Not a high-falutin' Pee Aich Dee economist. Just a lowly physician tryin' to make sense of these Interesting Times. "The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else." Frederic Bastiat, 1848 I am but a bemused and conjurepated skeptic in a world of majestic deceptions.
Trader of equities and options for over 12 years. Proprietary trading strategy involving options and biotech with a very high win to loss ratio. SMID cap biotech. Passionate about science and cooking.
"Win or lose, everybody gets what they want out of the market. Some people seem to like to lose, so they win by losing money."
Individual Investor in stocks as well as an investor and adviser to start-ups. Most of my background is in marketing and product management with some experience as a management consultant and US Navy intelligence officer. MBA and BA degrees from the University of Chicago.
I have a B.S. in biochemistry along with a doctorate of pharmacy. The majority of my career has been spent in pain management, retail and primary care settings. I do have experience in transplant and acute care facilities although these aren't my strengths. I consider my strengths metabolic syndrome related diseases and pain management. Although I am new to analyzing the financials of a company, I have vast experience in primary literature analysis and my career gives me unique insight to what medications will be prescribed/profitable. I am not a writer and if I do post comments or write an article I apologize in advance for poor grammar, spelling and flow.
I am a full-time trader and investor for my own proprietary accounts only. I have no direct or indirect interest in attracting clients of any kind. My primary investing interests reside in the equity markets of the US, Norway, Canada, Australia, and Singapore, with overweight positions in natural resources and energy-related companies.
After earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School, I held assignments in marketing, and later in line management, at several of the world's largest financial institutions. After the 2008 economic crisis, I also tried to help reform the U.S. lending industry by advancing the cause of covered bonds as an alternative to mortgage-backed securities. Those efforts included co-founding a specialized online news publication.
As you read my postings in Seeking Alpha, please bear in mind:
1) I describe what I am seeing from my own vantage point. My expression of views is not intended as "advice" to anyone. Not SA readers. Not friends. Not family members. I have never told anyone to buy, sell or hold anything in particular.
2) Any thought or opinion I share is solely with the intent to help a reader arrive at his or her own conclusions. My only motivation is to "give back" stock research ideas, in appreciation for what I have learned from so many SA commenters and authors.
3) I always make clear in comments when I have a long position in a stock. If I sell a stock I have commented on because I have developed new doubts about it, I try to make a new comment to that effect somewhere on SA. I am also direct about positions which I hold underwater. I do not take short positions on individual stocks.
Old Geezer that listened to parents that lived through the Great Depression. Am a USAF veteran and proud grandpa of twelve grandkids. I am trying to learn enough to be a good investor and have met many great and tolerant (I ask a lot of questions) people here on SA.
"I gave myself to know madness and folly. But this too I perceived is vexation of spirit. For, in much wisdom lies much grief; and he who increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow."
"I quote others the better to express myself!"
Not a high-falutin' Pee Aich Dee economist.
Just a lowly physician tryin' to make sense of these Interesting Times.
"The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else." Frederic Bastiat, 1848
I am but a bemused and conjurepated skeptic in a world of majestic deceptions.
35 year "community banker"..."jack of all trades"...ops...systems...retail...lending...compliance...executive and board committees. No "specialty"...but very aware of financial services big picture and intricacies...experience in $14M to $60B asset range. Investment experience a missing piece...but working on it. Mobile Internet...Cloud...Energy (NATGAS-Grids-Battery)...Financial services - Regional/Community...any disruptive company themes. Now Biotech.
I have a BS degree in Business Administraction. Have owned and operated several small businesses and have been invested in the market for several decades. I've learned some things the hard way and some the easy way. It is my hope that some of what I contribute to this forum may be useful to other investors and traders.
My wife and I have been living full time in a motor coach since 1998; we travel around the USA chasing good weather and adventure. We also park the coach from time to time in order to jump on a jet for some foreign adventures. I am an independent investor.
Doctor Why makes money by work and gives it back through "investment". Well, actually he maintains a "steady state" by picking outrageous winners and losers in the marketplace. He is always early anticipating improvements and declines in the market and manages to sell, just as the market rises, or buy, just as the market declines. Therefore, he excels at market timing, Persons who follow his comments or blog generally should do opposite of his current actions.
Let's see, Veteran (Vietnam era), Commercial Artist, picture framer, industrial engineer & corporate executive (once upon a time), small business owner and operator, Ayn Rand fan, Libertarian (and no, its not a synonym for "Republican" or "Conservative"), and history buff. Serious investor, I need to earn money from my assets, and I'm of the age where I pull money out to help put food on the table. I like to fish, but just as with my investing, I am a "meat fisherman", I only kill what I plan to consume.
Equipment Operator, Journeyman Lineman (IBEW), Programmer, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, IT Director, Owner/Operator for Alliant Tech Systems, Ensign Brickford Aerospace, General Dynamics, General Electric (various braches), Global Nuclear, Hewlett-Packard, High Test Labs, Intel, L3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Spectra Technologies, Trident Refit Facilities, United Launch Alliance, Vestas, Westinghouse.
I am now a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon. Need a massage?
I write about emerging and frontier markets in Asia. I now primarily contribute work to Forbes Asia. My most recent work and my complete bio can be found on Forbes Asia's site:
If it is easier, you can find my recent work sorted by country on this Seeking Alpha blog:
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I would like to thank Seeking Alpha's editorial staff for giving me a start in this profession. In particular I would like to thank George Moriarty and Eli Hoffman.
I will contribute still to Seeking Alpha from time to time as the opportunity presents itself.
The picture is a young man pole-vaulting a bull in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the festivities around the annual running of the bulls. "Play with the bull, avoid the horns."