Our Company and Our Mission

Founded in 2001 by industry veterans Lou Betancourt and Paul Tracy, StreetAuthority is a financial research and publishing company in Austin, Texas.

Our mission is to help individual investors earn above-average profits by providing a source of independent, unbiased -- and most of all, profitable -- investing ideas. We accomplish this via StreetAuthority.com and the publishing of over a dozen widely-followed financial newsletters.

Unlike traditional publishers, StreetAuthority doesn't simply regurgitate the latest stock market news. Instead, we provide in-depth research, plus specific investment ideas and immediate action to take based on the latest market events.

StreetAuthority spends millions of dollars on research each year and employs a team of experts across the U.S. and Canada. Before joining us, these experts worked as senior analysts for Wall Street firms, financial advisors, investment relations presidents, and business reporters for major newspapers. As a result, we're able to uncover rare, profitable and compelling investing opportunities that you aren't likely to find anywhere else. We then present our research in simple, easy-to-understand language without the typical Wall Street double talk.

And investors don't have to worry about a hidden agenda behind our research like they do with most Wall Street analysts. We have no business relationship or "side deals" with the companies we write about. Unlike some financial firms, StreetAuthority receives no compensation or promotional fees whatsoever from the companies we cover in our news articles or on our website. We're a 100% unbiased source of information. Our only obligation is to you, our reader.

We strive to earn your business each and every day by offering thousands of free articles, special reports and stocks tips on our websites, and by selling all of our newsletters with one of the strongest 100% money-back guarantees in the business. Our entire business is built on making money for you -- our reader. We know you'll only stay with us if you profit.

The StreetAuthority difference isn't lost on investors. It's the reason why more than two million investors subscribe to our newsletters and why hundreds of thousands more read our content on StreetAuthority.com. Click here to see what readers are saying about us.

An Entire Staff of Experts Working for You...

Our independent advice is driven by our dedicated staff of experts and researchers. Combined, we have more than two centuries of experience in the equity markets, and many of our editors are considered the leading authorities in their respective fields. Here's a look at some of our most decorated staff members...

Nathan Slaughter

More than 20 Years of Experience Covering ETFs and Funds

Nathan Slaughter, Chief Investment Strategist of High-Yield Investing and Total Yield, has developed a long and successful track record over the years by finding profitable investments no matter where they hide.

Nathan's previous experience includes a long tenure at AXA/Equitable Advisors, one of the world's largest financial planning firms. He also honed his research skills at Morgan Keegan, where he managed millions in portfolio assets and performed consultative retirement planning services.

To reach more investors, Nathan switched gears in 2004 and began writing full-time. He has since published hundreds of articles for a variety of prominent online and print publications. Nathan has interviewed industry insiders like Paul Weisbruch and CEOs like Tom Evans of Bankrate.com, and has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times for his expertise on economic moats.

Nathan's educational background includes NASD Series 6, 7, 63, & 65 certifications, as well as a degree in Finance/Investment Management from Sam M. Walton School of Business, where he received a full academic scholarship. When not following the market, Nathan enjoys watching his favorite baseball team, the Cubs, and camping and fishing with his family.

Andy Obermueller

One of the Nation's Top Researchers and an Expert on Game-Changing Stocks

Andy Obermueller is the Chief Investment Strategist for Game-Changing Stocks.

Andy uses his journalism background to dig deep and uncover some of the market's most elusive opportunities. Before joining StreetAuthority, Andy spent ten years as a financial journalist, working for some of the nation's largest newspapers. At the business desk of The Star-Ledger, his market acumen helped guide the financial news read by more than a million people each day. After watching business from the outside for ten years, Obermueller got an inside look as a commercial lender with Wells Fargo's Business Banking Group.

Andy is a research fanatic who spends dozens of hours each week poring over economic data and corporate finances. This has helped him earn recognition as a leading expert in uncovering opportunities missed by most analysts. His in-depth research has also helped him discover small, game-changing companies with the potential to create entirely new industries and to turn existing ones on their heads. Andy's expertise makes him a highly sought-after speaker at investment conferences across the country, and it also drives the success of his newsletter, Game-Changing Stocks.

