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TMFGilla

Scott Phillips

General Information

Name:
Scott Phillips
Fool Since:
October 6 1999
Aliases:
gilla (1/19/2012)
Where I Live:
Sydney, Australia
Where I Grew Up:
Sydney, Australia
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
High
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Buffett Stocks - Great businesses with sustainable competitive advantages, shareholder-friendly management at reasonable prices - with a bit of Lynch thrown in for growth
Stocks I Own:
AMZN, BRK.B, DIS, GOOG, ASX:AEF, ASX:BKL, ASX:CTD, ASX:GRB, ASX:KGN, ASX:NDQ, ASX:RFG, ASX:SOL, ASX:TLS, ASX:TWE, ASX:VGS, ASX:WEB

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
AMZN, BRK/B, COST, GOOG, KO, MCD, MSFT, WOW.AX, CTD.AX, DMP.AX
Industries:
Consumer businesses or branded B2B businesses
Boards:
BRK/B
Books:
The Snowball, Jack: Straight from the Gut, One up on Wall Street, The Essays of Warren Buffett
Newsletters:
Motley Fool Share Advisor, Motley Fool Hidden Gems Australia (check them out at Fool.com.au), Motley Fool One, Motley Fool Supernova, Motley Fool Stock Advisor
Magazines:
AFR Smart Investor, The Economist, Business Week
People:
Messrs Buffett and Munger, The Brothers Gardner, Jeff Bezos, Sam Walton

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Consumer products, Retail, Branded B2B, Understanding 'moats'
Greatest Investment:
Time spent to understand investing
Worst Investment:
Following a 'hot tip' without doing my own due diligence
Money I Manage:
Personal portfolio, and (informally) advising family and friends

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Western Sydney, UNE
Job Title
Chief Investment Officer
Company / Organization
Fool.com.au
Former Jobs
Commercial Manager, Finance Manager, Trade Marketing Manager, National Account Manager

Interests

Personal Quote:
In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
My Interests:
Investing, the business of business, sport - cricket, rugby union, rugby league
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Warren Buffett, Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Frank Lowy, Jack Welch, Jeff Bezos, John Howard, John Mackey
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Thai, Indian, Backyard Barbeque
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Ireland, Sydney, London, New York, Paris
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Rugby Union (Waratahs and Wallabies), Rugby League (Roosters, NSW and Kangaroos), Cricket (NSW and Australia), NFL (Steelers)
Favorite Movies:
Shawshank Redemption, Lost in Translation, Wall Street
Favorite Board Games:
Monopoly
Favorite Video Games:
Halo, Assassin's Creed, Age of Empires
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Van Morrison, Billy Joel, John Denver, Johnny Cash, John Farnham, most of the 60s, 70s and 80s!
Great Books Read Recently:
Essays of Warren Buffett, The Intelligent Investor, Blue Ocean Strategy, The Big Short
Book Currently Reading:
I'm part way throught about 5 beside my bed!

An Interview with TMFGilla

Last updated: 1/19/2012
The Fool:
What lesson do you wish you’d learned ten years ago?
TMFGilla:
That time in the market is what counts... compounding is a wonderful phenomenon. Oh, and that management can be the difference between good and great.
The Fool:
What was your first educational exposure to investing?
TMFGilla:
I was fortunate enough to have a high school Economics teacher - Mr. Barnett - open my eyes to the power of compound interest and the world of shares
The Fool:
Tell us about Your Dumbest Investment... and the lesson you learned from it.
TMFGilla:
Easy, but painful. A few years ago now, I bought some shares on little more than the recommendation of someone I respected, but without doing any due diligence. The shares promptly crashed, so I sold out just as promptly. You guessed it - the shares rallied to multiples of my sell price. I might have made the same mistake by myself, but at least it would be my mistake. The lesson is to always do your own research - on both the buy and sell decisions - to make sure the trade is for you
[Read the full Interview]
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