Michael Ballanger

Junior Mining & Exploration Specialist

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.

Michael Ballanger Articles

I had thought that prior to this week, I had seen pretty much everything when it comes to the financial press shoveling out Wall Street “spin” in order to proper up the markets prior to the end-of-year bonus-calculating period. I was wrong.
For those global citizens born in the early 1950’s, it is no surprise that you all remember where you were when a number of significant events occurred in your lifetimes. For me, I have a number of traumatic events that shaped not only my...
Before I begin, let it be known that I am fully-aware of all the snickering and whispering that goes on whenever I proceed to recount one of my “stories” from years gone by.
There have been many times in my sexagenarian journey through four and a half decades of inflationary, disinflationary, and deflationary cycles when the spinning plates above my head suspended upon poles of flawed data and errant central...
“In physics (specifically, celestial mechanics), escape velocity is the minimum speed needed for a free, non-propelled (non-manipulated) object (asset) to escape from the gravitational influence of a massive body (resistance), thus...
One of the benefits (or luxuries) of being removed from the commuting rat-race of my earlier life is the ability to devote large swaths of free time to reading – to the acquisition of either new sources of knowledge or new frameworks of...
Contrary to first impressions, the title of this missive is not a reference to the centimetric dimensions of my waistline circa last December, but rather a timeline to a societal and economic state of change in which we as citizens of the...
When I first launched the GGMA Advisory service in January 2020, the very first Forecast Issue dealt with the globe’s number one ailment and it was not then and is not today related to mankind’s physical health but rather its financial...
Approximately eight months ago, after I was shown some Christmas 2020 family photos that (unfortunately) included this humble opinionator, I decided that carrying a strong resemblance to Orson Welles at my age was not exactly a smart way...
As a Georgian Bay boater, I have grown to respect one aspect of boating above all else and that is the arrival of inclement weather and as an investor and market prognosticator, I have also grown to be on the lookout for technical events...
10 karat gold is 41.7% pure gold.

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