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Hi GG'rs,

After having read a bit of what everyone had to say, and spending a little time perusing MDP and its philosophy, I'm just not sold on it. They have a very different philosophy about international investing... and investing in general than I do.

More importantly, I don't want to get used to a much more expensive service for a year that I'm not going to be able to pay for the following year. I'd rather not come to rely on something that I will have to cut off.

I was wondering two things:

1) How can I find out more about other MF services that may fit me a bit better? Is there some way I can get to know them without having to do a 1-month trial of all of them? (Something I don't have time for.) And how much international exposure do they have? (I know HG, but I really don't know SA, RB, IV or II very well at all.) Even a quick look at some of their core stocks, and a clear explanation of who the portfolio advisers are right now, would probably help a lot.

2) Assuming I do find another service that is more to my liking, is there any way to shift the free year of MDF to one of the other MF services?

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None of the other services comes remotely close to GG in intl exposure. In terms closest in terms of style I would say its Inside Value

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In terms of concentration of intl companies, its probably Income Investor, of course nowhere near the number as GG, but some GG picks like PVD and TLK are there, but of course the dividend is the main focus which may or may not be your style

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I agree with you fully on MDP.

I used to have subscriptions to HG, GG, RB & SA. shortly after HG transformed from Tom Gardner to a portfolio type of service I dropped it.
I will probably drop GG/ MDP shortly.

I believe that either SA or RB would be a good replacement for GG. they are not pure international services but they do have good mix of multinationals, growth stories like BIDU etc.
Most improtantly, SA is run by both Tom & David G. and RB is run by David G (and a team ) so the spirit (and performance) of the Fool is still preserved.
Both SA & RB are not portfolio services, just the regular 2 a month recs.
I think both SA & RB are the flagship services of the Fool and as such TMF know that they can not be changed/touched because once that happens (like HG, GG) subscribers will abandon en masse.

Cheers and good luck
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