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About The Oxford Club

The Oxford Club

The Oxford Club is a private, international network of trustworthy and knowledgeable investors and entrepreneurs. Our mission is simple – to help our Members grow and protect their wealth.

For well over two decades, the Club’s unique, multifaceted investment philosophy and ability to share timely ideas through our investment-focused publications have sustained our success through all market conditions. We research hundreds of investment opportunities and select only those with the greatest potential gains and the lowest risk to share with our Members.

Our easy-to-use investment strategy has been proven to aid our Members in beating the market without unacceptable risk. We shun run-of-the-mill advice that leads to nothing but mediocrity. Instead, we guide our Members in creating tax-smart portfolios that take advantage of a wide array of proven investment strategies and multiple time horizons.

While we’re selective, we are not, per se, a secret organization. In fact, we have over 90,000 Members worldwide, spread across some 131 countries.

Our History

William Bonner, the founder of Agora Inc., is also one of the founders of The Oxford Club, which officially started as the Passport Club back in 1989. The Club took its current name of The Oxford Club in 1991.

Bill’s idea, and those of the other founders, was to create a private “financial club” of investors who would share their interest in finding unique opportunities around the world, and who agreed that the best opportunities to invest early are usually found through personal connections, not the mainstream press.

  • 1970s

    The Oxford Club’s earliest beginnings go back to a group called “The Merchants & Brokers Exchange.” This was an international businessman’s club started in the early ’70s by an American, Gary Scott, who was selling insurance and mutual funds in Hong Kong. It was the time of the Cultural Revolution in China. Western business people living in Hong Kong enjoyed getting together to exchange information. Scott institutionalized this group and later expanded into London.

  • 1980s

    In the mid-’80s Scott turned it over to Bill Bonner, the CEO of Baltimore, Maryland-based Agora Inc., a global financial and travel publishing company. In 1989, Bonner changed the name to The Passport Club and hired recent Thunderbird MBA graduate Julia Guth as Membership Director. Her job was to expand the Club’s services and local chapter participation.

    Concurrently in the mid-’80s, an investment and business publisher in Florida launched a financial newsletter called The Oxford Club. It grew to 10,000 readers worldwide. The publishing company sold its interest to Bonner in 1991. Bonner welcomed these new Members into his group and changed the name from The Passport Club to The Oxford Club because he thought the name evoked a spirit of tradition and old-world charm. He charged Julia with combining the best of The Oxford Club and The Passport Club and expanding on it. Mark Nestmann, an international wealth-protection and privacy expert, became Financial Editor of the monthly Oxford Club investment newsletter, The Oxford Communiqué.

  • 1992

    A Board of Governors was formed and James Boxley Cooke was named Honorary Chairman.

    Cooke, a recently retired investment advisor from T. Rowe Price, became the primary spokesperson for the Club throughout the ’90s.

    The Club’s “bible,” Traditions of Wealth, was published and offered to all lifetime Members.

    Gary Scott, an original creator of the international investors’ club concept, replaced Mark Nestmann as the Financial Editor for The Oxford Club.

  • 1993

    The Club sponsored its first Advanced Wealth-Protection Seminar at Oxford University in England. The program was held at different colleges at Oxford for three summers.

    The Oxford Club published its first Wealth-Protection Course and Cassette series.

    By year’s end, Gary nominated Chris Weber, author of the book Getting Rich Outside the Dollar, to the new Investment Director position of The Oxford Club. Gary joined the Club’s Board of Governors. Chris continued to promote the importance of global diversification.

  • 1994

    The Oxford Club expanded its Wealth Protection Advisory Board to include Queen’s Counsel David Melnik, attorney and former Congressman Robert Bauman and Canadian investment advisor Eric Roseman.

  • 1995

    The Oxford Club introduced one of the industry’s first-ever fast-paced trading services to its Members: The Weber Alert, under the direction of Chris Weber. Chris Weber also invited his good friend and former Libertarian candidate for U.S. president the late Harry Browne to join the editorial board of the Club. He also incorporated articles from the Aden sisters, based out of Costa Rica. The Adens are experts in currency and interest rate plays, and now publish Chris Weber’s letter in addition to their own Aden Forecast. (They are one of the few female financial newsletter editors in our industry.)

  • 1996

    Karim Rahemtulla, Research Director of Agora Publishing, replaced Chris as Investment Director and became Editor of The Oxford Alert trading service.

