Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

Author Bio

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

Today we’re pointing the Thinkolator at Christian Dehaemer’s latest pitch for his Bull and Bust Report ($99/yr)… and it’s got some nice undertones of patriotism to go with the daydreaming about a dive into Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin. “The government has now decided to bring chip production BACK to America! “This means investors could be […]

We seem to be living through a washout of the market this week, as fears of inflation and Fed-spiked recession take out all of the speculative excess of the past two years… which is, really, the point of having the Federal Reserve manage interest rates, so they can raise them at times when the economy […]

I’m on a plane to Omaha as I finish up this week’s Friday File, ready to jump into another “Woodstock for Capitalists” weekend with the Annual Meeting for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) and, more quietly, some other investor events and the Markel (MKL) Brunch. This pilgrimage often helps me to reset my thinking as a long-term […]

Not a lot of news to share about my Real Money Portfolio this week, so I thought I’d dig into a teaser solution for your Friday File… this one started running fairly recently as oil returned to “top of mind” status following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The pitch is for Luke Burgess’ Junior Mining Trader […]

I’m shifting to a “Thursday File” again this week, since most markets will close down for Good Friday and I’ll be traveling again… so, what’s going on? I’ve got a few updates to share from the Real Money Portfolio, including two companies down at the bottom of the portfolio which I sold today, a little […]

This teaser pitch seems to have started running back in February, though it didn’t catch my attention at the time — as I go back through my inbox, I see it was initially pitched with the headline, “The Everything Chip” and touted for its 400 million “patents,” but the latest version that caught my eye, […]

Recent Author Comments

On Friday File: Nibbling on the Way Down

Good eye, first real insider buying in AFCG that I’ve noticed — not a huge increase in ownership, Tannenbaum already has 3.3 million shares and bought another 20,000, but any time executives buy shares with their own money it’s a good sign.[...]

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On Friday File: Nibbling on the Way Down

Yes, though only in the Lock Box[...]

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On Who Owns Bill Shaw's "Super-Charged Battery Royalties?"

Different Sila, that’s an investment firm, I think. Sila Nanotechnologies is still private.[...]

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On Alpha Investor's "$40 Trillion Genomics Industry" Pitch -- What's his teased secret pick for 6,500% returns?

Interesting, in that case he must have recommended BCO well before he pitched it as his teased favorite pick (which isn't that unusual). He was [...]

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On Friday File: Nibbling on the Way Down

It is easy to fret about missing a more attractive price, but the odds that Thursday was the low for everything for the rest of the year are not so high -- one week of wild swings down and back up is probably not enough for the market to find some real equ[...]

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On Friday File: Nibbling on the Way Down

No, but I'd prefer it over Sea at this point. They're benefitting from the strength of the infrastructure and brand they've built up over the past 15 years, but are also facing some competitive pressures, and it seems likely that the recent strength in th[...]

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On Microblog: Is Composer Legit

New to me. Interesting idea in giving individuals the ability to build quant strategies, but it’s also true that such quant strategies don’t typically last for long — hedge funds are still in an arms race for supercomputing power to find the next ba[...]

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On Friday File: Nibbling on the Way Down

I hope it works out, I’ve bailed from the wrong growth stocks on occasion as well.[...]

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On Friday File: Nibbling on the Way Down

What makes their current prices look like a bargain to you?[...]

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On McCall's "V-Toll" Pitch -- what's “The Rolls Royce of Air Taxis?”

Will probably take a while to settle down, recovering from a high-redemption SPAC deal and finding the “right” price is tough.[...]

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On McCall's "V-Toll" Pitch -- what's “The Rolls Royce of Air Taxis?”

Pilots are a challenge, indeed, and that’s another “up in the air” regulatory issue, no rules yet on what kind of training or certification these “taxi drivers” might need. The Chinese one mentioned above is focused on autonomous taxis, I think[...]

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On Friday File: Reflection on the Berkshire & Markel Confabs, plus a few buys and sells in a wild week

GRWG might qualify, haven’t looked at that one in a while — BYND has some solid growth, but my impression is that the business has not been getting any more efficient as it scales up — haven’t looked in a while, though, thanks.[...]

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On McCall's "V-Toll" Pitch -- what's “The Rolls Royce of Air Taxis?”

Takes a few years to build a new chip fab, so I expect the chip supply situation will be much easier by the time any of these guys are building a meaningful number of aircraft.[...]

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On McCall's "V-Toll" Pitch -- what's “The Rolls Royce of Air Taxis?”

That was the SPAC, name and ticker changed this week with the merger being finalized.[...]

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On Alzheimer’s Disease May 2022 – Is There Anything New?

It seems like they’ve been in Phase 2 for about 15 years now, though I haven’t looked at that stock closely in ages. It Used to get teased and promoted regularly.[...]

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On Microblog: Luke Lango "Divergence Window"

We urge readers not to post their emails here, since we've heard reports in the past that sharing those emails has led to lots of folks trying to scam those readers. You can post images in comments if you like, just click the little image right above the [...]

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On Microblog: Fool’s newsletter

Not sure which you mean, they make similar promises pretty constantly — do you have a link?[...]

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On Microblog: Any info on Nomi Prins (Rogue Electronics) interview discussing her Distortion Report?

We covered this one last week, with answers to all three of the teased stocks for you: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/distortion-report/de-teasing-nomi-prins-and-her-1-stock-for-americas-great-distortion/[...]

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On Microblog: Oxford Club Trailblazer Pro, Future King of Streaming

That's an older tease, but it's for FuboTV -- which was indeed at $26 last Summer when the pitch probably started, but is now below $3. I wrote about that pitch back in September here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/trailblazer-pro/de-teasing-carrs-[...]

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On Friday File: Reflection on the Berkshire & Markel Confabs, plus a few buys and sells in a wild week

Hasn’t changed my mind yet, though I’m not an expert on the science or patent law. It is a big headline number, though remains in litigation and ILMN is so far downplaying the impact on their future operations.[...]

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