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:
AMZN, ATVI, BABY, BAMXF.pk, BJRI, BOFI, BUD, BWLD, CASY, CBOE, CGNX, CHUY, CLNE, CMG, CNI, CRI, CVS, DAR, DASTY, DPLO, DSW, ECL, ELIO, EXEL, EXPD, FAZ (Short), FEYE, GILD, GLW, GME, GOOG, GOOGL, GWR, H, HAIN, HEES, HHC, IDXX, IIVI, ILMN, INTU, ISRG, JWN, KMI, KMX, KO, KRFT, LGF, LKQ, MA, MAR, MELI, MKC, MSA, MTCH, MTN, NCR, NDAQ, NFLX, NVO, NYT, OTCM, PCLN, PEGA, PRAA, PYPL, QGEN, RH, ROL, ROP, RPM, SAM, SCTY, SHW, SSTK, SSW, STMP, SWIR, TDG, TFSL, TGH, TMUS, TRN, TSLA, TTS, TXRH, UA, UA-C, UHAL, URBN, WFC, WFM, DODFX, FAIRX, FOOLX, OFALX, PENNX, VBMFX, Short Nov 2016 $43 calls on ATVI, Short Oct 2016 $15 puts on BOFI, Short Sep 2016 $150 calls on BRK-B, Long Jan 2018 $130 calls on BRK-B, Short Jan 2018 $130 puts on BRK-B, Short Oct 16 $32.50 puts on CHUY, Short Sep 2016 $115 puts on CLB, Short Jan 2017 $3 calls on CLNE, Long Jan 2017 $5 calls on CLNE, Short Jan 2017 $5 puts on CLNE, Long Jan 2018 $5 calls on CLNE, Long Jan 2018 $400 calls on CMG, Short Jan 2018 $420 calls on CMG, Long Jan 2018 $560 calls on CMG, Short Jan 2018 $580 calls on CMG, Short Nov 2016 $50 calls on EXPD, Long Jan 2017 $15 calls on F, Short Jan 2017 $15 puts on F, Short Oct 2016 $41 puts on GME, Long Jan 2017 $37.50 calls on GRMN, Short Jan 2017 $55 calls on GRMN, Short Nov 2016 $17.50 puts on HEES, Long Jan 2018 $135 calls on IBM, Short Jan 2018 $135 puts on IBM, Long Jan 2018 $10 calls on INFN, Short Jan 2018 $10 puts on INFN, Long Jan 2017 $25 calls on INTC, Short Oct 2016 $37 calls on INTC, Short Sep 2016 $17 puts on KMI, Long Jan 2017 $32.50 calls on KMI, Short Jan 2017 $32.50 puts on KMI, Long Jan 2018 $12.50 calls on KMI, Short Jan 2018 $12.50 puts on KMI, Long May 2017 $40 warrants on KMI, Short Nov 2016 $44 calls on KO, Long Jan 2017 $35 calls on KO, Short Jan 2017 $25 puts on LL, Long Jan 2018 $115 calls on MON, Short Jan 2018 $115 puts on MON, Short Jan 2018 $120 calls on MON, Short Sep 2016 $37.50 puts on MTH, Short Sep 2016 $22.50 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 2016 $35 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 Nov 2016 $57.50 puts on SSTK, Short Oct 2016 $22 calls on TRN, Short Nov 2016 $15 puts on TTS, Short Nov 2016 $17.50 calls on TTS, Long Jan 2018 $45 calls on WFC, Short Nov 2016 $30 puts on Z, The Motley Fool Holdings

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, family accounts, one account for a relative

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Gonzaga Univ. (B.S., chemistry); Wash. St. Univ. (Ph.D., biochemistry and molecular biology); CFA charter holder
Job Title
Senior Analyst
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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