Dave Forest

A Geologist With "Boots-On-The-Ground" Experience... Turned Pro Commodities Investor

Dave Forest serves as the Chief Investment Strategist for Scarcity & Real Wealth.

Dave Forest has been active as a financial analyst, company builder and public markets figure for over a decade. He has been involved in raising over $80 million for public company ventures from some of the biggest investors on Wall Street, and has created projects and companies that commanded hundred million-dollar valuations on major stock markets globally.

Before joining StreetAuthority, Dave served as a securities analyst at Casey Research from 2004 to 2007. Dave's analyses have been published by Dow Jones & Co.'s MarketWatch and Seeking Alpha, as well as in a number of industry publications.

Dave has also been involved in several mining and oil company ventures and consultancies, including a position as Chief Operating Officer for Condoto Platinum (ASX: CPD), an Australian company with operations in Colombia, and as Director of Notela Resource Advisors, a natural resources advisory firm.

Dave recieved degree in geology in 1999 from the University of Alberta Edmonton.

Michael Vodicka

Ex-Chicago Floor Trader Reveals The Wealth-Building Secrets Of The Pros

Michael Vodicka is the Chief Investment Strategist for Income Multiplier.

Michael is also president and founder of the Vodicka Group Inc., a registered investment advisor (RIA) that specializes in providing customized investment solutions to individual and institutional investors. Before becoming a small business owner and entrepreneur, he developed fixed-income investment strategies for a multi-billion dollar brokerage firm and spent five years as an equity portfolio manager for a private investment research company.

Mike graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business communications and is a licensed investment advisor (Series 65). He loves sharing his passion for the market and investing with clients and readers alike.

Former Financial Advisor With A Keen Eye For Safe, Profitable Trades

Jimmy Butts is the Chief Investment Strategist for Top Stock Advisor and Maximum Profit, and a regular contributor to StreetAuthority Insider.

Prior to joining StreetAuthority, Jimmy came from the financial services and banking industry where he worked as a Financial Advisor. There he specialized in providing customized retirement solutions for individuals.

Jimmy graduated from Boise State University with a degree in business administration and finance. He also spent multiple years studying language, international business and finance in both Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He currently holds his series 6, 63, 65 and 26 securities license. When he's not combing through financial statements or reading about finance, Jimmy enjoys being outdoors.

Financial Editor Specializing in Behavioral Economics and Investing Psychology

Brad Briggs is the Executive Editor of StreetAuthority.

Brad joined StreetAuthority in 2008 and has used his journalism training to research and identify opportunities for investors ranging from energy to deep value to momentum plays. Dozens of his articles have been featured on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq.com and MSN Money, among others. 

Brad combines his years of experience in the financial industry along with a deep study of behavioral economics and investor psychology to stress the importance of minimizing the role of emotion in trading.

Bob Bogda

An Industry Veteran Leading an Entire Team of Experts

Bob Bogda serves as Editor-in-Chief at StreetAuthority.

Bob began his journalism career covering the commodity markets in Chicago for The Wall Street Journal, and spent most of his career thereafter as an editor for the former Knight-Ridder Financial News and its offspring, BridgeNews, where he played a lead role in developing a real-time equities news service.

More recently, Bob served as Editor-in-Chief at Business Financial Publishing, where he specialized in developing newsletters and websites covering small-cap stocks.

In addition to the experts listed above, StreetAuthority employs a dozen other researchers and writers that help make us one of the most respected financial publishers in the United States.

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Specializing in Free and Premium Content Designed to Help You Profit

No matter what your experience level or investment style, StreetAuthority publishes articles, newsletters, and other content for you to enjoy and profit from.

Free Content

The daily articles and ideas featured at StreetAuthority.com feature valuable advice and commentary from all of our experts on topics ranging from income investing... to trading ideas... to value stocks... and today's biggest movers.