    The Club grew to over 36,000 Members in over 100 countries, and offered its Members many new benefits, including access to an in-house research staff and a member service staff – all employed at the Club’s new mansion in the historic district of Mt. Vernon in downtown Baltimore (“The Clubhouse”).

    It also established local publishing offices in London, Bonn (under the name of The Zurich Club) and Paris.

    By the end of 1996, The Oxford Communiqué was published in three different languages: English, French and German, all still sent by mail only.

  • 1997

    The Club membership roster included over 12,000 lifetime Members.

    The Club also expanded chapter meetings to encompass over 50 cities and Canada.

    The Oxford Club held the 10th Annual Global Symposium and Black Tie Gala at the Palace in San Francisco.

    The Club continued to take its Members around the world to seek out global investment opportunities with its World Financial Seminars and Tours division headed up by Josianne Pennington. First-class adventures included an Around the World Financial Tour to South Africa, China, New Zealand and Australia.

    Executive Director Julia Guth expanded the Baltimore headquarters team to help with the growing membership and Club benefits.

    Chris Matthai headed up the Oxford Research division.

  • 1998

    The Board of Governors and Executive Committee established The Chairman’s Circle, the highest level of distinction and benefits program for the Club’s most involved and committed Members.

    We also created the Pillar One Program, a network of specialized and discounted services from the country’s leading financial and travel firms. Julia established a $5,000 annual student scholarship program.

    We changed our Communiqué from a monthly to a twice-monthly advisory letter.

    In the summer, The Oxford Club held its first annual Investment University Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, to better educate Members on the “how” rather than the “what” of investing. At the same time, The Oxford Club started focusing more on asset allocation and investment strategies for building and protecting wealth – over international asset protection and offshore tax strategies.

    The Board of Governors of the Club approved starting a new entity in Ireland to specialize in promoting greater freedom through offshore asset protection. The Board named it The Sovereign Society.

    Julia recruited Erika Nolan to head that group.

    And Club wealth-protection experts David Melnik, Robert Bauman, Mark Nestmann and Eric Roseman started a new advisory counsel to Erika Nolan.

  • 1999

    Steve Sjuggerud, former trader with a global mutual fund and Editor of The World Money Analyst, was appointed the new Investment Director. Karim Rahemtulla moved to Florida to serve in an advisory role as the Club’s Options Strategist. He became the Editor of the Club’s Instant Profit System (IPS), a covered call option trading service.

    Steve expanded the Advisory Panel to include tech specialist Porter Stansberry, renowned trading coach Dr. Van Tharp and global currency specialists Pamela and Mary Anne Aden.

    Steve instituted the Club’s “Safety Switch” 25% trailing stop loss system and formalized our investment discipline of “cut your losses short and let your winners ride.”

    The Oxford Club established a Canadian Board of Advisors to include Queen’s Counsel David Melnik and Hedge Fund Specialist Eric Roseman.

    The Club created the Wealth Library of internally produced books, courses and special reports for Oxford Club Members.

  • 2000

    Investment Director Steve Sjuggerud received his Ph.D. in global finance.

    The Oxford Club launched the first edition of its 12-unit course: Investment University.

    Porter Stansberry launched his own investment advisory newsletter focused on opportunities in cutting-edge technologies.

    The Oxford Club began to work with International Living to build a new Clubhouse within an Oxford Club community located on the stunningly beautiful but undiscovered Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.

    The Oxford Club formally established four levels of membership, each with distinct benefits: Provisional, Premier, Lifetime Director’s Circle and Chairman’s Circle. The Club launches our first free e-letter, Investment U.

  • 2001

    Dr. Steve Sjuggerud, Ph.D., left the Investment Director position to return to Florida and start his own hedge fund. He also joined Porter Stansberry to launch True Wealth.

    Steve and Porter and other Oxford Club Members traveled to the new Oxford Clubhouse on the Pacific coast to consider investing in Nicaragua. Eventually, Steve decided to build a home at Rancho Santana in a community with other Oxford Club Members.

    Steve nominated Alexander Green, a Wall Street veteran with over 15 years’ advisory and money management experience, as his replacement for Investment Director. Disgusted with Wall Street, Alex accepted the position and quickly became a highly respected investment advisor, writer and leading spokesperson for the Club’s investment philosophy.

    Alex created The Oxford Insight, an online advisory for Members only that provided timely updates and insights on events affecting our recommended portfolios.

    For Club Members, Alex created distinct portfolios to meet different investment objectives, and he created the Club’s Asset Allocation Model.

