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.

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Perhaps the most glaring reminder of the current investor mindset is that the new exchange approved by the SEC a couple years ago, the Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), designed to help build long-term relationships between companies and their investors, has just now formally gone live with its first two listed companies at launch, Twilio […]

This is a teaser pitch that I solved in a Friday File for the Irregulars back on May 7, but I continue to get a lot of questions about it so I’ve opened that solution up to the rest of our readers — most of what follows was published in that Friday File three months […]

Yesterday we got a ton of questions about another full-throated pitch for a high-end Stansberry newsletter, this time Dave Lashmet’s Stansberry Venture Technology, which they say has a list price of $5,500 and is typically offered in promotions, as is the case today, for $2,500/yr, no refunds (as with most publishers, Stansberry offers a brief […]

Is the world going to hell in a handbasket? I get essentially that question all the time, particularly as the newsletters who are more prone to fearmongering ads begin to pepper our inboxes with panic about debt and social collapse and government overreach and, well, whatever things happen to be scaring the people who are […]

There’s a new take from the Motley Fool that a lot of folks are asking about recently, a “rare triple-buy alert” for a “practically perfect ‘mini-Berkshire’”, all in an ad to entice new subscribers to their flagship Motley Fool Stock Advisor newsletter (currently $99 for the first year, “list price” $199), and for those of […]

Recent Author Comments

On IKCoin, EKCoin and ICoin -- De-teasing Manward's "three most important third-generation cryptos to buy right now"

Oof, sounds terrible! There are plenty of hacking horror stories in the crypto world, for sure — as well as horror stories of people who pulled their coins offline or into a secure wallet and lost them just by forgetting or losing their key.[...]

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On IKCoin, EKCoin and ICoin -- De-teasing Manward's "three most important third-generation cryptos to buy right now"

Good point. I expect that lots of relatively new traders in both crypto and stocks are getting their first big tax shock either this year or next... even small dollar amounts of trading that generate fairly minor gains can add up quickly to surprising tax[...]

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On Friday File: Camping, Smoking and Dreaming

Indeed, no real business updates... that move is probably mostly from the little wave of attention flying into the shares after Barron's highlighted the Buffett connection on Sunday (https://www.barrons.com/articles/warren-buffett-berkshire-stock-516318147[...]

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On Uncovering the Motley Fool's "Era of Hypergrowth" Secret SaaS Stocks

The stock chart makes me feel a little dizzy, but I haven’t actually looked at their financials. That’s also a huge market, though there have been lots of “we’re going to make credit decisions better and faster” companies in the past, many of wh[...]

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On Uncovering the Motley Fool's "Era of Hypergrowth" Secret SaaS Stocks

Haven't looked at them since I posted this update in April... at that time I thought their marketing kiosk par[...]

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On Uncovering the Motley Fool's "Era of Hypergrowth" Secret SaaS Stocks

That certainly brought in some more interest... September 16 and 17 were among the highest volume trading days ASAN has had.[...]

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On Friday File: Camping, Smoking and Dreaming

The SEC requires at least minimal disclosure to make sure you’re not doing an undisclosed “pump and dump” — a lot of ugly things are legal if you disclose. We go beyond that, mostly to try to be clear and make sure there’s no conflict between wh[...]

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On Friday File: Camping, Smoking and Dreaming

I was surprised by that, since they’ve indicated they consider DFH a long-term partner, but not particularly worried. If I remember correctly, they sold about 10% of their position.[...]

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On Friday File: Camping, Smoking and Dreaming

Basic rules we go by are here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/about/ The important ones are that I disclose if I own anything I write about, and won’t trade it for three days after publishing… and we never are paid to cover (or not cover) a stock or a n[...]

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On Microblog: It’s a technology I call “Imperium.” Adam O'Dell

We covered that one here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/green-zone-fortunes/what-the-heck-is-an-imperium-machine-how-can-it-make-us-rich/[...]

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On Friday File: Camping, Smoking and Dreaming

I agree with you. The focused company doing one thing really well often has an advantage, and Roku’s OS is far superior to the other ones I’ve tried in streaming. The competitors will catch up, but Roku has the biggest user base and isn’t sitting s[...]

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On What's this "Plastic Killer Set to go Vertical" Stock?

Rivian should go public in the next few months, probably at a valuation which assumes their trucks will be huge hits. I might eventually be interested, I like the cars but it’s a high risk bet that will probably be wildly overvalued by people looking fo[...]

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On What's this "Plastic Killer Set to go Vertical" Stock?

Long-term potential hasn’t really changed in my eyes… will have a short update tomorrow.[...]

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On What's this "Plastic Killer Set to go Vertical" Stock?

Never heard of them… do they have meaningful and growing revenue? That’s the first indicator a company is doing something useful or valuable, at least for non-experts like me who can’t evaluate the real merits of the product.[...]

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On Microblog: Is SHOP a BUY or a SELL now?

For me it’s a hold, though that’s probably because I’m biased from following it since it was in the $30s, five years ago. The valuation is nutty, but it’s also a spectacularly excellent company and continues to grow at a ludicrous pace, so in th[...]

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On Microblog: Lou Basenese Trend Trader $15 stock supplier for Elon Musk Starlink system.

Musk's Starlink is building its own ground equipment. The stock being pitched is Gilat (GILT), covered a while back here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/lou-baseneses-trend-trader/trend-traders-the-secret-5-company-behind-elons-race-to-own-the-inter[...]

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On Friday File: Doc'n the Box

Trade Note: I added on to a relatively new position today after they announced their first real dividend increase. AFC Gamma (AFCG), our marijuana mortgage REIT, had told us to expect a dividend that was at least as [...]

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On "$25 could let you profit BIG from the global shift to tokenization" -- What's up with Jeff Brown's "G.T.E" and "World IPO Day"

What do you like about that one?[...]

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On "$25 could let you profit BIG from the global shift to tokenization" -- What's up with Jeff Brown's "G.T.E" and "World IPO Day"

Interesting, I don’t use any of the full service broker platforms but Fidelity allows me to buy ETHE in a retirement account by signing an extra “it’s not your fault if this is a stupid investment” agreement. I haven’t ever bought that one , bu[...]

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On Microblog: Precious metals

No, but I don’t spend much time looking for little explorers.[...]

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