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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Skousen’s Five Star Trader

Newsletter driven by “smart beta” strategy, includes both options and equity trades to leverage Skousen’s “Five Pillars of Profitability” (previously advertised as: Sales growth over 11%; Profit margins over 12%; Profit growth over 23%; Price-to-earnings ratio under 29; Major institutional buying)

Friday File: Annual Review, pt. 1

Time, once again, for the Annual Review of all of the stocks I hold in the Real Money Portfolio. Many of my positions are built up over many years, and sometimes they’re stocks that don’t generate a lot of news or attention for months at a time, so I promise each January to cover every […]

Energy Advantage teases: “This New Fuel will Kill Big Oil… This amazing breakthrough transforms seemingly worthless pieces of land around the world into energy-producing powerhouses.”

The first version of this article ran way back on March 30, 2016, so it might look familiar to a lot of you — but a few folks asked about it today, and it looks like the ad is running again, still without much change to the spiel, so I’m re-publishing this teaser solution. I’ve […]

Friday File: Blanco’s “Alzheimer’s Disease is Completely Treatable” pitch for the “Revolutionary ‘TREM-2 Repair’ Protocol”

Ray Blanco makes (part of) his living looking for biotech moonshots, like most biotech-focused newsletter writers — and like his predecessor at Agora’s biotech and emerging tech-focused newsletter Breakthrough Technology Alert, he has often touted companies that are trying to end the scourge of Alzheimer’s Disease. Why? Well, two main reasons: First, and by far […]

Best Teaser Stocks of the Year

We have a couple traditions here at Stock Gumshoe… we call out one of the worst teaser stock ideas around Thanksgiving and identify the “Turkey of the Year,” and then, as the year comes to a close and holiday merriment washes all around us, we call attention to the best teaser stocks of the year. […]

Recent Author Comments

On Friday File: Pot Landlord Financing, Buffett's Portfolio, Fake Prices, and Buying More Growth
I hold some, but a lot less than I held last year. Listed still on my portfolio page (articles - premium content - Real Money portfolio)[...]
On Fool's "Bezos is Dumping $970 Million into a Bizarre ‘2nd Coming of Netflix’…"
Twitch was a brilliant investment by Amazon, not quite as incredible as Google’s purchase of YouTube but still likely to be very profitable.[...]
On Friday File: Pot Landlord Financing, Buffett's Portfolio, Fake Prices, and Buying More Growth
Indeed, they profit from the high returns because it’s a legal grey area. They are 15 year leases, so it’s key to build a large portfolio quickly... and to choose tenants who will have staying power.[...]
On Fool's "Bezos is Dumping $970 Million into a Bizarre ‘2nd Coming of Netflix’…"
Bezos (Amazon) bought Twitch a few years ago... that’s the video game connection, it’s indirect.[...]
On What's Mampilly's "1 Pot Company" with revenue "expected to surge 3,988%?"
Our index connects to older articles, so the tagged names sometimes aren’t updated immediately (at the bottom), but the companies mentioned in any article should be current on the publication date.[...]
On What's "Tom Gardner's favorite marijuana stock?"
-A is likely the Preferred shares, which are senior to common equity and have a much higher yield (about 8%, though that’s just going from memory) but are also callable in a few years at $25 so basically just a yield-to-maturity play that should be sensi[...]
On What's Mampilly's "1 Pot Company" with revenue "expected to surge 3,988%?"
Very likely The Green Organic Dutchman, just going by the stock's chart and volume spike on the day Mampilly said he would release the pick. That was also the second best match, in my opinion.[...]
On "Bigger than Penicillin" ... what's Mengel's "Molecule of the Century" that "makes medical marijuana up to 80X more powerful?"
There is a lot of argument, including about the effectiveness of CBD versus CBD+THC, a lack of standardization, and a lack of clarity, for sure, I imagine it will take some time to sort out. And, of course, if someone's going to make money on what is at h[...]
On Fool's "Bezos is Dumping $970 Million into a Bizarre ‘2nd Coming of Netflix’…"
Those "ultimate buy" pitches mostly have been about The Trade Desk (TTD) lately, which I've covered many times (and own). They've used similar spiels for other stocks, too, but TTD has been the main focus for the "ultimate buy" pitches lately (they just u[...]
On "Marijuana Profit-Sharing Plan" teased: What are Jim Pearce's "Marijuana Payouts?"
Yep, I’ll go into that in some more detail tomorrow — thanks![...]
On Fool's "Bezos is Dumping $970 Million into a Bizarre ‘2nd Coming of Netflix’…"
Fortnite creator Epic Games is private, but their biggest investor is Tencent, which is public. Unfortunately, Tenxent is a $400 billion company and their share of Epic is worth something like $5-10 billion as of the valuation at Epic’s last funding rou[...]
On Fool's "Bezos is Dumping $970 Million into a Bizarre ‘2nd Coming of Netflix’…"
Indeed, they're more focused on the casual games for smartphones than on the big platform games, but there's plenty of money in that space, too (as Candy Crush reminded us a few years ago, in the surge that inspired Activision Blizzard to buy its producer [...]
On Microblog: USA coin , a new crypto ?
Covered that USACoin bit here: The FedCoin silliness is mostly pointless anti-government brainstorming. The US government is not likely to giv[...]
On Alex Green's "No. 1 Stock in 2019" -- $3 "Single Stock Retirement Plan" trading under a "Secret Name"
I don't know what their patents are worth, so I assume that their value is derived from how much their many partners, including Apple, are willing to pay them for their assembly work and access to Foxconn's patents (presumably many of the patents are on as[...]
On What's Mampilly's "1 Pot Company" with revenue "expected to surge 3,988%?"
It's a new industry, and there will likely be dramatic winners and losers over the next five or ten years -- I would imagine that all of the pundits who are promoting their marijuana expertise will pick both winners and losers, regardless of their track re[...]
On Friday File: Annual Review completed, Plus a New Special Situation
No, but thanks for the kind words and the suggestion![...]
On What's Mampilly's "1 Pot Company" with revenue "expected to surge 3,988%?"
Could be, that's another rational guess. I'd say they aren't suffering from any kind of washout or pessimism at the moment, but that's subjective.[...]
On What's Skousen's "2019 Trade of the Year?"
Great earnings for UBNT late last week popped the stock up by about 20%, looks like this is the best short-term teaser pick so far this year... not that it means much a month out, but so far so good for Skousen's pick here.[...]
On Can Americans now collect "Federal Rent Checks?"
REITs are not scams, generally speaking, but they're not miraculous money-generators either. REITs own the buildings and lease them out, and REIT shareholders own the REIT and receive dividends that rise or fall based on the cash flow generated by the lea[...]
On What's Mampilly's "1 Pot Company" with revenue "expected to surge 3,988%?"
I got it on Friday, with the pitch that the recommendation would be made on Wednesday -- so it's a teased "to come" recommendation from $10 Million Portfolio, whether he has also recommended it in the past for this or other services I don't know.[...]

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