General Information

Name:
John Bromels
Fool Since:
July 13 2009
Where I Live:
Cincinnati, OH
Where I Grew Up:
Wilmington, DE
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
401(k), Roth IRA, Portfolio of individual stocks
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, AMZN, AONE, ATVI, AFL, AMRC, BP, BRK-B, COH, CGNX, C, CLNE, COST, CTAS, DAR, DIS, DISCK, DEO, DNN, DDD, F, FITB, GOOG, GLW, HAS, HSY, HFC, IIVI, KO, LNKD, MDT, MSFT, MCD, MTN, NBBTF, NUAN, NOV, NBG, NFLX, PG, PNRA, PCAR, PSMT, SAM, SBUX, SIGM, SIRI, SINA, TTMI, UAN, UUUU, VZ, WM, WFM, WPRT, WWIN, YONG, YUM

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
AAPL, AMZN, DAR, HFC, PNRA
Industries:
Technology, Restaurants
Books:
ONE UP ON WALL STREET and BEATING THE STREET (Peter Lynch), all of the Motley Fool books by the Gardners (especially the original MOTLEY FOOL INVESTMENT GUIDE), THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR (Benjamin Graham).
Newsletters:
MOTLEY FOOL STOCK ADVISOR; MOTLEY FOOL RULE YOUR RETIREMENT
Magazines:
None.
Blogs:
Paul Krugman's NYTimes blog, THE CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERAL.
People:
The Gardners, Warren Buffett, and Peter Lynch, of course! Joel Greenblatt, too.

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Individual stocks
Greatest Investment:
AAPL
Worst Investment:
SSCCQ
Money I Manage:
My own.

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Salesianum School, Catawba College, The Fund Raising School at Indiana University
Job Title
Grants and Stewardship Manager
Company / Organization
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Former Jobs
Actor

Interests

Personal Quote:
"You know what you should be doing. Now get out there and do it!"
My Interests:
Board games, card games, writing, reading, horse racing, roller coasters, cooking, sleeping in.
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
William Shakespeare, Teddy Roosevelt
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Too long a list to include here. But let's go with bacon.
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Disney World, Hersheypark, Door County WI, Bavaria
Favorite Sports or Teams:
The Cincinnati Reds (to watch), Cornhole (to play, although I'm not very good at it)
Favorite Movies:
THE PRINCESS BRIDE, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, RAISING ARIZONA, THE FIFTH ELEMENT
Favorite Board Games:
The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Monopoly, Acquire, Scrabble, Chess, Guillotine (technically a card game)
Favorite Video Games:
Red Dead Redemption, Q*Bert
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Greatest Hits of the 80s
Great Books Read Recently:
The Millionaire in the Mirror by Gene Bedell; You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
Book Currently Reading:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

An Interview with Truth2Power

Last updated: 8/19/2012
The Fool:
Your most heroic moment in life?
Truth2Power:
Rescuing my sister from drowning when I was about 11 or 12. And yet, she still gives me grief!
The Fool:
Given a second chance, what financial decision would you like to do over?
Truth2Power:
This one's tough: In my early days of investing, I had several buys that I didn't research/think through thoroughly enough, and several sells that I should have hung onto (including BWLD and LQDT). The one, though, that immediately jumps to mind is buying SSCCQ while it was in bankruptcy. Classic rookie mistake.
The Fool:
Tell us about your first date. Who was it with and where did you go? (Remember, this is a family show!) ;)
Truth2Power:
My first date was with a gal named Daisy, and we went to some sort of fair or other at her high school.
[Read the full Interview]

Getting Better Every Day

There's a lot of competing information out there about investing, and when I decided in late 2008 that I wanted to take charge of my own finances, I read most of it. And most of it's really bad. I mean, REALLY bad. I dabbled in chart patterns, market timing, read books about real estate speculation (which, thankfully, had pretty much fallen from favor by late 2008) and shorting...but finally my adventures convinced me that buy-and-hold is the best way to consistently beat the market. I also learned to look before I leapt.