I was browsing the Oxford Club website recently when I came across a presentation featuring Bill O’Reilly and Alexander Green that ended with a pitch for The Insider Alert service.
It was a compelling offer, but at the cost of $4,000, I wanted to do some research to find out if it was a legitimate and worthwhile service before joining.
In summary, The Insider Alert is a weekly trading service edited by Alexander Green and published by The Oxford Club that gives you up to 24 trade recommendations per year.
I don’t believe it’s a scam, and it could be worthwhile considering Alex’s track record. However, the service has a four-figure price tag, involves options trading, and is faster-paced than a regular buy-and-hold service, so it’s not going to suit everyone.
Read on for my complete take.
Who Is Alexander Green?
Alexander Green is the Chief Investment Strategist of The Oxford Club and another site the company runs called Liberty Through Wealth.
His flagship advisory is The Oxford Communique, but Alex is the editor of Oxford Microcap Trader, The Momentum Alert, and The Insider Alert.
All told, Alex has over two decades of experience, and according to the Oxford Club website, his Oxford Communique advisory is ranked as “one of the 10 top-performing investment letters in the nation” by Hulbert Financial Digest, an independent newsletter ranking site.
Across his advisories, Alex has racked up a pretty long list of triple-digit winners, and some have done even better. Not everything he’s recommended has worked out, and I don’t have the entire history of all of his picks, so it’s unclear how well his picks have done on average.
But it appears he has recommended many high-performing stocks, and I’ll discuss some of his latest stock picks shortly to give you an idea of what he’s bullish on.
So, Alex is a respected stock-picking guru. And before getting into financial education, he was a Wall Street investment advisor, research analyst, and portfolio manager.
He’s also authored four best-selling finance-related books, so he appears to be a genuine expert at helping people invest (or trade) more successfully.
What Is The Insider Alert?
The Insider Alert is a weekly trading service headed up by Alexander Green of The Oxford Club, and the core idea behind the service is to help subscribers profit like an “insider.”
What does that mean?
Well, first and foremost, the service does not help you do actual insider trading. That’s where people trade based on material, nonpublic information about a company.
And this type of trading can be deemed illegal in the U.S. and other parts of the world because it can give the trader an unfair advantage over other market participants.
So, to be clear, that’s NOT what The Insider Alert is about.
Instead, the service is aimed at helping you trade “like” an insider in that Alex looks at what corporate insiders are doing to help determine the trade opportunities he recommends.
Specifically, Alex looks at one primary signal to help identify if a stock is likely to rise or fall: whether or not corporate insiders are putting their own money into the business.
In other words, he looks at whether or not the company officers (CEOs, CFOs, presidents, etc.), directors, and major shareholders are buying shares in their own company.
According to Alex, this is the “ultimate truth detector in the stock market,” and there’s “no better sign that the stock is about to make a big move higher.”
I can see the logic in that since corporate insiders have access to material, nonpublic information, and if they’re spending big money investing in their own company, that could be a good sign.
Either way, you could sum up Alex’s Insider Alert investment philosophy as “watch what they do, not what they say” because it centers around what company insiders are buying.
How does Alex and his team know what “insiders” are doing?
On The Oxford Club website, Alex points out that each time someone buys or sells shares in their own company, they have to file a Form 4 with the SEC, which details how many shares they bought, on what date, and at what price.
And this information is publicly available in the EDGAR database. So anyone can go to the SEC website and trawl through that data. However, unless you have a team of analysts and know what you’re looking for, that could be a very time-consuming, unfruitful exercise.
And that’s where The Insider Alert service comes into play.
According to Alex Green, he and his team “spend 150 man-hours each week scanning, researching and pinpointing every single insider opportunity we recommend.” And have “top-of-the-line technology” that allows them to “follow between 1,000 and 4,000 insider trades daily.”
Alex says he looks for big purchases made by top insiders and company executives and that he has “identified 15 high-level executives” right now that, over the last two decades, have made 137 trades and made money every time they bought. From what I understand, these are the primary “insiders” that Alex and his team are focused on.
So, to recap, Alex looks for information on corporate insiders buying their own shares because he believes this is the best sign a stock could move higher.
And, as a subscriber of The Insider Alert, you get access to the trade opportunities Alex and his team uncover after trawling through the data. From there, you can decide which opportunities you want to follow and which ones to pass up.
There’s a bit more to it than that, though. So let’s take a closer look at how the service works and what you get access to as a subscriber.
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How Does The Insider Alert Work?
For the most part, the way The Insider Alert works is pretty straightforward; the idea is to sign up for $4,000 on The Oxford Club website, access the current stock picks in the research reports and model portfolio, and decide which trade tips you want to follow using your trading account.
You also get access to ongoing trade recommendations throughout the 12-month membership. According to Alex Green, you can expect between one-to-two trade ideas per month and up to 24 trade ideas over 12 months.
What sort of trade ideas do you get? The types of opportunities Alex recommends with this service are short-term options trades.
Options trading is more complex than buying and selling regular shares, but there are pros and cons to consider like anything.
On the plus side, options can give you more upside with a relatively smaller investment than buying regular shares because you can essentially control more shares with less money. This is why many use options; it’s a way to speculate on short-term price action.
On the flip side, options are generally more complicated than trading shares, and depending on the options trading strategy you use, they can be a lot riskier. The latter is primarily because of the leverage aspect associated with options.
In short, options are derivatives of the underlying asset. So, when the underlying share price moves, so does the option associated with it. However, the percentage move in the option will be greater than the stock since an option contract allows you to control more shares.
What this means is that, when it comes to options trading, your potential gains are amplified, but so is the downside; your entire position can be wiped out very quickly.
I’m not saying this to put you off, there are many successful options traders out there, and Alex Green appears to be one of them, so this can be a great strategy.
