Jim Mueller

A Senior Analyst for Stock Advisor, Jim learned how businesses are run while putting his Ph.D. in biochemistry to use at a small biotech company. Jim started investing over a decade ago, initially making the same mistakes most people do. He changed careers to work at the Fool, where he's improved his investing process while developing an appreciation for the importance of investor psychology and taking the long-term view. Currently, he's in the process of obtaining the CFA charter and manages the Messed-Up Expectations portfolio for The Motley Fool.

General Information

Jim Mueller
Fool Since:
June 4 2001
TMFGebinr (10/24/2014), TMFgebin (3/8/2006), gebinr (3/3/2006)
Where I Live:
Springfield, VA

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Stocks I Own:
ACUS, AEIS, AIG, AMZN, ATVI, ATW,, BJRI, BOBE, BOFI, BP, BWLD, CBOE, CGNX, CLB, CLNE, CMG, CNI, COP, CRI, CSIQ, CVS, DAR, DASTY, DDD, DNOW, EXEL, EXPD, F, FCX, FEYE, GILD, GLW, GOOG, GOOGL, GWR, H, HAIN, HHC, IDXX, IIVI, ILMN, INTU, ISRG, JASN, JWN, KMI, KMX, KO, LGF, LKQ, LQDT, MBLY, MKC, MTH, MTN, NCR, NFLX, NOV, NUAN, PCLN, PEGA, PEP, PII, QGEN, RIG, RPM, RST, SAM, SBUX, SCTY, SDRL, SHW, SINA, SODA, SQM, SSW, SWIR, SZYM, TCS, TDG, TFSL, TRN, TSLA, TTS, TXT, UA, URBN, WDC, WETF, WFC, WFM, WPRT, DODFX, FAIRX, FOOLX, OFALX, PENNX, VBMFX, Long Jan 2017 $65 calls on ACN, Short May 2015 $90 calls on ACN, Long Jan 2021 warrants on AIG, Long Jan 2016 $27 calls on AMBA, Short Jan 2016 $27 puts on AMBA, Short Apr 2015 $22 puts on BKS, Short Apr 2015 $75 puts on BOFI, Long Jan 2016 $120 calls on BRK-B, Short Jan 2016 $120 puts on BRK-B, Short Mar 2015 $150 calls on BRK-B, Short Jun 2015 $170 puts on CLB, Long Jan 2016 $8 calls on CLNE, Long Jan 2016 $57.50 calls on DIS, Short Apr 2015 $95 calls on DIS, Long Jan 2017 $15 calls on F, Short Jan 2017 $15 puts on F, Short Apr 2015 $31 puts on GME, Long Jan 2016 $150 calls on IBM, Short Apr 2015 $165 calls on IBM, Long Jun 2019 warrants on JASN, Long Jan 2017 $35 calls on KO, Short Feb 2015 $44 calls on KO, Short Jun 2015 $7.50 calls on LQDT, Short Jan 2016 $130 calls on MON, Long Jan 2016 $115 calls on MON, Short Jan 2016 $115 puts on MON, Short Jun 2015 $40 calls on MTH, Short Mar 2015 $390 calls on NFLX, Short Mar 2015 $60 puts on PRAA, Long Jan 2017 $80 calls on SBUX, Short Jan 2017 $80 puts on SBUX, Short Apr 2015 $82.50 calls on SBUX, Long Jan 2017 $30 calls on SLCA, Short Jan 2017 $30 puts on SLCA, Long Jan 2017 $25 calls on SODA, Short May 2015 $17.50 puts on SSW, Short May 2015 $12.50 puts on TTS, Short May 2015 $105 puts on Z

Investing Favorites

Stocks with messed-up expectations priced in
Expectations Investing (Mauboussin); Financial Shenanigans (Schilit)
James Montier

Investing Expertise

Money I Manage:
Rising Star Portfolio owned by The Motley Fool

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Gonzaga Univ. (B.S., chemistry); Wash. St. Univ. (Ph.D., biochemistry); CFA Program, passed Level II
Job Title
Senior analyst, Stock Advisor, Options
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool


Personal Quote:
The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject . . . And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them . . . Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced. Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate . . . Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all. --Seneca, Natural Questions, Book 7, first century
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Isaac Asimov, unfortunately won't get the chance
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Hawaii, even though my in-laws are there :-)
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Watch: baseball, Seattle Mariners; Play: golf
Favorite Movies:
Breaker Morant, Bond, Caddyshack
Favorite Music or Musicians:
1980s rock / classical / ambient (Hearts of Space)
Great Books Read Recently:
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Book Currently Reading:
The Safehold series by David Weber, Perry Mason series by Erle Stanely Gardner

An Interview with TMFTortoise

Last updated: 5/6/2010
The Fool:
Does ethics or 'socially responsible investing' have a place in your investment approach? How so? How not?
I have to change this. A while back, I wrote that I wouldn't invest in tobacco stocks because I am so horribly allergic to the smoke and sucking smoke into one's lungs seems to me to be a silly pastime. However, I've since decided that if people are going to be stupid enough to do that, I might as well try to profit from it.

As for going for a SRI mutual fund, no. My agenda most likely will not match theirs.
The Fool:
What, in your opinion, are some of life's big mysteries?
Where was I before I came into the world?

Will I come back or is there an afterlife or is this one shot it?
The Fool:
What was the most significant discovery of the last century?
To me? That I had entered the world.

To others? I don't know.....the computer and miniaturization; atomic physics; DNA and recombinant technology.....there are so many and the rate keeps accelerating.
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