Our Company and Our Mission

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

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 over a million 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 web site. 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, educational courses and stocks tips on our web sites, 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 one 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...

One of the Most Widely-Followed Income Investing Experts in North America
Carla Pasternak serves as Director of Income Research at StreetAuthority. She's a leading expert in both U.S. and international income investments, and with over 250,000 loyal subscribers to her two publications -- High-Yield Investing, and Dividend Opportunities -- she's one of the most widely-followed income investing experts in North America.

A highly successful analyst, Carla has excelled in the industry for almost three decades. She got her start working as an Investment Relations Manager before founding Canada Corporate Communications in 1989. She's worked hand-in-hand with some of the top Canadian trusts to develop their annual reports, she's written shareholder letters from top CEOs at multi-billion-dollar companies, and she's spent roughly 80 hours a week focused exclusively on income investing research and analysis since joining StreetAuthority in 2003.

Dr. Pasternak holds a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin and also taught in the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University in Calgary for more than 20 years.

 

More than 20 Years of Experience Covering ETFs and Funds
Nathan Slaughter has developed a long and successful track record over the years by finding profitable investments no matter where they hide. His background in researching and studying equities is especially pronounced, making him a perfect fit as the Managing Editor of The 100% Letter. He also writes the new and highly-successful advisory Scarcity & Real Wealth, where he introduces investors to some of the most lucrative scarce resource plays on the planet. Nathan further utilizes his expertise covering what could be the market's next giants in his premium advisory, Exploration & Paydirt. 

Nathan's previous experience includes a long tenure at AXA/Equitable Advisors. He also honed his research skills at Morgan Keegan, where he performed asset allocation, retirement planning, and consultative portfolio management services.

Several years ago Nathan switched gears and decided to devote his time exclusively to financial analysis and writing. Nathan's educational background includes NASD Series 6, 7, 63, & 65 certifications, as well as a degree in Finance/Investment Management.

 

A Knack for Making Investing Simple
Amy Calistri is editor of Stock of the Month and The Daily Paycheck.

Amy holds a master's degree from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, specializing in international economic and industrial policy. She also has an undergraduate engineering degree from Columbia University. Prior to joining the company, Amy was a senior researcher with Applied Economics Consulting Group, providing economic and financial analysis in support of commercial litigation.

In addition to holding a Series 3 certification, Amy has authored and instructed investment education materials used by a number of the major investment houses. She is also a recognized authority on the changing international regulatory policies affecting the casino/gambling sector. Amy is published in the areas of economics, statistics, and her other risk vs. return hobby -- poker.

 

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



 

This Accomplished Market Technician Has Been in the Market Since 1968
Dr. Melvin Pasternak is one of the most experienced market technicians in the nation and Editor of Trade of the Week.

For nearly 20 years, he taught a self-designed course for TD Waterhouse titled Winning in the Stock Market. Thousands were trained under Dr. Pasternak's course, which combined both intensive technical and fundamental analysis to uncover how to profitably beat the market. In addition, he taught for over 25 years at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Melvin's trading expertise has been in high demand and he has been interviewed several times by CBC Radio-Canada and the Calgary Herald. Dr. Pasternak published his book on candlestick charting, 21 Candlesticks Every Trader Should Know, in 2006.

 

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.

 

The Investing Expert Who's Worked With the Major Players on Wall Street
David Sterman has worked as an investment analyst for nearly two decades. He started his career in equity research at Smith Barney, culminating in a position as Senior Analyst covering European banks. While at Smith Barney, he learned of all the tricks used by Wall Street to steer the best advice to their top clients and their own trading desk.

David has also served as the Director of Research for Individual Investor magazine and as the Director of Research for Jesup & Lamont Securities. Most recently, David served as Managing Editor of RealMoney.com, the premium website of TheStreet.com, while also serving as that firm's head of premium subscription products. David has made numerous media appearances over the years, primarily on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, and has a master's degree in management from Georgia Tech.

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

StreetAuthority.com 
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.com
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.

SmallStocks.com
Small Stocks helps retail investors uncover and profit from the market's smallest and most overlooked stocks. While many investors are curious about profiting from small-caps, there is a dearth of information on these tiny companies. To help, we launched Small Stocks by partnering our resources with other publishers to bring readers small-cap stories in one convenient place.

TradingAuthority.com
TradingAuthority 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

Investor Update
One of StreetAuthority's original newsletters, Investor Update 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.

