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 Motley Fool loves to use terms like “double down” and “triple down” in its ads for some reason, and this latest one basically extends a previous Motley Fool US pitch to Motley Fool Canada… but I’ll cover it quickly for you because the questions do pile up about these ideas. The pitch is in […]

I share Trade Note updates with you, my favorite people, whenever I do any meaningful buying or selling in between Friday Files, but they’re usually shorter notes in the comment threads — today I’ve chugged through a string of relatively small trades that I need to update you on, and I’ve got a few minutes, […]

Here’s my soothsaying bit for this week, which you should feel free to ignore — like everyone else who’s predicting the future, I’m probably going to be wrong. I don’t think, even now, that we’re pricing in even the bad news that is already almost certain this year… or if we are, we’re pricing in […]

Today I’m getting a lot of questions about the “Coronavirus Recovery Package” being pitched by Alexander Green — he’s selling Oxford Club subscriptions ($99) by promising a special report called “The Three Biggest Winners of the Coronavirus Recovery.” Green’s big-picture intro is pretty reasonable and rational, and similar to lots of other folks these days […]

Sometimes when I’m choosing which ad to cover on a given day it’s based on the number of questions I’ve gotten, or the number of times we’ve seen the ad in the past few days… and sometimes it’s based on something that just feels like something interesting. Today it’s the latter… because Brett Aitken and […]

One of the Motley Fool Discovery services, portfolio advisories that specialize in one niche — this one is teased as having a startup portfolio of 20 “cloud” stocks to capitalize on “The Motley Fool’s No. 1 Technology Investment for the 2020s,” which will be added to with regular new recommendations.

Another day, another interminable sales “presentation” … my kingdom for a transcript! This ad is from Jeff Brown for his higher-end tech stock picking service, Exponential Tech Investor (“on sale” for $2,000 for two years), published by Bonner & Partners, and he says he’ll be offering “tiny 5G bonus picks to buy now” as well […]

I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about Teeka Tiwari’s “Trump Tower” teaser pitch recently, so although the ad is actually a little bit old now (it’s still got a January 29 date under the signature) I thought I’d give it a look today. It is still circulating heavily, and it’s an ad for Palm Beach’s […]

What will probably serve investors best right now is patience. Don’t sell all at once, don’t buy all at once, and don’t feel like you have to do something every day. If you’re someone whose heartrate climbs as you open your brokerage account website and feel the urge to buy or sell every few minutes, […]

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On Microblog: How Did a Tiny, $20 Million Startup Make Tesla’s Entire Product Line Obsolete?

That teaser pitch started last Fall, I covered it here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/penny-stock-millionaire/billions-of-machines-depend-on-it-alex-koyfman-says-that-this-40-cent-company-is-toppling-a-trillion-dollar-global-industry/ Haven't updat[...]

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On Microblog: Travis’ Real Money Portfolio formatting question

Thanks Henry. We're tinkering around with better ways to display that, but I know it's a little irritating at the moment -- appreciate the suggestion.[...]

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On Microblog: Dynamic Power Management of electric motors

That teaser pitch started last Fall, I covered it here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/penny-stock-millionaire/billions-of-machines-depend-on-it-alex-koyfman-says-that-this-40-cent-company-is-toppling-a-trillion-dollar-global-industry/ Haven't upd[...]

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On Friday File: Buys on the Edge, plus a look at Dividend Growth and Compounding

That’s a trading symbol that US investors can use, but it’s not actually “listed” in that sense — they haven’t raised money on the US exchanges and don’t have a registered listing on the NYSE or Nasdaq.[...]

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On Friday File: Buys on the Edge, plus a look at Dividend Growth and Compounding

I do watch trading stops on my positions, but often don’t follow the stop signal — I use it as a reminder to re-assess.[...]

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On Friday File: Buys on the Edge, plus a look at Dividend Growth and Compounding

Do you mean their participation in the Virgin Australia bidding out of bankruptcy? I haven’t followed the details but last I heard they weren’t in the short list. Don’t know if they have interest in any other Virgin properties, but from what I’ve[...]

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On Friday File: Buys on the Edge, plus a look at Dividend Growth and Compounding

Anything under about 0.1% of the portfolio I think of as an incremental “micro-dose” buy (or sell, I suppose, though those are rarer), and I add those to the portfolio reporting but don’t send out a Trade Note each time one of these small buys goes t[...]

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On Friday File: Buys on the Edge, plus a look at Dividend Growth and Compounding

VTIQ is another hot "story" SPAC, since they're merging with Nikola Motor next month to take that electric big-rig company public, and electric vehicles are an exciting idea (not unlike space flight or sports gambling). Haven't looked at the financials fo[...]

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On Friday File: Buys on the Edge, plus a look at Dividend Growth and Compounding

Tencent isn't US-listed, but I don't know how it might shake out. My best guess is that it leads to nothing real, just a political stunt, but there's certainly a possibility that BABA or some other Chinese firms could be booted from the US exchanges (and [...]

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On Will "The Edge Eat The Cloud?" What's being teased by IPO Insider?

Sort of, though if you look more closely Fastly has $116 million in cash and short-term investments vs. $20 million in long-term debt, before the $250 million they just raised in new equity, I don't remember where the small debt position came from (probabl[...]

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On Microblog: silicon battery maker in california with 100 patents

The ad is a bait-and-switch, teasing a breakthrough technology that isn't actually directly investable, but then recommending a "blue chip" stock in the same general space. I covered it here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/profits-unlimited/investig[...]

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On Microblog: Oxford club Alexander green 3 stocks to buy during Covid-19

I assume that's the same one they've been promoting for a month or so, I covered it here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/oxford-club/thinkolating-on-oxford-clubs-the-three-biggest-winners-of-the-coronavirus-recovery/[...]

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On Microblog: I dont get it... Zacks Traders in article dated 20th May spriuking GSX Techedu despite comprehensive Muddy Waters and Citron fraud alerts

Zacks is mostly a quant-driven service, somewhat like Louis Navellier's -- as I understand it they identify stocks by screening and charting, not through fundamental research into the company. Frankly, it also seems to me that many of their articles are w[...]

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On Will "The Edge Eat The Cloud?" What's being teased by IPO Insider?

Interesting perspective, thanks.[...]

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On "Bypass the Coronavirus" with Cabot's Teased "Financial Infrastructure" Stocks?

Not for me, but I didn’t like it before we learned they were lying either.[...]

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On "Bypass the Coronavirus" with Cabot's Teased "Financial Infrastructure" Stocks?

Interesting, thanks... has he been recommending it for a long time, or is it a recent pick? Just curious.[...]

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On Doc Gumshoe – COVID-19 Miscellany, May 2020

Yes, they estimate that the death rate was about 0.1% — but could be much lower, since the denominator is probably larger than the 500,000 they estimate because so many people got Measles in the pre-vaccine years (the death count, likewise, is an estimat[...]

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On Doc Gumshoe – COVID-19 Miscellany, May 2020

That's from the previous surge in cases in the US in the late 1980s-early 90s, from the CDC's health surveillance data.[...]

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On Friday File: From Weed to Shining Sea

Sure, it might. Stocks don't move in a straight line, I assume there will be some very negative days ahead for SE as well, which argues in favor of buying (or selling) such stocks in relatively small tranches instead of trying to bet on the perfect price.[...]

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On What's Chris Wood touting as "The #1 Ten-Bagger Biotech Play for 2020?"

I hope it works out for you. What do you base the $100 prediction on?[...]

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