TopStockAnalysts serves as an outlet for the market's most renowned experts. In addition to our StreetAuthority content, we've partnered with a number of other publishers to provide investors with investment ideas and commentary from some of the market's most influential names.

ProfitableTrading.com provides free daily content with some of the best trading ideas the market has to offer. Our website covers an extensive reach of trading ideology from technical to fundamental analysis. Whatever your trading style may be, TradingAuthority provides useful information that you can use in your research.

Free Newsletters

StreetAuthority Daily
One of StreetAuthority's original newsletters, StreetAuthority Daily has grown to more than 350,000 subscribers. Each issue contains our top investment commentary and articles, designed in an easy format that makes sure you never miss a chance to profit.

Premium Newsletters

In addition to providing a strong lineup of free content, StreetAuthority publishes a number of premium newsletters to help investors. Because of our size, we're able to offer newsletters to meet any investor's needs. Click on the links below to learn more about each individual newsletter...

The Daily Paycheck  Top Stock Advisor
Income Multiplier Maximum Profit
Scarcity & Real Wealth Game-Changing Stocks
Total Yield High-Yield Investing

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Why Millions Put Their Trust in StreetAuthority

We understand that investing based on someone else's recommendation takes an extraordinary amount of trust. That's why we do everything possible to put our subscribers and readers first. This includes:

Meticulous and Unbiased Research

We take pride in researching the ideas and commentary that we present to readers. This icludes exclusive interviews with CEOs, poring over SEC filings, and tapping our Bloomberg Terminal -- an exhaustive research resource costing roughly $25,000 per year.

As well, many financial publishers, brokerage firms and investment specialists accept advertising payments and promotional fees from the companies that they cover. Not StreetAuthority! Our research is independent, and we'd like to assure you that we are a 100% unbiased source of investing information. We never accept any compensation of any kind from the companies that we cover in our newsletters or on our website.

Millions of Dollars in Free Content

Over the years, we've put millions of dollars into the publishing of free content for our readers. This includes several different websites, along with thousands of website articles and issues of our free newsletters. Only a handful of financial sites have the ability to publish as much free content for their readers as StreetAuthority.

Risk-Free Subscriptions

Our paid subscriptions feature some of the most subscriber-friendly rules around. Every paid subscription includes a risk-free trial period during which you are free to cancel and receive 100% of your money back.

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The History of StreetAuthority

Since our founding in 2001, we've grown by leaps and bounds and have provided in-depth research to help millions of readers achieve their financial goals. Here's a brief look at some of StreetAuthority's major milestones:

With decades of combined experience in the financial markets and the publishing business, Paul Tracy and Lou Betancourt start StreetAuthority in Washington, D.C.

Working nearly day and night, Paul and Lou begin to see their efforts take hold as StreetAuthority attracts more than 10,000 readers. Click here to see how our website looked way back then.

The company launches its flagship free publication -- StreetAuthority Daily. It goes on to become our longest-standing newsletter, read by an average of more than 500,000 subscribers worldwide each day during the past decade (and counting).

The company launches a new research service -- High-Yield Investing -- focused exclusively on income-oriented investments with unusually high yields. The monthly newsletter proves to be a huge success, and over the next few years it becomes the most widely-followed income-oriented research service in America.

StreetAuthority's employee count continues to grow, exceeding 10 staff members.

The company launches a new website -- TopStockAnalysts.com -- dedicated to bringing readers the best investing ideas from the nation's leading financial experts. A few years later the site goes on to reach more than 1.5 million readers.

Experienced financial expert Nathan Slaughter joins StreetAuthority's research team. Nathan's background includes Series 6, 7, 63, & 65 certifications, as well as a degree in finance & investment management from the Sam Walton School of Business, where he received a full academic scholarship. Nathan's previous experience included a long tenure at AXA/Equitable Advisors, one of the world's largest financial planning firms, as well as at Morgan Keegan, where he managed millions in portfolio assets.

