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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? ย 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). ย 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. ย 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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David
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Is there data available on the volume of high frequency(millisecond) trading?

mskleber
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What is best trading platform to buy Cryptos. Robinhood doesnโ€™t sell pot or cryptos in Georgia

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Hi Travis,

I’m wondering if you would consider adding a column to your Real Money Portfolio, something along the lines of “I would consider buying more shares of this company below this price” kind of thing. You are often specific about this during the individual stock updates in the Friday Files (for example, IIPR under $35, at least as of last week) and it would be nice to have those ideas in one place.

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where do I find stocks paying qualified dividends?

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Teri Franz
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Is there data available showing which dividends are qualified dividends?

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Travis, enjoy your insights on the sales pitches I get in emails everyday. New question, since so many stock shares are held by mutual funds, hedge funds, and under the umbrellas of ETF’s it looks like individual investors have no “say on pay” on executive compensation. I’m a big believer in the free market and people earning what they are worth but companies paying a handful of executives $100 million a year plus the directors $300K or more is becoming plundering the company for ridiculous pay rates. The executives appoint board members that will give them more compensation and everyone… Read more ยป

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Robert Dewey Peebler
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Is the money zone legit?

Robert
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It’s probably a scam. He says that each recommendation will cost $300 to $500 per contract and 5 to 10 contracts are necessary to generate the numbers he throws out in his spiel i.e up to $11,000. He then says the scheme is credit spreads on the SPY. A credit spread results in a credit of premium so why do contracts cost $300 to $500. His other service, Zenith, is a scam and is non-refundable. Out of the first 10 recos since I joined 9 have been a 100% loss, such as buying a $120 put on FB, or a… Read more ยป

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Martin
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I think I have figured out how to show huge gains LOL. I bought 10 lots of $CVSI about 2 months ago, yesterday I sold out 2 lots recovering my initial investment and some profit. I then proceeded to reconfigure the price of the remaining 8 lots that now have cost me nothing to $.01 per share and low and behold I have a 2390% gain. LOL. Travis thanks again for your coverage of $IQ my Dec 15 calls are up 107% and my Jan 25 calls 194%

Gr8Full!
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Interested in PRE market, AFTER market, inter-day, in general questions? $XYZ ๐Ÿ™‚ #InPlay? ๐Ÿ™‚
https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2017/11/microblog-pre-and-after-market-discussion-thread-xyz-or-subject-reqiuired-in-each-post-tia/comment-page-2/#comment-4982885 Subscribe and join the fun, share #Gummunity. TODAY’s Examples: $AXON 160%+, $CLRB 30%+, MEIP 11%+, $VBLT 30%+, $HTBX 20%+ FREE and FUN Gummunity sharing and caring. #ThumbsUP! ๐Ÿ™‚ #Best2ALL! ๐Ÿ™‚

dbiggs
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what is a good firm to buy eos from. E trade does not deal in crypto

Martin
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Ok I chickened out sold 80% of my $IQ Jan $25 Calls for a very nice 474.37% profit and all of my Jan 32 $TWTR call for a nice 146% gain. I would not have bought these shares if not for the research done by Travis. Thanks, I still hold $IQ shares and $TWTR

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Darn, forgot to log in again, old age

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The text below comes from the pitching byJeff Brown published in โ€Bonner& Partnersโ€ newsletter:
โ€Amazon Coin: Two Ways to Profit from the Next Blockchain Revolution.When Amazon makes its coin announcement, the two stocks I tell you about in this report will drive the new wave of the crypto craze. You better have them in your portfolio when that happensโ€.
Does anyone of you know which stocks they have in mind and when Amazon is goig to launch their token?

Grtx,
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timv
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And the two ways to profit are??

Zeflik
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Any educated quess is welcome.

motion
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why no questions where china is getting there spudomene for batteries? in Canada where mgx is getting there spudomene. new drilling by mgx now.

