Two Of My Favorite Investing Newsletters

One of the best, and easiest ways to find good stocks to invest in is with investment newsletters.  This is because they do all of the research for you.

Now, there are literally hundreds of these newsletters offered to the general public, and you could easily get lost in this publishing maze.  So for now, I’m going to keep it simple and just mention two of them.  They are The Oxford Communiqué and The Oxford Income Letter.

I first started seeing The Oxford Communique around 1995, so these newsletters have been around for a while and have a pretty good track record.

The newsletters are part of the Oxford Club, which began publishing under that name in the mid 1980′s.  If you are interested, here’s a link to the history of the club and the newsletters –

Both newsletters follow two of my key requirements.  First, they give specific recommendations, i.e. they will say “Buy this stock up to this price.”  And second, they are quite reasonable in price, at around $49 for a year’s subscription.

Compare that cost to using a full service broker.  If you took one of his recommendations, and ask him to place the order for you, he would probably charge you $60 or more in commission – for that one order.  There’s nothing wrong with that if you don’t want to place your orders in your own online account.  I’m just showing you the newsletter price for an entire year as a comparison to that one-trade cost.

Full-Service Broker Commissions:  These can vary considerably from one firm to another, ranging from $30 to $300 per trade, with the average around $120.  Some full-service firms also have discount online brokers, and reduced broker-assisted commission rates ranging from $30 to $40 per trade.

So which newsletter should you look into?  Well, you’ll recall that earlier we said people can invest in stocks for their growth, or invest in stocks to get income.  The Oxford Communiqué recommends mainly growth stocks, and as its name implies, The Oxford Income Letter recommends income stocks.

So if you are primarily interested in growth stocks, then The Oxford Communiqué is a good place to start.  It’s a full-service publication that does the research into solid growth stocks for you.  Their Chief Investment Strategist is Alexander Green.  He creates interesting and well researched descriptions of his recommendations, and uses a disciplined approach to limit risk, quite similar to what we recommend in the Protecting Your Stock Investments chapter of this book.

According to The Oxford Communiqué, they have helped subscribers score gains of 59% on iShares MSCI Hong Kong… 135% on Riverbed Technology… 48% on Managers Freemont Bond Fund… 65% on HMS Holdings… and many more.

And their track record with their recommendations in The Oxford Communiqué has earned them a “Top 10″ rating by the prestigious Hulbert Financial Digest.  So if you are into growth stocks, The Oxford Communique is a good newsletter to start out with.

You can get access to this newsletter and subscribe at

Similarly, if you are more interested in stocks that will pay you income, The Oxford Income Letter is worth checking out.  The interesting thing about income stocks is that most of them also grow, although typically slower, so in a sense you are getting the best of both worlds.

For example, looking at my latest Oxford Income Letter, they are recommending a technology stock that is currently paying a 7% dividend, and has continually increased its dividend over the past years.  The stock price is very low, and there are good reasons to believe it will grow from here.  So, like I said, best of both worlds.

Their Chief Income Strategist is Marc Lichtenfeld, and, as they say, he offers cutting edge insight every month on how to create an unbeatable income portfolio.  He provides picks and analysis on dividend stocks, and provides updates on three groups of stock picks (stock portfolios), which you can follow depending on your objectives.  These portfolios are…

The Retirement Catch-Up/High Yield Portfolio – with emphasis on current high yields.

The Instant Income Portfolio – with emphasis on income for today.

The Compound Income Portfolio Dividend – emphasizing reinvestment for tomorrow.

The portfolios look interesting, don’t they?  So if you are into income stocks, The Oxford Income Letter is a good newsletter to start out with.  You can get access to this newsletter and subscribe if you like at

To summarize, both The Oxford Communique and The Oxford Income Letter fit all of my criteria for good newsletters.   There are many more newsletters out there, but these two are a good place to get started.  And to emphasize that I eat my own cooking, I subscribe to both of these newsletters as of this writing.  And I actually own some of the stocks recommended in their portfolios.

You can subscribe to both of them, or just one of them, depending on your investing needs and goals.  Everyone’s goals are different, so you will need to decide.

But if you just can’t decide on which one to start with, I would probably start with The Oxford Income Letter.  You will earn nice dividends on your investments, and many of them will probably grow in value as well.

So now that you know how to find good stocks to buy.  To learn more great stock investing tips, just check out my latest book, Stock Investing For BeginnersYou can browse through it for free right here

Go ahead, check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.

To your health and prosperity – John

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