Facts & Figures:
Services: Equity Research, Screening, Education, Charting, News, Broker Research, Market Research, Daily Newsletters, Subscription Services
PROS: Plethora of Information, Credible professionals, Easy to navigate, Useful news and market analysis
CONS: Lack of Target Audiences, Lack of Education, Subscription Service Page Designs, A Little Gimmicky At Times
The Skinny on TheStreet.com:
TheStreet.com, co-Founded by Jim Cramer, has a plethora of resources that range from free news, commentary, analysis and charting and quotes to paid subscription products such as Real Money, Action Alert Plus and Daily Swing Trade. While TheStreet.com has a lot of credible products and commentary on their website, it’s extremely difficult for any beginner investor to discern what products are best for their investment time horizon and their risk appetite. This website is mostly targeted at investors who want some quick trading ideas, whether stocks, ETFs, or options, and who don’t want to deal with all of the countless hours of analysis themselves. While a lot of these products are extremely useful especially for the beginner trader, a lot of the advice and recommendations given within the subscription services and in market analysis are too broad. This makes it difficult for investors to understand the exact investment quality of the recommendation and whether or not it’s suitable for them to use. However, the quality of the traders on this site is extremely professional, and the knowledge and experience that they have to offer is really valuable. As professionals trading a lot of money, you can learn a lot about the markets and how money managers think, but what works for them doesn't always work for the small individual investor because we don't have that much money to work with.
Overall Score: 4.3
This is a great website with a lot of good products, services and commentary. The website is organized well, has a plethora of information and has a number of credible sources. That being said, stock-picking sites with a plethora of different types of products makes it very difficult for investors to know what’s best for them, and almost seem like to trick the investor into paying for unnecessary subscriptions. I definitely think these product and services are worth taking a look at, but just make sure that you fully understand what each service and professional trader has as the goal, and that it agrees with your investment goals before subscribing.
Recommended Skill Rating: 1 (Rookie)
The content quality on TheStreet is quite similar to other websites such as Zacks in that there is a plethora of information such as commentary, analysis and subscription products. And while the credibility of the website and it’s professional investors is top notch, it’s difficult for investors to use the information on these types of websites and match it with their investment horizon. Also, with any stock or options pick, risk assessment is key, and it’s difficult to assess a particular stock or option pick for everyone’s risk horizon which means that the only suitable users for this product are those who have the same investment style as the specific investor on TheStreet team.
This website is definitely a collection of great institutional investors, ex-hedge fund managers and individual traders, such as Jim Cramer, Doug Kass, James “RevShark” DePorre, Alan Farley and others. The difficult part of it is that with all of these products, it makes it difficult for the users to discern the credible products that are most useful for themselves.
TheStreet has an incredible amount of resources and information with all of the free services they give you including newsletters, articles, videos and trade ideas. The paid subscriptions, in general, are a little more difficult to justify unless the user already knows what risks and investment horizons that they will be looking at for the particular recommendations given. However, there are a few highly recommended subscription products for TheStreet including: Top Stocks with Helene Meisler, Real Money Silver with Doug Kass (which includes 5 other products of which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend but Doug Kass commentary is usually pretty good), and Daily Swing Trade with Alan Farley. Each of these subscription products definitely bring important market educational value along with their market and investment recommendations and therefore, are great trading services for the beginner investor.
This website is extremely feature-rich with news, analysis, research reports, subscription services, charting, and videos. The organization of the material is phenomenal for the shear volume of stuff that they have, and it’s integrated well. Servers are a little slow at times based on bandwidth spikes and subscription service pages are a little outdated, but overall still a very feature-rich website and design.
Great website. Extremely up-to-date main website. My one wish is that the subscription service pages weren’t so outdated.
User Friendly: 4
This website definitely has it’s difficulties due to the amount of information that it contains. However, the main menu bar organizes the information extremely well and the search boxes are useful. The front page is a little scattered with a lot of different categories and could probably be cleaned up some, but I had very little trouble navigating around the website.
Great customer support and help for anything that the user might need resolved.
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