    In the spring, Alex introduced a new specialized trading service to replace The Oxford Alert, called The Oxford Short Alert, to help Members capitalize on short-term profit opportunities in the falling market.

    Given its popularity, Alex introduced two more specialized VIP Trading Services: The Momentum Alert and The Insider Alert to help Members capitalize on his two favorite investment indicators: earnings momentum and insider buying.

    The Oxford Club published its new Wealth Defense Program (still with cassettes).

    Oxford Club Executive Director and Publisher Julia Guth formally established Investment University as the Club’s educational arm. The motto: What No Books, No Schools, No Brokers Will Teach You.

    Julia launched a new e-letter and a new website, www.investmentu.com.

    Steve Sjuggerud joined Investment U as Chairman and Editor.

    Chairman’s Circle Members began to build homes at Rancho Santana, The Oxford Club community on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.

    The Club had its ribbon-cutting for the new four-bedroom Rancho Santana Clubhouse in Nicaragua.

    *Alex Green and everyone from the Club worked hard to stay on course after the 9/11 crisis, increasing the number of online communications to Club Members throughout the week.

  • 2002

    The Club teamed up with The New Orleans Investment Conference to sponsor one of the country’s largest annual financial conferences.

    Oxford Club Advisory Panelists shared the spotlight with John Stossel, Sir John Templeton, Barbara Bush and Milton Friedman.

    The Oxford Club held its 4th Annual Investment University Conference in Delray Beach, Florida. (Technology Update: Conference recordings were made available by CD.)

    New online media started to seek out our experts: WSJ.com interviewed Steve Sjuggerud and Forbes.com interviewed Alex Green.

    The more aggressive trading services became very popular with Members. Julia formed a new in-house VIP Trading Services support team headed by Steve McDonald (and now by Nathan Hurd). The team was composed of former brokers to answer Members’ questions about options trading and other more sophisticated investment strategies (1.888.570.9830).

    Steven King took over as Event Director, planning our Wealth Cruises, Regional Chapter Meetings and the Annual Investment U Conference.

    The Club launched Club Oxford in Latin America, but later closed it because it was too early for the Spanish-speaking market to access investment information online. (Within the next few years, the Club plans to relaunch this initiative through a publishing partnership in South America.)

  • 2003

    The Investment U e-letter hit 70,000 readers from around the world.

    Alex Green was interviewed on Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor for his position against our progressive tax system.

    Julia Guth set up a non-profit to begin charitable works around our Rancho Santana community in Nicaragua.

    Alex recruited analyst Louis Basenese from a top investment firm to The Oxford Club advisory team.

  • 2004

    The Oxford Club Membership roster grew to over 70,000 for the first time.

    Investment U reached over 250,000 readers.

    Louis Basenese launched the Take Over Trader.

    Alex Green launched The International Trader Alert to capitalize on emerging markets like China and the weakening dollar.

    Karim Rahemtulla launched his free Smart Options E-Report under a new division, Mt. Vernon Option Club.

    Julia Guth hosted the opening ceremony for our new health clinic at Rancho Santana.

    The Oxford Club and Investment U’s charitable work expanded to include donations to help the victims of several natural disasters around the world and the Nicaragua health clinic.

    The new website was launched (www.nicaclinic.org).

    Steve Sjuggerud moved full time over to Stansberry & Associates, a separate company from The Oxford Club.

  • 2005

    Dr. Mark Skousen replaced Steve Sjuggerud as Chairman of Investment U.

    Investment U raised over $130,000 in relief funds for hurricane disasters.

    Horacio Marquez launched the new Money Map Trader.

    The Oxford Club launched its first online gift merchandise store.

    The Communiqué’s Trading Portfolio under Alex Green and Louis Basenese finished the year with 100% profitability… all positions in the black… and mightily beat the S&P again.

    World Financial Seminars launched one of its first Wealth Cruises, this year to Alaska.

  • 2006

    The newsletter rating service Hulbert Financial Digest rated The Oxford Communiqué one of the top newsletters in the industry, in the top five for its track record over the last three years.

    Alex Green introduced two new fund-oriented portfolios to The Communiqué that employ different exit strategies from trailing stops: the All-Star Portfolio and the Gone Fishin’ Portfolio.

    The Gone Fishin’ Portfolio introduced the Nobel Prize-winning strategy of asset allocating as well as using annual “rebalancing” to Members.

    The Oxford Club continued its 10-year tradition of sending an Annual Forecast Issue each January to its Members, with an uncanny accuracy for predicting trends in the year ahead.

