Michael Ballanger

Originally trained during the inflationary 1970s, Michael Ballanger is a graduate of Saint Louis University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Bachelor of Art in Marketing before completing post-graduate work at the Wharton School of Finance. With more than 30 years of experience as a junior mining and exploration specialist, as well as a solid background in corporate finance, Ballanger's adherence to the concept of "Hard Assets" allows him to focus the practice on selecting opportunities in the global resource sector with emphasis on the precious metals exploration and development sector. Ballanger takes great pleasure in visiting mineral properties around the globe in the never-ending hunt for early-stage opportunities.

Articles by Michael Ballanger

George Soros has joined fellow billionaire investors Stan Druckenmiller and Ray Dalios on investing big in gold. Here following are the reasons behind these moves.
Here are ways investors might interpret the recent shifts in gold and silver "market tectonics."
I was emailing back and forth with my pal Brien Lundin, editor of Gold Newsletter, this week and as we were basking in the limelight of analytical brilliance, it occurred to me that having a stock that many of us own, Kaminak Gold Corp. (...
These charts tell the story how the mining shares and metals’ market have the forward momentum of thoroughbred Secretariat as he clinched the Triple Crown of US Horse Racing.
The "big story" circulating around the blogosphere yesterday and last evening was a paper authored by Pimco' s "strategist" Harley Bassman that essentially opined that "the Fed should unleash a massive Fed gold purchase program that could...
Last Friday afternoon after I read the COT (Commitment of Traders report) numbers, I immediately looked over at the quote terminal only to see that the HUI (NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index) was going to close out the week a tad below 200 and...
The battle raging between the Bullion Banks and Gold Speculators is every bit as spectacular as the Ali-Frazier fights of the 1970s, says precious metals expert Michael Ballanger.
This week's Gong Show in the global financial markets reminds me of the early 1980s before the advent of the Internet or online trading or blogs and especially before 30-something financial "advisors" were allowed to go on the national (...
Just as the world was breathing a massive and collective sigh of relief that a new bull market in gold and silver had arrived with all the pomp and pageantry of a Royal Wedding, the Barbarians climbed the walls and are now very close to...
Friday's morning action in gold has been at once both terrific and frothy, wonderful, scary and redemptive and soothing, says precious metals expert Michael Ballanger. My hedges are all getting blown to smithereens with the miniscule...

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