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

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…

There Factors Point to Considerable Upside for Silver Prices Since the summer of 2011, silver prices have fallen by roughly 70%. But since the beginning of October, prices have rebounded. Currently trading near $15.75 an ounce, silver prices have climbed 8.6%. There are a number of factors that…

Nuclear Energy Will Be in the Forefront in 2016 Nuclear energy stocks may not be the talk of Wall Street, but nuclear energy will be at the forefront in 2016. This is true for many reasons. First, many nuclear energy stocks have not really recovered from the fears…

Trump Warns of Stock Market Bubble and Recession Donald Trump, the rag tag billionaire GOP presidential front runner, who takes a lickin’ but keeps on tickin’, has warned of a stock market bubble on the verge of popping—and a looming recession. (Source: “Trump: Economic bubble about to burst,”…

Penny Stocks Represent Best Opportunities in 2016 Overlooked, undervalued, fundamentally sound penny stocks will provide some of the best growth opportunities in the New Year. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of top penny stocks to watch in 2016. While the broader markets continue to trade near record…

Catalysts Send Silver Prices Deservedly Higher It looks like silver’s unwarranted hibernation could be over. In mid-September I wrote that there were a number of fundamental and technical catalysts that could propel silver prices higher. I wasn’t expecting a 400% gain or anything unattainable like that, but a…

Wall Street is Out of Sync with Main Street, Says Sam Zell Billionaire business magnate Sam Zell says Wall Street is out of sync with Main Street. The $4.8 billion dollar man and chairman of Equity Group Investments really isn’t saying anything the average American reading the news…

Global Economy to Collapse in 2016? Are fears of a global economic collapse too gloomy? Not if you’ve been paying attention to all of the economic data that has been coming out over the last number of years. Sure, perma-bulls have been finding misguided solace in rising stock…

Investors that shun traditional sin stocks (gambling, tobacco, alcohol, porn) will probably not be interested in marijuana stocks. Those that have no issues with making money on sin stocks may want to keep an eye on marijuana stocks in 2016, especially with more and more states permitting medical…

It would be great to have a crystal ball and see what 2016 will bring. But with so much volatility going on, many investors cannot look beyond the current quarter, especially after the abysmal third quarter that just ended. For momentum and income investors, there are some great…

While most stocks and the underlying sectors are struggling to post gains in 2015, the consumer discretionary sector has been one of the top performers this year. With the U.S. economy showing signs of sustained growth, consumer discretionary stocks may continue to be the top performers in 2016.…

I don’t think any investor is holding out for a bull run in silver or other precious metals in 2015, thanks in part to rising interest rates and a weak economic outlook. But 2016, on the other hand, is a whole different matter. Now is the perfect time…

Investors seem to have recovered from Black Monday. Unfortunately, optimism about the stock market may be a little premature. In fact, I think the stock market is poised for a serious correction. One that makes Black Monday seem like a Sunday afternoon church picnic in July. While most…

The current bull market has not been kind to precious metals like platinum. Since hitting a high of $1,976.70 in August 2011, platinum prices have been halved to the current spot price of $981.60. While platinum is trading at a six-year low, below its 200-day and 50-day moving…

On the surface, investing in penny stocks seems pretty easy. After all, how hard can it be for a stock trading at $1.00 to double to $2.00? Math is math. And for a company to legitimately double in price, it has to do something pretty spectacular. It doesn’t…