Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

Author Bio

Travis Johnson is an individual investor who founded Stock Gumshoe in 2007 as a way to air his dissections of overhyped marketing pitches... and to share the "secret" stocks that stock newsletters hype to get your attention and your subscription dollars. His thinking? If you already know what the "secret" stock is, you can make a much more reasonable and thoughtful decision about whether or not to commit to an expensive newsletter subscription. (And if you don't pay for the info, you'll be more free to think for yourself about whether or not the investment is worth your money.) In his charmed life he has been, among other things, a university faculty member, a fundraiser, a writer, and a world-champion ice-cream scooper. Now he runs Stock Gumshoe for you, allowing us all to discuss and dissect the latest overheated stock ideas... as well as review and talk about investment newsletters and enjoy the commentary and opinions of Stock Gumshoe's other special contributors and the discussion with our unusually attractive, erudite and polite readers. He lives with Mrs. Gumshoe and all their little Gumshoes in the wilds of Western Massachusetts.

Author Archives

Digging into Personal Finance’s “Does the Government Owe You An Extra $1,003 a Month in Benefits” pitch

This article originally appeared on September 14, when the teaser pitch was circulating with a September 15 “deadline” to get your “extra $1,003 a month in benefits.” We’re getting a lot of questions about it again, so we’re republishing this article… other than the move to a December 15 “deadline,” the ad appears unchanged (and […]

Three “Blockchain Breakout Stars”

Pretty much every newsletter publisher is trying to ride on the “bitcoin mania” with new products and new ads, so this is “bitcoin week” (or “blockchain week”, if you prefer) here at Stock Gumshoe, as we try to ID all of the cryptocurrency investments being hinted at by the latest waves of teaser ads… … […]

Gumshoe Gives Back, 2017-style

We do things a little differently at Stock Gumshoe — we love our free readers, we don’t have sales, we don’t offer “limited time only” promotions or trial periods to get you in the door as a paid member, and we don’t try to upsell you every ten minutes. Every once in a while we […]

Recent Author Comments

On Microblog: Scandium, Cobalt, and Water Purification: CleanTeQ Holdings
The Canadian listing had effectively no volume today, which isn't surprising -- first day, no real press attached to it. The price was way off, which is what you would expect when there's little volume. The US traded shares actually often have decent vol[...]
On Microblog: Scandium, Cobalt, and Water Purification: CleanTeQ Holdings
CLQ.TO should have opened at C$1.50 (US$1.17) if it were pacing the Australian price. That's roughly equivalent to A$1.53... it got a bit higher than that, presumably just on extremely low-volume enthusiasm.[...]
On "A tiny biotech controls agricultural technology that could end food shortages forever... "
I think part of the distinction is in removing a gene instead of adding a gene from a different organism... but I may well not understand the nuance here.[...]
On Will "ADC" Mandate from Congress Make You a Millionaire on December 18?
I’m sure such safety devices are being developed, and some are available, maybe even Stoneridge makes something like that ... but the ELD doesn’t do that (and isn’t required to). If it increases safety, it’s through accountability and better monit[...]
On Microblog: ADC TECHNOLOGY DEVICE( I'm new here)
Covered here:[...]
On Microblog: Halo-Fi
Just covered that one here:[...]
On Microblog: Money Map Report- Dec 18 Federal Mandate to uleash $2 Billion cash release
Nope, this is a new one for me -- covered it here, article posted just a few minutes ago: Thanks for asking![...]
On Microblog: ADT technology
Just posted the answer in our new article here:[...]
On Friday File: Blockchain Week ends, Two Buys, One Sell and some portfolio thoughts
Good points. When it comes to financial services, it's really hard to upset the apple cart -- the big guys tend to keep winning, partly because of the huge cost of building a competitive market or brand or regulatory oversight process.[...]
On Friday File: Blockchain Week ends, Two Buys, One Sell and some portfolio thoughts
Mark Cohodes, a brash short-seller, has been long Overstock for a while and continues to promote it on twitter. He had been short OSTK a decade ago, the first time the stock went crazy. I keep an eye on him more for his short positions, since those are [...]
On Friday File: Blockchain Week ends, Two Buys, One Sell and some portfolio thoughts
Hi Roger, nothing has been blocked (and we don't mind frivolity). Perhaps it was lost in the ether somewhere, sorry, we didn't see it come through on our end.[...]
On Microblog: Everyday Americans are learning to collect monthly checks from the Private 17.6 Billion Dollar payout
If you're talking about Charles Sizemore's "#1 Income Secret of 2018" pitch, that's almost certainly an "options for income" strategy... which means selling either covered calls or cash-covered put options. There's no "payout" to register for, you just ta[...]
On Microblog: Crypto teaserfrom Southbank Research which is the Agora Publishing arm in the UK
It wouldn't be unusual for them to repurpose an ad overseas, but that link is to your web mail page -- we'd need the actual link of the ad, or you can forward it to Thanks![...]
On Microblog: New World Money SDR
Rickards has been pushing this story for well over a year now -- the last time I looked at it in detail was in the Fall of 2016, when the deadline for that "global elite rule the money supply" with SDRs was September, 2016. The power of this newslette[...]
On Fool's "Potential 'Backdoor' to Bitcoin Profits" Pick
Words are important, that’s why I said “if” — and I think it’s likely that tracking taxable gains will be a major reason for regulatory tightening, at least in the US.[...]
On Gumshoe Gives Back, 2017-style
We choose charities, not political or religious advocacy groups. Beyond that, no promises. I’ll share the actual recipients next week when we finalize them.[...]
On Friday File Unlocked: Casey's "Green California Goes Dark" CO-27 pitch
Certainly he has both fans and detractors, thanks for your feedback.[...]
On Friday File: Blockchain Week ends, Two Buys, One Sell and some portfolio thoughts
I suppose. Like all other assets, real or virtual, it’s worth what other people believe it’s worth. I put a lot more faith in gold than in cryptocurrencies if it’s a SHTF episode that concerns you, simply because of the thousands of years of human [...]
On Gumshoe Gives Back, 2017-style
We’ll post the donation recipients next week. Thanks for joining![...]
On Gumshoe Gives Back, 2017-style
Thanks Allan![...]

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