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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Annual Review Part One

Today I’m starting my Annual Review, during which I take a (hopefully fresh-eyed) look at every stock in my Real Money Portfolio and update my opinion for you (and, frankly, for me, since it’s a good exercise). Some of these stocks pop up in my writing practically every week, but for others where there might […]

Top Teasers of the Year!

Every year we call out a “turkey” stock teaser around Thanksgiving time and poke a bit of fun at some terrible investment ideas… … so it seems only fair to highlight a few winners as well, and this week, when we’re otherwise closed for the holiday, seems a good time to spread some cheer and […]

“Company that Doesn’t Make or Sell Anything” to “Double Your Money Year After Year?

Here’s the beginning of the latest teaser pitch from the Eagle Financial folks… “There is a company that doesn’t make or sell anything—yet, it earns over $3 billion a year. “It occupies this futuristic-looking building (its world headquarters) in the heart of New York City. “And it’s been turning ordinary investors into multi-millionaires.” And, actually, […]

Mengel’s “Next King of Cannabis”

Jimmy Mengel is out with a new marijuana stock ad for us, teasing the “next king” of the sector as he looks for more winners… and, of course, he’d like you to subscribe to his newsletter to learn what this next winner might be (actually, he’s pitching this as “you buy my $99 report, nonrefundable, […]

Recent Author Comments

On Annual Review Part One
The full portfolio, including all the funds and ETFs and such, has tracked fairly close to the S&P over the past year or two but I haven't calculated the annual cash return for either the whole portfolio or my equity selections. Probably a good thing to [...]
On What's Jeff Brown teasing in his "Timed Stocks Summit?"
Could be... if they lie in their ads, the answers will be wrong.[...]
On What's Jeff Brown teasing in his "Timed Stocks Summit?"
Wouldn’t be surprised if he likes that one, the reward potential of Alzheimer’s Disease drugs always tempts newsletter guys, even in Phase 1... but that’s not a match for the hints in this ad for that #1 stock —- could just be another of the recomm[...]
On What's Jeff Brown teasing in his "Timed Stocks Summit?"
Years, not months on that one.[...]
On What's Jeff Brown teasing in his "Timed Stocks Summit?"
He has several newsletters and has to churn out at least a few new stocks a month to his subscribers — can’t just linger on CRISPR :)[...]
On Microblog: Jeff Brown's timed stocks
Thanks for the suggestions and ideas, folks, finally got a chance to finish my take on this Jeff Brown "summit" presentation this evening -- Go to Comment »
On What's the "Artificial Intelligence 'Stealth ID' Technology" Stock Being Teased by Outsider Club?
Just remember to keep at least a little perspective, this is a microcap company with almost no business beyond press releases and prototypes so far. And while the people do have some experience and do sound appealing in their website bios, the CEO's last [...]
On DeHaemer's "Next FAANG" -- What are "The 4 MVPs of the Tap & Go Revolution?"
Yes, they’re dominant in China, where use of cash is even lower than in the US.[...]
On Ask a Stupid Question...
I don't know anything about that little penny stock, but the reason that most cannabis stocks are listed in Canada is that the small canadian securities exchange will allow the listing of them -- US-based marijuana companies trade on the CSE because they'r[...]
On DeHaemer's "Next FAANG" -- What are "The 4 MVPs of the Tap & Go Revolution?"
Never heard of them before, but sounds like an interesting idea.[...]
On Microblog: Cloud computing disruptor's, data centers, platform, services companies
They didn't hint at any of the picks in the portfolio at this starting point, but I'd be shocked if the portfolio does not include either Amazon or Microsoft; American Tower or Crown Castle (probably the former in both cases, since those have long been Foo[...]
On Leeb's "$26 Billion Treasure Trove 48 Miles North of the Arctic Circle"
I don’t think miners are ever “set and forget” speculations — if I were To buy I’d hope for a surge of copper/mining sentiment or a big new boost to reserves at some point and try to sell during a nice mania. Odds of something bringing the stock[...]
On Leeb's "$26 Billion Treasure Trove 48 Miles North of the Arctic Circle"
You’re right, sorry, was just going by memory.[...]
On Leeb's "$26 Billion Treasure Trove 48 Miles North of the Arctic Circle"
Haven’t looked, but it will be a one lane gravel road and my guess is it would be done with state support so probably there are a few likely contractors in Alaska that are likely to get the work. Not much chance that they’re public companies, but you [...]
On Mampilly's "#1 Stock for 2020" -- what's this South Carolina disruptor?
Different recco — Parker Hannifin is definitely not the stock teased for this #1 of 2020 special report[...]
On Microblog: 72 - The Rule of 72
New letters get created every day, so we certainly miss some.[...]
On "Linchpin Device... and the Next Tech Giant" -- What's Fessler's "$7 Tech Stock" to "Hand You Up to 24 Times Your Money?"
On Friday File: "Amazon-Like Profit Profile Could Double Investors’ Money Again This Year"
I’m a little concerned, since the transaction seemed timed to boost book value just before closing the books on 2019, but there is some logic to it IF they use this new fund to expand into other airport privatization opportunities. I do like the inves[...]
On "The 'War' for 5G: 3 Little-Known Stocks to See 60X Gains"
Yep, we covered that Fessler pitch for 5G here back in September.[...]
On "The Stock of a Lifetime: The 1 Stock for This $15.7 Trillion Revolution."
That’s a shame... tech-focused Nasdaq is up 35-40% in the past year.[...]

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