Travis Hoium

Travis earned a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and after working for 7 years at 3M went back to school to get an MBA. Since completing grad school, he's been a full-time writer for The Motley Fool.

General Information

Travis Hoium
Fool Since:
September 15 2006
MainStreetMayor1 (8/31/2010)

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium High
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Medium (4-12 Stocks)
Stocks I Own:
SPWR, Long Jan 2015 $5 calls on SPWR, Long Jan 2015 $7 calls on SPWR, Long Jan 2015 $15 calls on SPWR, Long Jan 2015 $25 calls on SPWR, Long Jan 2015 $40 calls on SPWR, Managed account, AAPL, AEP, AMRS, AVAV, BRK-B, CA, CSCO, DD, ESV, F, GE, INTC, JNJ, JPM, KMI, MA, MCD, MMM, NWL, NYLD, PG, PNC, RDS-A, SDRL, SPWR, T, TAP, TGT, TOT, V, VOD, VZ, WFC, WYNN

Investing Favorites

Stock Advisor

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Renewable Energy, Media, Technology
Greatest Investment:
Worst Investment:
Money I Manage:
My Own.

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Minnesota, BS in Mechanical Engineering, MBA from Carlson School of Management
Job Title
Contributing Writer
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool
Former Jobs
3M R&D Engineer


Personal Quote:
Buy short term, sell long term.
My Interests:
Investing, guitar, skiing.
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Chipotle, Panera Bread
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Las Vegas, San Diego, Belize
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Anyone from Minneapolis
Favorite Movies:
The Italian Job
Favorite Board Games:
Favorite Video Games:
Grand Theft Auto
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Foo Fighters

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My Story

I started investing at the young age of 13 when I bought an up and coming medical device company called Medtronic. I used money I had saved from collecting cans and mowing lawns, along with a little help from my family to buy a nice position in the stock. After a few years, three splits and a $20,000 profit I was hooked. The early 2000s weren't as kind in the market but at the time I was in college and focused on other things. After graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree I spent much of my free time and far too much of 3M's time researching stocks. I soon started a blog called Main Street Stocks to test my skills by writing about stocks and making picks every month. After beating the market for 18 straight months I knew I was on to something. So I decided to apply for MBA school to make the transition into finance. At the same time "the man", aka 3M, decided it no longer needed my services and offered me cash money to walk away. For the next 16 months I lived the good life of a full-time student before graduating. Of all the applications I submitted before and after graduating there was only one I really hoped would get back to me. As luck would have it they did. The Motley Fool hired me to write investment articles in July 2010 and I've been at it ever since. So that's my story... TMFFlushDraw