lepera347

Joe Lepera

Joe is a Freelance Writer at The Motley Fool. He just finished his senior year at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he doubled majors in Political Science and Economics. He started investing several years ago by reading The Motley Fool, and eventually hopes to earn a writing contract with them. He is an avid tennis player and a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings books and movies.

General Information

Name:
Joe Lepera
Fool Since:
July 24 2011
Where I Live:
Alexandria, VA
Where I Grew Up:
Watertown, MA
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium High
Risk Tolerance:
Medium
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Medium (4-12 Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Stocks, Options
Stocks I Own:
Long Positions: AAPL, BAC, BRK-B, BWLD, CMG, DIS, FB, FSLR, JBLU, SD, TSLA

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
BAC, TSLA
Industries:
Markets, Industrials, Tech, Energy
Books:
Backstage Wall St, Liar's Poker, Freakonomics
Blogs:
The Reformed Broker
People:
Josh Brown, Morgan Housel, Jim Cramer

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Markets
Greatest Investment:
TSLA
Worst Investment:
CAT
Money I Manage:
My own

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
College of the Holy Cross
Job Title
Freelance Writer
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool

Interests

Personal Quote:
"A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day!"
My Interests:
Tennis, Hiking, Reading, Movies, Politics
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Warren Buffett, Daniel Craig, Alex Morgan
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Everything out of the sea, blueberries, bananas, yogurt and Godiva chocolates.
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Miami Beach
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Miami Dolphins, Chelsea FC, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, USMNT, USWNT
Favorite Movies:
Goodfellas, Casino Royale, Caddyshack, The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, American Beauty, Invictus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Favorite Board Games:
Monopoly, Yahtzee
Favorite Video Games:
Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Darius Rucker
Great Books Read Recently:
What Money Can't Buy
Book Currently Reading:
For Whom the Bell Tolls

An Interview with lepera347

Last updated: 3/19/2014
The Fool:
As you were growing up (or now, raising children), did your family have any distinctive rituals or practices others might do well to emulate?
lepera347:
When I got into college, my grandfather bought me a Movado watch. These watches are different in that there are no numbers on them, simply a minute hand and an hour hand. My grandfather said I could use it to tell the approximate time, but not the exact time. He said it didn't matter since we should never obsess over the little things in life.

Things don't always go to plan, and we all make mistakes. But in the big picture, we are all extremely blessed, and ultimately everything will work itself out. I never obsess over the little things, and tell others not to either.
The Fool:
Your most heroic moment in life?
lepera347:
As president of my high school class, I started a scholarship for future classes. My high school was very generous to me, and I always hoped to give back, and luckily through this scholarship my class and I are able to.
The Fool:
What industry do you follow most closely and why?
lepera347:
Financials. These stocks were at the heart of the financial crisis, and I believe them to be at the heart of the recovery. Moreover, they are always at the center of the macroeconomic news, which I find fascinating and follow closely.
[Read the full Interview]

My Story

I'm someone who believes close relationships with friends and family are the most important things in life. Secondly, I believe if one has a career they love, they will never work a day in their life. I hope I can find that here at the Fool, since I learned how to invest here, and I want to teach others to here as well.

How I Invest

I hold long term positions in companies that have a product that I love, such as Disney or Tesla. I also buy companies that typically fall as a result of bad news, making them on sale. Past examples include JP Morgan, Boeing and more recently Target.