    Alex Green returned from a World Financial Tour to China. Completely excited about the emerging opportunities there, he launched the New China Trader.

  • 2007

    Alex Green took over as the Chairman of Investment U. As the Club’s Investment Director, he continued to expand the Club’s selection of proven investment strategies to include the income-oriented Perpetual Money Portfolio.

    Robert Williams takes over the position of Editorial Director from Mike Ward.

    David Fessler joined the Club as our Energy and Infrastructure Strategist.

    We continued our participation in Agora Financial’s annual July investment conference in Vancouver, Canada, and the annual July Freedom Fest event in Las Vegas.

    Steven King of World Financial Seminars launched the Club’s first two-day, high-end, intensive regional meetings for Members who want in-depth instructional presentations from our advisory team about their investment strategies. The event in Jackson Hole immediately sold out.

    The Oxford Club expanded its popular Members’ Exchange listing service to include the Oxford Property Exchange, which showcases many exclusive and stunning Member-owned properties around the world.

  • 2008

    The Oxford Club’s investment advisory team battens down the hatches to protect the Club and its Members from the greatest crisis since 9/11: the world financial crisis and market collapse.

    We stop out of every position in The Communiqué’s Trading Portfolio, but our closed-out positions still return an impressive 28%.

    Horacio Marquez of Money Map Trader (now Money Moves Alert) joined Asian Expert and Investment Director Keith Fitz-gerald and Publisher Mike Ward to form the separate globally oriented affiliate Money Map Press. They launched the daily news service www.Moneymorning.com, which quickly grew to 400,000 readers. Investment U held its 10th Annual Investment U Conference at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg.

    Lou Basenese and Robert Williams launched a new newsletter called the White Cap Report (now Wall Street Daily Insider). Both stayed on as top editors and analysts for The Oxford Club and Investment U.

    The Oxford Club partnered with the Money Show folks and continued its tradition of providing first-class World Financial Cruises, this time through the Panama Canal.

    Alex Green published his first book, The Gone Fishin’ Portfolio: Get Wise, Get Wealthy… And Get on With Your Life, which quickly became a best-seller. He also launched a free e-letter, Spiritual Wealth, a timely financial publication that also helps investors emotionally keep perspective on volatility, disruptions and crisis in the world and in their lives.

  • 2009

    With everyone focused on the presidential election cycle and growing fear from Congressional dysfunction, membership started to dip in the Club and eventually hit 49,000 Members by 2012. Over 20,000 were lifetime Members of the Club through the Director’s Circle and the Chairman’s Circle.

    The Oxford Club focused on helping Members stay the course through extremely volatile markets.

    Once again, Alexander Green continued to do a masterful job of reassuring investors to stay focused on their asset allocation – while still remaining market-neutral and fully invested – for the long term and to rebuild their portfolios when the time was right. He managed risk with position sizing and a strict exit strategy. By doing so, we were fully ready for the market rebound that started in March, and all our Communiqué portfolios were up nicely. And during all this time, the Club avoided political issues, preferring to stay focused on momentum investing.

    And Dr. Scott Brown launched a new edition of the popular Investment U course. The new edition was titled How to Build a Million-Dollar Portfolio and included monthly conference calls in the instruction.

    In March, Alex Green employed a recessionary hedge for Members by creating a vice stock portfolio called the Seven Deadly Sins Portfolio – one of the most controversial yet winning portfolios the Club ever established (returning 87.48% for 2009).

    This was also the year the Club established a new Oxford Club Library at the Bonner’s Château Courtomer in France, near Normandy (www.chateaudecourtomer.com). Members are welcome to rent the entire château at a discount as part of our Property Exchange.

    The Oxford Club launched its new and improved website at www.oxfordclub.com in June.

    In addition, we launched a new mid-month advisory for all Members called The Ultimate Retirement Letter. This letter was geared toward retired Members or Members thinking about retiring in the next 10 to 15 years.

    Every month, Louis Basenese added a sound dividend-paying company to the Ultimate Retirement Portfolio. And a top panel of experts presented detailed information on how you can properly plan for your retirement, including educational forays into important topics such as insurance, estate planning, taxes and other retirement issues.

  • 2010

    Independent newsletter rating service Hulbert Financial Digest once again ranked The Oxford Communiqué in the top 10 in the country for our 10-year track record. The share prices of the five blue-chip-oriented, “recession resistant” stocks in the Seven Deadly Sins Portfolio soared by double or triple digits. For example, in May 2010, we closed out our recommendation to buy La-Z-Boy for a 229% gain, and in June 2010, Tiffany for a gain of 103%.

