Hi, and welcome to my review of Insider Weekly.
I discovered this service almost by mistake while looking into a different newsletter. And given the reviews I’d read, I decided to join to see what all the fuss was about.
In short, Insider Weekly is a newsletter that provides you with deep-value stock tips targeting a minimum 3X return. And it’s run by Chris MacIntosh of Capital Exploits, a professional money manager with a track record of finding asymmetric (low risk, high reward) opportunities.
There are drawbacks, and it’s not for everyone, but Insider Weekly is a legitimate, high-value service. Especially for $35 per month. And as I’ll explain shortly, right now, you can join for $1.
Read on for the full review.
Insider Weekly Review (What’s It About?)
The core focus of the service is helping subscribers exploit opportunities in the global market that most investors are overlooking, with a view to making 3X to 100X gains in the years ahead.
That might sound like hype, and of course, there are no guarantees you’ll make those kinds of gains, but that’s the aim of the service – to find asymmetric investment opportunities.
What does that mean?
An asymmetric investment is essentially one with limited downside risk and massive upside potential. And these are the types of opportunities Chris MacIntosh seeks out.
He essentially looks for beaten-up, unloved sectors. Stuff that the mainstream media isn’t talking about and that the average investor isn’t excited about. At the same time, sectors that are essential for society to function and those that could skyrocket in the years ahead.
Put differently; it’s the “buy low, sell high” strategy taken to the next level.
Another thing that distinguishes Insider Weekly from other newsletters I’ve come across is that it’s not tied to any one sector or geography. Instead, Chris seeks out opportunities across the globe and within various sectors depending on where he sees potential at any given time.
And I think that’s what makes Insider Weekly a genuine contrarian newsletter. As in, not the cliche type, the type that helps you identify asymmetric opportunities before the masses.
Aside from stock tips, I’ve found the global macro insights you receive each week to be timely, well-researched, and straight to the point (no hype or “fluff”).
Each week, you get a detailed breakdown of what’s going on around the world, especially as it relates to the economy and financial markets.
I also find his writing comical at times. And to me, this keeps it interesting and makes some of the topics he covers more palatable. Let’s face it; the world is in a state. And while most gurus tiptoe around some of the issues we’re facing, Chris goes straight for the jugular.
I’m not saying I agree with everything he says. I don’t. But I do like his “uncut” approach because it’s honest. And that’s a rare commodity in the newsletter space.
But most of all, I like that the insight Chris provides directly relates to how you can profit from what’s happening in the world today. In other words, Insider Weekly is an actionable newsletter, not an opinion piece.
I’ll explain more about how it works in a moment, but first, let’s take a closer look at who’s running the show.
Who Is Chris MacIntosh?
Chris MacIntosh is the founder of Capitalist Exploits, an independent investment research company, and editor of the Insider Weekly newsletter.
On one investment site he contributes to, TalkMarkets, Chris describes himself as an entrepreneur, investor, and speculator who was “baptized into the world of business and travel at a young age.” And says he’s made a “small fortune investing in businesses and markets.”
His background is in law, financial planning, and investment banking.
And according to the capexinsider.com website, he’s worked for some of the largest investment banks in the world. Including JPM, Lehman, Robert Flemmings, and Invesco.
However, Chris says a life of “suits and ties, mindless cocktail parties and corporate politics” wasn’t for him and that he’s gained more value and wealth through self-education and entrepreneurship.
I have certainly gained more value and wealth from self education, entrepreneurial activities on the ground and being an avid student of the world always attempting but not always succeeding in understanding how and why it functions the way it does, than any university sanitized education could ever provide me with.Source: talkmarkets.com
To me, Chris’ “hands-on” approach and real-world experience are what separates him from the many “newsletter writers” out there. In other words, he walks the walk.
Not only does he have decades of experience as an entrepreneur and investor, but he also manages his private clients’ wealth through a money management firm called Glenorchy Capital.
Together with Brad McFadden (also a successful money manager), the company helps institutional investors, family offices, and high net worth individuals build wealth. And they do so using a similar strategy to the one shared with subscribers of Insider Weekly.
So, Chris MacIntosh is the real deal, as is his business partner, Brad McFadden. In contrast, most “gurus” in this space are good at writing and selling newsletters. In my experience, it’s rare to find a newsletter run by genuine, active money managers, and that’s what Insider Weekly is.
Also worth mentioning is that Chris MacIntosh has lived and invested from seven different countries over the years. And given Insider Weekly helps you take advantage of global opportunities, his “boots on the ground” experience adds a lot of value to the service.
