they are corporate management to that company, staying optimistic about their pick. On the upside, if you are looking your portfolio to go up around 25% on a good year this service is considerable. I recommend it for non-full time traders who just want to make some extra cash at the end of the year. I dislike the risk/reward here, the risk is too high for such small gains.

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HysideTrading Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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His Alerts don't make any money
I tried his service for a couple months and found that the stocks he mentions get a little pop right from his alert but after that they either go down or if he's lucky they follow the overall trend of the market. I don't think his alerts are any better than a monkey throwing darts at a board. His hyprocritical approach to trading is disgusting. In his charitable trust portfolio he has stocks that are safe and follow the market but in his action alerts he attempts to predict where stocks are going next. I think he is fooling no one but himself and a couple of beginners.

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Nirvana Cleveland

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All Talk, Opposite Action
I took the time to read Jim Cramer's new book, Get Rich Carefully. In the book, the author strongly recommends limit orders when buying, stop orders to avoid heavy losses and careful management of losing trades.

Immediately following the last page of the book, I signed in to Action Alerts Plus and forked over some $300.00 for an annual membership. I also emailed customer service to ask about upgrading my account to the Chairman's Club. The only additional information that I wanted was to simply have the names of the charitable organizations to which The Street donates the profits from its online portfolio. I like to understand as much as possible about the investments/affiliations that I make.

The next day, an operator from The Street called me on the phone - nice and ready to take my credit card information for the upgrade to the Chairman's Club.

The only problem is that there was no information from the caller about the charities that I previously requested. I asked again for this information and was promised that someone would return my request as soon as possible.

Weeks went by. I sent another email. No response. Simultaneously, I began to pay attention to the numerous detailed premises in the new book, versus the management style of the online portfolio. I noticed that despite the management advice about losing trades, the portfolio continued to hold VALE, despite the stock breaching the $13 level. This amounted to huge losses in the portfolio (basis was over $17 per share at the time). There were other discrepancies (in my opinion).

To summarize, I wouldn't waste my money on this newsletter. The customer service is lacking and the portfolio management seems to be in contrast with the sound financial and investment principles that are detailed in Get Rich Carefully.

I have no doubt that Jim Cramer is highly competent. However, The Street has a lot of "growing up" to do if it's to be taken seriously by high net worth investors. Mr. Cramer seems too involved with his incessant tweeting, his television program, Brooklyn restaurant and Bed and Breakfast to be an effective portfolio manager for investors truly making the attempt at growing their capital investments.

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To begin with I have been and remain a subscriber to Action Alerts Plus. Overall a good service at a reasonable price. What is lacking for me is the use of charts / technical analysis along with really good video tutorials behind charting. So in conjunction with Action Alerts Plus I use The Contrarian Trader. He is very focused on the charts and spotting break outs and chart set ups or good swing trade opportunities. I have used other stock picking services for technical analysis for swing trades. The difference between The Contrarian Trader and the "others" is that he doesn't have chat and frankly I do better without chat because I lost money on impulse buying in other chat rooms. Pluse he is $50 cheaper per month! So, I said to my self $50 for a chat room? No way. He spends time on video three and four times per week explaining the charts and the rationale for setting up a trade. Then of course his trade alerts and Trade Coach which he doesn't advertise. Trade Coach is a second opinion on my trades which again prevents impulse buying and selling.

In short Action Alerts Plus educates me on Fundamentals while The Contrarian Trader educates me on swing trade technical analysis. A great combo!

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SarahNYC west babylong, ny

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Jim is all about fundamentals and new traders
While I agree that you may not make a lot of money with his picks. It is a perfect way to start for new fundamental investors. You will gain basics of how market works and at some point, you will be comfortable to do this on your own without him.

If you are a chart person, you will not make a lot of money with his picks right away but his picks usually pick speeds in weeks sometimes months. Once you get used to his style such as buying on pull back and shifting positions and adding to positions, you don't need to continue paying. In addition his team does research on his stock picks so its not like they are blindly picking any stock out there.



Every Trader lose money including Jim himself and I wish he can sometimes admit that he made the wrong call but he will never do this instead he will continue to buy the stock on pull back. For example, JIM recommended Vale in the year 2013 @ around 20 bucks. Vale since then has tanked to the lowest level ever seen but he continues to recommend it. Analysis might make sense in the books but common sense is the best teacher. Dont blindly follow his picks. Use common sense and look at your chart to decide if he is right or not. Once you are comfortable, stop paying

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