Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
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.

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Friday File: Operation SPARCSTAR!

Huh, you say? Operation SPARCSTAR? True, not all of you will have seen this ad — it’s for a UK newsletter, but it caught my eye and I thought it might be interesting to dig in and see what they’re pitching. And I’m actually in London at the moment, so it seems appropriate to toss […]

Smallcap Discoveries says “Big Pharma NEEDS this company to cure cancer” and asks, “What if you could live to 200?”

I’ve only written once about the Smallcap Discoveries service, so when several readers sent in questions about its “what if you could live to 200?” pitch, I decided to dig in a little. Longevity is a frequent focus of the alternative health crowd, promising life extension to those most obviously interested in the topic (who […]

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On Eifrig's "Latest Recommendation" teased as one that "could triple your money, and pay you a massive annual dividend"
The two were originally part of the same company, BlackRock had its origins as one of the financial management arms of Blackstone, they kept the similar name when Larry Fink separated that business from the core Blackstone business. People get them confus[...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
Usernames in accounts can't be re-used, but apparently "nicknames" can be (your screen name doesn't have to be the same as the username you use to log in)... seems a little odd, but that hasn't come up before. I'll take a look.[...]
On Friday File: "Anheuser-Busch has their sights on one specific microcap marijuana company."
And now Hiku Brands gets taken over by Canopy Growth, in an all-share deal that provided about a 20% pop for the share price of Hiku. So in some ways that's a validation that what's important to the marijuana business right now is developing brands that[...]
On What's "The Royal Gold of Marijuana?"
Those are the OTC symbols used by brokerages to trade shares of a company without a US listing or official ADR. Almost all full-service US brokers can trade in Canada for you if you wish, sometimes at higher cost or requiring a phone call, and a lot of br[...]
On Microblog: Amazon's $1.91 Trillion Bitcoin Shock
I would imagine that cryptocurrencies are not at all a priority for Amazon. Until they make things better for consumers and are more efficient than credit cards, no impact... and I think we're a long way from that now. Amazon doesn't often take their e[...]
On What's "The Royal Gold of Marijuana?"
I’m looking at it as a financial company, since it’s the streaming deals that interest me — for a financial company it’s hard to stomach valuing them at more than twice the current value of their funded deals in place, so if I take that value and t[...]
On What's "The Royal Gold of Marijuana?"
Given my quick look at the financials, I’d start to look at it about 40% lower. Don’t know if it will get there or not, but being willing to miss opportunities is an important part of price discipline.[...]
On Lombardi's "If You Missed Apple, Shame on Us. If You Miss This..." Stock
We do summarize and skip to the details for our paid members (the Irregulars), who get that "Quick Take" at the top of my articles. My goal is to provide enough analysis of the marketing behind the stock idea and of the investment itself to give you a c[...]
On Ask a Stupid Question...
Sounds like some certainn profits in an uncertain world — don’t beat yourself up for taking profits, glad it worked for you![...]
On Friday File: An "Independence Day Royalties" Guess, plus Real Money Portfolio updates
Have you bought it? See anything in that Clara story? The mine seems worthy of a punt for those into diamonds, but it’s hard to guess at the “toll road” bit and whether or not it will actually work.[...]
On Friday File: An "Independence Day Royalties" Guess, plus Real Money Portfolio updates
And in later-breaking news, IIPR declared their dividend for the quarter -- no increase this quarter, which should have been the likely guess since they increased it back in December. Still certainly a possibility for strong dividend increases in the next[...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
The name of almost any politician inspires a knee-jerk reaction and a perceived tribal affiliation —- that’s why ads that use big political names are so successful at generating attention (Trump, Obama, Clinton, Bush, Reagan... doesn’t matter which s[...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
Yes, Nokia and Ericsson are both pretty strong on the network equipment front. Not sure what the ranking might be, but I would imagine they'll both benefit.[...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
The notion that I've "panned" Fox or the Trump Organization is silly, did you actually read what I wrote? I'm not critiquing political entities, I'm just reporting on a story that talked up "most hated" companies and why companies are on that list. MS[...]
On Microblog: What's the consensus on Seadrill? The company was supposed to have the latest equipment and a
Seadrill was a stock I wrote about a lot back in 2006-2008, but they certainly did fall on hard times, fueled by the massive amount of leverage in the business. Normally in bankruptcy the shareholders end up with nothing, but in this case it seems like [...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
If you're referring to the article, I don't think any of that was gratuitous or snarky or anti-Trump -- it was an example. I noted that companies reach the "most hated" lists for a variety of reasons, and politics is certainly one of them. There are vari[...]
On Hodge says "30-Cent Miner Claims 'The 8th Continent'"
There hasn't really been anything to get a "green light" for as of yet, they're a long ways from starting the permitting process.[...]
On "Why Would One of the World’s Smartest Investors Sink $522 Million Dollars Into a 'Busted' Tech Stock?"
No dividend that I’m aware of.[...]
On Motley Fool's "'Total Conviction' Stock Looks to Us Like Facebook Before Its IPO"
I doubt they’ve “moved on”, the ad is still running and they don’t tend to take profits. It has gone from a speculation on growth potential to a momentum stock recently, thanks to the big surge from $60 to $90, I still like the underlying growth po[...]
On Smallcap Discoveries says "Big Pharma NEEDS this company to cure cancer" and asks, "What if you could live to 200?"
He has started a site. We have no relationship with it or with him, but he’s on Twitter @kssmdphd[...]

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