Thanks for reading today’s review of Action Alerts PLUS
Action Alerts Plus, which costs $299 per year, is the “super secret insider picks” of TV host Jim Cramer.
We all know Jim Cramer. He is on CNBC every day. Whacking buttons that proclaim that a stock is “BUY BUY BUY” or “SELL SELL SELL.”
It truly amazes me that people actually take this guy seriously. They watch his TV show, then they head over to The Street, Jim Cramer’s very own pump channel where he will glean upon thee — “the secrets to everlasting wealth and prosperity.” Or some other BS that sounds remarkably similar.
Just pay the $299 fee, and the Jim Cramer secret stock picks will pour forth upon the computer screen, bestowing yet more layers of “financial wisdom.”
And the refund policy? Well, Jim claims a “full 30-day money back guarantee!” And “if you don’t like it, you get your money back!” What a bunch of BS.
Money Back Guarantee of Action Alerts PLUS is BOGUS
As 39 readers of the tradingschools.pro blog can attest, the money back guarantee is a bucket full of holes. Complete and total nonsense.
Here are a few choice quotes from tradingschools.pro readers:
I signed up for a 30 day subscription and then cancelled 2 days later. No refund. After multiple attempts still no refund. -RM
Visa refused my refund. The terms of service does not match the promises on the website. Buyer beware. -LL
Autobilling is a scam even after cancelling. Harder to remove than a toe bunyon. -J
Attempt to cancel and you must fight through an army of telephone sales people trying to talk you into staying. -RH
Just dont give them your credit card number. You will regret it. -CT
At tradingschools.pro, we were interested why a well-known television character could go through such fantastic lengths to hustle’mom and pop’ investors out of a few hundred dollars?
The salesman on the telephone was the typical boiler room sales representative. He immediately starts pitching the”two-year special pricing” at which you are able to prepay”just $400 for hedge fund style stock selections.”
Hedge fund style stock selections — are you kidding me? So I inquired, what hedge fund has Jim Cramer ever managed? So I asked, where’s the audited proof? Have you got any type of track record? The salesman replied,”Hedge fund managers aren’t required to report their performance.” Just wow.
Next, I explained that I have been bombarded with complaints about non-refunds of credit card purchases. The salesman next explained, “before signing up, customers should read the fine print, and we clearly state that refunds are only issued in special situations.”
The only customer we could find that actually did get a refund? Well, he had to hire a lawyer to draft a demand letter. The letter from the lawyer cost him $200.
Jim Cramer: a hedge fund manager?
Jim Cramer claims that he “retired in 2001” as a “hedge fund manager” from his very own investment management company. The name of that company was supposedly Cramer Berkowitz. He also claims that he was a former stockbroker for Goldman Sachs.
All of this should be easy to verify, right? Wrong.
Next, we headed over to FINRA.Org. The regulatory body in charge of stockbrokers, money managers, financial advisors, etc. Their records and databases date back to the 1980s.
According to FINRA — Jim Cramer has never been registered as a stockbroker, at Goldman Sachs, or anywhere else. Additionally, FINRA has no registrations or records for any company named Cramer Berkowitz. It appears that Jim Cramer just made all this shit up.
As incredible as all this sounds…I recommend that readers call the FINRA hotline at 800-289-9999. Ask them for yourself. Simply ask, “I am calling about that TV guy named Jim Cramer of Mad Money” and “do you have any records or registrations for him?” They will tell you plainly…”We have no records on this guy.”
Can someone please tell me how this guy has been on TV, for all these years, and nobody ever did a simple background check? We just turn on the TV and automatically believe that CNBC must have vetted him, else he would not be on the TV.
Jim Cramer: Action Alerts Plus Track Record
Apparently, I am not the only person that thinks that Jim Cramer is nothing more than a bogus TV personality. And that his stock picks are pure baloney.
In 2016, researchers Jonathan Hartley and Matthew Olson of the Wharton School of Business published a verifiable track record of Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts Plus — this study encompassed an incredible 16+ years. The results were not encouraging.
In fact, they discovered that if you invested $1,000 in 2001-2016, then your net profit would be $975. However, once you factor in average commission costs, you would have only $542 remaining.
Finally, you have to factor in the annual subscription fee of $300. Which gives you a total return of -$4,558.
Now let’s consider if you simply took that $1,000 and purchased the SPY or SP500 tracking ETF. Your total profit would have been $2,071. And you would have never wasted $5,100 in subscription costs.
In fact, if you would have simply invested $1k in the SPY ETF and added $300 per year (the cost of the Action Alerts Plus), then your total account would now be worth $17,256.
Action Alerts Plus 2017 through 2019
The above mentioned study encompasses the decades 2000-2016. We asked the salesman about that performance as well…
The reply was again discouraging. Apparently, Jim Cramer continues on his incredible losing series of a simple SP500 benchmark for every one of these recent years too.
Last, the salesman quipped”Look, we have thousands and thousands of happy clients and they cannot be wrong.” To the contrary, all of them seem to be stupid.
Jim Cramer: who is this guy?
Over the years, Jim Cramer has made some truly incredible claims. For example, he once claimed that he graduated from Harvard University and Havard Law School (Magna Cum Laude), but when challenged to “show his diploma,” he made up a new story that he wrote a negative story about Harvard staff and they “waived him off stage” and this is the reason he never received his diploma. (remarkably similar to this buffoon)
A short time later, after Harvard and Harvard Law School, he “ended up living in his car.” Which he freely admits.
Yet again, another weird story emerges where he freely admits, “I was an ice cream vendor” at the Met Stadium in Philadelphia.
Ok, so let me get this straight…
- Went to Harvard
- Went to Harvard Law and graduated (Magna Cum Laude)
- Was never actually given a graduation diploma.
- Ended up living in a car. (after Harvard)
- Gets a job selling ice cream cones at The Met stadium in Philly.
- Then miraculously gets a job at Goldman Sachs (cannot verify with FINRA)
- Starts a hedge fund (again FINRA has no record)
- Retires a millionaire in 2000 and starts appearing on TV shows as a guest.
- Starts a TV show and investment service ‘Action Alerts Plus’
- Is proven to be a crappy stock picker. (verified)
- Wants me to give him $300 per year for “secret stock picks.”
Wrapping things up
Do you understand what I believe? Jim Cramer is a counterfeit.
This will not pass the sniff test.
Unexpectedly, he’s currently”a stockbroker in Goldman Sachs” and”left a lot of people wealthy.”
Magically, he begins appearing on CNBC and asserts he is a”former hedge fund manager and multimillionaire.” And CNBC provides him a nutty series where he sees stock selections such as a broken pinata and strikes those annoying red buttons such as whack-a-mole. Who’s dick did he need to suck CNBC with this gig anyhow?
And lastly, an independent group of investigators audit the Action Alerts PLUS history and find Jim Cramer is significantly less predictive than a coin flip, and he can’t conquer the average of their SP500 tracking inventory?
Couple this together with oodles of internet complaints, not issuing refunds, and also a’boiler room’ earnings team producing all manner of nutty performance asserts…I believe Jim Cramer and Action Alerts Plus is an agency that you should avoid.
Thanks for reading.