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 may not be as scarce as gold but it has become much more attractive to investors. While silver prices recently soared to an 11-month high, silver continues to provide investors with more upside potential than gold. Silver Prices Rising on Trojan Stock Market After a record four…

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and reality TV spectacle Donald Trump both say a U.S. stock market crash is imminent. Trump said recently that an overvalued stock market would lead the U.S. into a recession. This past Friday, Cruz said the Fed has juiced the system, potentially bringing on…

After a record four consecutive years of declines, silver prices have rallied on the heels of a fragile U.S. economy and weak global economy. Having fallen more than 70% from their 2011 highs, silver prices are now up 17.6% since the beginning of 2016. And the economic data…

First-quarter earnings are beginning to trickle in. And it isn’t pretty. The S&P 500 is in an earnings recession with earnings forecasted to be down for a fourth consecutive month. Revenues are projected to fall for a fifth consecutive month. And the long-suffering bull market that has been…

Gold prices may not have moved much in March, but the 15.6% gain in the first three months of the year was the biggest quarterly gain in three decades. While gold futures may be down, there is more than enough global economic uncertainty and stock market volatility to…

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump predicted the U.S. economy was on the verge of a very massive recession. Trump cited high unemployment and an overvalued stock market as two main factors that will lead the U.S. into a recession. While his recessionary forecast took mainstream economists off-guard, I doubt…

The stock market may have rebounded, but it’s still extremely volatile. That’s because there are growing concerns about the global economy (especially China), a larger number of central banks having adopted negative interest rates, corporate earnings that are way down, and stocks that are overvalued. Thanks to the…

Federal Reserve in a Bind There is only one reason why the Federal Reserve is taking a cautionary approach to interest rate hikes: the rest of the world. Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve chair, said recently that while U.S. economic growth is on track, the Fed was leaving its…

U.S. equities started 2016 very poorly. Gold mining penny stocks, though, have held up well. While stocks have staged a remarkable comeback since the middle of February, the outlook for the stock market remains weak. That’s because there is an abundance of risk out there. In this chaotic…

U.S. stocks have rallied since mid-February after the worst start ever. With an economic slight-of-hand, you could even say the stock market is at its highest levels in 2016, but that isn’t saying much. U.S. stocks may be positive for the first time this year, but the foundations…

Silver mining stocks are still undervalued even as the S&P 500 turns positive for the first time this year. Despite some positive news regarding the U.S. economy, there is still a raft of economic reasons why investors should not be lulled into a false sense of security. In…

What’s been lifting the S&P 500 to record levels over the past eight years? According to economic analysis, the Federal Reserve was responsible for more than 93% of the stock market’s movement. On top of that, the Fed was behind 100% of the entire market’s growth in the…

The only thing propping up the long-in-the-tooth bull market right now is a slew of aggressive share buyback programs. After a volatile year of mediocre earnings, the stock market, while volatile, still remains near record levels. But without legitimate, sustainable earnings growth, the bull market is doomed. Corporate…

In March 2009, U.S. stocks rebounded after the financial crisis and started what is currently the third-longest bull market in history. While the Obama Administration and Wall Street are busy championing the economy, the fact is that the U.S. economy is not doing that well and the bull…

This Is Big News for Gold Prices Negative interest rates have become a popular way for central banks to kick-start the economy—a decision that could have big implications for the gold price. Outside the hallowed halls of global central banks, few people think they’re a good idea. That’s…

Silver prices continue to be resilient in the midst of stock market volatility. While silver prices are up roughly 13% year-to-date, seriously outpacing the broader markets, it has a lot more room to grow in 2016. That’s because of weak global indicators and the fact that central banks…

Your retirement portfolio has to be taking a hit. Fortunately, there is a broad class of stocks that has been outperforming the market this year—and it tends to do so regardless of how the stock market is doing, which makes these stocks the perfect option when stock market…

Despite a volatile stock market, weak fourth-quarter results, tepid gross domestic product (GDP) growth, and weak global economy, some say it’s hard to find proof the U.S. is headed into a recession. If so, perhaps it’s time to broaden the scope on what defines a recession. It might…

Gold and silver prices are being driven higher by global economic weakness and the growing number of central banks implementing negative interest rates. While gold and silver prices normally have a negative relationship to a strong U.S. dollar and low interest rates, that’s not the case this time…