TMFFlygal

Katherine Runyon

General Information

Name:
Katherine Runyon
Fool Since:
January 26 2006
Aliases:
Flygal5 (12/2/2014), Flyloose (4/10/2012), valuegal (4/10/2012), flygirl544 (7/17/2009)
Where I Live:
Silicon Valley, CA
Where I Grew Up:
any Navy base in the US
Gender:
Female

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:
Long stocks, I want to learn options next
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, ALNY, AMBA, AMZN, ANET, ATVI, BBBY, BIDU, CASY, CELG, CGNX, CLVS, CMG, DIS, ELLI, EXEL, FB, GILD, GOOG, GME, GWRE, HAS, ILMN, IPGP, IONS, KMX, LGIH, MELI, MIDD, NFLX, NVDA, PAYC, PCLN, RESN, SBUX, SGEN, SHOP, SKX, SQ, SWKS, TDG, TXRH, TWLO, UBNT, ULTA, VEEV, YELP, ZEN

Investing Favorites

People:
Charlie Munger! David Gardner

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
I spend most of my time looking at GARP stocks- growth at a reasonable price
Greatest Investment:
I think it was likely EMC, they were a tenacious competitor to my husband and his sales job then.
Worst Investment:
I had a total loss on a "value" investment from a non MF newsletter recommendation.
Money I Manage:
mine, my daughter

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Univ of Washington (numerical analysis)
Job Title
Supernaut

Interests

Personal Quote:
The harder I work the luckier I get. AND Opportunity Often feels like a punch in the face.
My Interests:
Stocks, education, doing what I can to help my neighbor, therapy dog training, art, surfing if I can get my leg repaired, golf
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Pope Francis! What a humble man.
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Definitely a foodie, do you know there are great foodie items at often very good prices at Amazon
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Big Island
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Warriors! Also Love Billy Beane and the A's, I know I should love the Giants and I do, unless they are playing the A's. But that whole Moneyball efficiency thing... So I have an American league team and a national league team.
Favorite Movies:
Return to Me, Ocean’s Eleven, Saving Private Ryan (be worth the sacrifices!), Love Actually, Secondhand Lions
Favorite Board Games:
Monopoly of course! Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan
Favorite Video Games:
None!
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Nora Jones, Zac Brown Band, Motown
Great Books Read Recently:
Boys in the Boat
Book Currently Reading:
A Man for All Markets, Mini Habits

An Interview with TMFFlygal

Last updated: 11/21/2017
The Fool:
Tell us an amusing anecdote about your childhood.
TMFFlygal:
I don't know about amusing, but how about interesting. My dad was a Navy test pilot, and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. So were all the Apollo astronauts. I have been in small gatherings with them all. But no autographs, my dad was very strict about not bugging them. In that group they were to be treated as "one of the guys".
The Fool:
Given a second chance, what financial decision would you like to do over?
TMFFlygal:
I passed on applying to be a turtle trader because I was expecting a baby. trading is not my style, but it could have been.
The Fool:
If you could be the CEO of any public company, which one and why?
TMFFlygal:
Starbucks, Change the bitter blend!
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

I wanted to learn investing so I could help support my family after I left the USAF. My original goal was to earn back my (low, low) pay so that I could justify staying home a raising my kids. I did that a long time ago. But it kind of sneaks up on you, beginners need to trust the process. Save, learn, invest, repeat. Let the COMPOUNDING do the work. The first $10,000 is the hardest. You are so lucky if you are just starting out now! Read and ask questions here at TMF, there are so many people willing to help.

How I Invest

I am changing. I was strictly a discounted cash flow person. But for all the calculations it was really just a guess about future earnings. So now I calculate less and think more, and I still don't like capital intensive businesses. My husband works in silicon valley so I check all tech ideas with him. He has no pension, so I am investing for ONE MORE college education, and then it is all about retirement! Update: that last tuition payment is done, glad we were able to get our kids through college without taking on debt, burdening kids with debt is not a great way to start life!