What Is Capitalist Exploits?
Capitalist Exploits is the company behind Insider Weekly and other services.
For example, Insider, the full version of Insider Weekly. Resource Insider, a service for accredited investors. And Hedgies Uncut, a free Telegram group.
The company is based in Singapore and describes itself as “dedicated to finding asymmetric risk/reward investment opportunities.”
From what I understand, it was founded in 2010 by Chris MacIntosh. However, other contributors include his partner from Glenorchy Capital, Brad McFadden, financier and mining expert Jamie Keech, and hedge fund manager Harris Kupperman.
Is Capitalist Exploits Legit?
Yes, Capitalist Exploits is a legitimate company.
In fact, one of the most surprising things I learned during my research is that not only is it one of the highest-rated companies in the financial publishing space, it’s one of the least well-known.
And I think the reason for this is because, instead of creating overhyped “presentations” to sell more newsletters, Capitalist Exploits focuses on providing value to their subscribers.
In other words, they under-sell and over-deliver.
And this, in my opinion, is one of the key reasons the company has been so successful and has so many glowing reviews online. People love it.
What Are Others Saying?
Capitalist Exploits has a near-flawless rating on Trustpilot. As of writing, out of 149 reviews, it has 4.9 out of 5 stars. That’s not good – it’s unheard of.
From what I’ve seen, the most common theme among the positive reviews has to do with the quality of the insights, the no BS approach, and the results people have been getting.
You’ll see what I mean by checking out the link above, but here’s one example of a review someone left that I think pretty much sums it up:
Honest opinion presented through coherent arguments based on macro views of the World. Untainted by anything other than the desire to make money by exploiting deep inefficiencies in the markets. No bullisht, no being wedded to any idea, no vague ‘get rich quick’ scams – just deep value propositions laying out the investment thesis in plain language for the patient investor. I have been investing in the markets for a long time and have never paid for any investment ‘advice’. Stumbling across Capitalist Exploits changed all that and I signed up without hesitation.– Anu Agarwal (source: trustpilot.com)
These are just a few examples, but I think these capture the essence of most reviews I’ve come across. And that is, most people appear to be satisfied with the service.
Of course, nothing is perfect, so it’s unreasonable to expect the service to please everyone. In this case, I didn’t find anyone calling it a scam, but some didn’t like its style.
For example, one person on Trustpilot said they were disappointed it was “more of a political opinion piece” than expected. And another said they liked the service but more or less suggested the newsletters were politically incorrect.
I wasn’t at all surprised by these.
Why? Because as I said earlier, the newsletter is a bit controversial.
Some people love the “rawness” of Chris’ approach. Others don’t. To me, this is what makes the service unique – it’s a no BS take on real global issues and how to profit from them.
In Chris MacIntosh’s words:
Sometimes these truths are politically incorrect and unpalatable dependant on ones political leanings. We make no excuses for this. We call a spade a spade and call bullshit where we see it.Source: trustpilot.com
There’s no denying that Insider Weekly caters more to those on the right side of the political spectrum. In particular, those who value free markets and capitalism over government intervention. And those who are concerned about things like loose monetary policy.
However, regardless of your political leanings, the political commentary isn’t just “thrown in” for the sake of it. Insider Weekly is a global macro newsletter. And as such, you get insight into what’s happening around the world and how to use this to your advantage as an investor.
Naturally, this includes insight into things like government policy and geopolitics because these can have a huge impact on the types of opportunities Insider Weekly uncovers.
In any case, Insider Weekly is the real deal, and Capitalist Exploits is one of the most reputable companies in the investment newsletter industry (by far).
How Does Insider Weekly Work?
The core strategy behind Insider Weekly is to help subscribers find stocks with 3X to 100X upside potential within unloved, beaten-down sectors.
I like this strategy for two reasons:
- First, when you bet on a quality stock that’s already been smashed down in price, it stands to reason that the downside potential is limited.
- Second, when you combine that with a stock that has massive upside potential, you have the opportunity to build generational wealth.
This is what asymmetric investing, and Insider Weekly, is all about.
Buy low, sell high.
Sounds simple, and it is. But believe it or not, that’s not what we’re inclined to do as retail investors. Instead, most of us tend to buy high (out of FOMO) and sell low (out of fear).
And that’s why I think Insider Weekly has proven to be so effective. It shows you how to “skate to where the puck is going” instead of where it is. In other words, how to do it the right way.
