General Information

Mark Rogers
Fool Since:
January 31 2013
MarkRogers88 (4/15/2013)
Where I Live:
Where I Grew Up:

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Types of Investments:
When you buy a share on the stock market, you're acquiring a part-ownership stake in a real operating business. I approach investing with this at the forefront of my mind -- I like to be as methodical and selective as possible, making each decision a meaningful commitment. I never buy with one eye on the exit door, the perfect investment is one that I can hold for a very long time, as that business becomes more profitable and valuable. As an owner, I'm interested in how my businesses are progressing each year... and I don't worry much about what the market, or share prices, are doing. Each year I calculate how much my part-ownership stakes earned for me, not how much the shares went up or down. Think like a business owner, and make confident decisions with your capital.
Stocks I Own:

Investing Favorites

Security Analysis, The Interpretation of Financial Statements, Classics II: "Another Investors Anthology", Little Book That Beats The Market, The Naked Trader, Successful Property Letting (Lawrenson), Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits (Fisher), The Snowball, The Richest Man in Babylon, The Evaluation of Common Stocks (Bernhard), Contrarian Investment Strategies (Dreman), Your Money and Your Brain (Zweig), Rich Dad Poor Dad.

Education And Work Information

Job Title
Head of UK Investing
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool

An Interview with TMFMarkRogers88

Last updated: 1/5/2015
The Fool:
If you could use one example from your life to teach a financial lesson, what would it be?
Get started early. As early as you can. And if you have kids, grandchildren, nephews, or you teach or mentor young people in any capacity... try to get them interested, or at least aware, of basic financial principles. Don't spend more than you make. Save what you can. Invest for the long term. I got a huge break in life by "getting it" early, and compounding my learning from a young age.
The Fool:
What was your first educational exposure to investing?
My Dad. In the mid-90s my family got its first home computer, an old Windows 95. I was handy with a spreadsheet, so I helped my Dad set up his share portfolio on the PC. We'd get the FT delivered on Sunday morning, he'd call out the stock prices, I'd stick them into the spreadsheet. I vividly remember asking one day what a "P/E", a "yield" and all the different columns meant, and it began from there. I've been extraordinarily fortunate to stumble across my passion from an early age. Six years later and I began investing myself!
The Fool:
Tell us why you chose your current username (assuming there's an interesting reason!)
My name's Mark Rogers, born 1988. (edit - and now, the TMF bit means... I'm an analyst at the Motley Fool!)
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