High-Yield International, the sister publication to High-Yield Investing, launches. At the time, it proves to be the most popular new product launch in StreetAuthority's history. The newsletter is the only research service of its kind in the world focused exclusively on foreign securities with high dividend yields -- the type of companies most U.S. investors simply won't hear about elsewhere.

The company hires additional research analysts to keep up with demand, and its employee count exceeds 20 for the first time.

The company's Maryland operations move into their new office in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The new space houses StreetAuthority's growing administrative and customer service staff.

Continuing its emphasis on income-oriented investors, StreetAuthority launches a free research service devoted exclusively to dividend-paying stocks -- DailyDividends.com. The service proves popular, soon reaching hundreds of thousands of regular readers.

StreetAuthority moves its editorial operations to a new office in the  beautiful hill country surrounding Austin, Texas. The extra space is welcomed as extra staff is brought on to handle the growth in popularity of StreetAuthority's research services.

StreetAuthority's paid subscriber base continues to grow, exceeding 25,000.

The company launches a new financial education website -- InvestingAnswers.com. Featuring definitions of financial terms and in-depth educational articles, the site proves to be a big hit. In the coming years it will go on to become the firm's highest-traffic web property, exceeding 1 million page views per month.

Andy Obermueller joins StreetAuthority's growing research team. His previous experience includes work at Wells Fargo, as well as ten years as a financial journalist, where his market acumen helped guide the financial news read by more than a million people each day. Andy's thorough research skills serve StreetAuthority's readers well, and he eventually goes on to identify more stocks that gain at least 100% than any of the company's other analysts.

As word of the firm's solid research spreads across the country, StreetAuthority's readership continues to expand. It now reaches more than 500,000 free newsletter subscribers each day.

The company signs a content partnership with Nasdaq.com to distribute StreetAuthority's articles on its site, helping the firm reach millions of new readers.

Needing more experienced analysts to help meet demand, StreetAuthority's employee count continues to grow, exceeding 30 staff members.

Bob Bogda -- an industry veteran of 30 years -- joins the StreetAuthority staff as VP of the company's editorial team. With decades of experience at media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bob takes charge of the editorial direction and immediately sets out to ensure that StreetAuthority's editors deliver value-added research and investing ideas that readers won't find anywhere else.

StreetAuthority taps Amy Calistri as lead analyst for a new premium newsletter service -- Stock of the Month. Amy's previous experience includes nearly two decades as a manager at IBM (managing an $85 million budget), work as a senior economic consultant, and co-management of a multi-million dollar trust fund. She also created and taught investment courses used by Bloomberg. The newsletter reveals Amy's single best investment idea each month. In the coming years she'll use these top ideas to turn a $100,000 portfolio into more than $150,000, while generating an 86% win rate on her closed positions.

Later in the year the company launches another new research service called The Daily Paycheck, helps readers generate a dividend check every single day of the year. In it, three types of companies were recommended -- high-yield opportunities, fast dividend growers, and stable income generators. This approach soon generates more than $1,500 a month in dividends, helping turn a $200,000 real money portfolio into more than $320,000 a few years later -- all with less volatility than the overall market. Thanks to this stellar track record, the service goes on to become one of StreetAuthority's most popular newsletters.

StreetAuthority launches a redesign of its flagship website, with the goal of becoming a destination for value-added financial research and investing ideas that you won't find anywhere else. The new site features daily free articles, improved stock quotes and easier navigation.

StreetAuthority's top analysts begin speaking at major investing conferences and universities across the nation, including The Money Show and the University of Texas

StreetAuthority's free subscriber base exceeds 1 million readers. Meanwhile, its paid customer base swells to more than 50,000 loyal subscribers in 175 countries across the globe.

To help keep pace with its growing newsletter lineup, StreetAuthority continues to hire experienced experts, and its employee count exceeds 40 full-time analysts and staff members.

