TMFTortoise

Jim Mueller, CFA

A Senior Analyst for Stock Advisor, Motley Fool Options, and Supernova, 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. He received the CFA charter in 2015.

General Information

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

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
High
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Stocks I Own:
AEIS, AMBA, AMZN, ATVI, ATW, BAMXF.pk, BJRI, BOFI, BWLD, CASY, CBOE, CGNX, CLB, CLNE, CMG, CNI, CRI, CSIQ, CVS, DAR, DASTY, DDD, ENPH, EXEL, EXPD, FEYE, GILD, GLW, GOOG, GOOGL, GWR, H, HAIN, HEES, HHC, IDXX, IIVI, ILMN, INTU, INVN, ISRG, JASN, JWN, KMI, KMX, KO, KRFT, LGF, LKQ, MBLY, MKC, MSA, MTH, MTN, MYL, NCR, NDAQ, NFLX, NUAN, PCLN, PEGA, PEP, PII, PRAA, QGEN, RH, RPM, RST, SAM, SCTY, SDRL, SEDG, SHW, SINA, SODA, SQM, SSTK, SSW, SWIR, TCS, TDG, TFSL, TRN, TSLA, TTS, TXT, UA, UHAL, URBN, WDC, WETF, WFC, WFM, WPRT, DODFX, FAIRX, FOOLX, OFALX, PENNX, VBMFX, Long Jan 2017 $65 calls on ACN, Short Nov 2015 $97.50 calls on ACN, Short Oct 2015 $27 puts on BKS, Long Jan 2016 $120 calls on BRK-B, Short Jan 2016 $120 puts on BRK-B, Short Sep 2015 $140 calls on BRK-B, Short Dec 2015 $100 puts on CLB, Long Jan 2016 $8 calls on CLNE, Long Jan 2017 $5 calls on CLNE, Short Jan 2017 $5 calls on CLNE, Long Jan 2016 $57.50 calls on DIS, Short Jan 2016 $100 calls on DIS, Long Jan 2017 $15 calls on F, Short Jan 2017 $15 puts on F, Short Aug 2015 $90 puts on FB, Short Oct 2015 $43 puts on GME, Long Jan 2017 $37.50 calls on GRMN, Short Oct 2015 $42.50 calls on GRMN, Long Jan 2016 $150 calls on IBM, Short Oct 2015 $170 calls on IBM, Long Jan 2017 $25 calls on INTC, Short Oct 2015 $30 calls on INTC, Long Jun 2019 warrants on JASN, Short Dec 2015 $27.50 puts on KMI, Long Jan 2017 $35 calls on KO, Short Nov 2015 $42 calls on KO, Short Jan 2017 $25 puts on LL, Short Jan 2016 $130 calls on MON, Long Jan 2016 $115 calls on MON, Short Jan 2016 $115 puts on MON, Short Mar 2016 $42.50 puts on MTH, Short Mar 2016 $60 puts on PRAA, Long Jan 2017 $40 calls on SBUX, Short Jan 2017 $40 puts on SBUX, Short Jan 2017 $46.25 calls on SBUX, Short Oct 2015 $55 puts on SCTY, Long Jan 2017 $30 calls on SLCA, Short Jan 2017 $30 puts on SLCA, Long Jan 2017 $25 calls on SODA, Short Feb 2016 $20 puts on SSW, Short Feb 2016 $12.50 puts on TTS, Short Feb 2016 $90 puts on ZG

Investing Favorites

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

Investing Expertise

Money I Manage:
Personal accounts, two accounts for family members

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

Interests

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?
TMFTortoise:
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?
TMFTortoise:
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?
TMFTortoise:
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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