TMFKopp

Matt Koppenheffer

Matt Koppenheffer is the Bureau Chief for The Motley Fool's banking and financial services coverage, co-host of "Where the Money Is," and author of The StressTest column (@TMFStressTest). He also co-authored of the book The Astonishing Collapse of MF Global. Matt started his career in San Francisco as a technology-focused investment banker and also worked at a $15 billion private equity company. When he's not buried in a 10-K, you can usually find Matt running the trails of Washington DC. He's a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, but is a lifelong fan of Penn State football.

General Information

Name:
Matt Koppenheffer
Fool Since:
February 1 2004
Aliases:
mdkoppen (11/8/2006)
Where I Live:
Henderson, NV

Investing Basics

Risk Tolerance:
Medium Low
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Dividend payers, small cap value, Grahamian book value plays...
Stocks I Own:
C, CAT, AAPL, JPM, GS, PNC, RF, AIG, MKL, TSCDY, AFL, HRS, PPL, ETR, HAS, VEA, VIG, TGT, SUSQ, BCS, VOXX, BAC, HIG, CX, BRK-B, CVX, MCD, INTC, BP, MAT, TOT, BX, WMT, GNW, GEN, CWH, PCC, WFIVX, DIISX, VEIEX, LSBRX, BJBHX, VFICX, , VIPSX, PRHYX, TGEIX, VWO, PLFE, KCLI, ANAT, USU, TNK, MS, TI, ETFC, DRYS, AGII, PTP, AMZN, UA, Z, SIVB

Investing Favorites

Books:
Intelligent Investor
Newsletters:
Hidden Gems, Income Investor
Magazines:
Economist
Blogs:
DealBreaker
People:
Buffett baby!

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Dividend stocks, banking/finance, macro economics
Greatest Investment:
Berkshire Hathaway
Worst Investment:
SiRF Technologies call options

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Pennsylvania
Job Title
Motley Fool Contributing Writer
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool
Former Jobs
Thomas Weisel Partners, Summit Partners

Interests

Personal Quote:
"Sometimes nothing can be a pretty cool hand." -- Cool Hand Luke
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Bruce Lee
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
It's hard to go wrong with Thai... or Indian, or pizza, or Korean BBQ, or Senegalese, or hamburgers, or sushi, or Mexian... Ok, so I just like to eat...
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Anywhere that's hot
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Penn State football
Favorite Movies:
I Heart Huckabees, Fight Club, Zoolander, Best in Show, Kill Bill (1 & 2), Garden State
Favorite Video Games:
Guitar Hero
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Jimi Hendrix, Oysterhead, The Roots
Great Books Read Recently:
Intelligent Investor (again)

TMFKopp is following 1 Fool

An Interview with TMFKopp

Last updated: 11/30/2006
The Fool:
Would you rather be remembered as a person, a legend, or a myth?
TMFKopp:
Myth for sure. That way my figurative wrassling with stock market bears could somehow turn into a heroic battle with some two ton polar bear in the far reaches of the Yukon.
The Fool:
Make a confession.
TMFKopp:
Ok, so although I have been on computers since I was two years old (my first was an Apple IIe), I have fried more computers than just about anyone I know. Sure I've learned a lot about the guts and functioning of a PC, but it's been at the price of a heck of a lot of blue screens of death.

Also, possibly worse, I bought AOL stock in 1999. Ouch...
The Fool:
Given a second chance, what financial decision would you like to do over?
TMFKopp:
Though I started learning about the stock market in my high school economics class, I didn't start investing until I was in college. If I were to do it over I probably would have started earlier. Preferably around the time I leared to walk.
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

Matt Koppenheffer joined The Motley Fool as a contributing writer in 2006, but he has been capitalizing the “F” in Foolish since the NYSE still listed AOL (and hearing the name Lucent didn’t make his stomach turn). If Matt isn’t writing, eating, or sleeping, it’s very likely that you can find him researching the next stock to add to his CAPS portfolio. Prior to joining the Fool, Matt did time at a private equity firm and played an investment banker at a tech-focused investment bank. He’s also sold Cisco networking equipment, served pizzas, caulked windows, designed websites, and programmed database applications -- but who’s keeping track? When it comes to investing, Matt has learned that low valuations are one key ingredient for success, but are best when combined with a great business. He is an unabashed fan of Warren Buffett, and he knows that a stock is a piece of a company, not just a piece of paper.

Contact Information

Email: tmfkopp@gmail.com Twitter: @KoppTheFool