General Information

Name:
Danny Vena
Fool Since:
April 12 2001

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium
Risk Tolerance:
Medium
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Motley!
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, AMCX, AMZN, ATW, BIDU, BOFI, CMG, CNI, CTRX, DDD, DIS, ESRX. EXEL, GOOG, HAIN, HAS, IMAX, INFN, INVN, IPGP, ISRG, KMI, LNKD, MELI, MIDD, MNST, MNTA, MTZ, NFLX, NUAN, OLED, PCLN, PNRA, PRLB, SAM, SBUX, SDRL, SINA, SODA, SSYS, TILE, TREX, TSLA, TTS, VRTX, XONE, WPRT

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
NFLX, CTRX, DDD, SSYS, DIS, CNI, BIDU, ISRG, MELI, CMG, AAPL, IMAX, SAM, LNKD, PNRA, LNKD, TTS
Industries:
Technology
Newsletters:
Stock Advisor, Rule Breakers, Supernova
Blogs:
http://beta.fool.com/dvena

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Growth
Greatest Investment:
Motley Fool subscriptions!
Worst Investment:
GLS - down 82%

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Phoenix, Keller Graduate School of Management
Job Title
CPA
Former Jobs
US Army Infantry

Interests

Personal Quote:
Never give in, never surrender!
My Interests:
Investing (obviously), running, triathalons, hiking, traveling to world class cities to visit 1000 year old buildings!
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Jesus of Nazareth, Warren Buffet, Alan Greenspan
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Currently John's Restaurant - Boulder Colorado and almost anything involving Bacon!
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Rome, Paris, London, and Ouray Colorado
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Investing!
Favorite Movies:
Any James Bond or Jason Bourne movie; Most Marvel comic movies
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Currently Florence + the Machine
Book Currently Reading:
The Long Tail - Chris Anderson

An Interview with dvena

Last updated: 9/9/2010
The Fool:
What other financial products or services do you use?
dvena:
I use Sharebuilder for my portfolio. It gives me the flexibility to adjust. I can invest small amounts for a set fee, or pay a little more for a compelling opportunity that may be time sensitive.
The Fool:
How do you define success?
dvena:
Having a loving family, friends that care about you and Sunday Schoolers that want to run up and hug you!
The Fool:
What was your first educational exposure to investing?
dvena:
I got scammed into buying the Fidelity Destiny II mutual fund from a commissioned sales rep - and they took 50% of the investment up front as fees. That was an education!
[Read the full Interview]

How I Invest

I have a specific dollar amount I invest each month. This amount is what I consider an acceptable starter position. If I am interested in a stock, I will purchase a starter position. If the stock falls, I will likely not buy more (but I reserve the right to buy more if the market is being foolish - small f). If the stock rises and the fundamentals are sound, I will buy up to five positions over time. I plan to buy and hold for the long term, but sometimes do not. If I own a full position and it falls (NFLX) and I still believe in the company, I will continue to hold.