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A: The Palm Beach Letter is an investment advisory based on the personal investing strategy of New York Times best-selling author and multimillionaire Mark Ford. It’s a comprehensive, holistic program with one simple goal: to make you richer every year, using the kinds of strategies that have helped other people build, safeguard, and sustain wealth. The Palm Beach Letter has a team of editors and researchers with more than 70 years of combined investing experience. They recommend the world’s safest and most profitable income-paying investment ideas.
A: Common Sense Publishing publishes The Palm Beach Letter. Common Sense Publishing is an independent research and publishing business located in Delray Beach, Fla.
A: We do not have any personal stakes in our stock recommendations. Our business reputation is more valuable than any profit we could possibly make from investing our own money into a single stock idea. So when we find a good stock, we write about it. And if that stock works out for you, you reward us with your continued business.
Additionally, if we recommend stocks in which we have invested our own money, it could look like we are making these recommendations solely to benefit our personal financial positions. It is important for our readers to know that we have no ulterior motives behind our stock picks.
To make sure our thoughts on this matter are clear, we do not permit the editor to invest in any of the stocks that he recommends.
A: No analyst working at the Palm Beach Research Group may own the stocks he recommends to you.
This, at first glance, may appear to be a strange rule. Assuming a writer waits a suitable period of time after a recommendation, there’s certainly nothing ethically wrong with him then buying the recommended stock. And if a writer believes his own words… shouldn’t he buy the stock?
So… why don’t we allow our writers to also invest in the stocks they recommend to you? There’s a legal reason.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently claimed, in open federal court, that it has the right to regulate any action that’s taken in conjunction with the purchase or sale of a security. The SEC thus claims to have the right to review and censor any publication if the writer also buys the recommended stock.
This claim treads upon freedoms newsletter writers won in the landmark 1985 Supreme Court case, Lowe v. SEC.
The SEC’s claims haven’t been adjudicated yet, so it’s not clear whether buying a recommended stock puts the writer in legal jeopardy. Until we have a firm idea of what the law of the land is, it makes sense not to do anything that might get us sued by the feds. That’s why, currently, we don’t allow our writers to buy what they recommend. Ironically, it is okay for our employees to buy what others in the company have recommended.
A: We have been carrying advertising since we began publishing The Palm Beach Letter in 2011. Every so often, a subscriber writes us a letter objecting either to a particular ad or to the very idea that we carry ads at all.
We carry advertising because it supplements the income we get from selling subscriptions. Without it, we would have to charge more than we do for your subscription.
Some people fear that the ads we run might influence our ideas and advice. They worry that our advertisers might try to influence us to favor the sort of ideas or products they are selling.
We understand this fear, but we can tell you that it is unfounded. There is not—nor has there ever been—a single word we’ve written that has been influenced by the ads we run. In this respect, we are no different from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, or any other subscription-based publication. We carry advertising, but our editorial department is entirely independent.
We NEVER accept money—even in the form of advertising—from stock or bond promoters, brokers, or dealers of any sort.
The most common sort of advertising you will see in The Palm Beach Letter will be one that promotes a newsletter or investment advisory service. Most of the time, these are from companies that also run ads for The Palm Beach Letter. This is how our industry works.
The fact that we run an ad for a competitor’s newsletter doesn’t mean we endorse those editorial ideas. It means only that we know that editor’s business well enough to know that he or she will provide you with the product that’s promised and give you a refund if you are not satisfied.
We don’t allow just anyone to advertise. We have strict guidelines that we adhere to. For one thing, we don’t accept advertising from businesses that don’t deliver the products they promise in a timely manner and don’t provide refunds.
We also won’t allow anyone to advertise to our customers if we have reason to believe that they do not provide genuinely good customer service.
But since we can’t know everything about every business that advertises with us, we do two things to protect you.
First, we let you know that you are reading an advertisement by noting it on the top of the page. It says “Advertisement” and is followed by a disclaimer.
