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IBD Leaderboard Review – Is It Worth The Money?

IBD Leaderboard Review

In this IBD Leaderboard review I examine a subscription service where IBD does the time consuming research for you, then presents you with a list of stocks near their buy points.

While subscribing to proven services such as Leaderboard is the fastest way for anyone to make gains in the market when they first start, in this IBD Leaderboard review I’ll go over the four things you need to look for when evaluating any trading service, including Leaderboard.

When I first started investing, I subscribed to the IBD Newspaper and read many of William O’Neil’s books. Great education. However, this is not about those products but about the IBD Leaderboard subscription service.

4 Things To Look For

There are 4 things I look for when reviewing a service like IBD Leaderboard.

  1. What are my expected returns?
  2. How much will it cost me to get those returns?
  3. Can I do the required trades on my schedule?
  4. Do they have a money-back guarantee period to allow me to verify returns and to see if it is for me?


What Are My Expected Returns?

While Leaderboard does not post the results of their individual trades, they have in the past, posted annual returns. Here are the only results I was able to find on their website as of October 2021. The results are from 2020. They do not post their 2021 results. I think this may be due to poor returns in 2021? With that said, for this IBD Leaderboard review, let’s look at the return they have posted.

IBD Leaderboard results

As you can see, their return in 2020 was 58.4%. That return is 3.5x the S&P’s of +16.26%. Since their service is ONLY about alerting you to stocks ready to breakout, I wonder which stocks these returns are from? Is it all the stocks that broke out over 2020? If so, do you have enough funds to buy and hold all the breakouts? Overall, a return of 3.5x the S&P is a good return.

No review would be complete if we did not give you something to compare with. Here at Stocklocater.com we offer a similar service, but use ETF’s instead. This gives you diversity, but we are discussing gains here. If we compare the returns of Leaderboard to our own ETF Timer service we see something quite different:

leaderboard review

Now Leaderboard’s 58.4% return does not look as good. We all have only a certain amount of time before we retire (or pass away). The bigger the gains, the faster our money grows and the better chance we have of hitting our financial goals.

What Are My Costs?

IBD’s Leaderboard costs $69 month or $699 annually. For Leaderboard’s 58% annual gain you would have paid $699.

Compare this with ETF Timer‘s $199 annual subscription fee for a gain that was 4x more profitable than Leaderboard. BIGGER gains at a THIRD of the cost means more money in your pocket and a faster retirement.

Can I Do This?

With Leaderboard, you get a list of 10-15 stocks near buy points. Other than that, you get lists of hundreds of stocks and the analyst reviews. If you are looking for a service that finds opportunities, it appears IBD Leaderboard gives you a ton of stocks and leaves you to sort it all out.

Compare that with ETF Timer which monitors one ETF from each of the major Indices, TQQQ (Nasdaq), SPXL (S&P), TNA (Russell 2000). Also included are five of the most popular ETF in various sectors, FNGU (FANG stocks), SOXL (Semiconductors), TECL (Technology), LABU (Biotech), and TMF (Treasury Bills)). Eight ETFs and you get each ones exact buy and sell prices. Overall, five of those on average will give a buy each month. Simply set an order to buy the next day at the ETF’s buy price and that’s it. You can do this the night before for those busy people.

Is There A Money Back Guarantee?

Leaderboard has no money-back guarantee but they do give you three weeks for $9.95 (at the time of this writing). That’s may not be enough time to see if it works, but should be enough time to verify returns and to see if it’s something you can follow.

ETF TIMER offers a 30-Day risk free money-back guarantee. This means you pay up front, but have 30 days to verify returns and see if it’s something you can do. Cancel within 30 days and get full refund of your subscription fee (and you don’t have to ask – comes automatically).

Leaderboard Review Conclusion

To wrap up this IBD Leaderboard Review I’ve put together a chart comparing Leaderboard against ETF Timer. Hopefully it will help you make a decision, or subscribe to both for a few months and see which is better for you.

Leaderboard Review


Now that you have the facts, I’m sure you can now make a more informed decision as to which investment vehicle is best for you.

There is no guarantee that our ETF Timing service, or Leaderboard will do similar gains in the future.

To your success.