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Complete Original Testimonials of Quotes Used in Promotion:
#1. Aric G
Received: Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 1:13 AM
Text: Mr. Porter Stansberry,
I have purchased several of your products and am now an Alliance Member. I decided to leave my six figure job this year having built up a decent nest egg. As a result, I have been trying different products and have been learning how to use the tools you have provided to help me go from a good investor to a really good investor. I must say, my favorite service is Retirement Trader with Dr. Efrig. I do use his recommendations for the most part, but have also used puts as a strategy on other stocks I believe are already undervalued. This has allowed me to make lots of premiums from other stocks I have learned about from your Extreme Value service like C&J Resources, a natural gas fracking company among other things. This company is growing extremely fast, with more growth to come and it is only trading at 6.5 times (trailing) earnings despite having no debt. Compared to the social media stocks trading at 1500 times earnings that will never be worth what the stock is currently selling for, this is a great value.
However, by selling the puts, I am setting myself up to buy the stock at 5–6 times earnings if it is put to me, and if it isn’t, I keep the nice premium. I am averaging over $10,000 per month in put premiums alone since I started in November.
The next thing I will learn is corporate bonds. I plan on doing a test with that service soon. Thank you for helping me understand there are great ways to make money without even buying the stocks outright. Out of about 45 puts I have sold, I have been put three stocks. Two of them I am up more than 20% and the third one just happened, but I believe I will come out ahead in the end. Thanks again for teaching me about puts. Also, I always enjoy your Friday digest.
#2. Dave R
Received: Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 7:24 PM
I have never used option trading before, but since learning about this through your newsletter, I have sold 13 puts and have pocketed close to $90,000 without putting any money up. I already have stocks in my account which I was able to margin against. (This has helped offset the decrease in value of most of them). I also sold two calls against stocks I already own.
I did not always use the trades you recommended. I sold puts on several stocks I would have bought at the depressed price they were at, so I was paid to become obligated to buy them if they drifted even lower. So far only one of the stocks is “in the money”. None of the others are even close to being put to me to buy.
I have a feeling I will be using these techniques for years to come.
#3. Betty H.
Dear Mr. Porter – In regards to your question about the Put Strategy. I am a new trader (about one year) and I have not been to smart in my trading decisions until you and Jeff Clark introduced me to the put options and the call options. This is the only way I have made any money at all. I have kept my option trading very small and that way I can not lose a lot of money. My winnings have also been small but $100 per day is not such a bad way to make money. I have also learned so much about options and I’m sure that there is a lot more to learn. I did my first short the other day with ACC but I sold it as ACC started going back up and I wanted until too late to sell it but I still made $48 which is better than losing. My biggest problem is knowing when your put report and jeff’s report is coming out. I thought Jeff’s report was to be Tuesday after the market closed but somehow I missed it and by the time I could do the trade it had jumped too high. Thanks a million for your easy reading on how to trade by telling us to sell short, or to sell to and so etc. Maybe in the future as I feel more comfortable with option trading I can invest a larger amount and therefore make more. Thank you – B in Tennessee
#4. Henry W.
Text: In answer to your questions, I have been very pleased with the results.
1)I have made a number of trades with the following results:
20 MAC $20 3/09 –$4,705 (bought to close on 2/10)
30 MCO $15 1/09 +$5,890 (expired)
50 NLY $10 1/09 +$5,832 (expired)
50 YHQ $10 1/09 +$6,132 (expired)
50 MGM $10 1/09 –$1,085 (bought to close 12/12)
I also sold calls on MAC at the same strike and expiration as the puts. I bought back the calls in Feb. for a profit of +$8,925. I calculate I’ve netted $21,619 in a comparatively brief period. Frankly, this activity has kept me afloat. It is also enjoyable although more labor intensitive than what I’d been doing.
2) Never did options before at all. It has been a valuable learning experience.
