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Final Reminder: PAM Announces That A New Subscription Structure To Take Effect August 1, 2020 Has Been Approved By Seeking Alpha

Jul. 27, 2020 7:24 AM ET
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Asset class modeling, Macro analyst, Bonds & Equities, Currencies & Commodities

Seeking Alpha Analyst Since 2011

Robert P. Balan runs Predictive Analytic Models, #1-rated trading unit at Seeking Alpha. PAM trades Swiss HF funds using Federal Reserve, US Treasury, and term (money) market liquidity data flows as basis for trading decisions. He is domiciled in Zurich, Switzerland.

Robert Balan has 5 decades of experience in the financial markets. Education in Mining Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, M.S in Quantitative Finance, and training in Economics led to a commodity analysis career during the commodity boom of the early 1970s. Robert made a switch to global macro focus in the early 1980 when the commodity bull market waned, with specialization in foreign exchange. Robert wrote a very high profile daily FX analysis while Geneva-based (Lloyds Bank Int'l) in the mid-1980s (the first FX commentary with a real global readership, "most accessed" in the Reuters and Telerate networks from 1988 to 1994).

He worked for Swiss Bank Corp and Union Bank of Switzerland (precursors of today's new UBS) as head of technical research in various finance centers (London, New York, and subsequently, head of prop trading at SBC in Toronto ) from the late 1980s to mid-1990s. A stint at Bank of America as head of global technical research followed in late 1990s to the early 2000s. 

Robert returned to Switzerland in 2004 as head of technical research and strategy, and FX market analyst for Swiss Life Asset Management in Zurich. Robert wrote FX analysis and capital markets commentary for Saxo Bank (Denmark) in the early 2000s. He joined Diapason Commodities Management (CH) in Lausanne in 2008 as senior market strategist, and subsequently Chief Market Strategist, utilizing fundamental macroeconomic drivers and structural/technical data in modeling asset price and sector movements. 

Robert wrote a book on the Elliott Wave Principle in 1988, which has been hailed by the London Society of Technical Analysts as best ever book written on the subject. Robert is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), U.S.A. 

Final reminder:


Dear PAM community,

PAM would like to announce changes in its subscription structure, which has been approved by Seeking Alpha.

1. Yearly subscription of $1,200.

2- Monthly subscription of $170/month

3. No free two-week trial.

4. Seeking Alpha guarantees a 30-day money back guarantee to new subscribers.

5. Grandfather clause on all current YEARLY subscriptions; they will keep the current rates until the next yearly payment.

6. Those currently in MONTHLY subscriptions who may want to lock in the lowest annual rate available ($700 less the current 10% discount which in one year is $630), will need to do so before August 1st.

7. All of these changes in subscription rates, and no free trial, take effect August 1, 2020.

8. Those subscribers currently of free trial will have the normal free period run as usual. At the end of the free trial period, they will still have the option given in point No. 1 and No. 2, even after August 1.


The PAM community has expanded so fast that PAM has quickly reached the optimal community size. If we will grow larger, the effort needed to keep members properly coached/educated and apprised about market moves (in advance) will start to affect my (Robert) ability to craft market trades and deliver profits to us, to the members of the community, and to PAM's XXX principals.

For long, it has been the desire of PAM to create a community of professional traders which we at PAM can support properly and effectively. That is the reason why we are opting out of the free two-week trial normally offered by most service units of Seeking Alpha. We have decided to grow organically, at a pace that we can sustain, and not encumbered by what on old member of PAM described as "tourist traders".

We have made a study which shows that "tourist traders" take up most of the hand-holding that we have done in the past. That issue is still manageable with the current size of the community, but if we grow larger at the same pace, we will quickly reach a tipping point. Beyond that tipping point, supporting a larger size of inexperienced members in the community will start to detract from the main objective of PAM which is to make money for PAM, for all members of the community, and for the hedge fund which has supported PAM with financial resources.

The new, no free-trial condition, and new subscription rates were seen as means to discourage "tourist traders," and Seeking Alpha agreed with us. SA also pointed out that a limited number of community members will redound to better and more comprehensive service to each current members, compared to a larger-sized community. We agreed with that observation.

In summary: These steps are being taken to keep the community's core membership to a manageable size so that we can properly train and guide subscribers how to use investment-bank trading strategies/tactics and tools to grow their trading capital exponentially.

Our objective is to create millionaires in the core membership quickly by providing real-money trades which deliver more than 1,440 percent in trading performance or better.

We have already created the first PAM millionaire -- @gpbowen24, who made $1.5 million during the middle of July 2020. There are several more in the running who will likely make it to millionaires' row by month-end.

Thank you very much for trust and confidence in PAM. If you have issues with this announcement, I will appreciate it very much if you DM me (Robert) about it.

Robert and Tim


During the first six months of 2020, PAM delivered phenomenal real-dollar trading performance, the best at Seeking Alpha:

PAM Swing Portfolio, year-to-date (June 30) delivered $32,679,935.80 profit on $2,172,813 capital. Year-to-date performance: 1,404.04%, on 561-75 win-loss trades. Spreadsheet here, and here.

Algo Portfolio, year-to-date (June 30) delivered $32,672,022.71 profit on $2,116,075 capital. Year-to-date performance: 1,443.99% on 563-75 win-loss trades. Spreadsheet here, and here.

More details on the June 30 performance here:

In 2019, PAM delivered 97.08% year-to-date performance, the best at Seeking Alpha.

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