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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Solving the Healthy Returns pitch: “Retire 10 TIMES RICHER” — What’s their “#1 Best Biotech to Cure Your Retirement Money Worries?”

We haven’t looked at a biotech teaser pitch in a little while, so this one for a new Mauldin Economics newsletter caught my eye… Chris Wood is helming Healthy Returns, along with celebrity doctor Michael Roizen (now referred to as a “wellness guru” and head of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, he is […]

Healthy Returns

New “wealth and wellness” letter from Chris Wood, who has worked on a bunch of investment letters for different publishers, and Dr. Michael Roizen, who is a well-known wellness “guru” and works at the Cleveland Clinic. Aims to provide both stock picks for healthcare-related investments, and health tips for readers.

Yastine says “This Unheard-of Tech Stock Can Set You Up For Life … If You Act Before November 4th”

An earlier version of this article was published on January 30, 2019 — at the time, this was teased as an “inconspicuous $20 stock” that would create one-stock millionaires beginning on February 15. Now, a very similar ad with slight updates is circulating promising “one stock millionaire” status from an “unheard-of tech stock” that can […]

Moors says “This New Device Is Expected to Spark a $35 Billion Bidding War” … what’s this “Electro-Wave Inversion” Business?

I’ve been getting buckets of questions about the latest pitch from Dr. Kent Moors for his Micro Energy Trader ($3,500/year, limited “performance guarantee” refunds possible), so that’s what we’ll dig into today. The pitch is typical of Moors’ stuff, in that he conjures up this idea of an earth-changing new technology that is the province […]

Kohl’s “Endless Clean Energy” pitch about “One tiny company that holds the key to a $1.2 trillion energy revolution”

The following article was originally published on November 26, 2018… we are re-posting it because of a slew of new questions about this ad, which is again circulating. The ad is unchanged from November, it appears, and the following article is also unchanged (the financial expectations are now a little worse than they were late […]

“Day Zero” — What’s Jeff Siegel talking about when he says, “August 4th, 2019 will be the most profitable day in the history of mankind.”

This article was originally published on March 21, 2019 when the “deadline” touted was March 25. We’ve lightly updated our piece below, but much of it (like the ad) is unchanged from March. The latest ad for Green Chip Stocks is a doozy — reminiscent of the many “the world is about to change” ads […]

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On "Marijuana Profit-Sharing Plan" teased: What are Jim Pearce's "Marijuana Payouts?"
If down 6% is tanking, then we also need to make up a reason for why it was up 8% earlier in the week... right? That's a volatile stock, I haven't seen anything specific to the business, sometimes it helps to remember that these moves happen regularly and[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
Because I think there’s a good probability of them increasing in value. I often use stop losses, but not always. If you click the name of those stocks on the portfolio, it should link to past articles where I ha e been more specific in explaining why I[...]
On What's Lombardi teasing as "The Tiny $1 Marijuana Stock Next to Be Bought Out for Big Dollars?"
Just noticed that this one has now dropped more than 80% since I wrote about it almost a year ago (and it was pretty dated then), but I just saw the same ad again. So I double-checked, and it looks like they've swapped out the clues -- so instead of h[...]
On Solving the Healthy Returns pitch: "Retire 10 TIMES RICHER" -- What's their "#1 Best Biotech to Cure Your Retirement Money Worries?"
I don't think any cryptocurrencies are good investments today. Investment implies that there is some expected future return. They are either "store of value" currencies, or speculations based on a still extremely unclear future economic value. My primar[...]
On What's the "Shopify 2.0" teased by Motley Fool Canada?
LGHEF[...]
On Solving the Healthy Returns pitch: "Retire 10 TIMES RICHER" -- What's their "#1 Best Biotech to Cure Your Retirement Money Worries?"
Was that their Patrick Cox-helmed "breakthrough" letter, or something else?[...]
On Solving the Healthy Returns pitch: "Retire 10 TIMES RICHER" -- What's their "#1 Best Biotech to Cure Your Retirement Money Worries?"
I'm not going to recommend specific options trades, the strike prices that make sense for you (assuming any do -- this is, in my parlance, a "dumb speculation") depends on how much you're willing to risk and how confident you are.[...]
On Solving the Healthy Returns pitch: "Retire 10 TIMES RICHER" -- What's their "#1 Best Biotech to Cure Your Retirement Money Worries?"
I’d likely buy way-out-of-the-money calls and puts for 2021, though you could also speculate on a pop into the PDUFA date in February. But when it comes to speculating on options, my track record is very spotty — I make lots of small bets and count o[...]
On Friday File: Buying More 5G, Earnings Season Thoughts, and more...
I'll share some updated thoughts on Friday -- short answer? No change to my thinking, though I've been buying shares for a decade with nothing much to show for it so I may just be unusually stubborn on this one.[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
The most recent pitch that I've seen of his was teasing Skyworks, a reasonable idea if not one that's likely to do anything dramatic this year -- that has been rerun a bunch of times, haven't seen anything "new" since from him.[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
Those have both come up in past discussions, I think, though I haven't been interested in either. My expectation is that any profits made in the long term in CBD will be as a result of brand power and distribution... not cost of production or the specific[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
Yes, I own shares of Fibra Uno, which trades at FUNO11 in Mexico and FBASF OTC in the US. Details of my holdings are in the Real Money Portfolio[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
Oops, update error — sorry. Yes, Arista has hit a stop loss level a couple times this year. I have re-analyzed it a few times, so far each time I’ve decided not to sell — and usually to buy a little more.[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
Myron Martin, who wrote occasional mining columns for us, sadly passed away last Summer.[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
Haven’t looked at them in a long time, but I wouldn’t be all that excited about the growth potential of their low-nicotine cigarette — they tried that years ago and it flopped, and that was before vaping became a real competitor for smoking cessation[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
FUNO11 is Fibra Uno, the one I own. I think FIHO12 is Fibra Hotel, which I see quoted at DBMXF OTC. The other one is Fibra Macquarie, DBMBF. Don’t know if there’s any liquidity in those (or skeletons in the closets of those companies). ProLogis also[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
When you fall off a cliff, is it because you slip at the edge or because you were standing at the edge of a cliff? Nothing in global macroeconomics has just a single reason.[...]
On What's the "Shopify 2.0" teased by Motley Fool Canada?
Yes, the US OTC symbol has now been established and there’s a little bit of volume over the past day or so. Some brokers won’t include it immediately, but it should be generally available. Just remember to check Toronto for the price, do your currenc[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
I personally mostly stick with gold royalty companies... levered to gold on the upside, though not quite as much as miners are, and much less risky on the downside.[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
Which ones do you think are the most promising?[...]

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