Second, we personally stand behind any guarantee given. If, for any reason, any of our advertisers fails to honor their refund guarantee, we will stand behind it.
If you don’t care to read advertising, simply skip over it. But keep in mind that many of our subscribers also subscribe to several other advisory services.
They tell us they like seeing the ads we carry because they are interested in other ideas and feel confident that if we are carrying the ad, they can get a guaranteed refund. (And we provide that guarantee.)
Occasionally, The Palm Beach Letter hosts advertisements for other financial newsletters. If I followed the recommendations in all of these articles, I would be bouncing like a yo-yo. Do the publishers of The Palm Beach Letter believe any of the documents they advertise, or is this just advertising revenue?
A: This is one of the most common questions we receive.
In short, it’s not our job to shield you from opinions that differ from ours. In fact, many of our subscribers enjoy receiving different views and opinions, and you should, as well. Because the better informed you are, the better your decisions will be.
If the editor is an independent thinker doing his or her best to serve the readers, and the publisher is making an interesting offer with a money-back guarantee, we’ll consider sending you the advertisement, even if we wouldn’t write about the strategy or opinion in The Palm Beach Letter.
In order to provide you with honest, independent, unbiased advice, we have to advertise. This is the only way our business model works, because we don’t collect fees, commissions, or payments from any of the companies or service providers we write about. As you know, we’re fiercely independent.
To make it easy for you to delete these messages if you’re not interested, we always put a note at the top of the email that lets you know we’re sending you an ad.
How different is The Palm Beach Letter from all of these other financial newsletters I get advertisements for?
A: Agora—our holding company—is a company that has many investment letters under different publishing companies. The newsletters you mentioned are from those different publishers. Some of them are similar to one another. But even those that are similar are unique.
But The Palm Beach Letter is also unique. Our system for selecting stocks is proprietary. We have standards that no other newsletter uses. We believe those standards give you a distinct advantage. As a subscriber to PBL and other Agora newsletters, you have to decide whether you find that to be true.
Here’s an example. Dan Ferris of Stansberry & Associates has a newsletter called The 12% Letter. Dan’s recommendations are—in some ways—similar to the recommendations we make in the Performance Portfolio. (That’s not a coincidence. Tom used to write that newsletter.)
But our Performance Portfolio is also different in many ways. Mark challenged Tom’s investment strategy on a few points, and he made some improvements as a result of that pushback.
This is not to say that PBL is better than The 12% Letter. Our long-term track record will determine that. We can say we like ours a little better. And we’re sure Dan would say the same thing about The 12% Letter.
What this means is that you, as a consumer of investment information, must make a decision. Will you subscribe to only our services? Or will you also subscribe to others? If you stick with us, everything is simpler because, in addition to our portfolios, we provide a system for asset allocation that is based on our portfolios. No other newsletter we know of does that.
You need to decide which of Agora’s newsletters you intend to follow. To make that decision easier for you, we make a point of teaching you everything we know about investing and wealth building, in addition to giving you recommendations. That is why you get an extra service—Mark’s Creating Wealth newsletter—for free.
We want our readers to understand exactly why and how our newsletters are better.
Mark wrote an essay about picking one letter and following it. You can read it here.
Any good books I can read so that I can get a better understanding of how the markets work?
A: One of our favorite books on investing is Joel Greenblatt’s The Little Book That Beats the Market. It’s a simple, straightforward, and concise roadmap to value investing. Tom loves the Market Wizards series and Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Jim Rogers’ books are great, as well, especially Investment Biker.
How does the “normal” guy on the street, working from paycheck to paycheck, get rich with The Palm Beach Letter?
A: As a general rule, we make only one recommendation per month. That’s 12 per year. Even if you had only $6,000 per year to invest, you could invest in all of them.
But we don’t want to mislead you. You are not going to get rich quickly by investing $6,000 per year. Our recommendations are meant to help you get rich safely, which means slowly. There are plenty of financial “experts” out there touting “killer” schemes, as some call them, to get rich quickly with just one or two deals. You can try them if you like, but we’re 100% sure they will make you poorer.
