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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This is the intro from a Motley Fool Canada email I got yesterday: “It looks like you missed a pretty huge announcement that Iain Butler, our Chief Investment Advisor, made just yesterday. Since this could be a massive catalyst for your portfolio, I wanted to send you one final alert to make sure you don’t […]

Time for an unusual mid-week Trade Note for you, dear friends. I have a few cute little limit orders who had been sitting in the back of my brokerage account for a while, gathering dust and muttering about valuations, and the recent market weakness woke them up… so they just came running in to tear […]

We’ve got another pitch from Jason Stutman to look at today, this time using a lot of the ad copywriter’s favorite techniques to get our attention as he pitches subscriptions to Technology & Opportunity. What do I mean by that? We’ll run through a few examples… First, the “smart wealthy people are already on board” […]

This is a general explanation of the world of Stock Gumshoe, I update it every few years.  No big news here, but we have new folks coming through the door every day… so, FYI: Stock Gumshoe’s primary reason for existence is to help investors think for themselves, and to avoid swallowing the hyperbole-laden investment ideas […]

Today I thought I’d take a quick look at the “you must add it to your holdings now” pitch from Cabot Growth Investor ($497/yr) — the ad is worded quite similarly to past ads saying that they expect a “double in the next 12 months” from these folks, some of which have worked out well […]

Similar to and pitched as a continuation of Hodge’s previous Early Advantage newsletter published by the Outsider Club. Weekly newsletter looks for volatile, often small cap, alternative energy stocks and “early” new energy and mining investments.

Similar to the Junior Mining Monthly that Del Real wrote for Outsider Club, published until October of 2020. Natural resources investment advisory, with monthly issues recommending junior mining stocks.

The folks at The Wealth Advisory have had some very long-running teaser pitches about “secret income” over the years, particularly the pitch about “Netflix Royalties” that we covered many times (that was really just teasing data center REITs) and the “Prime Profits” pitch about making income from Amazon packages (which teased the warehouse REITs, including […]

Short-term trading advisory from Abeyta, publishes weekly and generally recommends trades that are held for less than a few months in smaller US companies.

“Buy and Hold” service focused on special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), indicates it will recommend both new SPACs and companies that have recently completed SPAC mergers. Launched Fall 2020 with the surge in SPAC IPOs. Abeyta also runs Empire Elite Growth and Empire Elite Trader.

So what’s happening this week? We inch closer to the election, and to what I continue to expect will be a relief rally no matter how the results come out — the last time I was this eager for something to just be over was probably when I made the mistake of watching The English […]

I’ve seen this ad circulated so many times, with adjusting deadlines, that I didn’t realize I hadn’t specifically covered this pitch for my favorite readers… at least, not in its current iteration with a new company in that “Day Zero” position. “Day Zero” is now trumpeted as being December 4, but not long ago it […]

The Stansberry folks have their very own marijuana-focused newsletter now, too, joining pretty much every other publisher with a service dedicated to these niche stocks that have, with waves of state legalization, been through several bubble-and-bust cycles in just a few years as the industry has begun to mature. It’s called Cannabis Capitalist, helmed by […]

New in 2020, premium-priced marijuana-focused newsletter from Stansberry Research, has goal of recommending (mostly small) cannabis companies that can grow to reach “blue chip” status.

Recent Author Comments

On 2020 Turkey of the Year

Didn’t they go bankrupt or restructure and wipe out HRT shareholders before being reborn? I can’t say that I remember the details, will have to go back and check. The sad reality of math is that a stock that loses 99% of its value and then has 24X [...]

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On 2020 Turkey of the Year

Thanks, but we have a rule: no Christmas talk allowed until I’ve had my first Turkey sandwich on Friday![...]

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On 2020 Turkey of the Year

It’s pretty high risk, it will probably either gain a couple hundred percent or lose 80% over the next year or so, and either could happen quickly. I’m still holding my small position, but was quite discouraged by their initial results in LA. They[...]

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On 2020 Turkey of the Year

A newsletter really recommended Bantec? Market cap is only about a million dollars, such tiny stocks tend to exist as publicly traded enterprises just as a cruel joke. Any attention at all, even just telling ten friends to buy $100 worth each, could have[...]

