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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“Linchpin Device… and the Next Tech Giant” — What’s Fessler’s “$5 Tech Stock” to “Hand You Up to 24 Times Your Money?”

Today we’re looking at an ad from David Fessler, who’s pitching his Strategic Trends Investor ($49, renews at $79) with a spiel about a “major December 10 event” that will send a $5 tech stock soaring… and, of course, (eventually) make you 24X your money. What’s not to like, right? Have no fear, we’ll dig […]

What’s Altucher’s “The ONLY Marijuana Stock You’ll EVER Need” pitch about?

Marijuana stocks have been falling, and yet James Altucher is pitching his Altucher’s Investment Network newsletter ($49/yr) with the promise that he’s found the only one of these stocks you’ll ever need… and it’s all because of “a massive state-of-the-art greenhouse… that’s about to revolutionize the marijuana market as we know it.” So what’s he […]

Will “Space Race” Energy from “The Forgotten Stone” Transform the World and Make You Rich?

This is definitely my favorite kind of teaser ad — the mysterious element, the hidden asset, the pioneering scientists, we get it all! Here’s the bit that got me interested: “On December, 1996, researchers stumbled onto something truly remarkable. “A discovery that could be straight out of an X-Files episode… “A tiny, extraterrestrial stone… “Buried […]

What’s the “New #1 Stock in America” teased by Oxford’s “Great American Wealth Project” presentation?

It seems that the plague of celebrity endorsements is washing across the newsletter world these days, with CNBC star Robert Herjavec pitching a “buy private companies” network, former House Speaker John Boehner touting a marijuana stock service, and now, political lightning rod Bill O’Reilly from Fox News being pulled in to Oxford Club’s “The Great […]

What are “Prime Profits” from Amazon? The Wealth Advisory teases that “Amazon is Legally Obligated to Make You Richer”

ed. note: The first version of this article was originally published a year ago, it has been re-circulated several times and now includes a “claim your slice of the payout, starting the second week of September” pitch, which is right now, so readers are asking again and we’re updating this teaser solution. What follows has […]

Crypto Capital

New cryptocurrency-focused newsletter launched by Stansberry Research in 2019 (with a brief period as a publication from Stansberry Pacific before that), aims to identify lesser-known cryptocurrency tokens for trading and investment.

Friday File: Sin Status

Things began slowly this week after a weekend of decadence in Las Vegas… what impressions did I have of Sin City? People aren’t gambling as much as the last time I was here a few years ago, the tables and slot machines were not so crowded, but there were still some big crowds of people […]

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On Friday File: REIT Beat and More
I believe 10/28 is the record date, but 10/25 is the day that it begins trading without rights to that next dividend (after you buy a stock, it takes a couple days for you to actually become the owner of record). The money actually hits your account a few[...]
On Motley Fool's "Like Buying McDonald's in 1965" Stock
Good question. XLRE has done substantially better than VNQ recently, probably mostly because it has more weighting in the booming tower stocks (24% vs. 11% or so).[...]
On "1+1=4" and "The Universal Cancer Cure" -- What's Stansberry's Dave Lashmet talking about in his latest ads?
Interestingly enough, a day after I write about Innate Pharma they price their Nasdaq listing/IPO at a steep discount -- they're raising something like $70 million at US$5.50, and will soon trade on the Nasdaq at IPHA. Presumably that heavily discounted s[...]
On Unpacking Leeb's "Devastating 5G Flaw Exposed" Teaser Pitch
Sure, but if I recall correctly the Gates Foundation bought their CCI shares many, many years ago.[...]
On "1+1=4" and "The Universal Cancer Cure" -- What's Stansberry's Dave Lashmet talking about in his latest ads?
Lynn's putting them together now, I haven't had a chance to read them but we should know soon. Thanks for all the submissions, folks![...]
On Microblog: Dan Ferris - Post FAANG strategies The Unwind
Haven't seen any detail in those teasers, but chemical companies in general are in the "cheap and hated" category at the moment so I suspect the reader is referring to one or more of the Dow-DuPont breakup companies -- which will be Dow (DOW), DuPont (DD),[...]
On "Image Mapping Rollout" to cure "3rd Leading Cause of Death?"
Thanks, we're thinking of ways to make the summaries more accessible. For financial data I like YCharts, though the free version is limited.[...]
On "America's Most 'Stupid' Family"
No, mostly just the Chanel folks (plus the CEO, a little). Most research I’ve seen has shown that multiple C-suite buys are the strongest positive indicators for the stock price (and that the good impact tends to be 6-18 months after insider purchases[...]
On Motley Fool's "Like Buying McDonald's in 1965" Stock
I expect that's AMT again, but will try to have a look.[...]
On "Image Mapping Rollout" to cure "3rd Leading Cause of Death?"
We've got a little contest going on for some free memberships, ends today -- details: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2019/09/become-one-of-travis-favorite-people/[...]
On "Image Mapping Rollout" to cure "3rd Leading Cause of Death?"
I assume there will be, eventually, but this is all super early.[...]
On "Image Mapping Rollout" to cure "3rd Leading Cause of Death?"
I do find some stocks that I like, and sometimes I buy them, either when I first write about it or months or years later when I get more comfortable with them. I like to think that I'm usually able to separate my idea of a company's future from the almost[...]
On "Image Mapping Rollout" to cure "3rd Leading Cause of Death?"
Probably true... but if your only concern is "the technology isn't quite good enough yet" you can be sure, at least, that it will improve.[...]
On Steve Sjuggerud's "Leveraged Bet on Rising Gold Prices"
Gold is all about fear and currencies... copper all about economic and industrial growth. So no one's teasing copper much these days, it's hard to even make a compelling argument based on continuing electrification, but it will probably come back when the[...]
On "Image Mapping Rollout" to cure "3rd Leading Cause of Death?"
Haven't seen that one yet, but I'll keep an eye out.[...]
On "Triple-Digit Profits from the Diabetic 'Patch' Company Going to $1 Billion."
Just FYI, I was looking at this for an unrelated reason and noticed that yes, the stock did eventually triple -- it took four years, but it tripled from October 2014, and it's been bouncing around a bit since but it still near that "tripled" price of $150 [...]
On Microblog: Subscription Rights
GDV is a closed-end fund, and a subscription rights offering like this is much like a secondary offering for a common stock -- they give current shareholders a slight discount in order to raise more money and expand the fund. In technical terms, it's so[...]
On "The #1 Gold Stock to Buy in 2019... virtually unknown $7 investment"
I'd be careful about using that term "always" -- gold mining stocks have often been terrible when there's any weakness in the price of gold. This is the chart for the GDX (in orange), the oldest gold mining ETF, going back to 2006 and compared to gold its[...]
On "The #1 Gold Stock to Buy in 2019... virtually unknown $7 investment"
Right here! :) (https://www.stockgumshoe.com/2017/04/friday-file-earningspalooza-begins/) Just kidding, but I’ve bought probably a dozen times at prices ranging from $2 to $5.50.[...]
On Friday File: Marijuana Burning
I generally like the idea of preferreds for income, as a bond substitute with more risk and more yield, just be careful about call dates and premiim prices. And, of course, keep half an eye on interest rates.[...]

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