Dividend Opportunities
Dividend Opportunities is devoted exclusively to helping self-directed income investors generate higher yields and greater returns from their portfolio holdings. Income expert Carla Pasternak covers every class of income investment in Dividend Opportunities. In fact, after reading a few issues, you'll undoubtedly find a few exotic asset classes that you probably never even knew existed!

Trade of the Week
StreetAuthority's two trading experts, Mike Turner and Dr. Melvin Pasternak, head up StreetAuthority's free Trade of the Week newsletter. Together, Mike and Melvin have more than 40 years experience in trading the markets. Each issue offers technical analysis of the current market along with a potentially profitable trading idea from Mike or Melvin.

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 High-Yield International
  Exploration & Paydirt    The 100% Letter 
  Top 10 Stocks Scarcity & Real Wealth
Game-Changing Stocks Stock of the Month
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 includes 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. Most letters then offer a prorated refund after that -- cancel half-way through your subscription and you're still eligible to receive half of your money back.

A Proven Track Record of Profitability - No one can claim that every pick they make is profitable. That said, at StreetAuthority we've had a long track record of money-making investment ideas. For example, our Market Advisor "Beat the S&P" Portfolio has topped the S&P by a 4-to-1 margin since its inception in 2003.*

Our company is based on providing readers with profitable ideas. If we didn't meet that goal, then we wouldn't rank as the fastest-growing financial publisher in the country.

*(From inception on 5/19/03 through 5/14/10, the "Beat the S&P" Portfolio returned +94.6% versus +20.3% for the S&P 500.)

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 The History of StreetAuthority
 
 Since our founding in 2001, we've grown by leaps and bounds. Here's a brief look at some of StreetAuthority's major milestones:

2001
Paul Tracy and Lou Betancourt start StreetAuthority in Washington, D.C. Paul's experience makes him a perfect fit as StreetAuthority's Chief Investment Strategist, while Lou's marketing background helps the company start attracting readers.

2002
Working nearly day and night, Paul and Lou begin to see their efforts take hold as the subscription count breaks the 10,000 mark. A newly built website consists of just three newsletters - StreetAuthority Market Advisor, Swing Trader, and Investor Update. Click here to see how our website looked way back then.

2003
In May, Paul Tracy creates the "Beat the S&P" Portfolio as then-editor of Market Advisor. The portfolio quickly becomes one of Market Advisor's most popular features due to its strong performance.

2004
The first issue of High-Yield Investing is published. At first, the publication focuses on well-known blue-chip stocks paying dividends. At the request of readers, editor Carla Pasternak begins to look in more obscure places for high yields, which causes High-Yield Investing's readership to soar.

2006
StreetAuthority moves from online newsletters to print newsletters as well. The popularity of the print version of Carla Pasternak's High-Yield Investing proves to be an instant hit and helps boost the letter's circulation to more than 10,000 subscribers.

2007
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.

2008
StreetAuthority moves its editorial operations to a new office in the hills of Austin, Texas. The extra space is welcomed as extra staff is brought on to handle the growth in popularity of StreetAuthority's products.

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.

2009
Proving to be our busiest year to date, we launch the redesign of our main StreetAuthority website, with the goal of becoming a destination for anyone searching for financial news and ideas. The new sites features daily free articles, improved stock quotes and easier navigation.

At the same time, we enjoy one of our most successful product launches: Amy Calistri's Stock of the Month.

Managing Editor Bob Bogda -- an industry veteran of 30 years -- also joins the StreetAuthority staff. With experience at The Wall Street Journal and Business Financial Publishing, Bob takes charge of the editorial direction and immediately sets out to boost StreetAuthority's daily news content.

2010
SmallStocks.com launches, bringing readers news and investment ideas from the underreported small-cap universe. Combined with the growing popularity of StreetAuthority.com, we break the 1 million visitors per month mark across all our web properties.

Game-Changing Stocks, a sister publication of Fast-Track Millionaire, launches.

We also launch the new "Courses" section of our StreetAuthority website. This section provides free instruction on many of the techniques our newsletter editors use to make their profitable calls.  

2011
 
We launched several new products, including editor Paul Tracy's Top Ten Stocks advisory and our website dedicated solely to information regarding trading, TradingAuthority.com

 Later in the year, we launched Nathan Slaughter's Energy & Income, an advisory dedicated solely to income oriented energy plays.

In the month of October, we had over 2,000,000 people visit at least one of our websites -- the most traffic we've seen for a single month.

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