StansberryResearch.com, home of Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, is a publication website which independent writers use to publish their own personal investment newsletters.
Though Stansberry Research works hard to seem like an investment company, the reality is that they are simply an umbrella website that draws internet traffic to a single site and then sells subscriptions for a variety of people who use them for publishing purposes.
Porter Stansberry, who runs Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, is perhaps best known for his devoutly anti-government stance and his use of viral videos and essays on topics like “The End of America” to bring interest and clientele to his company.
While working for Agora Financial, another financial newsletter publishing company, Stansberry and Pirate Investment were successfully sued by the SEC for defrauding subscribers of a newsletter Stansberry wrote under the name ‘Jay McDaniel.’
The judge found Stansberry guilty of intentionally defrauding his clients by falsely claiming to have the ‘inside track’ on government deals and charging his clients $1,000 each for access to this ‘inside’ information. In addition, Stansberry used the rising price of the stock he was promoting as proof of his knowledge and reliability to convince further clients to purchase the stock. Since the stock price was only rising due to the purchases of his earlier clients, who were purchasing based on the fraudulent information given to them, Stansberry was additionally found guilty of price manipulation.
Stansberry appealed the court’s decision in 2001 but the guilty verdict was upheld. A further effort to appeal the ruling was denied.
Stansberry likes to point to his conviction as “persecution by the federal government” who are denying him his First Amendment rights to free speech in order to stop him from revealing the evil truth about America. It’s an interesting theory, but last time I looked over the SEC’s case against Stansberry, the federal government received no injury from Stansberry’s actions. Rather, the people who were hurt were the clients who paid a subscription to his newsletter and then had their money taken by Stansberry and Pirate Investment.
A handful of subscribers to Stansberry & Associates Investment Research do say good things about one or two of the newsletters published there, but in general I would recommend looking elsewhere for investment advice. Knowingly putting your trust in a company run by a man who has already been convicted of fraud, who is known to write newsletters under false names, and has already been found guilty of stock price manipulation just doesn’t seem the smartest thing to do with your money.