General Information

Name:
Jim Gillies
Fool Since:
October 26 1998
Aliases:
jimgillies (2/15/2006)
Where I Live:
The Great White North
Where I Grew Up:
Montreal
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
High
Risk Tolerance:
High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Stocks, ETF's, Options, Warrants, Debt securities.
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, ALV, AMZN, ANET, APPN, BBSI, BRK-B, CGNX, CHUY, CMG, DIS, DVA, FB, GME, FFNW, FORM, KMI, LYV, MA, MDB, MELI, MKL, NOK, NTB, PAYC, PJT, PRAA, PYPL, RRGB, SBUX, SQ, SSW, SWKS, TDG, TEAM, TFSL, TMFC, VNE, WINA, TSX:BAM.A, TSX:BCE, TSX:BNS, TSX:CIX, TSX:CM, TSX:CMG, TSX:CRH, TSX:DGS, TSX:GUD, TSX:MTY, TSX:NA, TSX:PIF, TSX:PSD, TSX: QSR, TSXV:RX, TSX:SHOP, TSX: SOY, TSX:T, TSX:TSU, TSX:VMD, TSXV:WED, Short Jul 2018 $22 puts on GME, Short Jul 2018 $62.50 calls on SBUX, Short Jul 2018 $36 puts on LYV, Short Sep 2018 $14 puts on TSX:BB, Short Sep 2018 $60 calls on RRGB, Short Oct 2018 $32.50 calls on CHUY, Short Oct 2018 $110 calls on DIS, Short Oct 2018 $150 calls on IBM, Short Oct 2018 $43 calls on LYV, Short Oct 2018 $43 puts on LYV, Short Oct 2018 $6 calls on NOK, Short Oct 2018 $52.50 calls on SBUX, Short Oct 2018 $80 calls on TSX:QSR, Short Dec 2018 $100 puts on ALV, Long Jan 2019 $105 calls on MA, Short Jan 2019 $105 puts on MA, Short Jan 2019 $145 calls on MA, Long Jan 2019 $52.50 calls on SBUX, Short Jan 2019 $52.50 puts on SBUX, Short Jan 2019 $24 calls on VXX2, Long Jan 2020 $20 calls on KMI, Short Jan 2020 $20 puts on KMI, Long Jan 2020 $175 calls on IBM, Short Jan 2020 $175 puts on IBM, Long Jan 2020 $105 calls on DIS, Short Jan 2020 $105 puts on DIS, Short Jan 2020 $17 puts on TSX:BB, Long Jan 2020 $17 calls on TSX:BB,

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
Campbell's Low-Sodium Mushroom

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Applied Science - Civil Engineering), University of Guelph (Master of Engineering), Wilfrid Laurier University (MBA - Finance), passed all three levels of the CFA Program and will be eligible for the CFA charter upon completion of required paperwork.
Job Title
Advisor - Motley Fool Options, Lead Advisor - Pro Canada

Interests

Personal Quote:
"Doubt, and find your own light." - Buddha
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Warren Buffett (Mission Accomplished! May 7, 2006, and again May 6, 2007)
Favorite Vacation Spots:
British Columbia - Any Ski Resort, New Zealand, Banff, South of France, Costa Rica
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders (apparently, I like lost causes...), Toronto Blue Jays
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Chris Brown and Kate Fenner, and their progenitors, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir....
Great Books Read Recently:
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" - Michael Pollan

An Interview with TMFCanuck

Last updated: 6/18/2018
The Fool:
What's the best advice you've ever received?
TMFCanuck:
Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;<br />For loan oft loses both itself and friend,<br />And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.<br />This above all: to thine own self be true,<br />And it must follow, as the night the day,<br />Thou canst not then be false to any man.<br /><br />Polonius, Hamlet (Act I, Sc. III)
The Fool:
Speak to the dead. You must have something to say. They may be listening.
TMFCanuck:
Can I have your stuff?
The Fool:
Given a second chance, what financial decision would you like to do over?
TMFCanuck:
I'd have saved more when I was younger. <br /><br />I had a great job all through high school and university (a decade working in a unionized grocery store chain in Canada). I started at the right time so as to have considerable seniority (basically could choose my hours), and made great money (to put in perspective, when I took my first engineering job out of university, my hourly rate was less than my grocery store job).<br /><br />And I also went to a 'co-op' university for my undergrad, where I would go to school for four months, then work for four months (in an engineering co-op position...this is in addition to the grocery store job), and earn enough (and then some) to pay for the next semester of school.<br /><br />Yet, I put literally nothing away (although I did graduate university debt-free, so there's that). Moreover, I had rung up my credit card through school and was making the minimum payments. <br /><br />I mean, sure, my university girlfriend had expensive tastes, but we can't blame her for all of it.<br /><br />First rule today - pay yourself first! Minimum 10% of gross income goes to investments...ideally more...ideally MUCH more!
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