The company launches a new research service -- Game-Changing Stocks. Written by Andy Obermueller, this newsletter focuses on companies with revolutionary new products and breakthrough technologies that could change the world... and your financial future. The service proves to be a huge hit, as Andy uses his nearly two decades of research experience to identify more triple-digit winners (more than 35 so far, and counting) in the coming years than any other StreetAuthority analyst.

The company launches another new service -- StreetAuthority Insider -- and makes it available as a free bonus for paid subscribers to any of the company's other research services. This weekly newsletter provides a closer look at our research team's top investment ideas and recommendations before the rest of the public ever hears about them.

StreetAuthority joins the Better Business Bureau, receiving an initial rating of A+ for superior stewardship of its readers' interests.

The company launches a new research service -- Top Ten Stocks. The newsletter profiles Chief Investment Strategist Dave Forest's favorite securities from across all of StreetAuthority's other newsletters and model portfolios. This "best-of-the-best" approach proves popular among readers, and the service eventually goes on to become the company's #1 best seller, reaching nearly 40,000 paid customers.

StreetAuthority also launches a new product devoted exclusively to gold, energy and other natural resources -- Scarcity & Real Wealth.

StreetAuthority's free subscriber base exceeds 1.5 million, and its paid subscriber base crosses above 75,000 loyal customers.

The company's family of web sites reaches more than 7 million visitors during the year. With 26 million pageviews -- more than 2 million per month -- StreetAuthority ranks among the most widely followed financial research firms in America.

StreetAuthority's content network keeps expanding. Prominent sites like Investopedia, Investors Business Daily (IBD) and other major financial media outlets begin distributing StreetAuthority's research and articles, helping the company reach even more readers.

The company's employee count exceeds 50.

StreetAuthority now spends more than $1 million per year on analysts and research -- all with the goal of giving small investors analysis and investing ideas they won't find anywhere else.

The company posts record web traffic across its various web sites, reaching more than 10 million web site visitors and nearly 30 million page views during the year.

StreetAuthority's top analysts begin to contribute as guest experts on major television networks, including CNBC and Canada's Business News Network (BNN).

The company launches a new research division and web site focused exclusively on short-term trading ideas -- ProfitableTrading.com. The site attracts some of America's most experienced trading experts as staff writers, helping it become one of the fastest-growing financial sites in the country.

The firm strikes deal with Yahoo!, Inc. to feature content from StreetAuthority, ProfitableTrading and InvestingAnswers on Yahoo Finance, America's most popular financial web site with an estimated 70 million unique visitors per month.

The company hires veteran trader and former military intelligence officer Amber Hestla to write a new service for ProfitableTrading. In this weekly newsletter -- Income Trader -- Amber uses a simple options trading strategy to deliver a steady stream of winning trades. Amber's decade of experience in the options market pays off for her readers, as she delivers a perfect track record with zero losing trades over the next two years. Not surprisingly, this performance attracts a big audience, and Amber's newsletter goes on to become the #1 best selling service at ProfitableTrading.

Dave Forest joins StreetAuthority's growing research team. An active financial analyst, company builder and public markets figure, Dave has held top director level positions in numerous mining and oil company ventures over the past decade. Along with his degree in geology from the University of Alberta Edmonton, this experience makes him a perfect fit as the lead analyst for StreetAuthority's natural resources newsletter -- Scarcity & Real Wealth.

The company launches a new service -- Maximum Profit -- that uses a proven system of technical and fundamental indicators to identify the very best picks from across all of StreetAuthority's other newsletters. This "best-of-the-best" system has beaten the S&P by 14% per year over the last decade, and it goes on to handily outperform the S&P, gaining 31.5% over the next 18 months.

StreetAuthority's content network continues to grow, as the company adds Business Insider to the list of prominent web sites that feature the company's research.

StreetAuthority's analysts begin to be quoted in some of the nation's most prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, U.S. News & World Report, MSN Money, MarketWatch and many others.

