Ask a Stupid Question…

Have an investment-related question, and embarrassed to not know the answer? A question about what the heck Stock Gumshoe does? Today's your lucky day!

Have a question in mind that you think is so dumb you’re embarrassed to ask it?  That’s what we’re here for today!

This bonus post was inspired by a reader who wanted to know “where to ask a dumb question” here on Stock Gumshoe… and while his question was not actually stupid, and I’m happy to see questions pop up in our comment threads anywhere on the site, I thought it would be a great idea to open the floor and be more welcoming for the shy, the embarrassed, or, yes, even the uninformed.

So this is a no-judgement zone… smart people do things we’d call “dumb” all the time: Warren Buffett didn’t invest in Google in 2004, Albert Einstein married his cousin, and I just had to go back and double check that I didn’t call him Alfred Einstein (which I’ve done before, in print).  So if you have that question that you can’t ask your stockbroker or your brother-in-law or Twitter without feeling like a dummy, let ‘er rip by submitting it below.  I’ll be nice… and we might all learn something.

And yes, the SEC is always watching, so I must remind you that I can’t give personal investment advice… but I’ll try to share whatever opinion or answers I can provide to any investment-related question you’ve got, though if we end up with a lot of them it might take me a little while to answer thoughtfully.

So please, let your questions fly using the friendly little comment box below… and thanks for being the best readers in cyberspace!

(I will moderate the discussion just to make sure we don’t get too much profanity or offensive stuff, or personal attacks, but I’ll use a light hand — you can be mean to me if you like, just don’t be mean to any other participants.)

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Michael Bissell
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Michael Bissell

Travis, what CBD Companies is Greg Miller referring to in his tease?

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Hi Travis, While you were on your recent vacation, there was a somewhat active reader discussion re George Gilder’s Tech Summit which some of us viewed on July 2nd. Some members had sleuthed out Gilder’s teased moonshot stock to be Ideanomics Inc (IDEX). Like any healthy discussion, there were varying opinions on both IDEX as well as Gilder himself. Would you mind skimming through the thread and sharing your wisdom? Apart from IDEX, a Gumshoer provided ticker symbols for stocks in his “Cryptocosm” world spanning blockchain, AI and Cybersecurity. Do you see great investing potential in any of these other… Read more »

ipofever
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ipofever

Are you still in NOK and XLNX as of today (Aug. 24 2019)? You had mentioned in previous articles that you were holding these.

ipofever
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ipofever

Are you still in NOK and XLNX as of today (Aug. 24 2019)? You had mentioned in previous articles that you were holding these.

cardamom&tea
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cardamom&tea

I’ve run across quite a few situations where listed total debt is far in excess of revenue plus cash (per Yahoo Finance). I’ve seen quite a few of these among leasing and office REIT’s, asset management stocks. Can you please describe some of the mechanisms that cause such excess to be displayed like this, and above all, what to consider or look for that alleviates or rids the suggestion that such huge ratios may be indicative of a floundering company? Very helpful.

To list but a few: TRMT; CLNC; ICMB….

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