General Information

Name:
Barry 
Fool Since:
December 20 2000
Where I Live:
Statesville, NC

Investing Basics

Investing Style:
what, me worry?

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
GOOGLE, MasterCard, Bank of America

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Johns Hopkins, U of P
Job Title
operate small companies (< 20 employees)

Interests

Favorite Vacation Spots:
any place where we can relax with good food & wine, and not be in the garden
Favorite Sports or Teams:
gardening with wife Heidi-she's the manager! I'm her servant.
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Bach / Glenn Gould
Great Books Read Recently:
"Lamb, The Gospel Accoring to Biff" - Christopher Moore

An Interview with HGBG

Last updated: 6/5/2013
The Fool:
To what extent has your financial success, or lack thereof, been the result of luck versus skill?
HGBG:
Having lost most of my wealth in my early 60's, I must say careful and critical self management is extremely important. Investment in a small business can be very tricky when to continue inserting more funds, and when to exit.
The Fool:
Is there a public figure that inspires you?
HGBG:
I really enjoy Barbara Bush. Her spirit just blossoms every time I see her publicly. She is strong willed, with good understandings, a clear mind, yet supportive of her husband and sons - even when they clearly disagree with her. <br /><br />I'm getting older but will never be as humble, loving, and understanding as Barbara.
The Fool:
Would you rather be remembered as a person, a legend, or a myth?
HGBG:
I am first and foremost a loving father of 3 children and grandfather to soon to be 8 children, plus 5 in my second marriage. The most important thing is to set a great example to all of them with love, devotion, and a little guidance
[Read the full Interview]

How I Invest

I have 2 investment plans: My wife's 401K plan is invested in relatively secure stocks that will increase her original investments's values in a reasonably safe environment. Hopefully doubling in 5-6 years. Since I lost almost everything in 2008, my modest investment is far more aggressive. First, I've paid off all my credit cards and other debts. In 1-1/2 years since I returned to the market, I have doubled my stock values picking great stocks like BAC, GOOG, NFLX, mixed with many others. Would I prefer more conservative investments like my wife's? Absolutely. But I've got to cherry pick winners (thank God for Stock Advisor) and carefully monitor them for about 2-3 more years, until we have a decent value. Would I recommend this strategy? Absolutely not. You've got to have a strong heart and be able to sleep on steep stock swings.