Porter Stansberry

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Frank Porter Stansberry
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Florida
OccupationFinancial publisher, Founder Stansberry & Associates
Porter Stansberry
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Frank Porter Stansberry
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Florida
OccupationFinancial publisher, Founder Stansberry & Associates
Porter Stansberry

Frank Porter Stansberry is an American financial publisher and author. Stansberry founded Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, a private publishing company based in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1999.[1] He is the author of the monthly newsletter, Stansberry's Investment Advisory, which covers investments and investment theory in commodities, real estate, and the stock market. He is also the creator of the 2011 online video and infomercial titled "End of America" (77 min).[2][3] In 2002, the SEC brought a case for securities fraud and a federal judge fined him $1.5 million in 2007.[4]


In 1999 Stansberry founded Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, a private publishing company based in Baltimore, Maryland.[5] He is the editor of the internet financial newsletters Porter Stansberry's Investment Advisory and Porter Stansberry’s Put Strategy Report.[5] He also contributes regularly to Daily Wealth and The Growth Stock Wire, other Stansberry & Associates publications.[6]

Stansberry & Associates publishes investment research.[5] Agora, Inc., Stansberry & Associates’s parent company, states that S&A has subscribers in more than 100 countries.[7]

He became the first American editor of the Fleet Street Letter, Britain’s longest-running financial newsletter.[5][8] He later opened his own financial advisory.

Stansberry has been interviewed on Yahoo! Finance’s Tech Ticker, Radio America, the Off the Grid podcast, and Alex Jones’s InfoWars radio show.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Stanberry is a frequent contributor to WorldNet Daily, an American web site that publishes news and associated content from the perspective of U.S. conservatives and the political right.

Porter Stansberry has been credited with making a number of successful predictions. In February of 2007, he predicted that GM would go bankrupt, telling readers that “GM will be bankrupt within three years.” By December of 2008, GM was down 88%[15] and by June of 2009, GM had filed for bankruptcy.[16] In June of 2008, Porter predicted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would go bankrupt in the next 12 months.[17] By September of 2008, both mortgage companies were placed into government conservatorship. [18]

End of America[edit]

In 2010, Stansberry published a viral 77-minute infomercial titled "End of America.[19]

SEC case[edit]

In 2003, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought a case against Stansberry for a "scheme to defraud public investors by disseminating false information in several Internet newsletters."[1][20][21] A federal court, upheld on appeal, found that Stansberry had sent out a newsletter to subscribers, predicting one company's stock was about to soar. Stansberry maintains that his information came from a company executive; the court found that he fabricated the source.[1] The company's stock price did increase for the reasons Stansberry had pinpointed, but about a month later than Stansberry had predicted.[1] In 2007, he and his investment firm, then called "Pirate Investor," were ordered by a U.S. District Court to pay $1.5 million in restitution and civil penalties. The court rejected Stansberry’s 1st Amendment defense, saying "Stansberry's conduct undoubtedly involved deliberate fraud, making statements that he knew to be false."[20]

At the time of the trial, many media outlets spoke out in support of Stansberry due to the relevance of the case to First Amendment rights. A group of newspaper publishers urged the Supreme Court[22] to reverse the decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that Mr. Stansberry was liable, and signed an Amici Curiae in defense of Stansberry. They claimed that a guilty verdict was "a significant threat to the free dissemination of news about the financial markets and specific investment opportunities" and could lead to a situation that "would be contrary to the spirit of our system of a free and independent press."[23] When the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, a New York Times editorial column noted that "the implications of the S.E.C.’s action are potentially profound: newspapers or Web sites promising their paying readers stock information that later turns out to be untrue suddenly leave themselves open to fraud charges. Any financial commentator who passes on bad information in good faith could be sued."[24]


  1. ^ a b c d Liptak, Adam. "E-mail Stock Tip Tests Limits of Security Laws". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2003. 
  2. ^ "The End of America". . The original URL is www.stansberryresearch.com/pro/1011PSIENDVD/PPSIM1AJ/PR but one cannot pause the video.
  3. ^ Curtin, Stacy. ""The End of America": Porter Stansberry Sees the Future ... And It's Grim". Yahoo Finance. 
  4. ^ Bishop, Tricia (August 10, 2007). "$1.5 million payback ordered in SEC suit". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Porter Stansberry Profile". Townhall.com. 
  6. ^ "Daily Wealth". Dailywealth.com. 
  7. ^ "Agora Inc.". Agora. 
  8. ^ "The Fleet Street Letter". 
  9. ^ "Yahoo Finance Tech Ticker with Aaron Task". Yahoo Finance. 
  10. ^ "The Roger Hedgecock Show". Radio America. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Is the Stock Market Lying To Us? – Episode 035". Off the Grid News. 
  12. ^ "As the Worm Turns – Episode 028". Off the Grid News. 
  13. ^ "Alex Jones – InfoWars" (mp3). Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Alex Jones Show". Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  15. ^ Schor, Elana. "Business Automotive industry Embarrassed GM axes two private jets". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Isidore, Chris. "GM bankruptcy: End of an era". CNN Money. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Abelson, Alan. "Au Revoir or Goodbye?". Barrons. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Goldfarb, Zachary A.; Cho, David; Appelbaum, Binyamin. "Treasury to Rescue Fannie and Freddie". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Silver Prices Kindled by Unorthodox Investors". KUOW NPR (Washington: University of Washington). June 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Complaint, Agora, Inc, Pirate Investor, LLC, and Frank Porter Stansberry, Defendant". Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Securities and Exchange Commission, Plaintiff, v. AGORA, INC., PIRATE INVESTOR, LLC and FRANK PORTER STANSBERRY". United States Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  22. ^ AP. "Supreme Court won't hear appeal of financial newsletter prosecution on securities fraud". Fox News. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Brief Amici Curiae Of The Reporters Committee For Freedom Of The Press And Media Organizations In Support Of Petitioners". NY Times Graphics. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "The Right to Be Wrong". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2014.