The way to get rich quickly is to generate a lot more income than you are currently generating. That means more work and perhaps a different kind of work. In the last 10 years, Mark wrote a dozen books on this subject using the pen name Michael Masterson. He recommends Ready, Fire, Aim and Seven Years to Seven Figures, in particular.
In addition to Mark’s recommendations, our monthly issues, and weekly updates, remember that we periodically bring you our Creating Wealth essays. Here, Mark discusses general strategies for increasing your wealth—including advice about balancing your portfolio, safeguarding your assets, and earning more income. The same strategies Mark has used to build his wealth.
My son-in-law is always telling me about these great stocks he and his friends buy. I like The Palm Beach Letter’s focus on safety. How can I know if the stocks he’s telling me about are as good as the ones you recommend?
A: You are smart to want to investigate these stocks yourself. Even though you like and respect a person, he or she may not have the same investing goals and standards that you do.
Let me share with you what The Palm Beach Letter staff looks for in a stock.
First, we look for steady growth. We like companies that grow their sales and earnings year in and year out. We ask ourselves several questions… What happened to them in 2008-2009? Did they sail right through that traumatic time? If not, how quickly did they bounce back? We want companies that are predictable and that rarely disappoint.
Next, we look at the balance sheet. This financial statement lists a company’s assets and liabilities. We make sure it has low debt levels. We check for staggered debt it can pay off or refinance as it comes due.
Companies can manipulate earnings. It is much harder to manipulate cash flow. How much net cash came into the company during the quarter? How much of this cash did it reinvest in future growth? What did it do with its free cash flow, the cash left over after it invests in its business?
Were shareholders high on the list of those rewarded? We look at dividends and share buybacks, the two uses of cash that most directly benefit shareholders. We look back five, 10, sometimes 30 or more years. Has management consistently rewarded shareholders? If not, is there evidence that it’s committed to shareholders going forward?
A stock can pass all of these tests and still not make the cut. The best company in the world can have a stock that’s wildly overvalued. And when the market correction comes, its stock will be hurt badly.
To check for a reasonable valuation, our favorite number is price to free cash flow—How much are we paying for the cash that’s available to reward shareholders?
Finally, when we’ve combed through all of the numbers, we look at something that doesn’t show up anywhere in the financial statements. We evaluate management.
Each quarter, management holds a conference call. They present results for the last three months and answer questions. Over the course of several calls, we get a feel for how well they know the business. Are their answers consistent? Do they have a passion for their company? A vision for its future?
We believe stocks that pass all of these tests are worthy of your investing dollars. Their prices will not go up in a straight line. But over the years, they will grow your investing dollars. And they will grow them safely.
I don’t know how your son-in-law’s stocks will measure up to these standards. But I bet you can have some interesting discussions asking him about these criteria.
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CW General Questions
A: Creating Wealth is an essay series written by New York Times best-selling author and multimillionaire Mark Ford. Mark is—admittedly—not a stock market junkie. He doesn’t recommend stocks. Instead, in Creating Wealth, he talks about how stocks—along with other assets—fit into an overall strategy of wealth building. Mark takes readers beyond the narrow area of Wall Street. He explains the ideas and strategies he uses in his own life so you can follow his lead, accumulate a fortune, and live richly. This series is free when you subscribe to The Palm Beach Letter.
A: Via email. Creating Wealth is an email-only essay series.
A: You will receive one newsletter on the fourth Monday of the month from Creating Wealth.
CLB General Questions
A: In Creating Wealth, Mark shares with readers his ideas on how to live a fulfilling lifestyle while growing their wealth.
In the Wealth Builders Club, we take these ideas to the next level by providing step-by-step programs you can start following immediately.
Here’s an example: In Creating Wealth, Mark often talks about real estate investing. But he can’t go into too much depth in a once-monthly newsletter.