Of course, for this strategy to work, you need to know what you’re doing. And that means having a deep understanding of the global macro landscape, how markets work, the risks involved, opportunities that exist beyond the obvious, and so on. Otherwise, you’re gambling.
And that’s where being a subscriber of Insider Weekly can give you an “unfair” advantage. As I’ve explained, Chris MacIntosh runs a respected money management firm and knows what he’s doing. And as a subscriber of Insider Weekly, you directly benefit from his experience.
Each week, subscribers receive a new issue (typically between 15 to 40 pages worth) that covers what’s going on in the economy, geopolitical events impacting markets, and the latest opportunities Chris sees within the sectors he’s tracking.
Each issue begins with a scenic picture sent in from a subscriber and gives you an overview of what Chris is going to be talking about in the report.
Everything in the newsletter is broken down in an easy-to-understand way, and there are charts and links to external resources provided if you want to learn more.
And at the end of each issue, there’s something called “The Big 5.”
This is essentially a list of Chris’ top five stock picks for the week along with the details behind why he’s bullish on each company. You also get visuals of things like stock charts and important metrics to help you understand why he sees it as a worthwhile investment.
From there, as with any newsletter, it’s up to you whether or not you follow the recommendations using your own brokerage account. But you get access to tradecraft and strategy videos inside the member’s area to help you get started and show you how to build your portfolio.
On that last point, because the team at Capital Exploits are experts who actively manage their own wealth and that of their clients, you learn how to manage your own portfolio like a pro.
Everything you need to know about following their recommendations and setting up your portfolio is covered in detail in the member’s area.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you what you do. They don’t manage your money for you. But they do show you how to structure your portfolio to minimize risk and maximize the upside.
What Stocks Does Insider Weekly Recommend?
The Insider stock recommendations aren’t tied to any one sector, which is one of the key things that makes it such an excellent service. Chris goes where the opportunity is and shows you how to do the same. However, they typically have over a dozen sectors in play at any one time.
Which sectors depend on where the best opportunities are, but as of right now, they’re particularly bullish on the energy and agriculture sectors.
There are many reasons for this, but for the most part, within these two sectors, the thesis seems to come down to supply-related issues (i.e., a looming energy crisis and food shortages).
Chris digs in deep on this stuff and makes a solid case for why overlooked industries in the energy and agricultural sectors could be incredibly profitable in the future.
And from what I can see, his thesis is playing out in real-time.
For example, as the world transitions from relying on fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas, blackouts are becoming more common, and energy prices are rising in some parts of the globe.
Here’s what an article in the Financial Times said regarding the latest blackouts in China:
Most of China’s electricity is produced from coal, but domestic coal output is struggling to keep up due to regulatory reforms, under-investment and more stringent health and safety inspections.Source: ft.com
The same article points out that, even a few months ago, the “common view was that practically all these commodities were abundant, and would become more so over time.” And says, “it shows how little margin of safety there is in the world’s energy system.”
I mention this because Chris has been talking about this situation, and how to profit from it, with subscribers of Insider Weekly for a long time. Even when the “common view” was that everything’s fine. Now we’re seeing it unfold, and some of his picks are soaring.
What’s more, it looks like things are just getting started.
Aside from energy, food shortages seem to be getting worse across the globe. And Capital Exploits recently released a four-part video series breaking down their entire agriculture thesis. It’s free to access and well worth the time, in my opinion. I learned a lot from it.
Anyway, these are just some examples of the opportunities Chris shares with members of Insider Weekly. If you want all the research and specific recommendations, it’s best to join the service.
And if you want to get an idea of how their past stock picks have performed, there are numerous examples of triple-digit stocks they’ve recommended on the company website.
From what I understand, they also recommended bitcoin in 2014 (which full disclosure, I own some of), long before many gurus in the space. So you don’t just hear about stocks
How Much Does It Cost to Join?
It normally costs $35 per month to join Insider Weekly. However, they are currently running a special that allows you to get started for only $1.
For $1, you get access to the full Weekly Insider service, and should you decide to stay on, you are billed $35 after your first 30 days and every month after that until you cancel.
Also worth re-stating is that Insider Weekly is the newsletter component of the full Insider service, which costs $1,999 per year. So what you are getting with Insider Weekly is the newsletter part of a high-end investment advisory.
Some might not like that there’s an upsell in the pipeline, and fair enough. But the way I see it, you get the core benefit (newsletter) of a high-end service at a fraction of the price. So even if you never upgrade to Insider, there’s a lot of value in the weekly newsletters alone.
