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Jim Cramer's Action Alerts Plus

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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Great Bang For The Buck
For about a buck a day it was a great service as a newer investor. The stock picks are fundamental in nature and not momentum, so there's...
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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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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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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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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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Here is how I make money with Cramer
here is the secret nobody wants to talk about with Cramers Action Alert Plus.

I am a subscriber and make money most of the time.

He emails out his picks about 3pm EST

as soon as i get his picks I buy 100 to 500 shares for each stock.

you need to have about 250k account to trade his calls.

I scalp his calls yes scalp not long term, when his show goes on at 5pm EST.

he actually moves the stocks picks twice at around 3pm when email goes out and again at 5pm after market and when his show starts and also sometime before market next day.

I take 10cents to 25 cents per stock profit and get out and make my money .

PLEASE people... use action alert for short term scalping at 3pm EST, then during his show after 5pm EST and sometimes next morning before market opens.

only the stupid people actually hold onto his stocks long term.

some brokers even short his calls but i hate shorting so i dont do it.

not you know the secret!!!!

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Most of his suggestions do not make money.
Not worth paying for his picks are on his TV show for free. He tells you to buy a stock and continue to buy on way down then sell part of his postions and then says he is selling at a gain but you do not see the profit or loss on any sales he makes. He states at different times to hold or sell and take a profit in the same stock within 1 or 2 days and then recommends against market timing.

You wind up buying stock at high price and then riding it up and all the way done again. The service does not help at all.

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not a big fan anymore
i usedto love jim cramer he is smart and seels his self but i just think he is a actor i do like the alerts not a good way to attack the market

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Great bang for the buck
For about a buck a day it was a great service as a newer investor. The stock picks are fundamental in nature and not momentum, so there's plenty of time to enter the position. Stocks are held for months not days so not an applicable service for day traders. Loved the service, no longer using it but I think it's perfect for novice or newer investors.

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A showman
It's a pity so many get their first exposure to trading and the markets though this clown.

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