Member Stories

The stock investment clubs and individual investors of the BetterInvesting community talk about how our common-sense education and stock analysis tools have helped them.

Ira Haas

"I’m a retired nuclear engineer/certified health physicist. My career in nuclear power with a specialty in radiation safety was influenced by the Cold War 'duck-and-cover' era. Since retiring, Ginny and I have become active volunteers through the American Red Cross.

"Our family’s portfolio has tripled in value since I’ve joined BetterInvesting. We’re using our investment gains to pay for our comfortable retirement. We fully paid for our daughter’s college and graduate school."



Capital Gains Investment Club

"At its origin in 1967, the Capital Gains Investment Club joined BetterInvesting and the membership has continued to this day.
 
"The club’s value as of February 2019 was $1,008,998.23. In addition, the club’s paid out over $831,284.94 to members who have withdrawn from the club over the years.
 
"The Capital Gains Investment Club is proud and happy regarding its many years of investing. The club’s helped educate current and former members about the value of investing in equities. The results have been additional financial security for its members."



George Deal

“I’ve learned a lot from BetterInvesting’s First Cut stock studies and from the monthly TickerTalk sessions offered to members. The user friendly website allows me to navigate easily while researching its educational resources. As vice president of my investment club, I’m always sharing new topics and study guides from the website.”



Milan Research Club

“Anecdotal history has it that the founding members of the Milan Research Club were meeting informally as early as 1949, but they didn’t formalize the club until December 1956. The club was approved by NAIC (now BetterInvesting) on Jan. 16, 1957, as club No. 2103.
 
“As of Dec. 31, 2017, our portfolio of 32 stocks was valued at $1.19 million. We credit our club’s longevity and success to doing our homework and investing in high-quality, dividend-paying companies. We’ve also had the fortitude to ride out the inevitable downturns and not sell in a panic.”

Anne Kyle

"I've been a member of BetterInvesting since 1992, when I joined an investment club. ... I worry about the next generation’s ability to handle their finances. I am constantly trying to talk folks into looking into BI, investment clubs and books on investing and telling them to start by putting some dollars aside every month. I’ve even donated copies of books reviewed in BetterInvesting Magazine to our local library.

"Thanks to investing all these years, my husband and I are blessed with a nice retirement. Our Winnebago has lots of mileage, and we have wonderful memories from traveling all over the U.S., Canada and Alaska. We have also traveled outside the U.S. and are still planning future trips.

"Investing has given two blue-collar workers a great retirement life."



Horizon Investment Club

"We have an uncanny knack for knowing when to sell potentially losing stocks, and our portfolio has seen great appreciation even in market downturns. BetterInvesting has provided helpful research, webinars, articles and opinions along the way.

"Our members are as diverse as our holdings. Members include businesswomen, business owners and an attorney. Our lighthearted meetings are filled with socializing and our continued interest in learning has broadened our knowledge of the investment world. Friendship and camaraderie are what have kept us together after all these years."



Elaine Huang

"I immigrated to the U.S. with my husband and two children in 1982.

"Inspired by Peter Lynch’s book 'Beating the Street,' I decided to learn how to invest by joining an investment club. Our club of 16 members quickly joined BetterInvesting (then NAIC). ... We’ve learned so much over the past 20 years

"Being a scientist, I find little difficulty in studying investments. I truly enjoy using the Stock Selection Guide to analyze stocks and since joining BetterInvesting, I haven’t bought a single stock without completing one.

"We didn’t know how expensive a college education was until our two children reached their teens. We started late in investing for that, but luckily the growth in the ’90s was enough to pay for their college tuition.

"With the lesson learned, we invested early in our two granddaughters’ education funds at their first birthdays. It will be a big help in getting them through their education."



Jan Zappold

“I knew BetterInvesting’s sound investment methodology and member support community would help empower my financial decisions. Now that I’m a member, I’ve seen firsthand how devoted and supportive our members are to the organization and one another, and I’m more than excited to be a part of that.

 
“BetterInvesting’s greatest asset is undoubtedly its community of like-minded investors with a thirst for continued learning. BI’s long-term, common-sense investment philosophy has a proven record of success, which should attract people looking to make their money work toward their respective goals and dreams.
 
