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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? Β 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). Β 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. Β 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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Mike
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Does anyone know if Dr. Singh Options is a scam

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William D Edwards
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William D Edwards

The broker will love you. Complex option charges. But the way I understood the webinars, he does all the work. Adjustments etc. he can say he has a great success rate, but how much does he lose when he does?

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Awesome idea. I still don’t get crypto currency. Is there an idiots guide out there?

Des
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Des

There is a podcast, Invest Like The Best, that has several crypto episodes. It is really informative but will (probably) require multiple listens.

Bradley short
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Bradley short

Zach Scheidt teasing a marijuana stock that β€œcould” be an investment target for Anheuser Busch. Any ideas which one?/

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Stevo
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Stevo

Yes! This would be Hiku. Started by former Google executive Alan Gertner. Alan ‘s business model is a triple threat as he will have growers, accessories, and retail outlets.

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anthonyfahn
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I guess it is Canopy

oregon don
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oregon don

or Aurora, they just became bigger than Canopy

steveflick
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Yes, Travis of Stock Gumshoe just had a discussion May 18, 2018 “Friday File: β€œAnheuser-Busch has their sights on one specific microcap marijuana company.” and as stevo says it is HIKU. suggest read more of Travis article.

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Paul
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Paul

Are SRB’s gonna take over the Dollar
Somewhere around July 1st 2018?

Is Gold going down?

Is the US dollar done as world currency?

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Chet
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Chet

Zacks stock services is always teasing their highly rated stock pics – and for exorbitant fees. Have you investigated these gems or not enough clues? Or maybe you did already and I missed it?
Thanks

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toff
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toff

If you would like Travis to investigate a teaser, just send it to him and request he takes a look,. ilovestockspam@gmail.com. Since there are thousands of people writing though, and only one lovable Travis with his cranky Thinkolator, don’t hold your breath.

neel99
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So you sold 1/2 position of FB at $155 when it broke your stop loss point. Now FB is heading to where it was, are you adding it back?

SQuinn
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I am age 66, on SS, no savings, 0 risk tolerance, just inherited $200k. Does an ATHENE non-spousal inherited IRA/annuity make sense?

Hugh R.
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Hugh R.

If you have not done so go to a local Fidelity, Schwab, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley or UBS PLEASE visit them first. They will put together an actual plan first before you buy something with a 7 to 12 year surrender charge that pays a high commission. Talk to someone who is a CFP and is acting as a fiduciary.

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THOMAS BLAKE
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THOMAS BLAKE

Go to Fidelity or Schwab local office – they are the best!

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retiredrancher
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How many employees do you have

maracana
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maracana

Hi there ! I always wondered if real investors use CFDs for other than hedging. I know you trade stocks and options, but never CFDs… why?

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anthonyfahn
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Here is a dump question. What is CFD?

hunter007
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What is the meaning of love? Kidding Travis. Thanks for all of your research and helpful information.

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Hi, Can you recommend the competitive UK stockbrokers for the international markets?

William D Edwards
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William D Edwards

Check out https://youtu.be/L7G0OfJUON8
Anton kreil talks about a few he uses. You tube video that is eye opening.

biotechsucks
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biotechsucks

Hi. I’ve been through this pain (I live in the UK). Had an account with DeGiro and SVS and in the end transffered the whole portfolio to Interactive Brokers and never looked back. The only slight down side is higher fees on penny stocks. On the other hand my portfolio currently is all in US stocks so can’t comment on transactions in other markets.

Bruce
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Bruce

What is the best medium term trending up indicator for stocks? For example, some say new 52 week highs are actually a good trending up signals.

toff
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You can find lots of opinions out there, but in reality no one knows the future. No one.

jeremiahberndt
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Some “experts” will say RSI, others Moving Averages, another making new highs. There are many ways to invest or trade and interpret that technical and fundamental data. It is probably most helpful to find what makes the most sense to you.

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Hello Travis,
I would like to know what is your personal opinion on the possibility of a new, accepted, international currency (like SDR if you wish) as a solution to the huge amount of debt most countries carry today? Do you think it should be supported by gold?
Thank you

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pavioconrad
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pavioconrad

What is it I’ve always wanted to know?

c rood
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c rood

what referrcense sources do you use for your incredibly thorough reports?

chris
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chris

Thanks Travis, I love your information. What is the best time to buy and sell high dividend stocks. Just to capture the dividend?

Martin Johnson
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Martin Johnson

I’d like to learn more about the good, bad, ugly of buying straight calls in this mkt, ie, XLE.

jeremiahberndt
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This is a copy of a response from Travis from a recent question regarding options. I think it’s as good an explanation as any. Hopefully it’s helpful. “”Options provide leverage, and you get more leverage if you buy a riskier bet β€” sometimes it’s best to think of it by using examples. What happens if IQ goes to $40 in December? You could buy 100 shares for $2,000 and double it if that’s the case, or buy one $15 call option for $750 and more than triple it to $2,500 (of, if you commit a similar amount of capital, buy… Read more Β»

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Martin
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This was my question to Travis, and his response above:
Ok, here the first dumb question. I deal in puts and calls mostly calls and I’m sure I’m missing something lets take IQ Dec calls for example, I’m only going to use the ask price.
7.50 Dec 15
6.00 Dec 17.50
4.70 Dec 20.00
3.80 Dec 22.50
3.20 Dec 25.00
Obviously the Dec 15 at 7.50 is the cheapest and closet to being in the money. Why would you buy any of the others ?

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