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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I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about Teeka Tiwari’s “Trump Tower” teaser pitch recently, so although the ad is actually a little bit old now (it’s still got a January 29 date under the signature) I thought I’d give it a look today. It is still circulating heavily, and it’s an ad for Palm Beach’s […]

What will probably serve investors best right now is patience. Don’t sell all at once, don’t buy all at once, and don’t feel like you have to do something every day. If you’re someone whose heartrate climbs as you open your brokerage account website and feel the urge to buy or sell every few minutes, […]

I knew to buy like crazy last Friday morning, because people say that I am the SMARTEST INVESTOR IN THE WORLD. Woohoo! Oops, sorry, I forgot that I wasn’t selling myself with hype-filled puffery. That’s obviously not true, I did some buying last week and opened a few new positions that have done well so […]

I’ve had a bunch of new questions about this almost evergreen Motley Fool ad for their Stock Advisor service, so I thought I’d share some answers with you here — partly because this is a stock that I write about a lot for our paying members, since it’s a substantial part of my portfolio, but […]

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 Amazon is getting through the coronavirus outbreak, so readers are asking again and we’ve lightly updated this teaser solution. The answer […]

Where might we find opportunities these days? Perhaps in the beaten-down marijuana sector? It’s awfully hard to say, since every sector is really “beaten down” this month, but let’s look at the latest pitch from Cabot Marijuana Investor ($497/yr), since they’ve been touting a hot idea that editor Timothy Lutts is calling the “Apple of […]

Ian Wyatt has been out over the past couple weeks with some “webinars” in which he talks up the coronavirus outbreak (for an hour!) and then ends his show with a tease about several “special reports” on the stocks he thinks will make you a lot of money as we fight COVID-19… and, of course, […]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

Trade Note I'll write about this some more tomorrow, but I reduced my position in Innovative Industrial Properties by a further 50% today. This follows the bear attack on IIPR by a short-seller outfit, and while I am not convinced of the validity of th[...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

Trade Note: This one probably won't be a surprise, but I reviewed the short attack on iQiyi and the [...]

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On Digging into Teeka Tiwari's "Genesis" -- What are the "Three Must-Own Stocks that Will Power Blockchain’s 295,000% Revolution"

Thanks for the feedback, interesting choice. Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is a great company, they own a couple dozen exchanges and really benefit from market volatility so it's probably a good idea here (better at the trough, of course, then in Januar[...]

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On Looking into "This Secret Arms Race Could Mint Another Round of Crypto Millionaires in 2020..."

Which ones do you like, and why do those stand out for you?[...]

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On Microblog: George Gilder’s Internet Reboot

Perhaps this discussion is what you're looking for: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2019/07/microblog-what-is-george-gilders-moonshot-stock-using-ai-and-crypto-blockchain-security/[...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

Thanks Bry. 1 is just simple math, assuming "at the money" pricing for the options contract without any additional premium (though if markets are falling, put options would do better than that because there would be a premium on the price). For exa[...]

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On Microblog: #1 gold Play 2020

I expect that's still this one: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/commodity-supercycles/the-1-gold-stock-to-buy-in-2019-virtually-unknown-7-investment/ He started teasing Sandstorm last fall, I'll look to see if the ads have changed at all. For wha[...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

I don’t think it’s very likely that insurance will have a catastrophic outcome like that, which is why I’m willing to hold and buy more of some of these companies. I’m not worried about reputational risk for insurance in general, since it’s not [...]

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On What's Motley Fool's "Netflix Killer" Stock?

No, not with those clues.[...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

I like it... disturbingly close to reality, I guess I should be doing these things via video![...]

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On Microblog: Teeka Tawari "Genesis Technology" thingy

Byrne tried to shift the focus of Overstock into being a venture capital fund for Cryptocurrency investments. I think that division was called Medici... it made for a wild ride a couple years ago, then Byrne later got into (another) scandal. I wrote abou[...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

I hope so. Glad you’re still healthy![...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

They’re not as widely used here on the US, so I have no experience with CFDs... if you want to run through the mechanics of that hedge I’d love to hear a real-world experience.[...]

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On Thinkolating on Ray Blanco's tease: "Fighting The Coronavirus: 3 Companies That Could Save Lives and Make You a Fortune"

Every public health person has been well aware of the risks of a new pandemic and talking about it for decades, it’s the rest of us (and our leaders) who’ve been short-sighted and indifferent to the risk.[...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

Good point, lots of people use those for “income” purposes but they do have a general smoothing effect on a portfolio.[...]

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On Friday File: How about Hedging?

Good point, that’s how I generally hedge individual stock shorts.[...]

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On Thinkolating on Ray Blanco's tease: "Fighting The Coronavirus: 3 Companies That Could Save Lives and Make You a Fortune"

Comments are moderated primarily for offensive language, and to try to avoid things like personal attacks and name-calling, they are not moderated for accuracy or rationality. Thankfully, readers often respond to and try to correct the most uninformed opi[...]

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On Microblog: What American Bank is on the verge of of going

That ad started running many years ago, if memory serves they were talking about Goldman Sachs at the time. Sometimes it seems that the marketers push out ads that are very old just to see if they still "work" to get attention, but I haven't looked at thi[...]

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On Looking into "This Secret Arms Race Could Mint Another Round of Crypto Millionaires in 2020..."

Yes, I wrote some about that above.[...]

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On Thinkolating on Ray Blanco's tease: "Fighting The Coronavirus: 3 Companies That Could Save Lives and Make You a Fortune"

Funny, that’s the one he “gave away” for free in the ad.[...]

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