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General Information

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

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium
Risk Tolerance:
Medium
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Motley!
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, ADBE, ALGN, AMZN, ANET, APPN, ATVI, AX, AYX, BIDU, BKNG, BL, BYND, CASY, CGNX, CMG, CNI, CRSP, CRWD, CVNA, DDOG, DIS, DOCU, ETSY, FB, FSLY, FVRR, GH, GOOGL, HAS, HUBS, IPGP, IPOD, IPOE, IPOF, ISRG, JD, MAT, MDB, MELI, MGNI, MNST, MSFT, MTCH, NET, NFLX, NVDA,ODFL, OKTA, OLED, PINS, PTON, PYPL, ROKU, SBUX, SE, SFIX, SHOP, SPCE, SQ, TCEHY, TDOC, TEAM, TREX, TSLA, TTD, TTWO, TWLO, VEEV, WWE, ZM, ZNGA, ZS, Long Jan 2022 $75 Calls On PYPL, Long Jan 2022 $22.50 Calls on IONS, Long Jan 2023 $1140 Calls on SHOP, Short Jan 2023 $1160 Calls on SHOP

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
AAPL, AMZN, CNI, DIS, DOCU, FB, HAS,MELI, NFLX, NVDA PYPL, ROKU, SHOP, TTD
Industries:
Technology
Boards:
NFLX, MELI, DIS, IMAX, ISRG, AMZN, BIDU, HAS
Newsletters:
Stock Advisor, Rule Breakers, Supernova

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Growth
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

Interests

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:
Investing!
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

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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