General Information

John Divine
Fool Since:
April 12 2008
TMFDivine (9/2/2014), divinezone (6/12/2012)

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium Low
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Medium (4-12 Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Stocks, Options
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, STMP, KORS, GOOG, VOO, BRK-B, Long Jan 2014 $3 calls on MNKD, Long Jan 2015 $3 calls on MNKD, Long Jan 2015 $5 calls on MNKD, Long Jan 2015 $10 calls on JCP, Long Jan 2016 $25 calls on AMBA

Investing Favorites

See CAPS page or follow me on twitter @divinebizkid for my most timely picks
One Up On Wall Street, The Tao of Philosophy, The Cat in the Hat
In general, I like them.

Investing Expertise

Greatest Investment:
Buying Google at $220
Worst Investment:
Selling Google at $290
Money I Manage:
My own portfolio.

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Appalachian State


Personal Quote:
"If you're writing a personal quote, it's probably someone else's." --Anonymous
My Interests:
Investing, entrepreneurship, basketball, reading, writing, philosophy, people, humor, thinking critically, beer
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Socrates, Newton, Galileo, Hume, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, MLK, RFK, Jimi Hendrix, Da Vinci, Cato the Younger, Mozart, Tesla, Edison, Ford, Twain, Steve Martin, Basquiat, Andy Borowitz
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Pizza, wings, calimari, caesar salads, Peruvian chicken, most Indian food
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Tropical beaches
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Charlotte Bobcats, Carolina Panthers, Appalachian State Mountaineers, and UNC
Favorite Movies:
Forrest Gump
Favorite Board Games:
Catan, Agricola, Monopoly, Risk, Clue
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Hip-hop, reggae, other sounds that please my ears
Great Books Read Recently:
Blink, The Little Book That Builds Wealth, The Plague, Gulliver's Travels, The Big Short, The Aleph and Other Stories, Breakfast of Champions, While Mortals Sleep, The Sirens of Titan
Book Currently Reading:
Signifying Rappers, 100 to 1 in the Stock Market, A Random Walk Down Wall Street

An Interview with XMFDivine

Last updated: 8/1/2012
The Fool:
Your greatest fear? Any neurotic ones (agoraphobia, triskaidekaphobia, etc.)?
Fear itself.
The Fool:
What other financial products or services do you use?
..."other" financial resources, outside of the Motley Fool? I'm not sure I follow.
The Fool:
What was the most significant discovery of the last century?
Other than my discovery of a shark's tooth on the beach sometime in the late '90s, penicillin deserves mention as a distant second.
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

Raised by wolves in the fierce tundras of Siberia, my earliest role models were Chuck Norris and Christopher Walken. Upon discovering civilization, I quickly became enamored with finance and the stock market. Wanting badly to engross myself in man's culture, I hurriedly learned standard hygienics and promptly enrolled in school. I graduated last year. I know it's a pretty standard "going from grrr-to-graduate" story, but it's mine all the same. I've been investing for five or six years. Also, I love terrible puns.

How I Invest

Over the years I have become a big fan of the value philosophy. As I see it, most of the greatest investors of all time have been long-term investors, and the majority of such investors have subscribed to the value approach. As I've famously said before, "Patience is a virtue." I tend to agree with the more liberal definition of value, in that I believe companies with high P/E multiples and a "momentum" label can still be ripe picking for the value investor, should he/she be sure (or nearly sure, I should say) that the company remains undervalued. Having an appropriate margin of safety in this situation is always necessary. At the same time, I realize that keeping an eye on growth, momentum, and to some extent on the basis of technical indicators (mostly volume), can be useful and may allow for an investor to bail before his/her shares tank, in a situation where a buy-and-hold investor could be taken to the cleaners. In a word, my investment philosophy can be described as Motley. In more than a word, my philosophy boils down to doing quality research on a company, knowing its products and services (usually because I've used them), and only investing in its common stock when very confident that the market price is far below its intrinsic value.