Capital Exploits also offers a service called Resource Insider, priced at almost $5K, but that’s meant for accredited investors, which most people aren’t. So if you’re eligible to join that, you’re probably not too concerned about the price anyway.
Also, to the best of my knowledge, Capital Exploits has a 30-day money-back guarantee in place. So if you’re not satisfied, all you need to do is contact their support team, and they can assist you.
Pros of Insider Weekly
- I love the “asymmetric” strategy these guys use and the way they show you how to structure your portfolio. To me, it’s both conservative and exciting at the same time. No strategy is perfect, but this gives you the best of both worlds (minimum downside potential, maximum upside potential).
- The newsletters themselves are jam-packed with value, and the kind of insights you simply won’t find anywhere else. They’re also easy to read, make me laugh at times, and include resources like charts, links to blog posts and videos to learn more, and highly relevant to what matters right now since they come out on a weekly, not monthly, basis.
- There are a LOT of scams and overhyped stock advisories in this space. Insider Weekly isn’t one of them. In fact, it is by far one of the most ethical, transparent services I’ve come across and I’ve (literally) never seen a company in this industry with as high of a rating as Capital Exploits.
- I like that the service isn’t run by newsletter writers, it’s run by professional money managers who walk the walk. To me, it shows. It’s almost like getting an “inside” look at how real hedge fund managers make money, and using their knowledge to build your own wealth.
- The track record of the both Capital Exploits and the Insider Weekly service speaks for itself. They’ve recommended numerous triple-digit stocks and many of their thesis have proven true, and some are playing out right now as I write this.
- The fact you can get started for as little as $1 blows my mind. This means literally anyone interested in investing can check out the newsletters for an entire month with virtually zero risk. I would happily pay many multiples of this to learn from what they share in one newsletter alone.
Cons of Insider Weekly
- Probably the main thing I think will turn some people off is the political aspect of the newsletters and how they center around some of the most controversial topics of our time. On one hand, this is what makes the service valuable because you’re learning how to profit from these situations. On the other hand, some people may be turned off by this.
- With Insider Weekly, you get the newsletter component of the full Insider service (which is priced at $1,999). Insider Weekly is a comprehensive service in and of itself, and you don’t need to upgrade to benefit from it, but Insider is the full-featured version. It comes with extras like the model portfolio, live Q&A sessions, and regular portfolio updates.
- I’m not sure if this is a “con” but I think it’s worth emphasising that this is NOT a get-rich-quick thing, it’s not a trading service, and there are no guarantees you’ll make money. This is a newsletter desigend for long-term investors who are prepared to take multi-year positions and reap the rewards of doing so.
Bottom Line: Is Insider Weekly Worth It?
Insider Weekly is an investment newsletter headed up by Chris MacIntosh of Capitalist Exploits that shows subscribers how to profit from asymmetric opportunities in the market.
And in my opinion, it’s well worth it.
It’s not likely to help you get rich quickly. However, if you’re sick and tired of all the sensationalist nonsense in this space and want to learn how to create generational wealth from professional hedge fund managers, I believe this service is worth many times the asking price.
And right now, you can join Insider Weekly for $1.
What if you’re not ready to join?
My advice would be to check out their fee Telegram group – Hedgies Uncut.
This is a great introduction to the type of insight you receive as a member of Insider Weekly, and it won’t cost you a penny to sign up. It’s essentially a “fly on the wall” look at what hedge fund managers are talking about, and Chris MacIntosh is a regular contributor.
You could also check out the Capital Exploits blog. This is updated regularly and, similar to Hedgies Uncut, gives you an idea of the sort of insights you learn with Insider.
If you’re still not convinced it’s worth giving it a shot after reading this review and checking out their free content, it may not be suitable for you. And that’s okay.
While Insider Weekly is an excellent service, it will not suit everyone, and some might not like how controversial it can be at times. Everyone is different, so I think that’s understandable.
And in that case, there are alternatives.
For example, another excellent service I’ve benefited from is called Motley Fool Stock Advisor. This service is a bit more “mainstream” than Insider and doesn’t get into anything political. But it is ethically run, has performed well over the years, and is very affordable.
So that might be worth considering if you feel Insider isn’t for you.
Just keep in mind that, regardless of which service you join, all investments carry risk. So you should always do your own research before deciding anything.
With that said, I hope you found this review helpful and I appreciate you taking the time to read this far! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below, I would love to hear your thoughts.