TMFCochrane

Matthew Cochrane

General Information

Name:
Matthew Cochrane
Fool Since:
May 18 2014
Aliases:
CMFCochrane (10/25/2017), CMFmkcochrane (12/25/2015), mkcochrane (12/23/2015)
Where I Live:
Florida
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium
Risk Tolerance:
High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Retirement/college funds: All individual equities/ETFs; Emergency savings fund: CDs and savings account
Stocks I Own:
AAXN, ADBE, AMZN, DIS, FB, GLW, GOOGL, GPN, HD, HPQ, JPM, KMI, MA, MDB, MSFT, NTNX, NVDA, PAYC, PYPL, SKX, SQ, SWKS, VNQ, VTI, VWO, VZ

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
The kind that go up after I buy them.
Industries:
Fintech, Payments, Tech
Boards:
Saul's Investing Discussions, many different individual stock boards across Motley Fool's services
Books:
Motley Fool Investment Guide, One Up On Wall Street, Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements, The Little Book That Beats the Market, Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits
Newsletters:
Motley Fool's of course!
Blogs:
Sure Dividend, Musings on Markets, Stratechery, Bert Hochfeld
People:
The Gardner brothers, Peter Lynch, Warren Buffett, Joel Greenblatt, Mohnish Pabrai, Tom Engle (TMF1000), Pat Dorsey

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
If we are using "expertise" very loosely, then I am probably most familiar with the payments industry and fintech.
Greatest Investment:
Time spent with my wife and kids
Worst Investment:
I bought a basket of 3D Printing stocks just a little below their peak.
Money I Manage:
My family's

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Central Florida
Job Title
Detective
Company / Organization
Law enforcement
Former Jobs
U.S. Navy Electronics Technician

Interests

Personal Quote:
I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something. - Jackie Mason
My Interests:
Investing, hiking, reading, college football, anything my kids are into
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
So so so many...so let's just stick to business and investing: Gardner brothers, Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Peter Lynch, Mohnish Pabrai, Joel Greenblatt, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, Thomas Stanley, Ajay Banga, Peter Thiel, Bill Gates
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
I'm not picky!
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Marco Island, Great Smoky Mountains, Sequoia National Park
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Miami Hurricanes, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Florida Marlins
Favorite Board Games:
Monopoly, Clue, Risk
Favorite Video Games:
Madden
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Johnny Cash, Sixpence None the Richer, U2, Zac Brown Band
Great Books Read Recently:
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
Book Currently Reading:
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

An Interview with TMFCochrane

Last updated: 11/5/2018
The Fool:
Does ethics or 'socially responsible investing' have a place in your investment approach? How so? How not?
TMFCochrane:
Sure, to an extent. But something that I don't let affect my investing are the political views of a company's current leadership. Why? 1) I've seen too many people miss out on good investments this way. News flash: Conservatives and liberals can be good CEOs; 2) I feel like toxic partisanship has made us forget an obvious truth: Good people can fall on both sides of mainstream political prism. There are tough issues that many of us, myself included, often glaze over to repeat mind-numbing talking points. When we work through these issues, there are often no clear black-and-white answers to a lot of life's problems. In a free society then, there are going to be lots of good people I disagree with on important issues. I have learned to accept that and do not see why that should bar me from making money alongside these people, especially when it comes to companies whose missions I believe in and ones that I believe make good investment opportunities.
The Fool:
What was the most significant discovery of the last century?
TMFCochrane:
Wow, tough one. This probably has to be the technology that powers internet connectivity, allowing anyone anywhere to share information with the rest of the world.
The Fool:
If you had to pick an existing song title that best describes your life, what would it be?
TMFCochrane:
Amazing Grace
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

I grew up in South Florida. Upon graduating high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for six years as an electronics technician. After re-entering civilian life, I re-connected with my high school sweetheart and got married. Fifteen years later we are still together and raising our four kids in South Florida. By day, I'm an economic crimes detective with a local police department. By night, I write articles for the Motley Fool, mostly on companies in fintech or payments, though my investing interests definitely extend outside those sectors.