Traders like J. Cramer tout that their style of subscription service to select stocks are worth paying for because they give you a preview of what they are going to buy before they actually do. The rational is that if these experienced guys are willing to buy XYZ stock, then given the circumstances you might also too. And therefore the fees are justified. However, I assume (I have no insider knowledge) that this type of set-up is misleading. Because although a service provider may be committed to actual buy what he/she epouses, I am sure there is no commitment to buy a set number of shares. Therefore, if a service touts that ABC stock looks like a buy, but the selector gets cold feet, he/she may actually only buy one or a few shares, which to me do not indicate serious commitment in the justification of said fees. The ability to know or generate solid ideas may be a headfake, whether intentional or not (though not necessarily an indicator of misbehavior). It seems that the selections that are predetermined through this system cannot be accurately be known if they are valuable vis a vi the selector's strength in picking stocks. N.B. I am not picking on Cramer, just illustrating his type of system because he is famous for it in advertising his service.