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, CNI, COST, CTAS, DDD, DIS, DISCK, DLB, FB, GOOGL, GWR, H, HACMX, HAS, HEI, INVN, ITC, JWN, KMI, LGF, LNKD, MA, MKC, MKL, MSM, NFLX, NGG, NOV, NUE, ORAN, PNRA, ROIC, SBUX, SE, SNI, SSYS, TDG, TGH, UA, VEOEY, VNQ, VNQI, VSS, VWO, WAB, WFM, WOOD

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
BRK-B, COST, DIS, DISCK, SNI, UA
Industries:
Media & Entertainment
Books:
"One Up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch
Newsletters:
Stock Advisor, Rule Your Retirement, Income Investor
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, Great Britain & Ireland, A Quiet Cabin in the 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
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; "A Cook's Tour" by Anthony Bourdain
Book Currently Reading:
"Green Mars" by Kim Stanley Robinson

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. Within the Stock Advisor community, I am the "ticker guide" for Berkshire Hathaway. At one time, I was also a freelance writer for the free part of the Motley Fool website. 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 SA advisers and message board contributors tell me if the financial numbers back up my investing thesis. 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.