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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Most of the pitches we’ve looked at from The Wealth Advisory over the past several years have been exaggerated income promises… like the “Prime Payouts” from Amazon or Pot Paydays that were supposed to generate $48,000 or $56,000 a year. This one is a bit different, though, much more of a “get in early on […]

This is one of the biggest weeks for earnings in the Real Money Portfolio, so I’ll mostly be checking up on the quarterly updates from some of my larger holdings for you today… but in analyzing quarterly updates and other news, I did find myself drawn to make a few purchases (and one sale). If […]

I kind of like reading Charles Mizrahi’s stuff — the teaser pitches are over-the-top, of course, promising way more than they can deliver, but the companies he touts tend to also be relatively rational when it comes to things like earnings or cash flow. For example… his pitch about Brink’s being the best play for […]

Today, thanks to popular demand, we’re digging into a new teaser pitch from Christian DeHaemer’s Bull & Bust Report ($99/yr) — most of the pitch is really about how the government is going to “ban” Bitcoin starting on June 16, but the bigger picture spiel is about what that means for blockchain… and for the […]

Is there a secret electric vehicle leader hiding in the Great White North? What’s up with this latest teaser pitch from Motley Fool Canada about an “under-the-radar Canadian disruptor?” Let’s check it out, shall we? The ad is for the Motley Fool’s Stock Advisor Canada service (offered at C$99/yr), which is the Canadian version of […]

So… what’s happenin’ this week? I’m still wrapping my head around whether or not I’m interested in building a position in Coinbase (COIN) (or Voyager (VYGR.CX, VYGVF), or other brokerage/exchange companies in the cryptocurrency space), so I’ve been curious to watch the shares of COIN slowly drift down as Bitcoin prices fall from their highs. […]

This latest teaser pitch from Nick Hodge for his Foundational Profits newsletter has gotten a lot of raised eyebrows and questions from the Gumshoe faithful — whatever is this “Amazon of Energy” idea, and is it real? As always, the answer is, “kinda” — so let’s look through the ad (they’re currently selling Foundational Profits, […]

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On What's Woods' "$20 Backdoor Bitcoin Trade?"

I expect it is, he Tweets often about Voyager... but I haven’t seen that ad.[...]

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On What's that teased "Largest Gold Find in the Last 30 Years?"

I don't know, that's why I put on my UBER speculation just with long-term options -- a robust reopening and heavy travel and urban work coming back would create a surge for Uber demand, but yes, there are also clearly issues with regulatory pressure on the[...]

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On Microblog: Thanks for the info on Bitcoin and Coin and also your input on Teladoc, I've had a few positions that I've moved in and out of where the timing has been wrong and painful. The one tip on Electric Glass reminds me of the

The “spray on” solar silliness is still a pitch for WNDW, I expect, we’ve covered that many times.[...]

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On Microblog: Paul Mampilly’s 100x deal- sEASON 2

Most brokers do a good job of explaining this rule, here's Schwab's: https://www.schwab.com/resource-center/insights/content/a-primer-on-wash-sales I'm not a tax expert, but if you're selling it all and don't buy back within 30 days you shouldn't[...]

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On What's that teased "Largest Gold Find in the Last 30 Years?"

Neither has fallen to my buy price at this point. My most recent target prices are updated semi-regularly in the spreadsheet at the bottom of this post.[...]

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On Friday File: Insurance and Tech Updates (and buys)

Trade Note: A couple Stop Losses A couple of the speculative positions in my Real Money Portfolio hit stop loss levels in recent days, though I had a trading embargo on both names and was not able to act on those stops immediately. Today that lifts, so[...]

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On May Miscellany – Some Covid-19, Some Otherwise

How awful, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.[...]

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On What's that teased "Largest Gold Find in the Last 30 Years?"

Thinking about that today. My position has not changed as of this moment, but I'll update tomorrow.[...]

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On Friday File: Benchmarked Returns, Some Clunker Updates, and Coinbase

You can do whatever you like, of course. I have not changed my position — nothing really new in the earnings report, but I’m chewing on that and will have more to say on Friday (or before, if I buy or sell tomorrow).[...]

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On What's "Electric Glass" and why is The Wealth Advisory hinting that "One Tiny Company at the Center of it Could Hand Early Investors a Huge Windfall?"

And isn’t that unit actually nine separate square feet with mullions? That’s my memory, perhaps they’ve advanced since. Love the idea, hope it works in the end, I just don’t trust the company after so many years of over-promising.[...]

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On What's that teased "Largest Gold Find in the Last 30 Years?"

Always. Maybe not today, maybe not even next year, they’ve raised a lot in this first push in recent months... but hopeful mine developers are almost always thinking about raising money.[...]

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On What's that teased "Largest Gold Find in the Last 30 Years?"

Midas changed its name? Hadn’t noticed... that one was teased very heavily by a couple publishers for years.[...]

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On What's "Electric Glass" and why is The Wealth Advisory hinting that "One Tiny Company at the Center of it Could Hand Early Investors a Huge Windfall?"

WNDW is a great story, but has been overpromising (and has gotten overhyped) so many times over the past dozen years that I've grown some calluses on that one... fantastic sounding possibilities, but a commercialization process that has been agonizingly sl[...]

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On What's "Electric Glass" and why is The Wealth Advisory hinting that "One Tiny Company at the Center of it Could Hand Early Investors a Huge Windfall?"

IPOF is a SPAC, we just don’t know if or when they’ll find a deal to merge with a company, or whether it will be a good deal, and investors are getting a little more skeptical and selective with SPAC deals so uncertainty levels are higher than a few mo[...]

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On What's "Electric Glass" and why is The Wealth Advisory hinting that "One Tiny Company at the Center of it Could Hand Early Investors a Huge Windfall?"

Pretty much every tease uses that language, if they don’t have the urgency of a specific date they can come up with to pitch the stock idea (like earnings or an FDA decision or whatever else) they just have to build up a false FOMO urgency. Without urge[...]

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On What's "Electric Glass" and why is The Wealth Advisory hinting that "One Tiny Company at the Center of it Could Hand Early Investors a Huge Windfall?"

Yes, McCall has been touting Ilika for a couple years now -- remarkable run so far for a really tiny company, and it's still very small and R&D focused (revenue is very low), I think it's a more interesting strategy than QS, since they want to license and [...]

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On "Stock of the Next Decade" -- What's Kramer's "2,500 Mile Electric Car" Stock?

It's a great idea, it makes really logical sense, but I think it's unlikely to ever work unless a large government forces it -- the batteries are huge and heavy, so forcing them to be swappable causes huge tradeoffs in design of the car's chassis, with no [...]

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On What the Heck is an "Imperium" Machine? How Can it Make us Rich?

If you're logged in as an Irregular, the summary is at the very top of the page. If you mean, which company is being teased in that "Imperium" ad, it's Twist Bioscience (TWST), which is covered in the article above.[...]

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On What the Heck is an "Imperium" Machine? How Can it Make us Rich?

If you're logged in as an Irregular, the summary is at the very top of the page. If you mean, which company is being teased in that "Imperium" ad, it's Twist Bioscience (TWST), which is covered in the article above.[...]

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On "Stock of the Next Decade" -- What's Kramer's "2,500 Mile Electric Car" Stock?

Cars last a long time these days, too -- there are about 275 million cars registered in the US, and in a very good year there are about 14-15 million new cars sold. Turnover takes a long time. I've not looked at Rivian because I haven't seen numbers fo[...]

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