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Author: madbrain Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 79749  
Subject: Re: Tax efficient investing for early retirement Date: 5/10/2006 11:53 PM
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Thanks. It's nice that it works for you. But individual stocks are just a lot of worry for me, as I have said before. And buying those 3 newsletters would seem to be a pretty big cost, and hard to offset, especially when just opening an account with little money initially. For the first year if I invest 12000 (best case), that's almost $600 in newsletters or 5%.

How many picks a month do they make anyway ? And do they recommend relative amounts to invest in each ? And how long are their holding periods ? I see the ad for "hidden gems" for examples makes a claim of a 38% return, but is very short in details. 65 picks over 3 years in a small account seems like a large number - the transaction fees would be high, and the share numbers and profits low. And was the return accomplished by investing equally in all the picks over that 3 year periods, or just a select few and varied amounts ? If the newsletter is anything like this ad, I'll pass.
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