General Information

Name:
Mike Steele
Fool Since:
February 28 2000
Aliases:
GreenSmurf (5/20/2006)
Where I Live:
Gaithersburg, MD

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium High
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
All stocks in my non-retirement portfolio, plus some index funds, ETFs, and target-date funds in my 401k and IRA.
Stocks I Own:
AFL, AMZN, ATVI, BAM, BIDU, BLX, BRK-B, CCI, CCL, CNI, COST, CPA, CTAS, DIS, DISCK, DLTH, DNKN, ELLI, ENB, ENV, EQIX, FB, GOOGL, HAS, HEI, IPGP, LOW, MA, MAR, MELI, MKC, MKL, MMM, MTN, NEP, NFLX, NSRGY, NUE, OAK, PAC, PCLN, PEGI, PRLB, PYPL, ROIC, SBUX, SHOP, SKT, SPLK, TERP, TSLA, TTWO, UAA, VNQ, VNQI, VZ, WAGE, WDAY

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
AMZN, BRK-B, DIS, DISCK, FB, GOOGL, MA, MAR, NFLX
Industries:
Media & Entertainment
Books:
"One Up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch, "The Little Book That Builds Wealth" by Pat Dorsey
Newsletters:
Stock Advisor, Inside Value, Rule Breakers, Hidden Gems, Income Investor
Blogs:
http://brknewsbriefs.blogspot.com/ http://othermikesteele.blogspot.com/
People:
@OtherMikeSteele

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Berkshire Hathaway, Investing Behavior and Philosophy, ESG Investing
Greatest Investment:
NFLX
Worst Investment:
WPRT

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin
Job Title
Computer Scientist

Interests

Personal Quote:
"Aha! Once again, the conservative, sandwich-heavy portfolio pays off for the hungry investor!" - Dr. John Zoidberg
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Theme Parks (Disney, Hershey, Legoland), PA Mountains, NC Outer Banks
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Maryland Terrapins Basketball (and football to a lesser degree), Washington Nationals
Favorite Movies:
Star Wars, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, LEGO Movies, Disney Animation
Favorite Board Games:
Ticket to Ride, Star Fluxx, Sushi Go, Takenoko
Favorite Video Games:
Civilization series, LEGO console games, Words with Friends, Futurama: Game of Clones
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Billy Joel, Jonathan Coulton, Cliff Hillis, Pat McGee Band, The Odds
Great Books Read Recently:
"The Fish that Ate the Whale" by Rich Cohen; "The Player of Games" by Iain M. Banks
Book Currently Reading:
"Misbehaving" by Richard Thaler

My Story

I began investing in 1999 after reading "The Motley Fool Investment Guide". I started with the "Foolish Four" and some tech stocks recommended by a coworker. After the tech stock bubble popped in 2001 and the Foolish 4 was discredited, I lost around half of my early portfolio value. I started over, and now I own many companies from around the Fool universe. I joined Stock Advisor in 2006 and have branched out to other newsletters and services from there. At one time, I was a freelance writer for the free part of the Motley Fool website and a Ticker Guide for Berkshire Hathaway within Stock Advisor. The name Gordogato means (loosely) "Fat Cat" in Spanish, and it has double meaning :1) I hope to be one of those rich Fat Cats everyone is always talking about, and 2) My cat used to be a bit heavy, and got the nickname "Gordo Gato". I started using Gordogato as an avatar name for online games, and then started using it here as well.

How I Invest

My non-retirement portfolio is 100% stocks (all recommendations of various Fool newsletters). I outsource the research to Fool analysts and then pick and choose the recommendations that speak to me. I own over 70 stocks and use the Foolish Community to help me keep an eye on them all. My retirement portfolio is about 90% in my 401k, which is made of of simple, low-cost index funds. I have a smaller Roth IRA, which is a mix of dividend growth stocks and ETFs/funds to add exposure to other areas like real estate and bonds.