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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Strategic Wealth Confidential

Flagship investment advisory from Stansberry Pacific, aims to “provide readers from around the world with a wide range of investment ideas, with particular focus on Asia” — often recommends stocks on Hong Kong or Singapore exchanges. Iskyan has been involved with other Stansberry international publications in the past, Tycango previously edited Asian Growth Stocks for […]

What’s this “Electro-Wave Inversion” Business from Kent Moors? Are 7.1 million EWI Devices shipping April 1?

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 […]

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On What's Jeff Siegel talking about when he says, "March 29th, 2019 will be the most profitable day in the history of mankind."
Never heard of it, but that’s obviously an egregiously misleading promise. Nobody makes 89% a day. Nobody even makes 8.9% a day with any consistency. Trading “systems” are touted all the time, I rarely look at them in detail because they’re gen[...]
On Friday File: IIPR Dividend Hike, Boeing Panic, OKTA, DOCU and more...
Which one? Lots of teaser pitches along those lines -- do you have a link or more info from the ad, and info about which newsletter is pitching it?[...]
On Friday File: IIPR Dividend Hike, Boeing Panic, OKTA, DOCU and more...
Trade Note: Well, I'm making a liar of myself already. Situations change and I decided today to add slightly to my DocuSign position. Why is that? Mostly because I think they're continuing to increase the value of their products, particularly wit[...]
On Stansberry Pacific's "Most Impressive Find" Thinkolated -- 670% gains coming?
Thanks for the feedback, composer. Must be an interesting place to live.[...]
On Stansberry Pacific's "Most Impressive Find" Thinkolated -- 670% gains coming?
Fidelity and Ameritrade don't by default offer direct international trading online, you might have to call them if you wish to buy on overseas exchanges (pretty much any broker can trade in HK for you, but they often charge special fees or require you to s[...]
On Crisis and Opportunity
I haven't seen any indication that it formally changed names, but it seems to me that a similar investing theme (and editor) have shifted to what's now Bull and Bust Report[...]
On What's Dave Lashmet's "Biggest Ever Breakthrough for treating Alzheimer's Disease?"
Another failure in Alzheimer's Disease trials... BIIB and Eisai discontinued their late Phase 3 trials because they were "unlikely to meet the primary goal" -- lots of chatter around about how this was the last great hope for those following the "amyloid p[...]
On Motley Fool's "Small company with a $147 billion opportunity" De-teased
Good comment and detail, thanks.[...]
On Alex Green's "No. 1 Stock in 2019" -- $3 "Single Stock Retirement Plan" trading under a "Secret Name"
Yes, please read the article above for details.[...]
On Microblog: Various Promotions that " Promise one Money in Excess of Normal Social Security"
We do see these kinds of adds all the time -- often headlined with the word "Checks" -- "Trump Bonus Checks" or Go to Comment »
On Motley Fool's "Small company with a $147 billion opportunity" De-teased
That was (and remains) a huge story of investor hubris and the fascination with start-up "genius" -- I think the definitive story of Theranos and its implosion is probably Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, haven't read it yet but it has been recommende[...]
On Blanco's " $2 Trillion 'Bio-Switch'" Stock -- he says it's "Hailed as Miracle Drug for 3 Killer Diseases"
Hi Gordie, welcome to our space and thanks for commenting... yes, the promoters often try to add gravitas by including misleading quotes from official-sounding sources, often from blogs and other content on SeekingAlpha or Forbes or similar sites that have[...]
On Ferris' "The Hands-Down, No. 1 Pick of My Career" Pitch
Interesting that you mention the 2/3 number — I was just updating the teaser tracking spreadsheets and noticing how consistently we see 2/3 of the teaser stocks trail the S&P 500.[...]
On Motley Fool's "Small company with a $147 billion opportunity" De-teased
Not quite, but it’s usually an easier path than the typical drug approval process. Diagnostic tests have to be FDA approved, similar to medical devices.[...]
On Motley Fool's "Small company with a $147 billion opportunity" De-teased
In the U.S., they file an S-1 and then follow it up with back-and-forth with the SEC until it is effective, then they can issue shares when they're ready -- sometimes you don't find out until a day or two before the actual offering, but usually for larger [...]
On Hodge teases: "Get Rich on the Tiny Stock That Will Revolutionize Amazon’s Supply Chain"
Amazon is one of the largest corporations by market capitalization, but nowhere near being a large company if your measurement is profit... and Federal taxes are based on profit, not sales. Amazon has earned a TOTAL of less than $20 billion in [...]
On Motley Fool's "Small company with a $147 billion opportunity" De-teased
Don't know the current portfolios, but in the past they were hugely influenced by a few mega-winners (Marvel/Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Priceline/, etc.) that posted 5,000%+ gains. Some of the teased stocks that show up as weaker performers on
On Friday File: IIPR Dividend Hike, Boeing Panic, OKTA, DOCU and more...
Yes, Bombardier competes with Embraer in private/corporate jets, mostly, along with Textron (Cessna), and a few more diversified companies also compete in the corporate jet space -- General Dynamics makes the high-end Gulfstreams, Dassault Aviation makes t[...]
On Motley Fool's "Small company with a $147 billion opportunity" De-teased
Not having a great day so far, FYI, down a few percent even since we published around lunchtime. FYI, just looked into what the situation is with insiders, and it turns out that Softbank is the overwhelming institutional owner -- they own about 30% of[...]
On What's Koyfman's "Perfect $1 Pot Stock?"
Interesting, what indicators do you use? I started buying in January of 2018 and added a bunch of times in the $20s and $30s over the course of the past year.[...]

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