3)I believe you’re making the market in some of the options you recommend, which makes it difficult to get in under the price limit. I appreciate your comments on going out in time or changing the strike price. I did get burned a bit on Macerich, but I blame myself, not you. They made their dividend and were also able to refinance in January, so I bailed. I’m sure they’re cooked, but I also thought they would likely keep their ship afloat until March. Had I been more patient, I would have come ahead on both MAC transactions. When I explored shorting them outright, there were no shares available.
4) I find it much more useful than other advisories with the possible exception of Jeff Clark’s Short Report.
Keep up the good work!
#5. Tommy H.
The Put Strategy Report has saved my portfolio. I follow it to the letter (and now also PSIA since I’m an Alliance member and Porter is hot these days!) I have some experience trading options and these ideas are solid. Keep them coming Porter!
#6. Howard T.
Text: I became an Alliance subscriber sometime in 2003. Since that time my IRA has gone from a low of $315,000.00 to the present high of $952,000.00. I have taken out during that time a total of $86,000.00. And I realize that I am a small fish in your sea of subscribers. I have learned a lot from your editors. I don’t trade as much as I used to, and I‘ve benefited from the trailing stop loss that I learned from your editors. Presently I’m in commodity stocks, mostly. I profited a lot from your IMMR recommendation. IMMR is currently my largest holding at $62,000.00. And I sold half of my position last June. It is kind of fun to speculate in Matt Badiali’s prospect generators. I have benefited from my belief that the dollar will continue to depreciate. My biggest problem seems to be the deluge of information that I get from all of your investment letters. I just don’t have the time to read all of it. You have expanded quite a bit since 2003. I don’t have enough money to invest in all of your recommendations. For awhile the plethora of information kept me trading all the time. I think I have a wonderful problem, and I can only thank your editors for changing my life so much. If you print this letter, please don’t use my name. I live in a retirement community and I suspect there are multiple subscribers to your letters here. I don’t relish being the talk among my peers.
#7. Donald K
Received: Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 6:44 PM
Text: I have been an S&A Alliance member since it was first offered. I believe it to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. The investment advice gleaned from Steve, Dan’s and Porter’s advisories made me a better, more knowledgeable investor. Since joining, myportfolio has grown by several hundred thousand dollars. Subscribing was a no–brainer – imagine having access to all the advisories for life at a cost that was covered by less than 4 trades! I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.
#8. Mervyn P
Received: Thursday, February 03, 2005 5:18 PM
Text: Elyssa I trust you are still working for Porter Stansberry and Associates. It was through your communication link I decided to join the ‘Alliance’ when it was launched in 2003. I thought I should write a letter of appreciation (unsolicited – the best kind) to the publishers at the ‘Alliance’.
I was one of the early people to join the Alliance when it was referred to as the Pirate Alliance. For a small investor like myself it was a big deal to spring for something more costly than a simple newsletter. Being from Canada there was the foreign exchange rate, plus this was new, it required some faith to give it a try.
That was then. Today I am convinced that Porter Stansberry, Steve Sjuggerud, Brian Hunt, Dan Ferris are an honest group of hard working men bringing value to the reader. New people like Ray Rivera, Graham summers, and D.R. Barton have joined in and are providing excellent quality research. Are they ever wrong? Sure, but their record is trustworthy, they recommend the safety stops you should use with the recommendations. I was working long hours with overtime to make a living when I joined the service. The excellent results have allowed me to retire early and make the same or better living following the advice Stansberry and Associates. A Thank you to the entire team.
Received: Jun 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM
Text: Hey Porter!
Don’t get me wrong I love a nice truck too, almost as much as a nice boat and your awesome PUT STRATEGY.
We took delivery of her 3 weeks ago and are cruising the Bahamas. In October we will take her through the Panama Canal over to the Pacific side since I just bought a home in Mexico, in part due to your and Doug Casey’s recommendations.
My wife and I would love to meet you and Steve since we may have a lot in common.
I guess this was your standing invitation to come visit anytime. I am German by origin and when I invite someone I really mean it.
We are here until August 15th when the boat will go in the shipyard for some general maintenance.
I will also try to make it to your next annual Alliance conference.
Included is a pic of my second favorite girl.
UR and JR
PS: I really have been making a small killing with selling your puts!!!