Summary

Seeking Alpha is making some changes to help create extra revenue due to falling ad generated income.

SA is putting all "primary ticker" articles behind a paywall of a new service called "Pro" for $75 per month.

There is an easy work around.

Seeking Alpha, like much of the ad supported media, is facing a decline in advertising rates. Thus, they are looking to create additional revenue. I think they are doing it wrong, but time will tell. I suspect they will change their model again soon in line with a suggestion myself and several others have made. 

First, here's the details:

  • All "primary ticker" articles will be archived after 10 days from the free side of Seeking Alpha. This means you will not be able to see them anymore, although you can continue to follow comments, if you have commented, indefinitely on any article. 
    • My very strong suggestion is that if read an article on the free side of Seeking Alpha and it helps you or might help you in the future, save it as a PDF to a file on your computer or cloud. It's very easy to do, just click the print function and save as PDF, then put in a file that you call something like "Investment Articles" or "Seeking Alpha" or "Money Stuff," whatever turns your crank.
  • Pro allows for some expanded filtering for long and short ideas.
  • View Seeking Alpha PRO

My very strong suggestion is that if read an article on the free side of Seeking Alpha and it helps you or might help you in the future, save it as a PDF to a file on your computer or cloud. It's very easy to do, just click the print function and save as PDF, then put in a file that you call something like "Investment Articles" or "Seeking Alpha" or "Money Stuff," whatever turns your crank.

Also, I have access to Pro, so if there is a particular company you'd like my Quick Thoughts on, just ask. I have access to over two dozen research services plus everything Interactive Brokers, TD Ameritrade, Schwab and YCharts give me. I'm going to do a free trial of Money.net soon and if that's worth it, I'll have that too. There's not a lot of information out there I can't get other than some primary research by brokerage based analysts, i.e. the guys at say Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley or boutique firms.

If you have a middle six to seven figure portfolio and want small cap picks, I do recommend the Pro+ service (it's too expensive for accounts smaller than middle six figures). Smaller companies are the strength of Pro+. 

Also, I will post all of my free-side articles here first for registered members of Fundamental Trends going forward. I was already moving in that direction to give you guys a little preview/headstart, but that will be policy now. That way, you always have access to my work.

In addition, I will not be giving option trades on the free side anymore, except for an occasional example that can only help us, not hurt us. I will post option trades exclusively for members to Fundametnal Trends & Margin of Safety Investing. 

In short, as long as you save articles you like, you shouldn't be impacted by the changes. If you have any questions, please ask below in the comments.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: I own a Registered Investment Advisor - https://BluemoundAssetManagement.com - however, publish separately from that entity for self-directed investors. Any information, opinions, research or thoughts presented are not specific advice as I do not have full knowledge of your circumstances. All investors ought to take special care to consider risk, as all investments carry the potential for loss. Consulting an investment advisor might be in your best interest before proceeding on any trade or investment.

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