The Wealth Builders Club is different. It has an entire program (called Rental Real Estate 101) that describes how Mark personally invests. He goes over the exact numbers he looks at to see if a deal makes sense… discusses his “hands-off” approach to managing property… and more.
In other words, if Creating Wealth is like taking a college course on acquiring wealth, the Wealth Builders Club is like getting an MBA.
In fact, we have seven full programs now in the club and are developing new ones all the time. They all point toward a single goal: enabling you to generate a million-dollar net worth in seven years or less.
The full club now looks like this:
- The Extra Income Project: A coaching service (consisting of various combinations of essays, 30-day “quick start” protocols, and member services) that introduces you to 24 (and counting) ways to generate extra income on a part-time basis.
- Retire Next Year: A series of essays on how you can retire (on a budget) within the next 12 months to hotspots around the world.
- Debt and Credit Solutions: An advisory/consulting service that helps you assess and overcome debt and credit problems.
- Wealth Stealers: A series on the different industries that rob you of your money and steal your dreams of building wealth—and what you can do to protect yourself.
- Rental Real Estate 101: A course that teaches Mark’s approach to real estate investing—i.e., buying and managing properties that provide consistent, long-term positive cash flow.
- How to Start a Million-Dollar Business for $25,000: A course that contains all of Mark’s best ideas from his bestselling books on entrepreneurship, business management, and marketing, as well as the 2,500 essays he wrote for the website Early to Rise.
- Collecting 101: A series of essays on how to build wealth by collecting art, coins, stamps, antiques, and other items that appreciate in value.
- Bonus! Living Rich: Living Rich is a compilation of essays and reports on how to enjoy the best things in life for pennies one the dollar. New members will receive past essays in the form of a book. Meanwhile, we will be reintroducing this series as a regular installment in the near future.
Please click here for more information about joining the club.
A: The club’s seven series follow a month-long rotation. The essays are email only—meaning we send each installment of each series directly to your inbox.
Here’s how the month-long rotation works…
Readers receive an essay (and sometimes a report or manual) on one of the seven series on a given day during each month.
For example, new subscribers will receive the first installment of the Extra Income Project. Then, several days later, we will send you an essay from another club series. For example, the first installment of the Retire Next Year series. Following that, the first installment of the Debt and Credit Solutions course, and so on.
Meanwhile, we send each installment on a specific day each month. For example, Extra Income Project essays always publish on the 1st and 15th of each month. Retire Next Year goes out on the 4th. And so on.
Mark’s Answer: To the person who is wondering if he or she is too old or too broke: It’s never too late to “save” yourself from your current financial situation. The world of wealth has changed a lot over the past 50 years. But creating wealth today is easier than ever. Especially for people with knowledge and experience, which you already have and which we will help give you more of.
The first thing you must do is to stop reading all the doom-and-gloom material that is out there. Yes, the world economy is burdened with debt. And yes, that debt will be paid one way or another.
You can’t rely on the government to help you, and you may not be able to rely on that 403(b), either. So the second thing you must do is take responsibility for your future finances and well-being. This is not something you can simply agree to. You must make a serious review of what you’ve done in the past. And you must make a serious personal commitment to change.
I can help you with this last bit. I wrote a book about change—incorporating everything I’ve learned about the subject—several years ago. It’s called The Pledge. Members of the Wealth Builders Club receive a copy for free.
The next important thing you must do is create extra income for yourself and your spouse, which I show you how to do in several of the club series: the Extra Income Project, as well as Rental Real Estate 101 and How to Start a Million-Dollar Business.
Most investment newsletter gurus don’t talk about these topics because they don’t know anything about them—all they know how to do is generate income from dividend-bearing stocks. But the most lucrative ways I’ve built my own wealth are outside the stock market—using the strategies I tell you about in these three series.
An extra income is the single-most important way you can become wealthy—even at 60—and enjoy a comfortable, worry-free retirement. Since this income is “extra,” you can devote all of it to the safe investments we talk about at the Palm Beach Research Group.