The company's various websites (StreetAuthority.com, ProfitableTrading.com, TopStockAnalysts.com and InvestingAnswers.com) continue to gain popularity, reaching nearly 13 million web site visitors and 30 million page views during 2014.

StreetAuthority's paid subscriber count exceeds 85,000, giving the company a bigger paid online audience than such well known media outlets as the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe, among many others...

The company launches a new service with Nathan Slaughter -- Total Yield. The newsletter becomes the only research service in the world focused exclusively on companies that are paying high dividend yields AND buying back large amounts of their own stock. Based off a system developed by highly regarded quantitative expert Mebane Faber, the newsletter identifies Southwest Airlines (LUV) as its first pick. The stock goes on to become the best-performing member of the S&P during 2014, delivering a gain of 124.6%.

Mike Vodicka, a former professional trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, joins StreetAuthority's growing team of analysts. In addition to being an accomplished author, Mike's previous experience includes a position as a trading software programmer, a developer of fixed-income investment strategies for a major brokerage firm, and five years as a portfolio manager.

StreetAuthority launches a new weekly trading newsletter with Mike Vodicka -- Income Multiplier. In it, Mike uses his 15 of experience as a professional trader to recommend high-probability options trades. The service proves to be a big hit after Mike closes his first 28 consecutive trades for a profit.

StreetAuthority hires Vicki Moffitt as its new VP of Marketing. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial publishing industry, the company's subscriber base grows quickly under Vicki's leadership.

The firm's ProfitableTrading division launches a new service -- Alpha Trader. The newsletter combines two proven technical and fundamental indicators to give each stock on the market a rating from 1 to 200. It then takes the highest-rated stocks and groups them into 10 recommended portfolios. The new service attracts a large following after pinpointing stocks that jump 123%... 171%... 148% and 163% in a matter of months.

ProfitableTrading launches its second options trading service with Amber Hestla -- Maximum Income. Her step-by-step approach provides readers with an easy way to generate a steady income stream in the options market, and she soon closes several big winning trades, including a 25.2% gain in 44 days and a 17% gain in 25 days.

Jared Levy joins ProfitableTrading's growing team of experienced trading experts. After becoming one of the youngest ever members of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, in 1999 he also became a member of the American Stock Exchange. Jared appears regularly on CNBC's "Fast Money," as well as Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN, CNN Radio, Wall Street Journal Radio and many other networks around the world. He's also the author of two popular trading books -- "Your Options Handbook" and "The Bloomberg Visual Guide to Options".

Jimmy Butts takes over StreetAuthority's Maximum Profit newsletter. Using a proven quantitative system, the newsletter becomes one of StreetAuthority's best-performing services in 2014, easily outpacing the S&P 500.

Tom Vician becomes the latest member of ProfitableTrading's growing team of experts, taking over as editor of the company's Alpha Trader service. A Chartered Market Technician (CMT) with more than 20 years of experience at Merrill Lynch and elsewhere, Tom has a profitable history of using trading systems to manage money for investors. Tom has earned his Series 3 and Series 65 licenses, and has published educational white papers for the Market Technicians Association, of which he co-chairs the Austin chapter.

John Kosar also joins the analyst team at ProfitableTrading. A Chartered Market Technician (CMT) with more than 30 years of experience, John spent the first half of his career on the trading floor of the Chicago futures exchanges, and is currently Director of Research at an institutional research firm in Chicago. John is frequently quoted in the financial press in both the U.S. and abroad, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Yahoo Finance and Reuters, and can regularly be seen on CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg TV.

Amber Hestla's perfect track record continues in her weekly Income Trader newsletter. Amber delivers 100% winning trades for the second straight year -- closing 85 for 85 trades for a profit since the newsletter's inception. Click here to learn more about Amber's newsletter.

StreetAuthority now reaches more than 2 million readers in over 220 countries across the globe each month.

The firm's ProfitableTrading unit launches a new service with Jared Levy -- Profit Amplifier. In it, Jared uses his more than 20 years of experience in the options market to identify high-probability options trades for his readers.

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