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

As I peruse my favourite website in search of technical patterns for various commodities and stocks, I am reminded of the soon-to-be-immortal words of former stock salesman and current Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell where he announced a major...
I don’t know about you, but if you want my unfiltered opinion of the Year of our Lord 2020, I would rank it in at least the bottom 2% in many respects but only in terms of a sixty-seven year sample size – and it has nothing at all to do...
With a mere twenty-six days to the election of the “leader of the free world”, the richest, most powerful country in human history, financial markets are noticeably apprehensive as to outcome and understandably concerned with the reaction...
There is a great story surrounding the late Joe Kennedy, father of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy, and a Wall Street robber baron of the highest order. A dedicated market player in the 1920s, as rumor (or myth) would have us believe...
This week, the financial community around the globe was handed a "new approach" by the Federal Reserve Board of the United States that essentially flipped the middle finger at savers, senior citizens on limited pensions and proponents of...
I was sitting with my partner on the porch this evening watching the squirrels and chipmunks and cardinals and blue jays all feasting upon a smorgasbord of sunflower and other assorted seeds amidst a conflagration of floral colours...
Before I begin this weekly missive (which is being penned on a Wednesday due to my impending cruise to the northern habitats of Georgian Bay), I need to present one quote that for me summarizes everything there is to know about risk...
Having only just returned from the majesty of Georgian Bay, where the first fishing derby of the season had me summarily trounced by my female partner 12-5 with most of her catches in the 1-2 pound category with mine barely larger than the...
As I sit here on a Thursday evening, contemplating the logic behind my most recent additions to a highly-tentative short position on the SPY:US (the ETF tracking the S&P 500), I am doing everything in my power to not take my quote...
The Weekly Missive, which usually arrives over the weekend (sometimes on Friday, sometimes on Sunday) was delayed this weekend for one reason: I had to change it.
The 1849 Gold Rush sped up California's admission to the Union as the 31st state in that year.

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