Michael Ballanger

Articles by Michael Ballanger

Back in the 1960s, from time to time, many of my elementary school classmates would have great difficulty paying attention to the teacher. It would usually take the form of doodling with a pencil, drawing prepubescent renditions of...
met·tle [ˈmedl] NOUN
"a person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way."

My beloved Fido is an awesome pet and one truly remarkable canine. Not only is he as strong as...
Sector expert Michael Ballanger discusses breakdowns in base metals markets and his current views on the status of cryptocurrencies.



Since I covered gold and silver on Wednesday, I am switching to the base metals because they...
When I was a young lad, there was a classmate (let's call him "Frankie") in the very early years of my education whose behavior was quite often deemed as "peculiar" and while I found him immensely entertaining, the teaching staff and my...
There was an article written a few days back where the author vehemently denied that the U.S. dollar could go any lower and where the phrases “face-ripping”, “face ripper”, and “rip your face off” (as well as derivatives thereof) were...
Firstly, this has been a spectacular month for me in that I was fortunate enough to have parlTed the profits from the UVXY trade successfully having bought a whackload of call options in the Physical Silver ETF (SLV:US) and a 300-lot of...
Would it be that a picture is worth a thousand words? In the case of the graphics posted below, in a word, yes!

Look at the positioning of the mighty Commercial Traders, who rarely lose money and who operate under the blinded eye of...
Twenty-seven months and two days ago, I was under huge emotional duress due to the dreadful action in the gold market as prices had been under severe manipulative pressure since mid-October. Under the excruciating weight of incessant...
Before I launch into one of my classic, bitter, vitriolic diatribes against all forms of modern-day interventionalist-type, fraudulent excuses for what use to be "free markets," have a gander at the chart below. Pay particular attention to...
In grade school, I had a classmate named Craig McVeigh who was easily one of the most maligned kids in the school because as a big lad standing a full hand width taller than anyone and weighing thirty pounds more than anyone, he was...

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