Matt Badiali: From Earth Science to Energy and Finance

his life, Matt Badiali had aspirations of becoming a scientist, choosing to major in earth science as an undergrad at Penn State University, and garnering his Master of Science in geology from Florida Atlantic University. While living in Miami, he took a position as an environmental geologist but was not satisfied with the prospects associated with that particular career path due to the filthy and dangerous conditions that he was constantly subjected to. According to Matt Badiali, despite the fact that he quickly realized that he wouldn’t work as an environmental geologist for the long haul, it was the motivating factor for his pursuit of higher education. In 2004, while working towards his Doctor of Philosophy degree, he was propositioned by a friend to join him in the search for new ways to increase success rates for the average American investor. This opportunity was of major significance for Mr. Badiali, having seen his father struggle with investments as a young man. Over the course of the next ten years, Matt Badiali would learn the business of finance, while implementing his knowledge of geology to invest in the metals, energy, and natural resources sector. This intertwining of disciplines often led to significant gains ranging from double-digit to triple-digit returns on investment for his clients. In 2017, Matt Badiali decided to join Banyan Hill Publishing, launching his newsletter and advisory service, Total Wealth Strategist. He recently participated in a Q & A session, sitting down to discuss his career, as well as a few investment opportunities that have caught his attention.

With Total Wealth Strategist, it is of prime importance that Matt Badiali connects with his audience, so in order to do this, he constantly draws on real-world experiences, in order to bring the topics to life. Throughout his career, Mr. Badiali has consistently taken a very hands-on approach to investing, choosing to visit prospective mines and drilling sites, while paying close attention to the minutia, including such things as the efficiency of the workforce executing the actual drilling. This process has taken him all throughout the world, visiting countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Turkey, Haiti, Iraq, Switzerland, and Papua New Guinea. Recently he has placed significant focus on the impending switch between combustion engines and all-electric cars. In his estimation, this change will be similar to that of the switch from whale oil to kerosene, meaning that in the near future, the oil and natural gas industry is sure to be severely disrupted.

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