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

Oil prices have rebounded over the last eight weeks, climbing more than 30% to the $60.00 per barrel level. This is a positive sign for oil and gas stocks and a great opportunity to find undervalued stocks. Each of these undervalued oil stocks has a strong international footprint…

Since launching in 2009, Uber has gone from startup to, most recently, eyeing a $50.0 billion valuation. But can Uber justify the eye-watering valuation? And will this necessitate Uber going public sooner rather than later? Uber Valuation: $50.0 Billion and Rising After a banner year where 273 companies…

While many investors have turned their back on precious metals like silver and gold, there are a number of catalysts that suggest prices will rebound in 2015. While silver prices have fallen, and investor sentiment is negative, the fundamentals for silver are getting better. This includes the supply-demand…

Crude Oil ETFs (exchange-traded funds) track the price changes of crude oil and are a great way for investors to diversify their retirement portfolio and gain exposure to the market. All of this is possible without the need of opening a futures account or buying a large number…

Will the stock market crash in 2016? That’s a tough thing to predict. That said, there are more than enough leading economic indicators to suggest the stock markets will collapse in 2016. I’m not just talking about the 10% correction investors will shrug off; I’m talking about a…

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ are at record levels, and investors remain bullish. But is their optimism misplaced in an overvalued stock market? In the face of mediocre earnings, will this ballooning optimism lead to a stock market crash? Stock Market and Investor Optimism Remain High The stock…

Over the past six months, natural gas prices have taken a serious hit; falling more than 40% to around $2.60 per million British Thermal Unit (BTU). With warmer spring weather arriving, many are forecasting this spring to be one of the weakest for natural gas demand in more…

Pinterest: How This Hot Potential IPO Is Making Money Frankly, I don’t know any men who have a Pinterest account, but I know a lot of women who do. And that’s one reason Pinterest makes money. It has the perfect demographic for advertisers, and now that it’s making…

Facebook’s Rocky Start (Before Its Revenue Platform Made Headway) Starting with just 20 or so initial profiles scattered around Harvard in 2004, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ/FB) has since morphed into the world’s most important marketing platform, now with 1.3 billion active users. Every day, disciples of Facebook log into…

Twitter Metrics Soaring, but Investor Patience Isn’t Unfortunately, it’s going to take me more than 140 characters to describe Twitter, how it makes money, and why its share price is suffering. What Is Twitter? For those not in the know, Twitter, Inc. (NYSE/TWTR) is an online social media…

Airbnb: Top IPO to Watch for 2015? With oil prices tanking and fears the global economy might rout the markets, many investors are turning their attention to possible initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2015. After the successful launch of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE/BABA) and GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ/GPRO),…

Income-starved investors are helping prop up the long-in-the-tooth bull market (up 220% since 2009) on the S&P 500. How else can you explain the support the S&P 500 has found in the face of a really mediocre earnings season? The only way is if investors think it’s a…

Admittedly, there are not a lot of gold bugs out there right now. This makes sense, since most investors chase profits when the shine on the precious metal is dull. While many analysts are warning investors to shun gold, there are actually a number of catalysts that point…

Like the broader global economy, the U.K. economy took a hammering back in 2008. While the global economy, especially the eurozone, continues to struggle, our U.K. economic outlook for 2015 has turned a corner with the country’s economic recovery gaining momentum. U.K. Economic Outlook 2015: Looking Back on…

At the height of the Cold War, the biggest concern was the global destruction associated with launching nuclear weapons. Fast-forward 50 years and not much has changed. At the height of the money-printing war, the biggest concern is the global destruction associated with launching higher U.S. interest rates.…

With the long-in-the-tooth bull market rolling along, it’s getting harder for investors to find undervalued stocks with great upside potential. Or rather, it’s more difficult because investors continue to look in the same place over and over again. Some of the more interesting stocks out there are trading…

With the stock market trading in a tight range and most indicators telling us equities are wildly overvalued, it might be a good idea for investors to look at these top dividend-paying stocks in April that have a long history of providing capital appreciation and consistent annual dividend…