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Gr8Full!
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Hi #Motion, You may be interested in the Microblog: Storage of Electricity – #Batteries & BIG image Link: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2016/07/microblog-storage-of-electricity-batteries-big-image/ and Microblog: Scandium, Cobalt, and Water Purification: Clean Teq Holdings,Volume 2, 2018
Link: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2018/01/microblog-scandium-cobalt-and-water-purification-clean-teq-holdingsvolume-2-2018/ threads. #BestAlwayz

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thank you. mgx also has zinc x batteries and water cleanup and descaling thermal springs water and minerals . big business. god bless. motion.

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bill m
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what are the best indicators that will warn you of a coming market fall like 2008?

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ricktemple
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Losers leading gainers, interest rates inverted, and unrealistically high PE’s, these are from J. Tuma a planner in Dallas in about 1999.

ricktemple
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Any opinions on Prosper Trading Academy signals?

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pianojeff
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What’s this brand new Motley Fool teaser stock they’re claiming is Amazon’s Project Vesta (domestic robots) supplier? Is it NVDA or what company are they referring to here in this major new Motley Fool promo:

https://bi-acq.motleyfool.com/track?t=v&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0xJmF1aWQ9MzcxNjYwMjgmbWlkPTMwMDcwNiZtc2dpZD0xNDQxMjQmZGlkPTM4MTYxJmVkaWQ9MzgxNjEmc249MTY3OTAzNjEmZWlkPXJlYWxhZHkxQGdtYWlsLmNvbSZlZWlkPXJlYWxhZHkxQGdtYWlsLmNvbSZ1aWQ9MTk4NjQwOTc1NyZ0YXJnZXRpZD0mbW49MzE1ODk3JnJpZD0xMzQ5MzcmZXJpZD0xMzQ5MzcmZmw9Jm12aWQ9JnRnaWQ9JmV4dHJhPQ==&&&2010&eu=1&&&#

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Danelle Hills
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Can you shed any light on Money Morning Profit Alerts’ “audit of Social Security” that results in many of us “may be owed payments from Social Security” even if we are already enrolled in it, as in are retirement age or started taking it early?

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joe hewlett
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WHAT IS IQ?

kass2251
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IQ ? Do you mean the stock symbol for IQ? If so IQ is the symbol for the Chinese company Iqiyi an ADR listed on the NYSE. Many have given it the nickname the “Chinese Netflix”

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Has anybody come across the lengthy teaser ad called OPERATION GET EVERYTHING? Zack Scheidt, editor of THE DAILY EDGE, seems to claim we can all be one step ahead of the upcoming Ivanka Trump revenge against the retail sector that caused her to discontinue her fashion business.

Please note that I am NOT interested in a political discussion. However, as an investor, I am interested in the alleged real estate and/or retail companies that will likely be involved.

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Haven’t posted in a while too busy boating and fishing but I thought I’d give a heads up to all the great people here on this site. Early June I bought one of he few marijuana stocks listed in the USA. I bought $CVSI for 1.42 now I don’t know what’s driving the stock but it has gone up almost every day and closed at $6.60 or so Friday. Anyways not pushing this stock or making any recommendations on it just being informative for you pot investors ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thimas
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What to do to protect against coming market dienturn

scubasteven
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How do I get a picture above my name?

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Travis. I would love to k now your’s others Opinion on CVM. Looks very promising as they are waiting for phase 3 data roll out only and the market cap only 100 mil.

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OK, I have a stupid question that I am umbarassed to ask. I am trying to do some DD on PLNHF, but I don’t really know how to value companies based on their earnings. Below I worked out some math that made sense to me, and am not sure this accurately values a companies performance. Please proof me wrong. I don’t come from a finance background and don’t have a better way to value companies, and am very open to teachings from fellow gumshoers. Thank you for your time. Planet 13 Profile: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/planet-13-begin-trading-otcqb-103000421.html Planet 13 (www.planet13holdings.com) is a vertically integrated… Read more ยป

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Gr8Full!
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$PLNHF np
#SillyRabbit, please see my response on the 420 Investors thread.
https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2016/03/microblog-420-investors/comment-page-8/#comment-4988608

#Best2You Ben @H0U3
#Plant13, no position (np)

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frofro
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When I start a discussion and shall add a topic, I am a bit lost, is there a way not to scroll down through all the topics?
Fx I cannot find Altuscher on the list.

anova
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Anyone know about this imminent distributed ledger sdr currency?

