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General Information

Name:
Dan 
Fool Since:
February 26 2012
Where I Live:
Austin, TX
Where I Grew Up:
Iowa
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Low
Risk Tolerance:
High
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Personal portfolio is a mix of Rule Breaker and Stock Advisor recommendations with one or two personal selections thrown in. 401k through employer consisting of a mix of funds of large, mid and small caps plus international. Mix is balanced for long term growth and is only a very small % in bonds. A portion of my portfolio will most always be in my employer stock, which for me are holdings that come from compensation based grants and vest gradually over 4 years. My practice is to sell the stock as it vests but only ensuring long term cap gains tax rates. When I sell the stock, the money will go back into my personal portfolio and RB/SA picks. Reserve Portfolio: A pool of investments that represents about 2 years of living expenses. Investments in this pool consist of large cap, dividend paying stocks plus bond ETFs. Not quite considered to be an emergency fund, it could be used as that if needed, combined with my other cash savings. I want to lean and start to trade in Options in the next year.
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, GOOG, SBUX, BIDU, MELI, CMG, AMZN, IPGP, MNST, PANL, Z, GHDX, ATW, NFLX, WPRT, LNKD, TIBX, PRLB, IMAX, MAKO ... and am looking forward to adding more

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
AAPL, AMZN, IPGP, WPRT, PANL, MELI, NFLX, SODA
Industries:
Software, Industrial Manufacturing
Boards:
SN boards, RB new stock ideas, SA Community pages, IPGP, MELI, AMZN, NFLX, PANL
Books:
The Iliad, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series, The Great Train Robbery, Lonesome Dove, Guns Germs and Steel, Ender's Game, The Guns of August, Into Thin Air, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, anything Malcom Gladwell, Seabiscuit (Hillenbrand), The Forever War (Filkins), Columbine (Cullen), Blackhawk Down, Truman, The Great Deluge, Guests of the Ayatollah.... and many, many more
Newsletters:
Rule Breakers Stock Advisor
Magazines:
The New Yorker Newsweek Bon Appetit Food & Wine
People:
TMF1000

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Software development, web based applications, database, global data management, Industrial Manufacturing
Greatest Investment:
Stock Advisor membership in Feb. 2012
Worst Investment:
Alcatel-Lucent in May 2000
Money I Manage:
My wife's and mine personal portfolio and 401k allocations.

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Interests

My Interests:
Reading, investing, home re-modelling, boating, cooking, travelling, American football, video games
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Stephen Colbert
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Anything spicy! Though my comfort food is BBQ and cheap Tex-Mex
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Switzerland, Italy, France, Tokyo, Hong Kong
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Movies:
Trading Places, Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Favorite Video Games:
Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Guitar Hero, Bioshock, Borderlands, Madden NFL
Favorite Music or Musicians:
The Samples, Bob Dylan, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, The Cult, Ben Harper, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Robert Cray, G. Love, Neil Young, The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies,
Great Books Read Recently:
Last Night at the Lobster (Stewart O' Nan)
Book Currently Reading:
Priceless: How I went undercover to rescue the world's stolen treasures
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