Michael Ballanger

Articles by Michael Ballanger

“Storm’d at with shot and shell,While horse and hero fell,They that had fought so wellCame thro’ the jaws of Death,Back from the mouth of Hell”(“The Charge of the Light Brigade” – Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson)In case you had not yet noticed,...
Many years ago, when I was a rookie in the slash-and-burn wars of the 1970’s Canadian investment industry, I befriended a man that would turn out to have an entire chapter written about him in Peter C. Newman’s best-selling book about the...
“Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.” (Hamlet Act I, Scene V / William Shakespeare)Anyone schooled in the Canadian educational system in the 1960’s is by default familiar with William...
How quickly we forget.In each of the last five bear markets since the 1970s, I have etched into my neural storage unit memories as strong and clear as if they happened yesterday. Each one of those nasty declines were accompanied with...
1970s gas lines. Source: Wikipedia CommonsFor many of those following the writings of this "dithering old fool," who continues to hold an unfailing conviction in the strategic importance of gold and silver ownership in an otherwise out-of-...
It was one year and three weeks ago that I decided to buck the Pollyanna Trend that was then dominating the U.S. equity markets and with the S&P 500 within an earshot of record highs, I penned the January 24th missive entitled “...
If someone were to ask me my opinion precious metals tape action during the period between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1, 2021, two words would come to mind, with the first being "enlightening," and the second being "engaging."

The events of those...
Last night, as I was pondering which of the multiple events of the week that deserved my undivided ranting, I was reminded of a missive I wrote in late 2019, just after Jerome Powell executed his now-famous “pivot” and halted all efforts...
Before I wade into my Q4 strategy analysis, I have to tell you that prior to last Tuesday’s “debate”, I was leaning toward a “neutral” investment strategy largely based upon the 2016 outcome where heavily-favoured Hillary Clinton was upset...
In watching the travesty of disinformation, misinformation, and moral hazard formation ongoing in the global financial markets, I am immediately reminded of a case study from my university days of which I was a part, the nature of which...

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