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.

Michael Ballanger Articles

Firstly, my home town of Toronto was recently hit with a “Mad Driver” that killed ten people and injured fifteen in an absolutely insane illustration of “New Millennium” violence. What was and is instructive about this act is that once...
For me, the greatest asset my dog Fido, a German Rottweiler and French Poodle mix, is his uncanny ability to sense when the gold and silver markets are going to turn. Whenever gold runs into its generally accepted waves of...
To start off, I find it astounding that of all the ways that dictionaries might cite the usage of the word “shenanigans”, they elected to discuss it in its context to the financial industry and how shenanigans have “ruined the fortunes of...
There is a famous quote about short-selling that comes from Olde English business folklore that goes something like this: "He who sells what isn't his'n, Must deliver or goes to prison!"
When I played pro hockey in Richmond, Virgina, it was during the era of "Slapshot!" and the Broad Street Bullies when gooning (fighting) was fashionable and an integral part of the sport. Stocking your team with two-or three enforcers...
In the context of relative performance, silver could easily assume the role of Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" [1954]) when he looks at his older brother and says: "I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda...
The world of gold and silver in cinema… Being somewhat of an old movie buff, it is astounding how the writers of screenplays could create dialogue that remains at once both timeless and relevant, regardless of the current geopolitical or...
To start, take a look at the chart I have posted below and tell me that is not a great-looking chart. It is the chart of the TSX Venture Exchange, the exchange that has financed a great many of the world’s biggest discoveries.
This week’s appointment of former Bear Stearns’ Chief Economist Larry Kudlow as head of the National Economic Council (“NEC”) will go down in history as one of the worst appointments in U.S. economic and political history.
Dovetailing perfectly with my last missive entitled “Shenanigans”, this week's COT report covers the period of February 13- 20th and is a classic example of price capping by the bullion banks. It ended on the day after President’s Day with...

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China is poised to become world's biggest gold consumer.