Not to mention, Alex has designed The Insider Alert service to be as simple and profitable as possible for anyone. Subscribers also get a three-part video training on trading options.
However, I did think this was worth mentioning since options are a big part of how the Insider Alert service works.
Does Insider Alert Have a Good Track Record?
According to Alexander Green, The Insider Alert has delivered 24 triple-digit winners over the past two years. However, as with any advisory, not every recommendation has been a winner, so the average gain since the service began is naturally less.
Here’s a quote from The Oxford Club website:
“Since 2001 – taking into account the Great Recession and the coronavirus crash – Alex’s subscribers have averaged 5% per stock play and 10.4% per options play… with an average hold time of 80 days.”Source: https://orders.oxfordclub.com/Strategy4000AGBLTTOT/W786W511
I’m not sure if that’s the average of all of Alex’s recommendations or only those associated with The Insider Alert, but that should give you a general idea of how his stock picks have performed.
And not every “expert” shares this sort of thing, either. Instead, many finance gurus show the highlights of their past recommendations and leave it at that. So I think it’s good how Alex shares this upfront rather than only sharing the best winners he’s had.
Another stat I found was in a recent presentation on The Oxford Club website, where Alex states that since he founded the service in 2001, it’s “delivered a total return of 735%.”
No matter how well any service has performed, there’s no guarantee of what will happen in the future because markets are unpredictable, but that’s a decent result in my opinion.
What Do You Get If You Join?
The main benefit of joining The Insider Alert service is getting access to Alex Green’s trade recommendations. As mentioned, he provides one to two trade ideas per month and up to 24 trades over the course of a 12-month subscription.
However, there are some other benefits, too.
For example, subscribers get access to the model portfolio that shows you all of Alex’s active trade recommendations and the details associated with each.
You also get regular weekly updates on the existing positions in the portfolio, so you know when to take action, and “Profit Alerts” via email or text that let you know when it’s time to sell.
Lastly, subscribers get access to two bonus research reports that cover Alex’s current opportunities, an investment guide, and three-part video training.
- 3 Breakout Insider Buys to Make TODAY (report)
- The 15 Perfect Traders to Follow (report)
- Alexander Green’s Definitive Guide to Profiting From Insiders (guide)
- Options the Easy Way: Turbocharge Your Profits With 1 Click (video training)
Everything you need is located in the member’s area on The Oxford Club website, and you get access when you sign up.
What Are Alexander Green’s Stock Picks?
To see what Alex Green recommends to Insider Alert subscribers, you need to subscribe to his service. This gives you access to the model portfolio and the three trade ideas inside the “3 Breakout Insider Buys to Make TODAY” report.
However, there are two opportunities I can shed some light on.
One is a so-called “single stock retirement play” Alex has been teasing for a while now, and I was able to uncover what that stock is by looking into the clues he shares in one of his presentations. You can get the full details on the company I think it is and why, including the ticker, in the article I just linked to.
Another stock Alex Green is interested in is a “$5 Private Aviation Superstock.” I came across this one by accident while researching The Insider Alert. In short, Alex talks about a $5 stock he’s bullish on in the private aviation industry, and he says it could be his top stock pick for 2022.
I haven’t researched that yet, since I only just came across it today, but I will dig into that soon, and when I do, I’ll come back and leave a link to the article here.
As mentioned, there are other stocks Alex is interested in, but you’ll need to join the service to find out what those are because they are only shared with his paid subscribers.
Update (January 10, 2021): I looked into Alex Green’s private aviation stock pick by analyzing the clues he shares in the presentation, and you can see my guess in this post.
Is The Insider Alert a Scam?
I don’t believe The Insider Alert is a scam. Based on everything I’ve seen, it’s a legitimate service and one that’s run by an investment expert with over two decades of experience.
That said, there are a couple of points I want to make.
First, there’s no guarantee the service will help you make money. Markets are unpredictable, and all investments carry risk, so nobody can promise you’ll make any money at all. In fact, as with any service, it’s possible you could lose money on some trades.
Second, as far as I know, the service doesn’t come with a cash refund. Instead, the site states that if the service “doesn’t give you at least 10 chances to double your money in the next year,” then the company will give you a second year’s access for free. Also, if you’re not happy, it seems as though they will switch you to another similar service of your choice.
So I recommend checking the refund policy with their customer support line (866.237.0436) if you have concerns before joining to check their refund policy.
What about The Oxford Club? Is it a reputable company?
The Oxford Club is the Baltimore-based publishing company that publishes The Insider Alert. And after trawling through reviews about The Oxford Club, I haven’t seen anything to indicate it’s a scam. It seems like a reputable financial publishing company that’s been in business for a long time. There are some complaints, but that’s pretty standard in the advisory space.
For the most part, I think the complaints have more to do with the marketing side of things, rather than the service itself. As in, some advisories use flashy marketing that can lead some people to join hoping to get rich quickly, and when that doesn’t happen, they complain.
That’s why, in my opinion, it’s important to set realistic expectations when signing up for an advisory service and take the marketing with a pinch of salt.
In the end, I chose not to join The Insider Alert. Not because I think it’s a scam, but because I’m more interested in creating long-term wealth, not trading in and out of the market.
That’s me, though. And either way, based on everything I’ve seen, I do believe this could be a worthwhile service if you don’t mind spending $4,000 and are interested in trading options.
I also think Alex’s strategy is an interesting one.
He essentially zeros in on what corporate insiders are doing to find out what stocks could potentially go up, despite what the current price action and media narratives suggest. And based on what Alex says, the service has performed pretty well since inception.
Hopefully, what I’ve shared in this post helps you make a more informed choice one way or the other, and if you’d like to share your thoughts, feel free to drop a comment below.