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October 6 1999
Where I Live:
Where I Grew Up:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Buffett Stocks - Great businesses with sustainable competitive advantages, shareholder-friendly management at reasonable prices - with a bit of Lynch thrown in for growth
Stocks I Own:
AMZN, BRK/B, WMT, ASX:CCL, ASX:CCV, ASX:CTD, ASX:GRB, ASX:SOL, ASX:TLS, ASX:WFD
AMZN, BRK/B, COST, KO, MCD, MSFT, TUP, WFMI, WMT, IRI.AX, WOW.AX, CTD.AX, DMP.AX
Consumer businesses or branded B2B businesses
The Snowball, Jack: Straight from the Gut, One up on Wall Street, The Essays of Warren Buffett
Motley Fool Share Advisor, Motley Fool Hidden Gems Australia (check them out at Fool.com.au), Motley Fool One, Motley Fool Supernova, Motley Fool Stock Advisor
AFR Smart Investor, The Economist, Business Week
Messrs Buffett and Munger, The Brothers Gardner, Jeff Bezos, Sam Walton
My Area of Expertise:
Consumer products, Retail, Branded B2B, Understanding 'moats'
Time spent to understand investing
Following a 'hot tip' without doing my own due diligence
Money I Manage:
Personal portfolio, and (informally) advising family and friends
Education And Work Information
University of Western Sydney, UNE
Company / Organization
Commercial Manager, Finance Manager, Trade Marketing Manager, National Account Manager
In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Investing, the business of business, sport - cricket, rugby union, rugby league
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Warren Buffett, Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Frank Lowy, Jack Welch, Jeff Bezos, John Howard, John Mackey
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Thai, Indian, Backyard Barbeque
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Ireland, Sydney, London, New York, Paris
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Rugby Union (Waratahs and Wallabies), Rugby League (Roosters, NSW and Kangaroos), Cricket (NSW and Australia), NFL (Steelers)
Shawshank Redemption, Lost in Translation, Wall Street
Favorite Board Games:
Favorite Video Games:
Halo, Assassin's Creed, Age of Empires
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Van Morrison, Billy Joel, John Denver, Johnny Cash, John Farnham, most of the 60s, 70s and 80s!
Great Books Read Recently:
Essays of Warren Buffett, The Intelligent Investor, Blue Ocean Strategy, The Big Short
Book Currently Reading:
I'm part way throught about 5 beside my bed!
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An Interview with TMFGilla
Last updated: 1/19/2012
What lesson do you wish you’d learned ten years ago?
That time in the market is what counts... compounding is a wonderful phenomenon. Oh, and that management can be the difference between good and great.
What was your first educational exposure to investing?
I was fortunate enough to have a high school Economics teacher - Mr. Barnett - open my eyes to the power of compound interest and the world of shares
Tell us about Your Dumbest Investment... and the lesson you learned from it.
Easy, but painful. A few years ago now, I bought some shares on little more than the recommendation of someone I respected, but without doing any due diligence. The shares promptly crashed, so I sold out just as promptly. You guessed it - the shares rallied to multiples of my sell price. I might have made the same mistake by myself, but at least it would be my mistake. The lesson is to always do your own research - on both the buy and sell decisions - to make sure the trade is for you
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