TMFWillSommers

Brendan Mathews

Brendan Mathews (TMFWillSommers), a northern Virginia native, began following the Fool as a teenager as part of his lifelong love of investing. He graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar, after which he promptly began a nine-year career in the corporate strategy practice of a big consulting firm. Along the way, he picked up an MBA from UC Berkeley and worked briefly at two California hedge funds. But he never forgot about his passion for finding great investments, and he's thrilled to be back in his hometown, working for the Fool. He enjoys scouring financial statements, pontificating on competitive advantage, and any outdoor activity.

General Information

Name:
Brendan Mathews
Fool Since:
July 12 2005

Investing Basics

Risk Tolerance:
High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Stocks, Mutual Funds, ETFs, MLPs, Shorts, Warrants
Stocks I Own:
ACN, AAPL, AIG, AIG-WT, ALD, AMZN, AXANF.pk, BCR, BOFI, BRK-B, CTSH, COF-WT, COV, CSCO, DEM, DNOW, DGS, DODFX, ELD, FB, GOOG, GOOGL, ITIC, IBKR, NKE, NOV, NUE, PEYUF.pk, PTNT, PDER.pk, PLSDF.pk, PGR, TDG, KMI-WT, KMI, KMX, WLP, JNJ, L, LBTYK, MA, MIDD, MKL, MHP, MWE, PRLB, RWX, RLI, SODA, NAESX, UHAL, VB, VGRSX, VISGX, VNQ, VWO, VHDYX, VRX, WETF, AOL (short), CRVW (short), UAMY (short), BBY (short), CDZI (short), ASIA (short), CALL (short), AVG (short), BDBD (short), HCI (short), FIRE (short), INWK (short), EXCH (short), LOCK (short), SWY (short), UNIS (short), NOW (short)

Investing Favorites

Books:
Dow, 30,000 by 2008: Why It's Different This Time
Newsletters:
Stock Advisor, Inside Value
People:
Warren Buffett, Edward O. Thorpe, Jeremy Grantham, James J. Angleton, Jack Bogle

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Technology, communications, media, retail, consumer brands, and renewable energy.
Greatest Investment:
NKE
Worst Investment:
LVLT

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Virginia, UC-Berkeley
Job Title
Research Analyst
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool
Former Jobs
Management Consultant

Interests

Personal Quote:
"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes." - Thoreau "A true friend stabs you in the front." - Oscar Wilde "Just win, baby." - Al Davis "All great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein "Picture me rollin'..." - Tupac
Great Books Read Recently:
The Outsiders

An Interview with TMFWillSommers

Last updated: 4/12/2013
The Fool:
Is there a public figure that inspires you?
TMFWillSommers:
William 'Will' Sommers was the best-known court jester of Henry VIII of England. The jester was also a man of integrity and discretion; he sometimes drew the King's attention to extravagance and waste within the royal household by means of a joke. Sommers possessed a shrewd wit, but he did occasionally overstep the mark. In 1535, the King threatened to kill Sommers with his own hand.
The Fool:
List some of your favorite websites, with commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)
TMFWillSommers:
https://twitter.com/TMFWillSommers

How I Invest

Stocks that go up (eventually).