As to any debt you may have—don’t be intimidated by it. There are ways to contain and even eliminate your debt, as well as repair your credit. This is what we cover in the Debt and Credit Solutions series.
There are also alternative retirement lifestyles that will allow you to live very well on an amazingly small amount of income. This, too, is a program I’ve developed with the Wealth Builders Club team. It’s called Retire Next Year because these opportunities don’t require much more than a modest income, which you already have, and the willingness to make a change.
And while you are creating new income streams and restructuring your investing, you can live very well if you follow the advice of another program we have, called Living Rich.
I also show you how build a fortress around the wealth you are acquiring so that no one will be able to steal it from you. Especially those people who will try to “help” you manage your money—the lawyers, the brokers, the bankers, the insurance agents, and even the medical practitioners. In the Wealth Stealers series, I show you the many ways these people will rob you… and give you strategies for protecting yourself.
Finally, I show you some other ways to grow and preserve the wealth you are building through another off-Wall Street venture: collectibles. This strategy is one of my favorites. Not only is it a lucrative pastime, but I’ve enjoyed featuring my collectibles in my home and office over the years. In the Collecting 101 series, I show you how to make money from your own collectibles portfolio.
All of these programs are available as part of the Wealth Builders Club. And don’t forget: This club was designed specifically for people in the “too old/too broke” situations. (There are millions—so don’t feel alone.)
Mark’s Answer: To the person who already has a high net worth: Do you need the Wealth Builders Club? Probably not.
If you continue to do what you’ve been doing to get where you are today, you’ll almost certainly reach any goals you may have.
On the other hand, why would you NOT become a member? The cost for a lifetime membership (plus in the yearly maintenance fees) is minuscule for a high-net worth individual.
And there are many components of the program that will more than justify the investment. For example, the Living Rich series will refine your thinking about making, investing, and spending money. Any single important lesson you learn (such as what sort of house and neighborhood to live in) could make a difference of more than a million dollars over a lifetime.
You may find some of the programs useful for friends or family members. I’m talking about such programs the Extra Income Project, How to Start a Million-Dollar Business for $25,000, and Debt and Credit Solutions.
In short, the answer is that joining the club is not a necessary decision for someone with a high net worth already. But then again, getting multiple returns on a club membership will be very, very easy if you implement some of the strategies in the club—particularly the business and rental real estate strategies.
Mark’s Answer: If you want work done, ask a busy person.
I once was young, with a young child, carrying a full load as a Ph.D. student at Catholic University (taking classes at night), teaching a class in the early morning to earn extra income, and working full time during the day. I spent weekends studying writing and public speaking and anything else I could get my hands on.
During this time I learned that there is no limit to what you can do. You won’t lose focus as long as you use a good goal and task system, such as the one I outline in my book The Pledge, which you will get as part of your membership. I talk there about my systems for productivity and managing a busy life.
My general advice here: Just make sure that you spend 80% of your time and energy on learning things that matter. Be like a shark looking for food. You want to be eating (learning) quality meat.
That’s where the club fits in. If you want actionable material that will drastically improve your financial situation and help you reach independence, you should be spending your time on this very material. It’s what I did… even as I was super busy.
A: To sign up for the Wealth Builders Club, please contact our friendly customer service team at 888-501-2598. You can also sign up here.
LEG General Questions
A: The Legacy Portfolio is an investment advisory based on the wealth-building strategies of investing legend Warren Buffett.
Each month, a team of analysts track the strongest, safest, most stable companies in the world when they’re trading at great values. We aim to hold our investments forever. And we accumulate more of these stocks whenever we can buy them at attractive prices. We never sell.
This long-term investment strategy is the easiest way for you to accumulate millions of dollars in time for retirement and—if you desire—to leave a lasting legacy for people to remember you by. Best of all, this strategy is simple to implement, low maintenance, and cost-efficient.
A: As a new subscriber, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step user guide to teach you everything you need to know to start building your Legacy Portfolio today.
A: We publish The Legacy Portfolio issues monthly. You can expect to find new stock picks, updates on our current positions, and answers to reader questions.
