Matt Badiali’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in earth sciences from Penn State University. He also has a master’s degree in geology from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Badiali has also been a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He left his Ph.D. studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and instead choose to join a friend in finance in 2004. Below are some highlights of Matt Badiali’s interview with Ideamensch.
Mr. Badiali was asked what one trend that he finds very exciting at the moment is. Matt Badiali responded by saying that he believes that we are moving away from an oil-dependent economy and more towards an electric-centric one. He likens the change to being similar to the switch from whale oil to power lamps to kerosene many years ago.
Matt Badiali says that he thinks that a huge battery that can power an entire city is possible. He says that if such technology is developed, then it can be enormously disruptive. It can also speed the switch to electricity as being the primary source of power for our lives.
Mr. Badiali was then asked about the worse job he had ever held in his life and what he took away from it. Matt responded by saying that the worst job he had in his career was as an environmental geologist. The job title sounds respectable and exciting, but Matt says the work was actually quite dangerous and often dirty. He described the job as often involving collecting soil samples from polluted areas and bringing them in for analysis. Matt Badiali says that the primary reason he went to graduate school was due to the dirty and dangerous nature of the work he did as an environmental geologist. To know more about him click here.
Matt Badiali was then asked to describe what inspired him to publish an investment newsletter. He responded by saying that he believed he had an unusual skill set. Mr. Badiali had a strong scientific background and had recently learned about finance and markets. This allowed him to be a good judge of investments in mining, oil and manufacturing companies. His scientific background combined with knowledge in finance and markets makes his insight very valuable to investors who have no understanding in geology and the companies that process raw materials.