“Although it can all seem overwhelming at times, BI really does offer everything we need to be successful, lifelong investors. Whether it’s the Stock Selection Guide, online webinars or the support of local chapters and model investment clubs, there’s so much available and readily accessible to all of us.”

Women's Investment Network

“BetterInvesting gives us a structure for regular, monthly investing, which is key to building wealth. One year we were even recognized as the most successful club in Texas based on our year-over-year growth. We were also the first club to add a member through BetterInvesting’s Find-A-Club (now Visit-A-Club) online effort.
 
“Overall, we’re pretty good at what we do, with more winners than losers. So continuing to make money is an incentive to stick with the club.”

Laurick Ingram

“I first learned of BetterInvesting in the late ’90s. Back then, you had to go to the library, pull the company’s financials and fill out the Stock Selection Guide with a pencil. It was time-consuming and tedious, and I quickly petered out. I took another look in 2010, when information could be populated automatically.

 “With my computer doing most of the heavy lifting, analyzing stocks became much easier. I soon joined an investment club that met 90 miles away. I was willing to make the drive to surround myself with people better at investing than I was.
 
“I grew up poor, the last of 11 children. We lived in the government housing projects and my mom was on welfare. Because I’m good with money, people often ask how they can get better, but most never follow through on my advice.
 
“I know some suggest paying off all your debts or having money saved first, but I’d rather you invest
$100 right away, because you’ll start learning right away. Start small right now and build on it, instead of waiting years until you think you’re ready.”



LeeAnn Gallagher Morse

“Making a commitment to save through my investment club has allowed me to understand how important it is to save for retirement, which wasn’t part of my education growing up. I’ve also learned so much from attending BetterInvesting national conventions every year from 2005 in New York up through 2016 in Washington, D.C.
 
“My investment club portfolio has grown substantially over the years. I also trade stocks in my personal portfolio. When my banker once reviewed it for me, he congratulated me on how well I was doing.”

Edgewood Stock Club

“On Feb. 8, 1966, 12 teachers organized the first meeting of the Edgewood Stock Club. The club decided early on that it would become a member of the National Association of Investment Clubs (now BetterInvesting) and that it would follow the investment guidelines of the national organization. The Stock Selection Guide became the foundation of our research for stock purchase possibilities.
 
“We still put great value in the study of stocks using the Stock Selection Guide. Thanks to the tools of BetterInvesting, the learning process goes on!”

Linda Marsh

“If I were making recommendations for people also hoping for a financially secure future, I’d tell them to start by learning to invest with BetterInvesting. Then allocate a limited amount of money and make their first investments. As they gain confidence and see their portfolio grow, they’ll want to invest even more to achieve their goals.
 
“I am passionate about BetterInvesting. Without its tenets, we wouldn’t have been able to retire at age 61. I think my BI membership is the best money I have ever spent. More important than the dollar amount that members are able to earn through their investments is the peace of mind knowing they can gain financial security if they adhere to BI’s investing principles.
           
“My No. 1 dream for my investments was to someday be able to live life at a slower pace. In retirement, that dream has already come true.”

12 Karats Investment Club

“One of our members suggested joining BetterInvesting. It’s a good resource for the first-time investor as well as for those with experience. The magazine and website have interesting articles that help us to measure how we are doing compared with other investment clubs.
 
“We’ve already had members use investment gains for closing costs, new car down payments and tuition. Other members envision using theirs for future vacations and retirement.
 
“What makes our club unique is our 20 years of commitment with true friendship. We are in it for the long haul!”
 
 

Michael Crawford

“BetterInvesting has given me a wealth of investing information and experience and made me a far more diligent researcher and consistent investor. BI’s guiding principles are what kept me disciplined and focused on continuing to invest during the market crash of 2008.

“When I joined the federal government, I set a goal to build my retirement account to more than $1 million by the time I retired. I shared that goal with my wife, sons and a few close friends, and they all politely laughed.
 
“Well, no one is laughing now: Not only have I met my goal, I’ve exceeded it, and well before my retirement next year. Adding in my nonretirement accounts raises that total even higher.
 
“I believe most, if not all, successful investors have a passion for investing. If I had to give other investors advice, I’d say to remain in a continuous learning mode: Understand there’s always something new to learn and apply it to your investing practices.”

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