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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Smallcap Discoveries says “Big Pharma NEEDS this company to cure cancer” and asks, “What if you could live to 200?”

I’ve only written once about the Smallcap Discoveries service, so when several readers sent in questions about its “what if you could live to 200?” pitch, I decided to dig in a little. Longevity is a frequent focus of the alternative health crowd, promising life extension to those most obviously interested in the topic (who […]

Looking into Chris Mayer’s “The 100-to-1 Project: How a Company Solving the Opioid Crisis Could Show You a Fortune”

Today we check in again on Chris Mayer, he’s sending out ads for his Chris Mayer’s FOCUS newsletter ($2,500) over at Bonner & Partners, and his ideas are often interesting. His big focus in recent years has been trying to back-test qualitatively to identify the things that made huge investment successes possible — and specifically […]

What the heck are “Alpha Contracts?” Can you really “Lock in $52,000 with just 4 clicks of the mouse?”

Alpha Contracts! That’s what’s being teased by the Agora Financial folks these days, all as part of a pitch for Zachary Scheidt’s Contract Income Alert. We haven’t covered this particular letter before, but have covered a few income-oriented pitches by Zach Scheidt for his other letters over the years, mostly talking up dividend-paying stocks and […]

Investigating Casey’s “Cobalt Blueprint” that teases “86,900% Gains From America’s Next ‘Super Metal'”

Sometimes it seems like investment newsletter teasers run in trends… last week we were inundated with “smart metal” pitches, this week the questions are pouring in about Doug Casey’s “Super Metal.” I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, so many newsletter ads try to implant a short little phrase in your head that harnesses their investing […]

Friday File: Portfolio Hodgepodge — One New Speculation, an Add-on Buy, and Check-ins on Some Dividend Growth stocks and Altius

CoreSite (COR) announced their latest dividend increase this week, which I’ve been anticipating — would they continue to be a rapid dividend growth REIT and keep investors excited, or will the slowing of the dividend growth continue to make me more cautious about the valuation of this highflier? Well, it turns out that the dividend […]

Recent Author Comments

On Lombardi's "If You Missed Apple, Shame on Us. If You Miss This..." Stock
We do summarize and skip to the details for our paid members (the Irregulars), who get that "Quick Take" at the top of my articles. My goal is to provide enough analysis of the marketing behind the stock idea and of the investment itself to give you a c[...]
On Ask a Stupid Question...
Sounds like some certainn profits in an uncertain world — don’t beat yourself up for taking profits, glad it worked for you![...]
On Friday File: An "Independence Day Royalties" Guess, plus Real Money Portfolio updates
Have you bought it? See anything in that Clara story? The mine seems worthy of a punt for those into diamonds, but it’s hard to guess at the “toll road” bit and whether or not it will actually work.[...]
On Friday File: An "Independence Day Royalties" Guess, plus Real Money Portfolio updates
And in later-breaking news, IIPR declared their dividend for the quarter -- no increase this quarter, which should have been the likely guess since they increased it back in December. Still certainly a possibility for strong dividend increases in the next[...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
The name of almost any politician inspires a knee-jerk reaction and a perceived tribal affiliation —- that’s why ads that use big political names are so successful at generating attention (Trump, Obama, Clinton, Bush, Reagan... doesn’t matter which s[...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
Yes, Nokia and Ericsson are both pretty strong on the network equipment front. Not sure what the ranking might be, but I would imagine they'll both benefit.[...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
The notion that I've "panned" Fox or the Trump Organization is silly, did you actually read what I wrote? I'm not critiquing political entities, I'm just reporting on a story that talked up "most hated" companies and why companies are on that list. MS[...]
On Microblog: What's the consensus on Seadrill? The company was supposed to have the latest equipment and a
Seadrill was a stock I wrote about a lot back in 2006-2008, but they certainly did fall on hard times, fueled by the massive amount of leverage in the business. Normally in bankruptcy the shareholders end up with nothing, but in this case it seems like [...]
On The Clock Is Ticking For "America's Most Hated Company"
If you're referring to the article, I don't think any of that was gratuitous or snarky or anti-Trump -- it was an example. I noted that companies reach the "most hated" lists for a variety of reasons, and politics is certainly one of them. There are vari[...]
On Hodge says "30-Cent Miner Claims 'The 8th Continent'"
There hasn't really been anything to get a "green light" for as of yet, they're a long ways from starting the permitting process.[...]
On "Why Would One of the World’s Smartest Investors Sink $522 Million Dollars Into a 'Busted' Tech Stock?"
No dividend that I’m aware of.[...]
On Motley Fool's "'Total Conviction' Stock Looks to Us Like Facebook Before Its IPO"
I doubt they’ve “moved on”, the ad is still running and they don’t tend to take profits. It has gone from a speculation on growth potential to a momentum stock recently, thanks to the big surge from $60 to $90, I still like the underlying growth po[...]
On Smallcap Discoveries says "Big Pharma NEEDS this company to cure cancer" and asks, "What if you could live to 200?"
He has started a site. We have no relationship with it or with him, but he’s on Twitter @kssmdphd[...]
On What's "The Banker's Coin?" Will it Help You "Make a Fortune in the New Era of Crypto?"
1,500. Must be a typo somewhere.[...]
On What's "The Banker's Coin?" Will it Help You "Make a Fortune in the New Era of Crypto?"
That's not the crypto being teased -- might be more appealing in the long run with its more controlled system, I don't know, but Ripple is the third largest "coin" by "market cap" -- it's about a fifth of the size of Bitcoin, not 1/100th of the size as tea[...]
On What's "The Banker's Coin?" Will it Help You "Make a Fortune in the New Era of Crypto?"
Thanks for the feedback... I've yet to hear any cryptocurrency newsletter refer to its editor as anything less than the "world's leading expert" :)[...]
On Friday File: Dark Stock, Dark Roast, Emojis and Uranium
Volatility quotient... I usually use the stops from as a guideline, they vary based on historical volatility — so an average stock might have a 20% stop loss, a blue chip stock that’s boring and doesn’t move much might have a 11% stop [...]
On Porter's "Stock that still makes us smile"
Great feedback, thanks — I just meant it won’t grow as fast from this point as tiny regional See’s did.[...]
On Microblog: What do uou think about these new sales pitches where you input a code and collect
There's a huge chance of losing -- you're not buying options, you're selling options. That means you take risk off of someone else's plate in exchange for cash up front -- it can easily work 95% of the time, but the 5% of the time that it fails you can l[...]
On Microblog: How can I determine a stocks movement based upon money going out vs. money going in
Just more technical trading mumbo jumbo, for the most part. If it works well enough to give you an edge, the computers will be better at it than you... if the computers can be better at it than you, than quants will take the edge away over time. Some[...]

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