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

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…

Investors love dividend-yielding stocks. First, they provide investors with a quarterly, and in some instances, monthly revenue stream. In addition to capital gains, solid companies can reward investors by raising their annual dividend. When times are tough, dividend-yielding companies can provide solace by maintaining their payout in the…

Late last year I wrote an article suggesting the U.S. could enter a depression in 2015. To some it sounded farfetched at the time. After all, the stock market was at record highs and investors remained bullish. But it seemed to me that all the economic evidence pointed…

Before Black Friday, the biotech industry was seriously outperforming the S&P 500. In fact, aside from a solid correction in early 2014 (which it subsequently topped a few months later), the biotech sector has been one of the bright spots in 2015. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (NASDAQ:IBB) ETF…

Like dominos, the global markets plunged on Monday, sparked by concerns about the health of China’s economy. In the wake of the worldwide sell-off, many nervous investors are wondering how they should invest after Black Monday. Global Markets Plummet on Black Monday Even investors know how influential social…

After months of trading in a tight range, the S&P 500 is finally making a move. Tragically, but not surprisingly, it’s to the downside. Currently at around the 2,000 mark, the S&P 500 is down almost three percent since the beginning of January. For the week ended August…

With oil at six-year lows and some of the biggest names in the energy sector in the red this year, now is a great time to get excited about underperforming oil and gas stocks. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is trading at a six-year low…

Since the Great Recession, it’s been a great time to borrow but a terrible time for those saving for retirement. With interest rates near zero, the Federal Reserve has effectively taken the "income" out of "income investing." Even when interest rates do start to rise, it will be…

Why would investors want to find the most hated stocks in America? Because weakness can translate into opportunity. Investors can be a superstitious lot, employing their own patent-pending strategy for finding stocks that beat the market. The art is in finding unloved, underpriced stocks that have been kicked…

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…