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My name is Zack Butler and I am currently a student at Texas A&M University studying Economics. I am a 3 year Navy Veteran in which I was a Corpsman. A Corpsman is essentially a field medic and nurse for Navy and Marine Corps personnel. I am pursuing a career in finance and will be graduating May 2018.
I am a medical professional, and I have worked as a consultant in the private equity and hedge fund industries.
I have particular interests and strengths in biotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals with an oncology (cancer) focus. I have particular knowledge and expertise in catheters, medical devices and drugs used in interventional (special) procedures.
Having Texas tendrils, I also enjoy investing and have knowledge in the energy patch.
I am a medical professional that enjoys investing in biotech stocks. I take long positions and may dabble in options. I have a particular interest in biotechs with an ophthalmic (eye) focus as that is where I have developed the greatest expertise over my career and research. I hope over time to share some of my professional insights with those of the Seeking Alpha community in order to help them make more informed investing decisions. I expect to learn a lot from others as well.
I am long the following biotechs at this time: GILD, OPHT, CRMD, ACAD, RLYP, HALO, TGTX, APHB, ZIOP.
I am advising everyone to avoid: OHRP
I used to run a limited partnership, boutique hedge fund in the 90s. Retired in 2000 and moved from New York City to Toronto, Canada, got married, raised a family and basically settled down. After a few years in Toronto, my wife got tired of the city’s 8 months of cold weather and insisted that we move to a city where there are 8 months of warm and balmy weather. So we settled on San Diego, CA and moved here in 2005 and now call this lovely city with the most perfect weather, home. After moving to Sun Diego, I decided to come out of retirement and start an Internet company that helps non-profits, especially school PTAs, raise money. After a somewhat long development period, my start-up, called donornation.org, went live this month (December 2012)! The response so far has been quite encouraging and I intend to take the company from its current, local San Diego focus, to nationwide, hopefully in the next 2 years. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think…any feedback and suggestions to help improve the site is always welcome. Being that my day job is running a tech start-up, I don’t have the time to be an active trader…However, being an avid market watcher and investor, I started this blog to maintain a public record of my views on the economy, the markets and my stock picks. My space here has given me the opportunity to share my analysis, good, bad and the ugly, with everyone. It has also allowed me to keep a running scorecard on how effective my investment ideas have been. About a year ago, just after my Options2Wealth blog's public portfolio recorded 10,000%+ return in less than 6 months, I received an offer to write a book based on my blog's accomplishment by one of the most respected literary agents in the United States. This was a totally unintended and unexpected result of my original motivation which was to simply help demystify derivatives (options) and show how just about anyone, armed with the ability to read stock charts, can take advantage of the most powerful wealth building tool legally available to us all. Based on the fact that some of my readers were able to mimic my moves and achieve returns of as much as 4,000%+ tells me that my blog has succeeded in its raison d'être. Finally, I shall be remiss if I did not acknowledge the many public and private comments / messages that I have received, and continue to receive, from my readers here. I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I'm extremely grateful, and humbled, to all those who have taken the time to share your comments, kind thoughts and warm wishes with me...Should you not receive a reply, please do not take my lack of responsiveness as a sign of hubris...Due to my various interests and activities and the fact that I spend a considerable amount of time traveling, my free time is extremely limited and if I have not responded to your message, please accept my sincere apologies... Best of Luck to All! karim pirani
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The author is a private investor of over 30 years, focusing primarily on biotech and energy sectors. His professional background includes having served as an Infantry and then JAGC officer in the U.S. Army for 10 years, following which he practiced law for 25 years as a partner in an international law firm, primarily representing hospitals, physicians and nurses in the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits.