General Information

Danny Vena
Fool Since:
April 12 2001
dvena (12/9/2014)
Where I Live:
San Diego, CA
Where I Grew Up:
Cliffwood Beach, NJ

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, ADBE, ALGN, AMC, AMZN, ANET, APPN, ATVI, AX, AYX, BIDU, BKNG, BL, CASY, CGNX, CLNE, CMG, CNI, DIS, FB, GH, GILD, GOOGL, HAS, HUBS, IMAX, IPGP, IQ, ISRG, JD, KMI, MAT, MDB, MELI, MIDD, MNST, MTCH, NFLX, NOK, NVDA,ODFL, OKTA, OLED, PYPL, ROKU, SBUX, SFIX, SHOP, SQ, TCEHY, TDOC, TEAM, TLRA, TREX, TSLA, TTD, TTWO, TWLO, VEEV, WB, WWE, Long Jan 2021 $190 Calls on AAPL, Short Jan 2021 $195 Calls on AAPL, Long Jan 2021 $3.45 Calls on AMC, Long Jan 2021 $85 Calls ON DIS, Long Jan 2020 $50 Calls on HAS, Long Jan 2021 $22.50 Calls ON ATVI

Investing Favorites

Stock Advisor, Rule Breakers, Supernova

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Greatest Investment:
Motley Fool subscriptions!
Worst Investment:
GLS - down 82%

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Phoenix, Keller Graduate School of Management
Job Title
CPA, Controller
Former Jobs
US Army Infantry


Personal Quote:
Life is Good!
My Interests:
Investing (obviously), running, triathalons, hiking, traveling to world class cities to visit 1000 year old buildings!
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Jesus of Nazareth, Warren Buffet, Alan Greenspan
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Rome, Paris, London, Dublin, and Ouray Colorado
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Favorite Movies:
Any James Bond or Jason Bourne movie; All movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (thus far)
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Currently Florence + the Machine
Book Currently Reading:
The Long Tail - Chris Anderson

An Interview with TMFLifeIsGood

Last updated: 12/4/2014
The Fool:
Briefly explain how you select stocks.
Nearly all the stocks in my portfolio come from Fool recommendations. I am looking for the possibility of explosive growth through demographics, societal trends or technological advances.
The Fool:
As a former child and possibly parent of one now, share your best advice about raising children.
Teach them responsibility and plant the seeds of investing early.
The Fool:
What other financial products or services do you use?
I started with Sharebuilder, but have since moved up to OptionsXpress, which allows me to trade options.
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

My life has changed in so many ways over the years, so a little history might give this perspective. My parents divorced when I was nine. My father ran off with his best friend's wife. My mother battled with an un-diagnosed mental illness for my entire life. We lived off welfare, SS, food stamps, and government cheese. The water that seeped into our basement had to be swept into a sump pump. My mother’s mental state interfered with her ability to clean house, so our house looked like an episode of Horders. If you wanted a clean dish, you took it off the dirty pile on the table and washed it. I was diagnosed hyperactive and medicated from a young age. When I was 20 I joined the military and spend over 13 years making bad choices. After getting divorced, leaving the military, and filing for bankruptcy, I had a moment of Divine intervention. It started when I quit drinking. I got a job earning minimum wage, got promoted and decided to both pay and catch up on my child support. I met my lovely wife (and we just celebrated 18 years of marriage) and become monogamous, which had not been my habit or pattern. We married after two years and she is truly an example of who I want to be when I grow up. One year later I went back to school full time while working full time and got my Bachelors in accounting. I went to work in public accounting, completed the pre-requisites and sat for (and passed) the CPA exam. I worked hard, and was Thankful for what I was able to achieve. I asked for guidance and tried to give back what was so freely given. I am grateful for having turned my life over to a loving God that took my worst character defects and use them to my advantage. I am an extreme example of Divine intervention and proof that God is Good. Having come from that place to where I am now in my life is truly a miracle. That is why my TMF username is TMFLifeIsGood – because it truly is.

How I Invest

I have a specific dollar amount I invest each month. This amount is what I consider an acceptable starter position. If I am interested in a stock, I will purchase a starter position. If the stock falls, I will likely not buy more (but I reserve the right to buy more if the market is being foolish - small f). If the stock rises and the fundamentals are sound, I will buy up to five positions over time. I plan to buy and hold for the long term, but sometimes do not. If I own a full position and it falls (NFLX) and I still believe in the company, I will continue to hold.

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