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I was looking into some of the ADRS, as they are getting more cheaper by the day. Foxconn’s current market cap is below its quarterly revenue. Does it mean its heavily undervalued?

Foxconn
https://ycharts.com/companies/HNHPF

Market Cap 31.88B
Quarterly Revenue: 36.25B for June 30, 2018

All figures has been converted to USD.

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SillyRabbit
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@Travis, Thanks for the clarification. It may be a little too early to bargain shop, but was looking into companies with a positive EBITDA, positive net income, over 25% more down from 52wk High, with good yoy growth. Foxconn was one that popped up along with many of the Chinese ADRs. Thank you for your input on their low margins, to drill you further.. though they are growing revenue 30% yoy, still doesnโ€™t make the company attractive? Long list, but going through them one at a timeโ€ฆhopefully come out with some good picks. Always wanted to start a position with… Read more ยป

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Does anyone know the company the recent Penny Stock Millionaire newsletter is teasing as “This 40 cent stock is toppling a trillion dollar global industry”? The article is about dynamic power management technology (DPM), electric generators, motors, and a new gearing system. Thanks for all the good research on this site!

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Does anyone know the company the recent Penny Stock Millionaire newsletter is teasing as “This 40 cent stock is toppling a trillion dollar global industry”? The article is about dynamic power management technology (DPM), electric generators, motors, and a new gearing system. Thanks for all the good research on this site!

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Travis, I know you aren’t into crypto, but I do have a question regarding putting a small portion of my savings, in the form of a traditional IRA, into a rollover IRA Crypto. Is there an honest IRA for crypto?

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Is your retirement secure enough that you can risk your actual core retirement savings on cryptocurrencies? If so, good on you. And no, I don’t know of any reliable custodians, sorry — the world of nontraditional IRAs is so sketchy and so replete with high fees for folks who want to try to hold gold coins or real estate or cryptocurrencies in their IRAs that it’s a real buyer-beware situation. I’m sure there are some decent ones out there, but they aren’t cheap. My advice, though you didn’t ask for it and I’m being a little preachy, is to max… Read more ยป

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Thank you for your honest input. It is money that would not effect our retirement, but your response has given me pause. I appreciate it!

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Not sure that this is the right place to ask but I could not find any thread more recent about James Altucher and his microcap top 1% advisory service (emails today) and the identity of the $ 400 million electronic police company with 33 patents etc-. Apricus seems to have been a non starter based on its current share price and so I am reluctant to invest $2000 for a year even if it includes a free Samsung S3 Smartwatch or even $550 for 3 months but the name of the e.p. company could be interesting.(thinkolator?) I have only just… Read more ยป

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Hi nagromed, his Microcap Advisory, has been discontinued and the recommendations were included to his other newsletter, called Top 1% Advisory. Also, for your info the Apricus stock was sold on February of last year with -50% loss on his recommendation. If you need anything else, feel free to ask, ok?

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doclazo
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Everybody running their teasers as we enter the holiday season. sjuggerrud’s “Melt up” sounds tempting. price of admission is expensive. options: #1- start a “go fund me” event; #2-wait for someone share the info; #3-find like minded investors to share in cost. what do you think?

gbwcpa
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Tony Daltorio’s “The Next Digital Helix Windfall” estimates a 2,537% windfall. You must make your move by November 29. Any ideas?

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Good morning Travis, may you and your family have a great holiday season. I’m going to use the Ask a stupid question again. During my research this morning I came across a company in China that posted their earning. The company is Pinduoduo Inc. ($PPD NASDAQ). Total revenues were up $491 million an increase of 697% for the year. Active users were 231.7 million, an increase of 226% and active buyers in the 12 month period were 385.5 million an increase of 144%, what am I missing? The stock was trading at around $20 and only moved up 1 point… Read more ยป

Mary
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Not PPD – the symbol is PDD

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