Weiss Research Reviews – Legit or Scam?

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Weiss Research, at www.WeissInc.com, is a financial newsletter publisher that provides research and analysis to their members, so they can make independent decisions about their investment opportunities.

Weiss Research, founded by consumer advocate and financial author Martin Weiss, was founded in 1971 and currently has over 500,000 active readers, making it one of the most widely read investment newsletters available.

What Weiss Research Offers

Weiss Research has five different divisions they offer their members, each providing a different service useful to independent investors. It provides two free newsletters, Money and Markets and Uncommon Wisdom.

WeissInc.com claims that Money and Markets contains unbiased daily market commentary, while Uncommon Wisdom provides daily email updates on growing your wealth and profit opportunities.

The remaining three divisions offer a variety of specific features. The Weiss Money Network provides internet television programs which offer financial and investment advice.

Weiss Ratings offers accurate ratings of businesses and other investment institutions, while their Weiss Watchdog feature will send you email alerts concerning the change of ratings on ten different companies you choose to monitor.

The Bottom Line

Generally speaking, financial newsletter publishing companies can be dangerous things. They tend to offer personal opinions as guidance for investors, and they have no legal responsibility to you if you follow their advice and things turn out badly.

It’s very troubling that many of these companies let people with no real financial experience or training contribute to their newsletters. In the worst case scenario, many of these companies are paid to bring investors to certain companies.

Weiss Research, however, does not accept payment from any company for their ratings or reviews. Still, they are currently using a “Financial Doomsday” video at www.Crisis3.com to market themselves to new customers, which is a questionable tactic.

The bottom line when dealing with any financial newsletter publishing company is to remember that you should do your own research regarding where and how to invest your money – never act wholly on the advice of one of these free internet newsletters.

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Average Rating for " Weiss Ratings " is 1.57 out of 5 based on 106 reviews.
  • As far as a "one off" that Brad Hoffman from Weiss nailed his Tesla prediction. He released his special report strongly praisi.g Tesla...and it quadrupled within a month...!
    • Throw enough darts and eventually you will hit the bullseye.

      Sadly, with their advice, you might be penniless by the time the good prediction arrives.

      Best to do a little research of your own and not rely on others I reckon.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:11New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    11 I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.

    I do have negative experiences with Weiss "advice" from some years ago. It is loaded, bloated and coded. The persons they will make 6 times richer with the super-cycle predictions is their favorite charity.
    • Recall that in May/June of 2011 when gold had just made a rally to $1577 Edelson was calling for gold to fall back to $1200-$1250. That was their buy back point. It was a public article. Gold fell back to $1488 and that was it. From their it rallied hard to $1920 over the next 2 months. So if those guys claim they called the gold top in 2011, that's news to me. It took another 2-3 years before gold finally fell back to the their $1250 "prediction." Considering how wrong they were about gold in June 2011, I'm not surprised they've gotten the past 6 months really wrong as well.
    • Indeed, life under the sun is consistently characterized as vanity, and your quote from Ecclesiastes is a prominent example. Contrast it with Solomon's descriptions of life under heaven in the same book. I highly recommend this alternative: a time and a season for every purpose committed to heaven's authority. Luck isn't a player there.

      I'll have to read more about Mr Weiss and the interests that keep him in the field. I'm pretty cautious about these companies, so we'll see how I fare over the next year.
  • Yeah, I tried Edelson's gold and silver trader for a while, but lost money and cancelled the service for a full refund. He would recommend a trade and give us a sell stop below the entry price. Most of the time we would get stopped out and lose money. He says "I know these markets like the back of my hand", but I would say that, most of the time he doesn't know the difference between his ... and third base.

    Now he is marketing "Supercycle Trader", with prophesies of impending doom based on the debt crisis. Agreed, the debt situation seems untenable in the long run. But I would not have much confidence in his recommendations, based on my experience. Also the price of the service is exorbitant, over 3K.

    The only service that I give at least partially positive reviews to is the "Ultimate Portfolio". It administered by Martin Weiss himself. I had it for a while, and more than half of the recommended stocks went up. There were a couple of turkeys however, and I opted out of the service to get my full refund.

    If they were really confident about their services would they offer you a full refund, even after a year?
    • supercycle trader is nothing more than supercycle losses jointed in oct and just cancelled for full refund, year to date portfolio is down

      over 12% . there is larrys cycles and then there is the real world

      he is at the moment is glueless. Joe s
  • Subscribed to ETERNUM on a whim but just bagged it based on all these terrible reviews.
    • I used to get Money and Markets Newsletter. Weiss predicted around 2001 - 2002 the imminent collapse of Japan. Don't think it happened until 2008 along with everyone one else's economies. He also said in 2008 - 2009 that interest rates would go up any month and when that would happen all Hades would break loose in the economy. Still has not happened. Probably will in the next 18 months or less, but to be off by 7 years is pretty bad. So, he's correct on the direction of macro trends some of the time but more often than not, it is not tradeable information in the short to medium run. I do have to give him credit on Glamis Gold recommendation which went up and puts on Progressive Insurance in 2001 but other misses ending up wiping out my account like puts on GM and Delta after nineelevne. He didn't figure they would get backstopped by the government and did not go down--went sideways at best. I asked them if they could at least extend the premium service that recommended these bad puts and they laughed. Live and learn and do your own research.
  • Do your own research is better than any paid or free services
    • Irene: I have been to there and back over the years. A few years ago a friend who has authored several books about business and finance suggested I read John Bogle's book.....The Little Book of Common Sense Investing. You can read it in a day if you'd like, and there is no need to digest every ounce of detail in the calculations presented unless you feel compelled to do it. The factual evidence you will find in this book will put you in a wonderful place mentally and financially for a lifetime. The simplicity is remarkable, and in this case the numbers do not lie. You do not have to be a genius to appreciate that as you move from page to page.

