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.

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ed. note: The first version of this article was originally published in September of 2018, when we initially saw these ads rolling. It has been re-circulated several times, most recently because of the attention Jeff Bezos is getting for becoming the wealthiest person in history, so readers are asking again and we’re re-posting the answers […]

This article was originally published about a month ago, on August 20, but there is a new push behind the stock, premised on the idea that “a ferocious short-seller ‘hit piece’” has suppressed the share price — “temporarily,” they believe. So we’re re-publishing our answer here for you, and I’ve added a deeper look into […]

Jeff Brown is out with a new pitch for his entry-level newsletter, The Near Future Report (currently “on sale” for $49/yr, as is typical of his promotions). The ad is all about the potential gains being driven by “Project Xi” … so what’s the big idea, and which stocks are getting the teaser treatment here? […]

The latest teaser for Divide.com’s Premium service ($149/yr) had a headline that caught my eye: “Discover How Our Latest Best Dividend Pick in Insurance Space Is Thriving in the Pandemic” Who wouldn’t be interested in that, right? The insurance business is under scrutiny and pressure to some degree because of coverage (or lack thereof) for […]

Today I thought I’d take a look at the latest teaser pitch from Extreme Fortunes, a “no refunds” monthly stock-picking newsletter that they’re currently pricing at $2,995/yr., positioned as the “upgrade” letter from Paul Mampilly’s Profits Unlimited over at Banyan Hill and focused more, they indicate, on smaller-cap stocks. Mampilly, by the way, headlines no […]

This pitch is a little bit of a follow-on to the still oft-requested “TaaS” piece by Whitney Tilson — Tilson began teasing his “Transportation as a Service” idea for his Empire Stock Investor newsletter, and some stocks that play on that, in “presentations” that primarily recommended Waymo (a division of Alphabet (GOOG)), Aptiv (APTV) and […]

Upgrade service ($3-5,000/yr) from Empire Financial, this is Abeyta’s long-term “buy and hold” service for small or mid cap growth stocks (he also offers a short-term trading service for generally larger stocks, Empire Elite Trader).

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On Friday File: A Few Buys (including a rare IPO purchase), and an updated look at GAN

CHWY options trade like any other, and January 2023 LEAP options just rolled out this month. If you have options trading permission from your broker, you should see an "option chain" for the stock in your brokerage platform, you can just find the strike p[...]

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On What's Bill O'Reilly's "You Gotta Tell Me What the Stock Is, I'm Hooked!" Teaser about?

It's in the article above.[...]

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On Microblog: Palm Beach Ventures Pre-IPO CBD at $.75 Teeka Tiwari

Well put.[...]

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On Friday File: A Few Buys (including a rare IPO purchase), and an updated look at GAN

Great comment and really helpful perspective, thanks![...]

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On Friday File: A Few Buys (including a rare IPO purchase), and an updated look at GAN

Good news, now to see if Amazon’s product introductions next week fire a shot across Roku’s bow....[...]

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On Microblog: Teeka's palm beach venture new pre IPO

Most of these businesses don't look so great once you actually read the offering filings, and I think the growth for "me too" cannabis companies is very uncertain -- these two don't look like firms that have a real advantage to me. But beyond that, my d[...]

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On Friday File: A Few Buys (including a rare IPO purchase), and an updated look at GAN

The shares are partially locked up, but an unusual number of them are freed up for immediate selling -- 15% of the insider shares can be sold in the next two weeks if they wish, and another 15% over the next three months. We'll see whether that puts sell[...]

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On Microblog: Lou Basenese - Does anyone know which stock he is talking about?

I wrote about that one here, I suspect it's still the same ad running a few months later: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/lou-baseneses-trend-trader/whats-baseneses-hands-down-perfect-2-stock-for-5g/[...]

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On Microblog: Teeka's palm beach venture new pre IPO

Didn't look into it, given my complete lack of interest in Teeka's pitch about these -- but according to lots of other folks who've written in to me, that's their consensus.[...]

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On Friday File: "Pre-IPOs" and some Real Money Portfolio updates

It depends on what you mean by “pre-IPO” — people buy and sell chunks of private companies all the time, like friends investing in your new restaurant, and most of those never become publicly traded companies. In the past few years, the SEC has mad[...]

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On What's Brown's "Project Xi" All About?

Well, then I guess he'll stop peppering us with the ad... what a relief! Just kidding. Thanks for the feedback![...]

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On Update on "Moore's Law is Dead in the Water" -- Chris Wood teases "109X" gains from a Shorted Stock

Fell about 5% on the short attack on August 26th, then recovered immediately... then a week later, when they announced their fundraising, a dip of about 25% began before recovering about a third of that dip more recently.[...]

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On Microblog: What's UP with GAN?

I'm putting together my thoughts on GAN, and will share today or tomorrow once I've made a decision, but in terms of the price action I suspect it's mostly that the "day trading" enthusiasm for the shares drove them much more than I expected in their early[...]

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On Update on "Moore's Law is Dead in the Water" -- Chris Wood teases "109X" gains from a Shorted Stock

Sorry, we’ll get the contact page back up shortly — in the meantime, ILoveStockSpam@gmail.com works[...]

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On Stansberry's tease to "get into a SaaS phenom before anyone else realizes what’s going on"

Neither yet. Thinking. I’ll let you know when I decide.[...]

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On Microblog: Best way to calculate how much to sell.

That happens very regularly with stop losses of any size — you have to be able to handle that if you want to stick to a stop loss discipline.[...]

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On What's Brown's "Project Xi" All About?

Last time I wrote anything substantive about Tiptree was here, about a month ago: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2020/08/friday-file-mostly-boring-real-estate-stuff-this-week-sorry/ -- no particularly meaningful company news since then, though they have pres[...]

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On Friday File: Valuation Fears, GAN, and some New Speculations

Not offhand. It got to be a day-trading favorite so volatility is certainly higher than it was six months ago.[...]

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On What's Brown's "Project Xi" All About?

Good points.[...]

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On Friday File: Valuation Fears, GAN, and some New Speculations

I’ll re-analyze if it hits that. My current thinking is that I’m unlikely to sell the entire position.[...]

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