A: To sign up for Legacy Portfolio, please contact our friendly customer service at 888-501-2598. You can also sign up here.
PBN General Questions
A: Palm Beach Current Income is a trading service that allows you to generate income without traditional stock investing. We use an option-selling strategy that is—without a doubt—the safest, most intelligent way in existence to earn income from the stock and options market.
Specifically, this strategy involves first selling “put” options to generate immediate income. Then, as necessary, selling “call” options to generate even more income on acquired stocks.
Since its launch, Palm Beach Current Income has recorded an outstanding success rate of 97%.
The Palm Beach Current Income service is comprised of three parts:
1. Webinar Course. In our comprehensive webinar course, we teach you everything you need to know about trading options. In addition to the detailed webinars, we provide homework assignments and quizzes for you to go through to become completely comfortable with our strategy—prior to making any trades.
We strongly recommend that you complete the webinar course before you begin options trading. As seasoned options traders, we know what works and what doesn’t. And we’ve refined the course to make it as effective and easy to understand as possible.
2. Weekly Trading Service. Each week, we send you our latest options trade. But this isn’t a conventional options-trading service. One of our main goals is to educate you. We don’t just feed you a bunch of investment recommendations without any help or explanation. We teach you how to be a disciplined investor on your own.
In our weekly issues we show you how we use our tools to analyze trades. Plus we also discuss and monitor current market trends as necessary. You’ll become a better and more educated investor. And you’ll be able to use these valuable skills to create a second income from home for the rest of your life.
3. Reader Mailbag. Every weekly issue includes our Reader Mailbag section. This is one of the biggest benefits of your Palm Beach Current Income subscription. We answer your most common questions and concerns. This is yet another opportunity to learn more and get the most value out of your subscription.
A: Yes, you will need your broker’s approval to trade options. We have an entire webinar devoted to walking you through the application process. We tell you what to expect and show you a real-world example so you can start using this strategy immediately.
A: In the beginning, going through the webinars and homework assignments will take the most time. Our course can be completed in two weeks, at less than three hours per week. That includes the homework assignments, which take less than ten minutes each to complete. But how quickly you complete our course is entirely up to you.
After you finish the course, you’ll need at least 15 minutes per week to enter our trade recommendation with your broker during the stock market’s open hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. Researching and executing any trades beyond our weekly recommendation will take more time and is completely optional.
A: As with any investing strategy, it is essential that you stay diversified. This means you need to have enough money for several different positions at a time. In order to do this, we recommend a minimum of $25,000 to invest in this strategy.
A: To sign up for Palm Beach Current Income, please contact our friendly customer service at 888-501-2598. You can also sign up here.
EIO General Questions
A: It is a unique program designed to help you create a second or even a third stream of income. This program consists of two parts. The first part is a series of essays on Mark’s favorite extra-income opportunities. These will include ideas for making extra income from your current career, plus many great ideas for accessing extra income from side businesses, freelancing, investment “jobs,” and so on. The second part is a collection of corresponding companion reports and manuals—or sometimes book recommendations and websites to consult—that will explain just what you need to do to initiate any of these extra-income streams.
A: Via email. The Extra Income Project is an email-only program.
A: You will receive one Extra Income Project opportunity per month. This will give you time to review, research, and take action before receiving another opportunity.
RI General Questions
A: Retirement Insider is our essay series focused solely on advice for those of us who have recently retired… or plan to in the near future. Bob himself recently retired from a long and successful career in the investment business. In Retirement Insider, he’ll teach you how to achieve a retirement lifestyle of freedom, flexibility, and relaxation.
Via email. Retirement Insider is an email-only essay series.
A: Retirement Insider is a once-monthly newsletter. You will receive it in your email inbox on the final Friday of every month. We’ll also keep an archive of the issues on the website for easy access.
CAP General Questions
A: This course was tailored specifically to take advantage of today’s undervalued property market and the upcoming boom. Regardless of your experience level, age, or net worth, this course can show you how to duplicate Justin’s success, and do so as easily and as quickly as possible.
