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.

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“The desire for gold is the most universal and deeply rooted commercial instinct of the human race.” — Gerald M. Loeb
Given the performance of my beloved Gold and Gold Miners in the past month, could there have ever been a more fitting word describing our sector than in the word "mettle"?
I am so confused tonight that I had to crowbar the booze cabinet in order to calm my scrambled soul and ease the pain in my pseudo-analytical chest. That's right. "PSEUDO" as opposed to "QUASI" and as opposed to "FAUX."
Many, many years ago, long before central bankers became rock stars, and during an era of true free market capitalism, to even imagine a Fed funds rate of 2.5% was to paint a backdrop of high unemployment, negative growth verging on...
With gold enjoying its best week of the year, with the Daily Sentiment Index charging northward, with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) pressing 72 for the GLD, with the RSI for GDX pushing 75, and finally, with the newsletter community...
Before we go any further, let it be known that in the days leading up to this Friday night missive, I have gone from “NET LONG” to “NET SHORT” gold, silver, and the miners. Those receiving my email blasts and those following me on Twitter...
Given the torrid advance in gold (GLD [SPDR Gold Shares]) and the leveraged miner ETFs (NUGT [Direxion Daily Gold Miners Index Bull 3x]/JNUG [Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners Index Bull 3x]), it is of note that RSI readings have screamed...
It was only a week ago that I was opining that there was nothing ominous in the technical picture for gold and silver that was altering my bullish stance; RSI and MACD were trending up and price was stubbornly refusing to yield to the...
Given the torrid advance in gold (GLD) and the leveraged miner ETF’s (NUGT/JNUG), it is of note that RSI readings have screamed northward to the point where I don’t think I can recall a shift in momentum quite this quickly or with such...
With great apology, I am late with this week's missive largely due to the arrival of boating season and the fierce need to secure a new vehicle, which should have taken (only) two days but didn't.

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