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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What’s Cabot’s “$10,000 into $129,000 in just three years” ad teasing? They say this company is “revolutionizing” the “keep Americans safe” business

The hook of Tyler Laundon’s ad for his Cabot Small-Cap Confidential newsletter is a 1,290% gain over the next three years… “When your grandchildren ask you how you turned nearly every $10,000 you invested in 2018 into $129,000 in just three years, I want you to be able to say, quite simply: Cabot Small-Cap Confidential.” And […]

Friday File: 5G Time!

The next wireless standard to be adopted by telecom service providers might be the biggest one since 3G enabled the first real “high speed” data and reasonably useful internet access by smart phones. And new wireless standards are always of interest to investors, not least because the growth of smartphones has tracked the improving networks […]

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On Retraction or Addition? "This Tiny Company From Waterloo Just Bet $1.4 Billion on Artificial Intelligence..."
From here, I can’t tell what you’re seeing... so I’m not sure. I don’t think they’re getting credit for much improved underwriting and a strong international presence, but there’s certainly risk with Watsa’s big bets. Recently Seaspan has b[...]
On Fool's "One Stock for the Coming Marijuana Boom"
It’s dual listed, BB in both Toronto and NY (as is OTEX)[...]
On Retraction or Addition? "This Tiny Company From Waterloo Just Bet $1.4 Billion on Artificial Intelligence..."
It has certainly not pleased investors this year. Turnaround stories ride on sentiment to a large degree, so things can change quickly — pretty mush all of my speculative call options look terrible recently, that’s the flip side of speculation when th[...]
On Friday File: A Time for Nibblers
That’s likely still Midas Gold, which they’ve been teasing similarly all year. Last covered here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/underground-profits/hodges-nobody-knows-about-americas-biggest-gold-discovery-pick/[...]
On Friday File: A Little More Arbitrage, Plus Berkshire, Shopify, Starbucks and other Updates
Thanks for the info, have never really looked at HIG — was it the 2008 market collapse and low rates that clobbered the annuity business, or something else? Who bought the annuity business? And sorry for the typo :)[...]
On Friday File: A Little More Arbitrage, Plus Berkshire, Shopify, Starbucks and other Updates
I don’t remember looking at or writing and NRZ, though I have been intrigued by the folks who buy servicing rights in the past. With that yield I assume they’re pretty levered to the spread, which might be tough about now, but haven’t looked at them[...]
On Solving Curzio's "One Bank to Hand Investors $60B" Tease
Frank does talk about stop losses and I get the impression he typically uses them in his newsletters, though I don't know what level he might have suggested for Citi, if any. C would not have quite hit a 20% stop loss from the date we posted this teaser, [...]
On Alex Green's $3 "Single Stock Retirement Plan" trading under a "Secret Name"
We love you, too! Thanks Stephen[...]
On Retraction or Addition? "This Tiny Company From Waterloo Just Bet $1.4 Billion on Artificial Intelligence..."
It is dual listed, at ticker BB in both NY and Toronto.[...]
On "How Did a Tiny, $20 Million Startup Make Tesla’s Entire Product Line Obsolete?" -- What's the tiny electric motor stock teased by Alex Koyfman?
A patent doesn't make a business, though yes, it means it's not just a made-up story... something can be a "story stock" without it being a fraud or complete junk. There's just not much in the way of real-world financial prospects yet. The USPTO grants[...]
On Friday File: A Time for Nibblers
CNET claimed this recently? Samsung is already using QCOM chips and will likely release a 5G phone, probably still using Qualcomm and at least a year before Apple has a 5G iPhone. AAPL could go back to QCOM, but that’s very much uncertain until they beg[...]
On Fool's "One Stock for the Coming Marijuana Boom"
That would be among my favorites, too, just wouldn't buy it at this price. They probably won't fall as far as some because of the Constellation investment, but for most of the producing Canadian pot stocks my guess is that a 60-80% washout is needed from [...]
On Retraction or Addition? "This Tiny Company From Waterloo Just Bet $1.4 Billion on Artificial Intelligence..."
That’s probably Shopify, they’ve teased it similarly several times — covered SHOP most recently here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/motley-fool-stock-advisor/fools-one-stock-for-the-coming-marijuana-boom/ Though yes, they have also teased N[...]
On "Digital Rent Checks" -- What's the "Facebook CEO pays millions for DIRT?" Pitch from Jim Pearce about?
Haven't looked at a teaser along those lines lately, but generally when "Mortgage Refunds" have been pitched in the past it's been a tease to buy Mortgage REITs, which are spread lenders (they borrow money on a short-term basis and lend it out by buying mo[...]
On Microblog: motley fool 46-Year-Old CEO Bets $44.2 Billion on One Stock
The parent, this was teased before the IPO of Tencent Music. TCEHY and TCTZF are both tickers used for shares of Tencent on US exchanges, TCEHY is the ADR and TCTZF is a second OTC ticker designating a "foreign" stock. When buying OTC tickers for overs[...]
On Is a Canadian company about to beat Amazon's "Project Vesta?" What's the Motley Fool Canada touting?
Yep, that's a new tease -- BB it is for that one, though Stock Advisor Canada has pretty clearly recommended both BB and OTEX so it could be they're dangling both out there in different ads.[...]
On Will Feb. 4 be "The Greatest Day in Stock Market History" as Sports Gambling Explodes?
There’s no predictable real event where these stocks will instantly become more beloved overnight... that’s just a false deadline to encourage subscriptions, almost everything is more nuanced and evolutionary than the newsletter pitchmen would like you[...]
On What are "Prime Profits" from Amazon? The Wealth Advisory teases that "Amazon is Legally Obligated to Make You Richer"
Thanks Richard. Not so crazy about Christmas parties anyway, so it’s a small price to pay :)[...]
On What are "Prime Profits" from Amazon? The Wealth Advisory teases that "Amazon is Legally Obligated to Make You Richer"
I like your first idea![...]
On What are "Prime Profits" from Amazon? The Wealth Advisory teases that "Amazon is Legally Obligated to Make You Richer"
Yes, the ads are conceptually similar, and I’ve been happy with CoreSite — I sold much of my position in a stop loss a few months ago, but started buying back in when the valuation improved last week. When I started buying COR, however, it was a tiny[...]

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