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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Friday File: Markman’s $5 “Next Cisco”

Happy Friday, friends! I don’t have any big news on the Real Money Portfolio to dig into at the moment (though the updated portfolio is here, FYI), so I’ll spend my Friday time with you sifting through another teaser pitch and getting you some answers… then we’ll get to a couple quick updates and thoughts […]

Notes from the Boston Omaha Annual Meeting

I don’t usually make a point of meeting or interviewing executives, mostly because I don’t want to be swayed by personal impressions of people who probably wouldn’t be in their position unless they were personable and appealing… but when you’re really dealing with a “bet the jockey” stock like Boston Omaha (BOMN), it is important […]

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On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
Oops, update error — sorry. Yes, Arista has hit a stop loss level a couple times this year. I have re-analyzed it a few times, so far each time I’ve decided not to sell — and usually to buy a little more.[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
Myron Martin, who wrote occasional mining columns for us, sadly passed away last Summer.[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
Haven’t looked at them in a long time, but I wouldn’t be all that excited about the growth potential of their low-nicotine cigarette — they tried that years ago and it flopped, and that was before vaping became a real competitor for smoking cessation[...]
On Friday File: A Cloud Growth Swap, and a little timid buying as worries mount
FUNO11 is Fibra Uno, the one I own. I think FIHO12 is Fibra Hotel, which I see quoted at DBMXF OTC. The other one is Fibra Macquarie, DBMBF. Don’t know if there’s any liquidity in those (or skeletons in the closets of those companies). ProLogis also[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
When you fall off a cliff, is it because you slip at the edge or because you were standing at the edge of a cliff? Nothing in global macroeconomics has just a single reason.[...]
On What's the "Shopify 2.0" teased by Motley Fool Canada?
Yes, the US OTC symbol has now been established and there’s a little bit of volume over the past day or so. Some brokers won’t include it immediately, but it should be generally available. Just remember to check Toronto for the price, do your currenc[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
I personally mostly stick with gold royalty companies... levered to gold on the upside, though not quite as much as miners are, and much less risky on the downside.[...]
On Solving Hodge's "The #1 Gold Stock of the Next Decade" Tease
Which ones do you think are the most promising?[...]
On Bill Gates invests $650 million in "under-the-radar company" -- who is it?
Yes, Robinson and Jeff Brown a couple others have touted Nokia as an appealing 5G infrastructure play. I also own shares. I think my most recent article is Go to Comment »
On "Marijuana Profit-Sharing Plan" teased: What are Jim Pearce's "Marijuana Payouts?"
I sold about 20% of my IIPR position in the $130s in June, haven't done anything since but would be more inclined to buy than sell at $100. Here's part of what I noted Go to Comment »
On Friday File: Two Sells, Six Buys... Earnings and Stop Loss Busy-ness
I mentioned them at the end of the commentary above, and WRTC did report earnings after that but there was no substantial news -- still just trying to build demand with training and marketing and building up a distribution network. I haven't changed my ou[...]
On What's the "Shopify 2.0" teased by Motley Fool Canada?
Haven't looked at 9F (JFU), but Chinese financial firms generally scare me[...]
On What's the "Shopify 2.0" teased by Motley Fool Canada?
I do end up writing about marijuana stocks with some regularity, since they're often teased and hyped by the newsletters. I don't make recommendations, but I do share my portfolio with our members -- it currently includes Charlotte's Web and IIPR in the b[...]
On What's the "Shopify 2.0" teased by Motley Fool Canada?
Crazy timing, I don't think I've written an article (this one was finished late yesterday afternoon, published this morning) just before the announcement of a secondary or a trading halt before. Insiders almost always sell, particularly for younger s[...]
On What's this teased "Moneymaking Miracle of Powdered Blood Plasma?"
This has been around for a while, teasing some of Amazon's landlords - I covered it here: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/the-wealth-advisory/what-are-prime-profits-from-amazon-the-wealth-advisory-says-this-billionaire-income-secret-means-amazon-is-l[...]
On What's this teased "Moneymaking Miracle of Powdered Blood Plasma?"
There's also a second teaser ad from Robinson that's similar in tone, but about a California company selling "Cryogenic blood" -- that's different, will be looking into it separately.[...]
On "Day Zero" -- What's Jeff Siegel talking about when he says, "August 4th, 2019 will be the most profitable day in the history of mankind."
And now a new version of the ad is out -- "Day Zero" is now apparently November 13, 2019.[...]
On Friday File: Two Sells, Six Buys... Earnings and Stop Loss Busy-ness
Trade Note: At Home (HOME) hit my stop loss and I sold today, so that position is now cleared out of the portfolio -- I do still have a small speculative call option position in HOME. This is a stock that I thought could recover, b[...]
On Friday File: Blanco's "Alzheimer's Disease is Completely Treatable" pitch for the "Revolutionary 'TREM-2 Repair' Protocol"
NTRP is more likely to make an Alzheimer's-related move this year than DNLI, I expect, though don't, of course, know if it will be a positive or a negative move. The clues for this particular ad all point to Denali, not Neurotrope (Jay Flatley buying shar[...]
On Microblog: Sandstorm Gold Warrants
The warrants have value because they’re fungible — you can sell them to someone in Canada, and that person can exercise them. No foreign listed company can solicit US investors if they don’t comply with SEC rules, but many of them are traded OTC any[...]

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