ReubenGBrewer

Reuben Gregg Brewer

Reuben Gregg Brewer spent 15 years at world renowned Value Line, the publisher of The Value Line Investment Survey, before joining The Motley Fool Blog Community. He started at Value Line as a Mutual Funds analyst After graduating from Columbia University with a Master's degree in Social Work. That role required him to discuss investment tactics with professional asset managers and to analyze a vast array of investment tactics. Although he had been an avid investor since his late teens, being thrown into the fire with “pros” provided an investment education that no school could have provided. Reuben Gregg quickly rose to the management ranks, earning an MBA from Regis University along the way, and eventually ascended to the role of Executive Director of Research. This position left him with the managerial responsibility for all of Value Line's research and publishing efforts, including the company's newsletters in the equities, mutual funds, convertibles, and options spaces. Although his roles at Value Line didn't deter Reuben Gregg from his own research and investing efforts, it did impose material limits on his flexibility to invest and write. Unconstrained by those limits, he is now publishing his thoughts with The Motley Fool.

General Information

Name:
Reuben Gregg Brewer
Fool Since:
September 21 2012
Where I Live:
New York
Where I Grew Up:
New York
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
High
Risk Tolerance:
High
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Aggressive income stocks are my preference, though dividend growth is also important. I also own mutual funds when the fund invests in a way that would be difficult for me to do myself.
Stocks I Own:
It changes...

Investing Favorites

Industries:
REITs, Limited Partnerships
Books:
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Fooled by Randomness, and Atlas Shrugged
Magazines:
Forbes

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Equities and Mutual Funds
Greatest Investment:
REITs and LPs when they yielded 10%+
Worst Investment:
American Hertigage Fund

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Purchase College; Columbia University; Regis University
Former Jobs
Director of Research at Value Line

Interests

Personal Quote:
Quixotic
My Interests:
Running and playing guitar
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Disney
Favorite Sports or Teams:
New York Yankees
Favorite Board Games:
Monopoly and Clue
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Jazz, 80's

An Interview with ReubenGBrewer

Last updated: 11/7/2012
The Fool:
Who killed Kennedy?
ReubenGBrewer:
I hear it was the same guys who killed Hoffa, but I didn't tell you that.
The Fool:
What's your greatest athletic achievement? Little League champ? Ran a marathon? Did 4 consecutive sit-ups?
ReubenGBrewer:
I have run about a dozen marathons and/or half marathons. However, my greatest personal athletic achievement was when I ran 26.2 miles by myself in preparation for my first marathon. I walked into my house and cried because I did that marathon for me and only me.
The Fool:
Is there a public figure that inspires you?
ReubenGBrewer:
Winston Churchill because he did the right thing when so many took the easy way out. Also the unkown Chinese man who stood in front of a tank at Tiananmen Square because he was willing to risk his life for freedom.
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

My dad started an IRA for me when I was a teen and then introduced me to managing my own money a few years later. It's been a fun ride every since, including a nearly 15 year stint at Value Line where I started as a Mutual Funds Analyst and rose to the position of Director of Research. I truly enjoy investing and all the effort that goes into it, particularly when I get the chance to talk to me dad about it. In fact, I can spend days researching a stock even if I never buy it!

How I Invest

I love dividends and love dividend growth. So my research usually starts with one or both of these metrics. After that, I spend a lot time getting to know a company. I'm not looking for a one night stand, I'm looking to get married! I use mutual funds sparingly, and only when they do something that I don't have the time, expertise, or inclination to do myself.