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As a good friend of mine said once: "you pay peanuts, you get monkey".

I think investing is about recognizing value and paying a reasonable price for it - if everything was free, life would be easy right? (and we would go nowhere fast?)

Quite frankly, 29.95 for two years is a pretty good deal if one finds this site valuable. If people don't find it valuable they will not pay and eventually it will disappear.

I would argue that the first trade a beginner investor should make is on what information source they find valuable and how much they are willing to pay for it.

I think we should thank Tom and Dave for providing this for free so far, and now consider this a small "operational subsidy" - if they wanted to "make money" in the large sense as you put it they would be charging a lot more.

live long and prosper,

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