    Louis Basenese was promoted to Investment Director of the new White Cap Research Group (now Wall Street Daily), an Agora Inc. affiliate.

    Marc Lichtenfeld (healthcare/biotech/income), Matthew Carr (commodities/energy) and Carl Delfeld (emerging markets/ETFs) joined The Oxford Club editorial team.

    In February, Julia Guth and Jeff Yastine worked with analysts Matthew Carr and Steve McDonald to reintroduce the weekly trend-watching Insight e-letter, free to all Members. It served as a complement to the team’s Oxford Communiqué Portfolio Update by commenting on relevant news as it affects our portfolio recommendations. Taking it one step further, the Club continued to embrace new technology and launched its first-ever video talk show, the Market Wake-Up Call, hosted by Steve McDonald in the Insight.

    Julia Guth established an Ombudsman Committee of the Chairman’s Circle Members to act as “beta testers” for new Oxford Club initiatives.

    Dave Fessler, the Club’s Energy and Infrastructure Strategist, launched Peak Energy Strategist (now Advanced Energy Strategist).

    The Club’s World Financial Seminar team planned a financial retreat near Normandy, France, at the Château Courtomer in the summer of 2010. This same year it also held its first European Wealth-Preservation Tour in over 10 years. The tour included conferences in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna, and it sold out.

  • 2011

    Marc Lichtenfeld took over the successful dividend-oriented portfolio for the Club’s mid-month issue, which was now called The Ultimate Income Letter.

    Julia Guth, Alexander Green and the team started Total Financial Solution meetings for new Members of the Chairman’s Circle – all sold out.

    Robert Williams, Editorial Director for the Club, was promoted to Publisher of Wall Street Daily.

    Jeff Yastine, former PBS Nightly Business Report journalist, took over as the Club’s Editorial Director. Jeff launched the new Weekly Briefing trading services summary for Chairman’s Circle Members.

    Alex Green published the second book in his Spiritual Wealth series by Wiley press.

    Club Members continued to enjoy VIP financial tours and cruises around the world, from Munich and Vienna to St. Petersburg, from Canada to Nicaragua, and later from Italy to Southeast Asia.

    The Oxford Club’s new Wealth Library was established at the Chateau Courtemer in France.

  • 2012

    Mark launched his best-selling book, Get Rich With Dividends: A Proven System for Double-Digit Returns.

    The 10-11-12 System he introduced in his book became so popular that many Members asked Marc for an advisory based on his plan for generating income through compounding dividends.

    Alex expanded his New Frontier Trader service for finding great investments in emerging markets to also include some of the more developed countries in the Pacific Rim.

    To reflect the change in focus, the service’s name was changed to The Pacific Advantage Alert.

    Steve McDonald also began the Club’s first bond trading advisory, Oxford Bond Advantage.

  • 2013

    The Oxford Club saw record-breaking growth. Marc Lichtenfeld came out with his highly demanded new service, The Oxford Income Letter, which uses his 10-11-12 System to compound dividends.

    Two new VIP services were also launched: Matthew Carr’s Emerging Trends Trader pinpoints the best times to make trades according to seasonal trends, and Alex Green’s The True Value Alert uncovers high-value stocks at a discounted price right before Wall Street notices their full worth.

    With so much banner growth, The Oxford Club realized the need for some big changes. Andrew Snyder takes on the role of Editorial Director, and two new writers join the Advisory Panel: Resource Strategist Sean Brodrick and Editor at Large Joel Bowman.

    Due to outstanding subscriber feedback, The Oxford Club made its biggest – and most enriching – change: It extended membership to all subscribers of any service – not just subscribers of the The Oxford Communiqué. Now, subscribers to any service are granted access to all membership benefits like the Pillar One Advisors and the Members’ Exchange. This helps expand the Club’s reach to a larger community of like-minded investors, one of the founding missions of the Club.

  • 2014

    The Oxford Club launched a resource-focused newsletter, Oxford Resource Explorer, with Sean Brodrick and David Fessler at the helm.

    The Club also demonstrated its commitment to investor education by launching two new Investment U courses: Quantum Profits and Prime Profit Secrets.

    Event Director Steven King and the World Financial Seminars team took Members all over the world, with stops in Quebec, Greece and Turkey, and Australia and Indonesia. They also unveiled a new travel benefit: Oxford Voyagers Club.