David Mercer

General Information

David Mercer
Fool Since:
December 12 2012

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Medium Low
Investing Style:
Dividend Reinvestor

Investing Favorites

It varies, but in general large caps, stable companies with healthy balance sheets.
Energy and pharmaceuticals
"The Zurich Axioms," by Max Gunther, "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Pharmaceuticals and medical companies
Greatest Investment:
It's a work in progress
Worst Investment:
General Electric

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Florida State University George Mason University


Personal Quote:
It's not how you start life, it's how you finish it, never give up, keep moving forward.
My Interests:
Basketball, football, investing, lifelong learning, computers, the French language, travel, making new friends and colleagues.
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Ted Turner, small businessmen who had an idea, came from humble beginnings, and made a positive contribution to society.
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Peruvian Chicken, pretzels, non-alcoholic beer
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Canada, Gettysburg, Alsace-Lorraine (France)
Favorite Sports or Teams:
George Mason Patriots Men's Basketball, the Redskins
Favorite Movies:
Skyfall, the Bourne trilogy, Wall Street, Batman movies, I actually don't watch too many films.
Favorite Board Games:
Monopoly, Clue
Favorite Video Games:
Pac-Man, centipede, yep I'm dating myself.
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Lenny Kravitz, Pink Floyd, Billy Idol, the Cure
Great Books Read Recently:
Essays and Aphorisms, by Schopenhauer
Book Currently Reading:
The Difference, by Jean Chatsky

dmercer1 is following 1 Fool

An Interview with dmercer1

Last updated: 12/22/2012
The Fool:
What do you fear most?
The unexpected, lack of routine.
The Fool:
What on Wall Street today is most suited for reform?
Specified kinds of derivatives
The Fool:
How do you define success?
Being happy and content in what you do. Helping others succeed and trading value for value in even exchange with relevant stakeholders.
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My Story

I am an information scientist by trade. It took me a long time to find out what I wanted to do in life, but now I'm fully invested with my two (2) passions information organizations, investing, and personal finance. I also enjoy relationship-building be it in business or leisure. I like connecting with people and finding common ground among people of diverse backgrounds. As for the future, it's currently a work in process, I try to live in the moment and enjoy life, even though it can get crazy and stressful at times. When I'm not working, you'll find me at home reading, on the computers, at an Internet cafe or some combination of all of them.

How I Invest

Conservatively, buy, hold, and strategically sell. Try to close my eyes when there's a market crisis.