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

There are a lot of penny stocks out there. And the vast majority of them are penny stocks for a reason. In fact, with the broader markets still at or near record levels, you have to wonder what’s keeping most penny stocks in penny stock territory. It could…

Timber! After trillions of quantitative easing dollars, the U.S. (and global) economy continues to be weak. Investors looking to take advantage of a long-in-the-tooth bull market in August with the stock market running sideways should focus their attention on larger stocks with a long track record of providing…

There’s no polite way to spin it; precious metals have been getting hammered. And none more so than platinum. Platinum is roughly 15-20 times scarcer than gold and has always sold for more than gold. Since 1970, platinum has, on average, commanded a 30% premium over gold. Between…

Finding the best nuclear energy stocks is not at the forefront of most investors’ minds. The disaster at the Fukushima reactor back in 2011 pretty much put most of the investment community off nuclear energy stocks. In fact, many of the nuclear energy stocks being touted immediately after…

I think most gold bulls have left town. In fact, gold prices are at a five-year low thanks (in par) to a strong U.S. dollar and oil priced at below $50.00 per barrel. And many are calling for gold to fall even further. But despite the euphoria on…

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are an excellent way to buy into an individual sector or industry without having to risk buying individual stocks. And that’s a really attractive option at this point in 2015. The first half of 2015 is in the rear view mirror. And it wasn’t…

As many of you already know, it’s tough to find inexpensive stocks with great upside potential when the markets are overvalued. There are no hidden gems overlooked by Wall Street. All of the so-called under-the-radar stocks have been picked over. If you want to find solid stocks that…

Silver may be looking at a fourth consecutive year of declines, but the silver price forecast for the rest of 2015 and 2016 looks bullish. At least according to a number of major key indicators. Silver Will Shine When the Stock Market Corrects Are silver’s high-flying days gone?…

Having recently plunged to the $52.00 per barrel level, oil prices are down more than 50% since last June. And the horizon doesn’t hold much promise with oil futures under $65.00 per barrel past 2020. That doesn’t mean the beaten down oil and gas sector doesn’t hold a…

With the markets seemingly overvalued, anxious investors are looking for growth stocks in sectors that have not disappointed this year. Pharmaceutical and healthcare stocks have been bucking the lethargic trend that has plagued the S&P 500. Growth Stocks for an Overvalued Stock Market The first half of 2015…

Should you have high dividend-yielding stocks in your investing portfolio? Issues in Greece have turned the markets red and show how vulnerable the global stock market is-and by extension, your retirement portfolio. To help stomach ongoing market volatility, many investors like to include a number of solid dividend-yielding…

When it comes to oil price forecasts, there isn’t a lot of optimism out there. Oil prices are still down 40% from last June, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) continues to glut the market with oil, and global economic growth has pretty much flatlined. Currently…

What’s the one thing we know about dividend-yielding stocks? Over the long-run, they outperform their non-dividend-paying peers. This is true even more so when you take advantage of their dividend reinvestment programs (DRIP) and direct stock purchase plans (DSPP). And with tension in Greece mounting, geopolitical tensions simmering…

The top three penny stocks are not your typical penny stocks. They are not thinly-traded over-the-counter stocks trying to eke out an existence in a niche nobody cares about. These three penny stocks all trade on major indices; have strong fundamentals and business plans; solid volume; and tremendous…

Where should you look in the never-ending quest to find the best stocks? So far this year, the S&P 500 is up a measly 1.7%; the NYSE is up a miserly 1.1%; while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained an underwhelming 0.3%. Also Read: Best Gold ETFs: The…

How do you attract investors in an environment where it’s generally acknowledged that stocks are sorely overvalued? The one thing investors look for when it comes to added value is stocks that provide dividends. One of the most popular, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE/XOM), pays out an annual dividend…

The upcoming Fitbit IPO date seems to be the talk of the water cooler. Is it because Fitbit is the real thing or is it because it’s been a quiet year so far on the IPO front? With an expected launch on the NYSE in the next couple…

Few charts look as strong and encouraging as the S&P 500 over the last five years. Since the markets bottomed in 2009, the S&P 500 has soared 215%. While many investors remain bullish, the market cap to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio shows the stock market is seriously…

Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, is in turmoil and teetering on disaster. Just five years ago, as the global economy was in the midst of one of the biggest economic disasters since the Great Depression, Brazil was one of the bright spots. Not anymore. Brazil’s economic outlook for…

Wearable technology has been around for eons; the most popular form of which have been watches. And for the near future, smartwatches will continue to be the most popular. While the “Apple Watch” has garnered much of the attention as of late, the fast-approaching Fitbit IPO is casting…