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

Silver Extends Losses for a Record Fourth Consecutive Year Silver suffered another bad year in 2015, with silver prices down more than 12.0%, closing out the year at around $13.80. That represents a record fourth consecutive year of declines and erased all gains since the summer of 2009.…

The perfect storm (which anyone reading the economic news could have foreseen) is responsible for the stock market crash in the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Russell 2000 Small Cap Index. How low will the market go? And what should risk-averse investors do in the midst…

2016 will be an interesting year no matter what. Which direction it goes depends on whom you ask. Bankers see the worst start of the year for stocks as an emotional response to economic news, which they believe is really quite strong. But I believe the elements are…

Analysts Ignore Stock Market Crash Warning Signs The U.S. stock market is off to a terrible start in 2016 after a forgettable 2015. That won’t be a surprise to anyone who has been a regular here at Profit Confidential. There are several red flags warning the U.S. is…

I’m tired of hearing about Apple, Inc. (NYSE:AAPL). If I was an investor in said company, I’d be pretty disappointed with the company’s -3.8% performance in 2015. If you’re interested in a stock that actually makes its investor’s money, and is, according to the “Wizard of Wharton” Dr.…

2016 Will Be Volatile—But That’s No Surprise The stock market will experience ferocious volatility in 2016. We’ve been calling that here at Profit Confidential for what seems like ages, not because we have secret insight into the stock market, but because we actually look at the underlying data.…

He might only be the 342 richest person in the world with a net worth of $1.99 billion, but as the manager of Janus Capital, when this legendary bond investor speaks, the investing world listens. He’s not exactly bullish on the U.S. economy. In fact, he thinks everyone…

The Federal Reserve recently announced it was raising the range of its federal funds rate, which, along with inflation, may be setting the stage for a stock market correction in 2016. Recently, the Fed lowered its federal funds rate to between 0.25% and 0.50%—the first increase in nearly…

The Federal Reserve surprised virtually no one this time around when it announced it was raising its key lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point, nearly 10 years after it started to lower the rate and exactly seven years after it slashed it to zero. Now…

Penny Stocks Bucking the Broader Markets It’s tough to tout three winning penny stocks for 2016 when mid- and large-cap stocks have struggled in 2015. In 2016, nervous investors may want to consider penny stocks that have been quietly gaining steam over the last year or two. Three…

The markets were mostly upbeat last week after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for the first time in almost a decade by a razor thin 0.25%. Federal Chair Janet Yellen wasn’t quite ready to shout “Mission Accomplished” aboard an aircraft carrier, but her words did tell Wall…

One More Sign of America’s Economic Collapse For the first time in over four decades, the number of middle class Americans is now smaller than the number of those Americans who are classified as either rich or poor. The middle class, the country’s one-time economic majority, is shrinking—fast.…

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…