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

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…

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…

What Should We Expect for Gold Prices in 2016? 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…

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?…