Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

Author Bio

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.

Author Archives

I thought we’d start out today with a quick teaser solution — Altimetry, one of the Stansberry/MarketWise publishers, is selling Joel Litman’s Microcap Confidential for $2,000 (“on sale” from $5,000, naturally, no refunds), and they’re doing so by hinting at a high-potential buy… here’s the intro: “Forensic Accountant who’s been followed by the Top 10 […]

Brian Tycango, who joined Stansberry a few years ago after recommending mostly Asian stocks for a long time in his own newsletter, is launching a service called Visionary Investor with teaser ads that are getting the attention of Gumshoe readers in recent days. At $49/yr, this is positioned as another “entry level” growth-focused newsletter, in […]

Alexander Green has a new teaser pitch out for his Oxford Microcap Trader, one of their “upgrade” newsletters for which they advertise a “retail price” of $10,000 (currently being sold at $1,975, no refunds, hopefully they don’t sneak a $10,000 autorenew in there to blow up your credit limit). The only other pitch we’ve looked […]

The first solution to this teaser pitch from Jeff Brown was originally published on May 13, but we’re getting more of these “Convergence” ads from him, and more reader questions, so as we approach the six-month birthday of this pitch I’ve updated our coverage below with some new thoughts and new numbers from the company. […]

Another weekend, another “Investor Digest” from the Motley Fool that’s mostly a teaser pitch for one of their higher-end portfolio services… this time it’s about an artificial intelligence (AI) stock, and it’s a tease for the recently renamed Rule Breakers: Artificial Intelligence product ($1,399 for the first year, no refunds), which recommends a portfolio of […]

Let’s start with the bad news this week. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is a pretty reasonably valued company, valued at about 20X forward earnings now and with a predicted earnings growth rate (by the average analyst) in the 10-15% neighborhood. It’s one of the dominant game publishers in the world, it’s a large company (market cap […]

Chris Wood at RiskHedge is selling one of his higher-end newsletters, Project 5X ($2,497 for the first year, 30-day refund period), by teasing that he will reveal “My #1 Play of the Psychedelic Medicine Revolution”… largely because, like many pundits, he believes that psychedelic drugs might follow the path worn by marijuana over the past […]

Recent Author Comments

On Microblog: Matt McCall's New Stansberry Research Service: Megatrend Investor:

It strikes me as odd that McCall left Investorplace, which is owned by Stansberry (they bought it many years ago, both are now part of MarketWise, and publicly traded)... to join... Stansberry. Did anyone talk about why? Haven't looked into that story ye[...]

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On "Supercharged Payouts!" What's Wyatt's "Distribution Notice" Promise of a $3,901 Payment This Month About?

Certainly a more attractive company to me, though I don't own it. The ex div is the same, coincidentally enough, the dividend is paid after the close on the 29th, and VMW shareholders should get about $27/share in cash as part of the separation from Dell[...]

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On "Supercharged Payouts!" What's Wyatt's "Distribution Notice" Promise of a $3,901 Payment This Month About?

I don't see how, a "tax loss" or lower cost basis doesn't do you any good in a Roth.[...]

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On Microblog: Amazon Warrants ????

Haven't looked at this ad yet, but warrants are everywhere now -- driven by the SPAC craze, since almost every SPAC includes a warrant as a reward for investors who park their cash in the SPAC. We used to see at most a dozen or two per year, and now there[...]

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On Microblog: Bill Bonner/Motley Fool Email Tease

This particular "all in" ad has been circulating for two or three years now, I've covered it a few times but most recently here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/stock-advisor-canada/fools-latest-huge-all-in-announcement/ The pitch is still all abou[...]

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On "The World's Biggest Construction Project Has Begun... three global giants that play a pivotal role in rebuilding our world."

Still WNDW, I think they’ve been teasing that for more than a decade now. https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/green-chip-stocks/checking-out-siegels-pitch-about-spray-on-solar-cells-and-elon-musks-big-bombshell/[...]

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On "Supercharged Payouts!" What's Wyatt's "Distribution Notice" Promise of a $3,901 Payment This Month About?

10/29[...]

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On "Supercharged Payouts!" What's Wyatt's "Distribution Notice" Promise of a $3,901 Payment This Month About?

The dividend itself will either be taxable, or will reduce your tax cost basis. No free lunch, sorry.[...]

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On "Supercharged Payouts!" What's Wyatt's "Distribution Notice" Promise of a $3,901 Payment This Month About?

For special dividends, the exchange forces companies to have the ex div date follow the payment date to help avoid confusion. There’s no way to game the system to Get the dividend free or a free tax loss, the only way to game these with a trade is to [...]

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On "Supercharged Payouts!" What's Wyatt's "Distribution Notice" Promise of a $3,901 Payment This Month About?

There is no free lunch, sadly, option prices are adjusted for special dividends.[...]

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On Microblog: Angel Publishing LLC The #1 Stock of This Generation

Same stock they’ve been pitching for years, WNDW[...]

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On Friday File: Tax Loss Season Begins, a Look at Toast, and more...

Didn't get it yet. But I think I might not be as stoic as you :)[...]

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On "Supercharged Payouts!" What's Wyatt's "Distribution Notice" Promise of a $3,901 Payment This Month About?

Good eye, thanks![...]

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On Microblog: Would S.A.F.E (Banking legislation) hurt AFGC (and others)?

Probably, and the pot financiers generally react negatively when those bills seem to be making progress — but it wouldn’t be ALL negative. The pot REITs would also be able to borrow at lower rates, and their tenants would immediately become better cre[...]

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On Friday File: "Tiny Cyber Stock" to the Lock Box, plus some Add-on Buys

GSHD will probably report next week sometime (it was Oct. 29 last year), so the story could change pretty quickly. For me it's a hold here, we've soared 40% above what I pegged as the last reasonable buy price, but I will review their next update and see [...]

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On Trend Trader's "The Secret $5 Company Behind Elon's Race to Own the Internet"

Gilat has no specific connection to Starlink as far as anyone knows, the reference to Starlink is just to draw investor attention with the theory that Starlink might want to acquire Gilat for its antenna technology. I would give that a very low probabili[...]

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On "Tesla's Biggest Competitor" -- What's Ray Blanco's "Perfect BESS Investment?"

That was quick -- Fluence completed its S-1 yesterday and is now planning to price the IPO and begin trading late next week. The updated S-1 really emphasizes what a strange ownership structure they have in place, thanks to the legacy partnership that f[...]

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On Friday File: "Tiny Cyber Stock" to the Lock Box, plus some Add-on Buys

That Annual Review summary is still up, and I still update it occasionally when my thinking changes. It’s on the bottom of the Daily Update emails and here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2021/03/annual-review-the-whole-magilla/[...]

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On "Tesla's Biggest Competitor" -- What's Ray Blanco's "Perfect BESS Investment?"

Thanks… I’ve definitely been seeing it mentioned in many places for a few months.[...]

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On "Tesla's Biggest Competitor" -- What's Ray Blanco's "Perfect BESS Investment?"

STEM[...]

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