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SmartMoney (1-year)

3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)


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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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290 of 296 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best personal finance mag out there February 18, 2002
I have been a subscriber for 5 or 6 years now and I always find each issue to be valuable. SmartMoney strikes a good balance between investment advice/coverage and information/articles that deal with the other aspects of your financial life. Among the features I look forward to every month:
- Ten Things: a "watch out" list of 10 things that you should know about the different professionals you interact with (your dentist, your accountant, a real estate broker, etc.). Always an eye-opener.
- Stock Screen: Paul Sturm is a knowledgeable, value-oriented journalist who puts together a list each month of 8-10 stocks that make it through a rigid screen of several characteristics. Each month, he features a different screen and he uses a good mix of quantitative characteristics and common sense to generate the list.
- Feature articles that profile common people and the serious personal finance problems they have endured (e.g., collecting on insurance, fighting the IRS, traveling overseas).
SmartMoney is frequently compared to Money magazine, but Money is often more narrowly focused on investing and it sometimes dumbs down its articles. I also read BusinessWeek, Forbes and Fortune regularly. While they all have their place, none provides the depth and common sense focus of SmartMoney when it comes to personal finance. I have photocopied and saved countless articles and I sometimes refer to them years later. ... my advice is to get a subscription now - it's definitely worth it.
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267 of 294 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good magazine, very poor customer service February 10, 2004
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I have subscriptions to Forbes, Smart Money, Money and Fortune. Out of all 4, i like Forbes and Fortune the most, because they seem to give details also on the backgrounds of the companies they are presenting as good buys. Even if Smart Money is not as good as these magazines, it is still well worth the money and provides a cheaper alternative to the beginner investor.
My main problem with Smart Money was not their writing, but their way of doing business. I made a one year subscription through Amazon and i was supposed to get the March issue as the first issue (in February). Well, i received this issue, but with it i was also sent the January and February issues (published in December of last year and January of this year). The complaints i made to their customer service department - for this cheap method they used to shorten my one year subscription by 2 months - were left with no answer. I know many magazines take advantage of their readers by sending them an older issue with the new one, but Smart Money takes the crown, sending me issues published last year!
Overall, if you can go past this, this magazine can be worth getting, especially for beginner investors. Otherwise, get Forbes or Fortune.
An update: I also e-mailed Amazon about this problem and - to their merit - they solved it immediately. While Smart Money still hasn't replied to my original e-mail, once Amazon contacted them, they added 2 more issues to my subscription. Big thanks goes again to the exceptional customer service from Amazon!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I had imagined! February 18, 2004
I purchased a value-package of this magazine and Kiplinger's, and I've been thrilled with both. About 20% of the articles and info are over my head, but the balance is understandable, helpful, and easily applied to my average money management skills. I've since ordered a SmartMoney subscription for three friends and relatives!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart Money Combines Business and Personal Finance July 12, 2007
Smart Money is a solid magazine about business and finance and I have been reading it on and off again for the past five years. This magazine is a little bit big business and a little bit personal finance, combining together the features of a business magazine with that of an investment publication.

One of the main things I like about Smart Money is the fact that it includes so many different articles each month. There are only a few regular departments in this magazine. The majority of the pages include featured articles and short articles that change from month to month. These articles can cover a wide range of topics from ways to cut your electric bill to the latest regulations in the insurance industry.

Smart Money is an intelligent magazine and its articles are often a little more advanced than those of other financial publications. They don't reach a level that is too advanced to make them incapable of understanding, and that is good. But they are certainly intended for the savvier investor who already knows the ropes and wants some more specific, intermediate to advanced advice on personal finance and corporate happenings.

Overall, I rank Smart Money as a very good personal finance magazine and it is one I will continue to read when I get the chance. It is like a combination of Fortune and Money magazines and its timely articles are often very interesting and helpful. Whether it's an article on reducing your cell phone bill or an article about the profit picture in the oil business, Smart Money is certain to inform and enlighten.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For $1 per issue you can't go wrong February 3, 2006
I have been a Smart Money subscriber for over six years. Each month I look forward to receiving the new issue. It needs to be said (to those who aren't aware) that this is a publication of the Wall Street Journal. There isn't as much market news but the writing is comparable. From undervalued stock picks, to mutual fund screening and research, finding cheap bottles of good wine, car ratings, retirement planning and portfolio health - this magazine hits on many important topics for people in their working years. The writers use a basic insightful style that is easy for anyone to understand. It is hands down the best personal finance magazine around. Head and shoulders above Money & Kiplingers. There are better financial magazines out there if you want to get more in depth but I enjoy that Smart Money covers a wide range of money topics and product reviews. For $.67 an issue for a 3 year subscription its a no brainer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I just received an e-mail that smartmoney will cease publication and that I will get a weekly business magazine as a replacement.
Published on July 22, 2012 by S. Herrera
4.0 out of 5 stars Going to Stop Publishing
Good magazine, but September will be the last issue they publish. My wife, the financial person in our house, enjoyed reading it. Too bad.
Published on July 20, 2012 by Stuart Jacobson
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I am too young
I only found a couple of the articles interesting during my subscription. But, this may be because I am too young to be interested, since a majority of the articles seem to be... Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Engineer2011
1.0 out of 5 stars Smart Money Magazine Review
I'm very disappointed in the publisher of this magazine and also Amazon for allowing this publisher to advertise a product with a year subscription when I'm sure they knew... Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Donald F Ritz
4.0 out of 5 stars Just received my first issue
Came quicker than promised, have not read it yet! Hard being asked to review a magazine subscription hope this sarisfies the requirements.
Published on July 7, 2012 by marebu16
1.0 out of 5 stars Now I know why the subscription was so cheap!
This magazine will no longer be published in a print edition after 08/2012. Online content only.
Glad I just renewed my subscription!!
Published on June 22, 2012 by R. Hiltz
1.0 out of 5 stars I hardly received 4 magazines out of 12 (despite a years paid...
I have lost faith in this magazine delivery. I just got only 4 of the 12 despite paying for a years subscription via amazon. Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by NJ-ite
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Yet Interesting Read
"Smart Money" magazine is very informative, but at the same time, easy to read. I had been wanting to sample it for some time. Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by Susanne
3.0 out of 5 stars Little more evolved than me
I purchased this item with the long term plan of acquiring a better financial picture of my families assets and investments. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by M. Hallock
3.0 out of 5 stars I haven't received it yet.
The magazine is good-I've read it in past. However, I haven't received any issues yet from subscription and am hoping I'll get it.
Published on December 21, 2011 by camille
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