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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“The Death of Silicon Solar cells” pitched by Oilprice.com — they say “This Under $3 Stock Will Unleash the Greatest Leap in the History of Electricity.”

Today we’re looking at an ad about the “Super Crystal Solar Revolution,” which spools up a big surge of excitement about a new kind of solar cell that will change the world. An extremely similar pitch, with all but the company-specific details almost exactly the same, was made by James Stafford and the Oilprice.com folks […]

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On Friday File: Pot Dividend Surges, plus thoughts on gold and "bargains"
ycharts.com is a charting/data service. They offer a limited free version, but it's mostly paid -- I think of it as a lower-cost way to get most of what I'd want from a Bloomberg terminal. Koyfincharts.com is another option that's become pretty popular, [...]
On Frank Curzio shot with "Batman"/"Air Cuff" Device to tease a Stock -- which one?
I assume you’re screening for technical characteristics... the fundamentals are inconsequential enough that they won’t pop in any screens on actual financial data.[...]
On Frank Curzio shot with "Batman"/"Air Cuff" Device to tease a Stock -- which one?
Thanks Dave, appreciate the perspective.[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
Ah, you’re right! Glossed over that part of the clue. ISRG has indeed made inroads into AR, and I can’t be definitive with that level of clues, but at that size my initial response is to move my “most likely” bet for that one to Teladoc (TDOC), a[...]
On Frank Curzio shot with "Batman"/"Air Cuff" Device to tease a Stock -- which one?
Similar aim, but I think they’re more into military/crowd control products at the “closer to lethal” end — rubber bullets, gas grenade launchers, etc. don’t know if there’s anything proprietary in that space or not. Do t know anything else ab[...]
On Frank Curzio shot with "Batman"/"Air Cuff" Device to tease a Stock -- which one?
Thanks for the feedback (and for your service).[...]
On Frank Curzio shot with "Batman"/"Air Cuff" Device to tease a Stock -- which one?
Oops, thanks for the typo notification. Yes, this is his cheaper/entry-level letter. Did Frank publicize/recommend the private placement for his Venture letter, or just recommend it when it was trading OTC?[...]
On Frank Curzio shot with "Batman"/"Air Cuff" Device to tease a Stock -- which one?
Probably try, though I Imagine that if they are holding a gun they won’t generally get tasered, either, they’ll just be shot if they don’t comply. There’s a whole spectrum of possible response, armed assaults aren’t the aim of the BolaWrap as fa[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
They said that about one of the stocks (ZM, I think), not all of them.[...]
On Frank Curzio shot with "Batman"/"Air Cuff" Device to tease a Stock -- which one?
Dunno, it’s also very restrained in space — only works between 10-25 feet, so in that regard quite taser-like.[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
The video replay is available, so presumably it originally ran last week. Nothing particularly "dated" in the presentation or the commentary, so I imagine we'll be seeing this one for a while.[...]
On Bill Gates invests $650 million in "under-the-radar company" -- who is it?
Largo I still have a fair amount of "speculative conviction" about, though it's obviously primarily dependent on the steel market, and on China, so the trade war and any Chinese slowdown will have an outsize impact. OPI is a shorter-term bet that they wil[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
Thanks legrath. I expect we're still a ways away from anything "headset like" being widely used, though certainly there are immediate use cases that make a lot of sense, mostly in professional settings like the latest revamp of Google Glass, or for gaming[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
IIVI was disclosed as a recommendation as recently as May (https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/05/01/ii-vi-stays-laser-focused-on-growth.aspx) — it’s possible that they “sold” in the last month, but not very likely — they very rarely suggest sell[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
Officially we still say there are two Chinas, so I guess you can say Hon Hai is sort of Chinese... Taiwan’s more controversial name (in some circles) is The Republic of China. But yes, Foxconn is still attached to that controversial and much-downsize[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
Good to know, thanks for sharing![...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
True, we’ve seen more of those big presentations lately, in rented theaters with shots of the happy audience members... I guess it works to provide some gravitas, or it wouldn’t be worth the effort.[...]
On Motley Fool's "Dawn of the T288 Era" -- What are those Secret AR Stocks hinted at by Eric Bleeker?
Those disclosures are for the stocks that are mentioned in the presentation — you don’t have to disclose positions or conflicts for stocks that you don’t name but merely hint at.[...]
On What's Alex Green's "Next American Mega-Brand" Stock?
Different ad. The "$3 stock with a secret name" tease is about Hon Hai/Foxconn. Covered many times, including here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/oxford-club/alex-greens-single-stock-retirement-plan/[...]
On Microblog: What could the Reboot of the Dollar by Trump possibly involve? Rickards has been plugging this pitch for the past few years
That sounds like gold, Trump often brags about his success in speculating on gold 30 years ago. Rickards has been peddling both a "gold standard" reboot and a "the dollar will get crushed by the Illuminati" SDR pitch over the past several years -- the gol[...]

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