I got divorced 8 years ago and left my ex with everything as I just wanted to get "out". I left with $5,000 in my pocket and emotionally beaten to a pulp.
It took me 3 years just to get back on my feet. I did not do any trading during that time as I was busy just trying to survive.
I re-started my own account back in 2003 with $5,000. It took me two years of building the account up to where I could start taking money out of it. I did this while I was working for another company generating income to live on. Nontheless, I was successful and by 2005 I was able to get rid of the other job and live off of my own trading account. During these past 3 years I have built the account up to over 120,00 and have paid all my living expenses with it as well.
I started going to message boards in 2005 and simply giving my thoughts on a few stocks and by the end of 2006 I decided to open up my own message board and offer my services to other people. I thought it was a good idea as I was doing what I love and am good at, and perhaps I could generate additional income off of it.
The idea was slow to take hold as getting people to believe someone else knows what they are doing is not easy. It took many months of providing proof of the knowledge before people started to sign up.
Now it seems to be taking a life of its own and the idea of getting additional income from doing the same thing I do every day for myself is looking like a good one.
The profits that people make off of my mentions do not come out of my pocket and the market certainly has much to spare. So, no skin off my back if everyone that signs up for my service makes money. I do too......at the same time, and I am getting paid $27.95 a months for simply putting out a newsletter with all my thoughts and ideas that I am doing for myself. Its a good gig.
The $27.95 is certainly a low fee for someone getting the information I give. Just two weeks ago a new member joined that said his account was down in one year from 608K to 288K. He sent me an email two days ago that just with 4 mentions of mine in the last week and a half he has already made over 26k. He said the $27.95 fee is the best money he has ever spent.
I hope this explanation clarifies your doubts. It really is this simple. No hidden agenda. Just one hand washing another. Good business.