The course is divided into three modules—Beginner, Intermediate, and Master—which allows you to move at your own pace.
Not only will you learn how to buy right… at discounts that make it nearly impossible not to make money… but you’ll also learn where to find money to finance your deal (if you need to), as well as where to find someone to help with property management.
In fact, with Justin’s C.A.P. Cash Flow, it boils down to three simple steps:
Find the right property
Find the right money
- Find the right management.
And this isn’t just dry theory. Included inside the members-only website is a handful of proprietary tools Justin has developed over the years that take the guesswork out of real estate.
A: To sign up for the C.A.P. Strategy Course, please contact our friendly customer service at 888-501-2598. You can also sign up here.
Tom's Confidential General Questions
TC – (Tom’s Confidential) Tom’s Confidential is a special research service we reserve for only a select few subscribers. Membership gives you access to Tom’s “inner circle.” This means you’re privy to the under-the-radar, dynamic investments that Tom previously shared only with his closest friends and family.
You see, because most of these companies have small market caps, Tom can’t recommend them to our entire subscribers list (currently over 70,000 people). These stocks aren’t big enough to handle all those new investment dollars. But for just a handful of subscribers, these investments can be very lucrative. Other than the potential for greater upside, Tom’s Confidential picks maintain the same strict safety requirements you’ll find in our regular Palm Beach Letter recommendations. Membership also includes access to Tom’s Community, the private forum Tom created for member discussions.
Note: Tom’s Confidential is only available to Infinity members. If you’d like to have your name added to the Infinity wait list, please click here.
In any given month, Tom and our analysts might look at 1,200 companies. Of those, they may find a dozen worth investing in. Then they’ll narrow them down to the best one for the monthly issue of The Palm Beach Letter.
The companies Tom finds are just as safe as the regular Palm Beach Letter recommendations—but they have the potential to deliver far greater returns much more quickly.
The problem is they’re often too small to recommend to a group the size of The Palm Beach Letter readership.
Because, let’s face it: When you have 50,000 readers waiting for one stock pick each month, that alone could impact the trading volume of a stock by more than five million shares.
So if Tom finds a stock with, say, a two million share float (the total number of shares available for public trading)—and only 50,000 shares traded per day, on average—well, that’s just a recipe for disaster.
But for a smaller group, no problem. In fact, it could be very lucrative.
Just to be clear: The only difference between the ultra-safe stocks recommended in The Palm Beach Letter and in Tom’s Confidential is that the stocks in Tom’s Confidential are very small…
And they have the potential to rise in value very quickly once mainstream investors catch on to them.
However, because most of these companies have small market caps, we have to limit the reader base to a select number of subscribers.
A: Tom’s Confidential is NOT published on a set schedule. In other words, he doesn’t send you a recommendation just because “it’s time.”
Hopefully the reason is obvious: You’ll hear from Tom only when he’s uncovered a true gem. One that he would buy himself because he’s virtually certain it’s a great, undiscovered company that has nowhere else to go but up. You can’t perfectly time these discoveries.
Just to be clear: Tom may go two months without a pick… and then there may be three in a week. That’s just the way it goes with these small companies.
That said, we will not ignore you. Tom makes a point to contact Tom’s Confidential subscribers regularly with any new developments on stocks we hold, updates, or progress on his research. Oftentimes, he’ll drop in at our member discussion forum—Tom’s Community—to touch base. Meanwhile, our forum editor, Kenneth, is stationed in-house and serves as a direct proxy for Tom on a daily basis.
A: Please follow all of Tom’s trading instructions precisely. For instance, if he says, “Don’t pay more than $10.53 for this stock,” please set a limit order and don’t pay more than $10.53 for the stock. Do not chase stock prices—always keep in mind these stocks don’t have lots of trading liquidity and you might have to wait a while to buy shares at great prices. That’s what sophisticated, experienced investors do.
