Gordogato

Mike Steele

Mike is a freelance writer for The Motley Fool. His specialties include the entertainment and media industry and Berkshire Hathaway. You can follow him on Twitter at @OtherMikeSteele.

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, BCPC, BIDU, BLX, BRK-B, CMG, CNI, COST, CPA, CTAS, DDD, DIS, DISCK, DLB, DNOW, FB, FEYE, FISI, GOOGL, GWR, H, HACMX, HAS, HEI, INVN, IPGP, ITC, JWN, KMI, LBTYK, LGF, LNKD, MA, MKC, MKL, MSM, NFLX, NGG, NOV, NRF, NUE, OKE, ORAN, PNRA, PRLB, ROIC, SBUX, SCTY, SE, SNI, SPLK, SSYS, TDG, TGH, TRIP, TSLA, TWTR, UA, VEOEY, VNQ, VNQI, VSS, VWO, WAB, WFM, XOOM, Z

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
BRK-B, COST, DIS, DISCK, MA, SNI, UA
Industries:
Media & Entertainment
Books:
"One Up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch, "The Snowball" by Alice Schroeder
Newsletters:
Stock Advisor, Income Investor, Million Dollar Portfolio
Blogs:
http://brknewsbriefs.blogspot.com/
People:
@OtherMikeSteele

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Berkshire Hathaway, Media & Entertainment
Greatest Investment:
NFLX, UA, Pixar & Marvel --> DIS, My First House
Worst Investment:
RWT, CX, My Second House

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 Restaurants or Foods:
Cheap burritos & Thai food, expensive mezze & sushi, and plenty of red wine.
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Disney World, Cruise Ships, UK & Ireland, Cabin in the Central PA Mountains
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Maryland Terrapins Basketball (and football to a lesser degree), Washington Nationals
Favorite Movies:
Star Wars, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Office Space, LEGO Movie, everything by Pixar.
Favorite Board Games:
Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Bohnanza, Star Fluxx, Sushi Go
Favorite Video Games:
Civilization series, LEGO Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Scramble & Words with Friends, Simpsons Tapped Out
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Jonathan Coulton, Cliff Hillis, Pat McGee Band, The Odds, Barenaked Ladies, MC Frontalot, Ben Folds Five, Billy Joel
Great Books Read Recently:
"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline; "Red/Green/Blue Mars" Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
Book Currently Reading:
"Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman

My Story

I started investing in 1999 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 all companies from around the Fool universe of recommendations. I joined Stock Advisor in 2006, Income Investor in 2012, and MDP 360 in 2014. 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 for me. (1) One day, I hope to be one of those rich Fat Cats everyone is always talking about. (2) My cat used to be a bit heavy, and got the nickname "Gordogato"; I started using it here and as an avatar name for online gaming. Contrary to what you might think, I'm not "gordo" myself, nor do I speak Spanish (I do know a little French, though).

How I Invest

My non-retirement portfolio is 100% stocks (all recommendations of various Fool newsletters). I focus more on a company's story and let the Fool Analysts tell me if the financial numbers back up my investing thesis. I own over 50 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 some very good index funds. I have a smaller Roth IRA, which is a mix of high-dividend stocks and some other ETFs/funds to add real estate, commodity, and greater international exposure.