John Whitefoot, BA

John Whitefoot is an editor at Lombardi Financial, specializing in low-priced investment opportunities.

John has been a financial writer since the late 1990s and has written on everything from penny stocks to blue-chip stocks to the broader issues that affect the stock market.

John has profiled more than 1,000 low-priced stocks, researching and covering numerous sectors including health care, media, manufacturing, IT, education, hospitality, natural resources, and retail.

As an editor at Lombardi Financial, John has enhanced his understanding of economics, turning his attention to individual stocks and other investing opportunities. John is primarily a fundamental analyst. His focus is on “off-the-radar” situations with big upside potential for the individual investor.

Outside of his professional life, John stays active through tennis and sailing. He also enjoys collecting antiquarian books and art.

Get to know John…

What was your first job and how has it contributed to your investing career?

I manually set up bowling pins when I was six at the local bowling alley on the beach. I was paid in candy. I remember it was fun, and that the more impulse control I showed, the more my credit at the counter grew. My friends cashed out after every game; I waited for days and days before cashing in to get the biggest payout. That same patience has served me well as an investor.

How did you make your first foray into investing and what did you take away from that experience?

I made my first real foray into the stock markets during the dotcom era. It was almost impossible to lose money at the time, and I did well, in spite of myself. After the dotcom bubble burst, I discovered how easy it was to lose money. It’s also when I learned how important it is to really understand what it is you’re investing in.

What has been the most memorable moment in your investing career?

My most memorable stock market moment is better viewed in hindsight. My friend’s father lost an enormous amount of money on Black Monday (October 19, 1987). He told me the loss was all on paper, and he would make it all back. It took a couple of years, but he was right. It didn’t mean much to me at the time, but since then, it has taught me about stock market cycles and the importance of having a diversified portfolio.

John Whitefoot's Articles

What’s the best way to breathe life into a slumping stock like Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG)? Let it be known that Warren Buffett has taken a sizable chunk in the company. It’s one thing for an investing giant like Warren Buffett to add a stock like SRG to…

Silver Prices Survive Abysmal November Forget the last five years, which have not been kind to silver; November was abysmal for silver bulls. Many are now wondering what’s in store for the grey precious metal in the New Year. While many analysts are predicting dire levels for both…

Oil Prices Slide on Oil Production Increase OPEC (read: Saudi Arabia, the Middle East’s “sugar daddy”) continues to snub the global economy as it smugly holds to its steadfast philosophy of seeking—nay, overreaching its share of a supersaturated oil market in the face of a weak oil economy.…

The Bears Are Wrong on AMZN Stock In a year of marginal gains, Amazon.com, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) growth has been nothing short of amazing. If you have been following Amazon stock’s performance, its growth this year has maybe not been entirely unexpected. Thanks to the company’s warehousing and logistics…

Can Icahn Turn Xerox and His Own Portfolio Around? The broader markets may be near record-highs, but it’s still been a brutal year for investors, including professional investors like Carl Icahn, thanks to wild swings in stock prices, corrections, and flash crashes. It has also opened the window…

When it comes to the stock market, 2015 will be remembered as a year of corrections and flash crashes. Yet despite the frenetic year on Wall Street, fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S., and a struggling global economy, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial…

Warren Buffett Is Dumping WMT Stock If you think you should buy the same stocks as Warren Buffett, does the same hold true for when he sells a significant stake in a company? Warren Buffett reported his 13F filing for the third quarter on November 16 and if…

This Could Send Silver Prices Skyrocketing Silver prices are getting hammered, down for the last 13 sessions, which is the precious metal’s longest losing streak since 1950. Currently trading near $14.15 an ounce, silver prices are down 10% year-to-date and 72% off their high near $50.00, which was…

Dollar Tree, Inc. Only Bright Spot Among Dismal U.S. Retailers Could U.S. retail sales have been any more disappointing? U.S. October retail sales inched up 0.1%, significantly below the underwhelming 0.3% analysts were expecting. Not surprisingly, kneejerk investors sent retail stocks reeling across the board. Had they taken…

This Could Be a Big Catalyst for Bank Stocks After almost a decade of artificially low interest rates and nonexistent fixed income, it might be time for American banks re-enter the spotlight. Thanks to ultra-low interest rates and tighter regulations, U.S. banks have been languishing in the shadows.…

Streaming Deal with Glencore Could Boost Shares of SLW Stock Silver prices have been falling for eight straight days now. Precious metals have been retreating since the Federal Reserve hinted at a potential rate hike before the end of the year. But this doesn’t mean the global economy…

Boyd Gaming Corporation a Casino Favorite Nevada and Las Vegas may be reporting solid visitor and gaming revenue growth, but that hasn’t translated into strong growth in the overall casino gaming industry. In fact, when you consider all of the major billion-dollar players in this sector, the only…

Is Expedia Stock About to Hit $200.00? Maybe. Expedia, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:EXPE) share price has been on a tear, up roughly seven percent at the end of October after the company posted solid third-quarter results and a strong outlook. The increase comes on the heels of two years of…

Bullish Hecla Mining Co. Surges Outpaces Silver Prices Hecla Mining Co.’s (NYSE:HL) stock is up sharply this week despite lower silver prices after being upgraded by BMO Capital Markets. Does this represent a bottom in HL stock? Maybe. Following a three-year slide, silver prices have rallied as of…

Natural Gas Prices Tank to Lowest Levels in 3+ Years Investors in natural gas usually get warmed up this time of year. With winter just around the corner, thoughts of shivering consumers burning up the midnight oil is enough to get some investors excited. The current rout being…

Silver Remains Bullish Silver is in the midst of a mini-Renaissance. After trending downward since the middle of May, the silver price rebounded in early October, and is up 9.3% since the beginning of the month, near $15.85. Unlike previous increases which were very short lived (January, March,…

Is Red-Hot Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) Still a Buy? Despite the volatile stock market, Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) continues to defy the broader markets and soar higher, up 52% year-to-date and 65% year-over-year. But in an overvalued stock market, is Starbucks still a buy? The broader stock markets traded near…