A: Tom’s Community is a place where members hang out whenever we want.
The motto of is simple: Get together. Grow together.
We interact with each other. We discuss our portfolio and investment strategy. We talk about the markets. And we talk about stuff that has nothing to do with investing.
You can post comments and ask questions whenever you want. We will, as well. Tom will also organize live webinars—open to everyone. (For those who can’t attend, we’ll post recordings.)
It’s important to note: Tom’s Community is a new project. It is constantly evolving. We’re not sure how it’s going to work out… or if it’s even going to work at all.
We encourage members to be open minded, patient, generous with feedback, and supportive of the community. And hopefully we’ll create something valuable.
IFL Front End FAQ
A: Income for Life is a unique wealth-building strategy that uses whole life insurance as a savings vehicle for retirement… but in a way you’ll never find from any other investment firm or newsletter. Income for Life shows readers how to grow their money at up to 5% interest each year… and withdraw that money—tax-free—in retirement. The essay series includes monthly webinars, essays, and training tools to teach readers about the numerous uses of this strategy.
A: “Income for Life” is a term we’ve coined for this unique strategy that uses whole life insurance as a savings vehicle for retirement. Nelson Nash is the originator of this strategy, and he’s trademarked it with the name “Infinite Banking Concept.” There are several other names people refer to it by, as well.
A: “770 account” gets its name from the IRS code that grants these tax-free benefits to whole life insurance policies—IRS Code Section 7702. One of the major benefits of having a whole life insurance policy is that you can grow your money tax-free.
Does the Income for Life strategy work if I live outside of the U.S.? If not, what key features do I have to look for in my own country to get life insurance that works in the way your series recommends?
A: Many insurance companies around the world do offer permanent life insurance products. But so far, most companies don’t offer policy loans… or the paid-up addition (PUA) rider.
These are two components that make the Income for Life strategy so powerful.
For example, a PUA rider is a way to stuff as much money into your policy as legally possible. This way, you’re earning more interest and more dividends in your account, without increasing the amount you spend on life insurance protection. The PUA rider is one of the many tools that change an ordinary whole life insurance policy into a wealth-building machine.
Now, some mutual insurance companies based in the U.S. will allow foreigners to have such policies. But they’ll need to be in the U.S. to apply and take their medical exams.
Currently, we are only aware of this type of policy in Canada and the U.S. We’re working on putting together a checklist and some guidelines for readers who don’t live in the U.S. We’ll let you know when it’s ready.
A: A whole life policy grows tax-deferred. That means as the cash in your policy grows each year, you won’t have to pay taxes on it. That’s unlike your regular brokerage or trading account, where you pay taxes on any gains you have each year.
Now, once you’ve built enough cash in your policy, there are ways to withdraw cash without paying taxes on it. That’s unlike your 401(k) or IRA in which your money grows tax-free, but you have to pay taxes on it when you take it out in your retirement years.
A: Income for Life is applicable for a wide range of people, from newborns to retirees. But it’s impossible to answer this question without knowing more about your specific financial situation. That’s why we recommend you contact one of our experts to address any concerns. They will tell you whether or not you’ll benefit from an Income for Life policy.
A: Your age and health rating can have a big impact on your returns. Generally, the older you are and/or the unhealthier you are, the lower your overall returns will be.
But the actual “investment” returns are just one factor or benefit of dividend-paying whole life insurance. There other benefits too.
It could be helpful to you for asset protection. Or a good way to pass tax-free money on to your kids. Or it could be the vehicle you use to create a family banking system— and anyone needing money could borrow from the family’s bank to buy a car or start a business. Or maybe you want keep your cash where you know it won’t go down in value if there’s a stock market crash.
Whatever your reason, the point is this: Dividend-paying whole life insurance is a versatile, multipurpose tool. Even if you are older and not in the best of health, there are a dozen other benefits that might appeal to your specific situation.
Don’t hesitate to consult one of our Income for Life experts to see if it makes sense for your particular situation. You can find their contact information in our special report here.