Porter Stansberry

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Porter Stansberry
Frank Porter Stansberry

(1972-12-18) December 18, 1972 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Florida
OccupationFinancial publisher, Founder Stansberry Research
WebsitePorter Stansberry

Frank Porter Stansberry is an American financial publisher and author. Stansberry founded Stansberry Research (previously 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. Stansberry is also the creator of the 2011 online video The End of America, in which he predicts the imminent collapse of the United States.[2] In 2002, the SEC brought a case for securities fraud, and a federal judge fined him $1.5 million in 2007.


In 1999, Stansberry founded Stansberry Research, a private publishing company based in Baltimore, Maryland.[3]

SEC case[edit]

In 2002, Stansberry sent out an email offering to sell for $1,000 the name of a company purportedly about to obtain a contract to dismantle nuclear weapons for Russia.[4] The Securities and Exchange Commission sued him in 2003[5] on this basis and for his newsletters containing "nothing more than baseless speculation and outright lies",[4] accusing him of a "scheme to defraud public investors by disseminating false information in several Internet newsletters."[1][4] The case went to trial in 2005,[6] and a federal court found that Stansberry had sent out a newsletter to subscribers predicting one company's stock, USEC Inc., would increase by over 100%. Stansberry maintains his information came from a company executive; the court ruled he fabricated the source.[1] The verdict was upheld on appeal. The court rejected Stansberry's First Amendment defense, saying "Stansberry's conduct undoubtedly involved deliberate fraud, making statements that he knew to be false."[4] In 2007, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis ordered Stansberry and his investment firm, then called "Pirate Investor", to pay $1.5 million in restitution and civil penalties for defrauding "public investors by disseminating false information in several Internet newsletters."[5][6][7]

At the time of the trial, many media outlets spoke out due to their views that the case was relevant to First Amendment rights. A group of newspaper publishers urged the Supreme Court[8] to reverse the decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that 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."[9] 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."[10]

Continued career[edit]

Stansberry was also previously the editor of the internet financial newsletters Porter Stansberry's Investment Advisory and Porter Stansberry's Put Strategy Report.[3] He also contributes regularly to Daily Wealth and The Growth Stock Wire, other Stansberry Research publications.[citation needed]

He became the first American editor of the Fleet Street Letter, Britain's longest-running financial newsletter.[3][11] Stansberry 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.

In June 2017, Stansberry Research Publications began publishing a financial/political online opinion magazine, American Consequences, which ostensibly is intended to be, "a new, online magazine about what's really happening in American finance… and what's about to happen next." The Editor in Chief was libertarian journalist, humorist and commentator, P. J. O'Rourke. Stansberry is listed as a contributing editor. The free publication includes many ads for Stansberry publications and seminars.[citation needed]

Rivera case[edit]

On May 16, 2006, Stansberry's childhood friend and coworker Rey Rivera went missing and was later found dead inside the Belvedere Hotel. The case was portrayed in the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.

Porter refused to assist the investigation once it was learnt Reys last phone call came from Porters business

Claims and predictions[edit]

Porter Stansberry claimed to have made a number of successful financial market predictions. In June 2008, Porter claims that he predicted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would go bankrupt in the next 12 months, as well as going on to say that he positioned his clients to profit by shorting stocks, and that he does not know of any other firm that "more accurately forecasted" or warned that the financial crisis was coming.[12] By September 2008, both mortgage companies were placed into government conservatorship.[13]

In 2008, Stansberry released a "tip" to his subscribers to invest heavily in gold. The full heading was "Why You Must Buy Gold, or Even Better, Silver, Now".

The End of America[edit]

In 2011, Stansberry produced a 77-minute promotional video titled The End of America.[14] Adam Wiederman of The Motley Fool referred to The End of America as a mixture of valid points and hyperbole.[15]


  1. ^ a b c Liptak, Adam (August 3, 2003). "E-mail Stock Tip Tests Limits of Security Laws". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Curtin, Stacy. ""The End of America": Porter Stansberry Sees the Future ... And It's Grim". Yahoo Finance. Archived from the original on February 19, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Porter Stansberry Profile". Townhall.com.
  4. ^ a b c d "Complaint, Agora, Inc, Pirate Investor, LLC, and Frank Porter Stansberry, Defendant". Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Pellejero, Sebastian; Maranz, Felice (February 8, 2019). "His Hedge Fund Shut, Whitney Tilson Says Now He'll Try Research". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Fenton, Justin (August 5, 2020). "Rey Rivera's friend, former Baltimore employer pushes back on Netflix's 'Unsolved Mysteries'". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 14, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Bishop, Tricia (August 10, 2007). "$1.5 million payback ordered in SEC suit". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on March 24, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  8. ^ AP. "Supreme Court won't hear appeal of financial newsletter prosecution on securities fraud". Fox News. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  9. ^ "Brief Amici Curiae Of The Reporters Committee For Freedom Of The Press And Media Organizations In Support Of Petitioners" (PDF). NY Times Graphics. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "The Right to Be Wrong". The New York Times. July 3, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Fleet Street Letter".
  12. ^ Abelson, Alan. "Au Revoir or Goodbye?". Barrons. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  13. ^ Goldfarb, Zachary A.; Cho, David; Appelbaum, Binyamin. "Treasury to Rescue Fannie and Freddie". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "Silver Prices Kindled by Unorthodox Investors". KUOW NPR. Washington: University of Washington. June 11, 2011.
  15. ^ Wiederman, Adam (June 9, 2011). "The End of America?". The Motley Fool. Retrieved July 28, 2022.

External links[edit]

Official website