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On What is Stock Gumshoe, and Who Are These Authors?

Thanks! Sounds like you've got some common sense, so you've got a head start over a lot of investors... good luck to you.[...]

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On Blanco teases: "Does This Tiny $2 Company Have The Key To Tesla’s Million-Mile Battery?"

There have been a half-dozen or so high-profile teases that call something or other a "Tesla Killer," from hydrogen vehicles to lithium miners to battery tech or other EV companies. My guess is that you're asking about the latest version of Matt McCall's [...]

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On Blanco teases: "Does This Tiny $2 Company Have The Key To Tesla’s Million-Mile Battery?"

I'm more of a salsa or chimichurri guy myself, but thanks for the suggestion :)[...]

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On Sleuthing out RiskHedge's "Amazon Killer Tollbooth"

I put a limit order in on the LSE (London) at the maximum I was willing to pay, and as I remember it eventually filled a few weeks later. There’s no magic to it, you place a bid and someone wants to sell at that price on that day or they don’t. I [...]

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On Microblog: EXRO Technologies-A NEW CANADIAN START UP WELL WORTH CONSIDERING

I've been one of the skeptics, so congratulations to you both. Hope it works out.[...]

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On Microblog: Real Money Portfolio

It's actually about 100 spreadsheets that combine into one summary sheet, so it's a little more manual a setup process than I can easily recreate -- but I'll talk to some folks who are more expert in Google Doc templates to see if there's an easy way to sh[...]

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On Friday File: SPACs, Big news from GAN, and a new Watchlist Stock

SPACs trade exactly like any other stock. Robinhood is a limited brokerage, they don’t allow trading in the full range of securities on the exchange (just most of them), so I don’t know if YSACU or YSAC will trade on Robinhood in the future or not... [...]

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On Friday File: SPACs, Big news from GAN, and a new Watchlist Stock

If you bought YSACU, you own some warrants — each unit YSACU includes one share of YSAC and one half of a warrant. They will separate over the next couple weeks into YSAC and YSACW, most likely.[...]

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On What's Chris Wood's 2,000% "SuperDisruptor" Born from a March 30 Merger?

Strong earnings this week, which certainly helped... and I'd guess a lot of it is just that they are again getting that "we need to find the next Trade Desk" attention from investors. They're growing fast, their connected TV business jumped 50% in the qu[...]

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On Checking out Siegel's Pitch about "Spray-On Solar Cells" and "Elon Musk’s Big Bombshell"

Sure. Do note that they although they have patents on their processes and advancements, they don't own the idea of thin film solar, "solar in windows," or of transparent or flexible layers for solar power generation, there are a bunch of other ac[...]

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On What's Sjuggerud's “Secret” Currency that "Could Help You Make Back Every Cent Lost In 2020 Collapse?"

I'm not, either. You don't have to be registered as a financial advisor or broker to write about investments... he and I are more akin to reporters than financial advisors in the eye of the law as long as we don't offer personalized financial advice. And[...]

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On Checking out Siegel's Pitch about "Spray-On Solar Cells" and "Elon Musk’s Big Bombshell"

Indeed. Two big "Ifs", though, which is why it's been a penny stock for 13 years. Hopefully they'll get there, but I have no idea what the future timeline might look like.[...]

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On Checking out Siegel's Pitch about "Spray-On Solar Cells" and "Elon Musk’s Big Bombshell"

Elon was certainly quite happy to rescue SolarCity at the expense of Tesla shareholders, so I guess you never know :) I'm not aware of any connection beyond that [...]

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On Microblog: What is Seeking Alpha's much touted "#1 Top Rated Stock"?

Haven't seen any stock thus teased -- do you have a link or email you can forward?[...]

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On Microblog: "IPO Afterglow" marketing "IPO Authority" subscription - Angel Publishing

Sounds like another SPAC teaser, but we haven't looked at that one yet -- thanks for the suggestion.[...]

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On Microblog: Teeka Tiwari Picks Are In

While all discussion is welcome, we do attempt to block comments about reselling information and taking discussions off-site to buy and sell ideas -- there has been too much scamming of readers brought to our attention over the years by folks who are promi[...]

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