Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

Author Bio

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

Lichtenfeld’s “Killer Hiding in Your Medicine Cabinet” — what’s the “new breakthrough” that will lead to explosive profits?

The beginning of the latest ad from Marc Lichtenfeld’s Lightning Trend Trader is good and juicy, at the very least… how could you not open up the ad and pay attention? “The KILLER Hiding in Your Medicine Cabinet “These Common Drugs Take a Life Every 12 Minutes (Who’s at Risk?) “Here’s the NEW Breakthrough and […]

What are “Trump Bonus Checks?”

You know, I expect, that there’s no secret trove of “programs” where you can “sign up” and get a free check in the mail every month. But still, the notion that there’s “hidden income” out there is tempting… the newsletter promoters know that many of us are worried about income, or about not getting enough […]

Automatic Trading Millionaire

Options trading service from Karim Rahemtulla, recommends “collect income now and buy stocks at a discount” trades that are based on selling put options. Rahemtulla previously recommended options trades at times for Xcelerated Profits Report and has helmed several other newsletters in the past for the Oxford Club and other Agora affiliates.

Recent Author Comments

On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
It briefly lingered around C$3 while he was promoting it originally in late February and ealry March, but if that’s his price the stock hasn’t been in his buy range since, despite the huge surge in ads from Ferris. Must be frustrating for subscribers[...]
On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
I think the Xylem tease has made the rounds with language like that recently, click the XYL topic below to see my prior article... but Buffett gets name-dropped in teasers all the time.[...]
On What are "Trump Bonus Checks?"
I think the crapola is mostly unchanged... https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/underground-profits/hodges-nobody-knows-about-americas-biggest-gold-discovery-pick/[...]
On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
Yes, I've bought more this year. Whether it works out depends on whether or not gold rises, but I do still want gold in my portfolio and I think Franco-Nevada and Sandstorm are the best way to get that gold exposure -- FNV is safer but much more richly va[...]
On Motley Fool Rule Breakers
No, they are separate services. There’s probably a little overlap in their portfolios, but they don’t issue the same recommendations at the same time.[...]
On "American Steel Pays $6,528 in 'Liberty Checks'" sez Ian Wyatt
Good point — the tendency for them to work is based on the averages, which certainly conceal some blow-ups.[...]
On "American Steel Pays $6,528 in 'Liberty Checks'" sez Ian Wyatt
If you’re right, that would certainly give you a levered return. In exchange for the increased risk, of course.[...]
On Friday File: Another Netflix Wanna-be, plus BOMN and NVDA updates
Interesting, never heard of those folks before. Retrospective claims are, of course, much easier to make and brag about than prospective ones, but if they did identify that as a chart pattern buy then good on them, at least for now. :)[...]
On Biotech Discussion... continued
People click on thumbs up or thumbs down because they either disagree with the comment or think it fails to add anything, or, sometimes, because they don't like the "news" that it represents. It's a way to say "no thanks" without clogging a discussion wit[...]
On "American Steel Pays $6,528 in 'Liberty Checks'" sez Ian Wyatt
Because part of the appeal of these stories is that investors often get excited about big special dividends and therefore drive the price up going into the dividend... if you buy immediately ex-dividend that is more efficient than buying at the close the d[...]
On "American Steel Pays $6,528 in 'Liberty Checks'" sez Ian Wyatt
No. Options prices are adjusted for large special dividends.[...]
On "American Steel Pays $6,528 in 'Liberty Checks'" sez Ian Wyatt
Yep, they’ve been touting that aggressively for months... I covered it here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/underground-profits/hodges-nobody-knows-about-americas-biggest-gold-discovery-pick/[...]
On "American Steel Pays $6,528 in 'Liberty Checks'" sez Ian Wyatt
Going private would require buying out the minority shareholders ... the offer was to take the company private at $42 a share last year, though I have no idea how the board is dealing with that offer.[...]
On "American Steel Pays $6,528 in 'Liberty Checks'" sez Ian Wyatt
Yep. And on the day the dividend is paid, the value of the shares drops by $940. The hope is that the stock price recovers as time passes after that, which it often does, at least partially, though certainly not always. If the stock doesn’t recover a[...]
On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
Gold will never make anyone rich, at least not in the way that a successful And growing business can make you rich ... the allure of gold is its constancy in a world of uncertain currencies. If we have Armageddon and lose the power grid and all semblance[...]
On Friday File: Another Netflix Wanna-be, plus BOMN and NVDA updates
“Nothing will come close to the original” is certainly true. The next Buffett who builds a miraculous long-term compounding machine will probably look much different.[...]
On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
Not much, I overpaid for some of my position in a bit of enthusiasm over their first big royalty purchase (a few years back -- the 2009 and 2010 buys were solid, the 2014 and 2015 buys were a bit too optimistic). My overall position is up about 18% as of [...]
On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
No, Sprott isn't a miner -- they're primarily an asset manager. If they commit fraud, it would be a completely different kind than Bre-X.[...]
On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
Not a lot of gold in Altius, more copper and coal and potash these days... but there has certainly been opportunity to "buy low" over the years in that one (I've paid too much on occasion, so my gains are much lower than that but I do still very much like [...]
On "If I had to pick one stock.... World’s No. 1 Stock When Gold Booms" teased by Dan Ferris
Certainly true... though the folks charging 2% have quite a business if they can keep their customers.[...]

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