      When you have finished the book, call the folks at Vanguard to talk with them and establish your account. If you have the same experience I have had, along with friends who have been with them for decades and family, you will know you have the ammunition that will enable you to sleep well and not worry about big losses. Time and consistency and keeping costs very low will pay off. the track record outlined in the book will show that.

      Here's wishing you the very best!
    • how do research. Who is a good advisor on investments or protecting and making money?
  • I've never seen so many negative ratings on any organization. In fact, there was not even one subscriber with a good story. Recently I read two of his books and started looking at his videos but the series of videos are like the dance of he seven veils; it just never gets to the point. It's got to be hard to feel compelled to foretell the future daily. More often than not, many cycles last for quite a while such as the uptrend in the domestic markets and the downtrends but I'm not sure that there is enough big action to justify daily prophecy but I'd bet that he calls tops and bottoms of the major indices fairly well if only I could find some data. At the end of the day, whether its a $20 book or a $1000+/year subscription; nobody is selling the goose that lays the golden egg.
    • Thank you Mark. I like the dance of the seven veils description. I think I will listen to myself then.
  • I haven't tried weiss yet but I have had favorable results with Motley Fool
  • Does anyone know about Nilus Mattive and his advice?
    • Bill, there's nothing funny about my "mythical" account. Before my son began managing that money, I wasn't even making 1% on it. I can't attest to anyone else's integrity but I can for my son. By the way, how did those four months work out for you?
    • I just subscribed to the SOcial Secuirty info they have and the price was good, the info accurate, not deep; seems appropriate for folks who don't want to get in the weeds. He has a conservative portfolio and some funny stories, and I chuckle when he refers to his dad's account--I view it is a mythical one, but it could be true....

      I've not seen anything in the products so far to cause me concern. I'm giving Nilus's options product a shot because I know it is possible to sell puts and calls and pace them to make pretty good returns in up and stable markets--curious about the next four months (25 Aug - THanksgiving 2015). I'm basically paying for setups I would need a couple years practice learning how to do and another voice for when it's a bad time to trade. If I spend $1700 and make $5K this year, I'll consider it worth my time and money, and I'll have picked up a trading skill. If I make $10K or more, more power to me, and I'll stick with him a few years. I'm 63, by the way.
  • I am so glad that people are not afraid to tell the experiences they have had with different newsletters. I have found none that have helped me, but have found several that seem miraculous with their calls. Have spent thousands on different news letters only to be disappointed and poorer for the experience, (including James Dines).The only person I have ever found who I think has some smarts about the markets and makes sense is Martin Armstrong. I cant afford the 5 million or so he charges annually to his corporate clients, but Funny enough, he makes his blogs available to anyone at no charge. You can read and try to understand what he is saying and then make a decision for yourself which direction you should go.

    I think I seem to be like everyone else, looking for just a little bit of assistance with which direction the market may be heading, but severely disappointed with the newsletters I can afford as they seem to know less than I do and trust me, I don't know that much!

    Anyways, thanks for letting me rant, I am just very disappointed with people that scam other people and think it's ok.

    I do listen to Michael Campbel on CKNW in Vancouver Canada (money talks) he has interesting opinions and interviews many people, including Martin Armstrong, and ferrets out their opinions and research to get general directions.

    Dies anyone have a newsletter that they would be able to recommend and have had success with that we may be able to look at? I, as well as several others I'm sure would appreciate it.

    • true, read going fishing portfolio by alexander green

      and stop trading it's a losers game.
    • Maclay.... I would encourage you to read my comments to Irene (above). NO, I do not work for Vanguard. I do, however, share some of your experiences with financial advisers and newsletters. When you absorb the

      facts presented in Bogle's book, I guarantee you will say to yourself......Where has this been all of my life. Also.....Check out Warren Buffet's comments on investing in Vanguard's LOW COST funds. He is not the only expert who will recommend them, but he's not a bad source. :)


      Don G.
  • I have been a subscriber on three programs with Weiss. and I git already full refund for tow of them. I am still a subscriber to the ultimate portfolio which is moderated by Mr. Weiss himself. I like their rating, and I double check their actual entry to the market. Almost all of their recommendations to buy at market price were when the stock was at all time high. So I am setting my own parameters for entry. In a few cases the stock dropped 15%-20% after they recommended to buy. I waited and as a result have better performing portfolio.

    It seems that they based past performance on back testing which can be useful if combined with proper technical analysis.I will run few more months with this service and then decide on refund. for the ultimate portfolio they refund 100% during the first year.
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