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.

Author Archives

Whither Facebook?

Everyone is talking about Facebook (FB) in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the stock is one of my larger personal holdings… so although the stock has not yet hit my stop-loss trigger that always causes me to rethink and re-analyze a holding, I feel the need to share my thoughts and my […]

Three Stock Gumshoe Resolutions

Every year we resolve to do better, right? That’s the human condition — we are frail, weak, and conflicted… we are busy, irritable, and unfocused… and we want to do better. It’s no different for your friends here at Stock Gumshoe… so today, as we recover from the Ides of March, I offer up some […]

Friday File: Royalties, Scams, Buffett, and Gold

So… what’s been happening to the Real Money Portfolio stocks this week? What else caught my eye? No transactions this week, but plenty of stuff to think about… Clean TeQ Holdings (CLQ.AX, CLQ.TO, CTEQF) announced a somewhat surprising equity raise a couple days ago. It seems inspired largely by urgency — they can’t really claim […]

Checking out Lindzon’s “How to bank up to 1,000% gains thanks to the ‘Crypto Terminal’ … All without buying a single cryptocurrency!”

I like reading Howard Lindzon, a hedge fund/venture capital guy who became a widely-followed trend pundit and co-founded StockTwits, and he now has a newsletter in partnership with Agora… so Gumshoe readers were curious about what he’s selling, and, frankly, so was I. Let’s dig in, shall we? Lindzon is a prolific opiner, so you […]


Monthly stock-picking newsletter from Howard Lindzon, the hedge fund/VC investor and StockTwits founder who invests in and writes about his “trend ideas,” which tends to mean tech/growth stocks.

“Charged Ore” and “the tiny $1 stock with a monopoly on America’s ONLY domestic source of this metal”

Jason Stutman’s “upgrade” newsletter, The Cutting Edge ($1,499/yr), is out with a teaser campaign that promises you the chance at riches from “Charged Ore” … and, in fact, an actual sample of that ore itself as part of your subscription. So what is “Charged Ore,” and what’s this little Nebraska mine that Stutman thinks will […]

Mengel’s pitching the “Apple of Pot” and the “Silicon Valley of Pot” — what’s this “secret” investment?

This one’s not exactly a tightly-controlled secret (though the ad makes it sound like one), but we’ll put the Thinkolator on the case anyway… we’ve gotten lots of questions about the latest marijuana pitch from Jimmy Mengel, who is advertising subscriptions to his Marijuana Manifesto service ($1,999/year) — seems that plenty of people want to […]

Recent Author Comments

On Friday File: Possible Panic, Possible Buys and Sells
Not yet, but maybe someday.[...]
On Friday File: Possible Panic, Possible Buys and Sells
GOOG is the non voting share class, GOOGL gets a vote. The vote is mostly irrelevant because of the super- lying shares that insiders hold, so I switched to GOOG because it was trading a meaningful discount. It has outperformed GOOGL and closed that disc[...]
On Microblog: What do you do with those small amounts left in various investment accounts.
I don't know what you mean by "leftover" -- if that's just extra cash in the account and you also hold stocks that you like in those accounts, it's easy to just put the extra cash to work in the stock that you think is most appealingly priced. For som[...]
On Will "ADC" Mandate from Congress Make You a Millionaire on December 18by March 31st, 2018?
Nope... I've been sifting through these promo ads for more than a decade, the big picture stuff and the dreaming is a smokescreen, the actual specific details of the company that they hint at are where the answers lie. Yes, there is all manner of autopi[...]
On What the heck is "NanoCrystal Electricity?" Will it "Magically Power Everything" and "pay out 78 times your money?"
It’s Energous, and the “magic crystal” but is pretty silly and heavily exaggerated. Just scroll up for the full article about it.[...]
On Will "ADC" Mandate from Congress Make You a Millionaire on December 18by March 31st, 2018?
The short answer is, he’s exaggerating.[...]
On Whither Facebook?
I think it's probably more accurate to say that we dupe ourselves -- the personal connections in Facebook, the original purpose of the platform, are wonderful and unique and that's what keeps most people there. It's in the "news" and the sharing of non-pe[...]
On Will "ADC" Mandate from Congress Make You a Millionaire on December 18by March 31st, 2018?
The SharesPost 100 Fund offers to buy back shares at NAV quarterly -- the 5% limit is for the total outstanding shares that exist, NOT for 5% of your shares, so unless there's a big rush of net redemptions in any given quarter I would assume that much of t[...]
On Microblog: What is Teeka Tiwari's April 2nd cryptocurrency shocking Bitcoin prediction?
Thanks sunshine... in general, you should be recognized as an Irregular (or whatever your status is) if you log in. If you happen to comment without being logged in, it might be remembering an old cookie from previous comments. You can tell if you're log[...]
On Whither Facebook?
My assumption is that they will recover from this, but my conviction on that point is not high because of the many moving parts and the potential for Facebook's privacy/security problem to have been far larger than has so far been discussed (or for anger t[...]
On Whither Facebook?
We'll see what happens with Facebook, it's just important for investors to have some sort of plan in case it doesn't work out as we think it might. Regarding your discussion group, do you mean a discussion here on the site (like the ones we host at http[...]
On Will "ADC" Mandate from Congress Make You a Millionaire on December 18by March 31st, 2018?
Another crazy run in the stock on Robinson's rejuvenated "ADC" pitch this week -- I don't think there's been any meaningful change with the company or its financials, though Robinson now pitches the April 1 deadline for all drivers to have an ELD on board[...]
On Profits Unlimited's "$7 Tech Stock" and the "strange industry expected to surge 8,000%"
Yes, Mampilly made a great call on this stock -- and, in retrospect, I was too skeptical on STM at the time. Still wouldn't be one of my first choices, but I've missed stocks before and will miss them again.[...]
On Will "ADC" Mandate from Congress Make You a Millionaire on December 18by March 31st, 2018?
It's Stoneridge... discussed in more detail in the article above.[...]
On Ray Blanco's "Halo-Fi" -- What's his teased "Death to Cable" stock?
Nowhere near as big a deal or as company-specific as he is teasing, but I covered it here the first time he pitched that idea:[...]
On Three Stock Gumshoe Resolutions
Yep... Dan Ferris at Stansberry sold Berkshire a couple years ago, too. I’m sure his philosophy has changed, but their strategy and his decisions make sense to me.[...]
On Extreme Fortunes
And in general, I agree, I’d rather let people both write about and own their favorite investments. Unless they can’t own individual stocks at all, which is also a reasonable rule that some mainstream financial media outlets follow.[...]
On Extreme Fortunes
My opinion is that “Market Makers” have almost no significant influence on stock prices beyond minute-to-minute movements... it’s a catch-all excuse akin to “I was early”[...]
On Friday File: Bitcoin, Volatile Week, Two Sells and a Buy
Cash. I sold it through my wallet provider (Coinbase) — wherever you deposited cash originally to buy bitcoin, you should be able to reverse the procedure.[...]
On Three Stock Gumshoe Resolutions
I appreciate Mayer’s analysis, as I’ve seen it in articles and interviews, and I’ve seen him speak a few times at conferences, but we aren’t friends and I’ve never met him.[...]

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