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Gold Miners to Focus on Growing Returns, Say Ralph Aldis and Brian Hicks

In an interview with Brian Sylvester from The Gold Report, portfolio managers Ralph Aldis and Brian Hicks explain how understating cash costs and producing for production’s sake have hurt gold companies in recent years. Read the full interview to find out which companies we’ve found to be focused on return on capital, increasing insider ownership and paying dividends.

Brian says the benefit to owning the stock instead of the commodity is a potential 2-to-1 leverage. He says, “Our job as active money managers is to sift through the large universe of companies and pick stocks that will exhibit that leverage in a rising gold market.”

Read the interview to find out which stocks we believe will perform well in 2013.

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Morningstar Overall Rating among 70 equity precious metals funds as of 9/30/12.

Gold, precious metals, and precious minerals funds may be susceptible to adverse economic, political or regulatory developments due to concentrating in a single theme. The prices of gold, precious metals, and precious minerals are subject to substantial price fluctuations over short periods of time and may be affected by unpredicted international monetary and political policies. We suggest investing no more than 5% to 10% of your portfolio in these sectors.

Foreign and emerging market investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and less public disclosure, as well as economic and political risk. Because the Global Resources Fund concentrates its investments in a specific industry, the fund may be subject to greater risks and fluctuations than a portfolio representing a broader range of industries.

Holdings in the Gold and Precious Metals Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 9/30/12: Agnico-Eagle Mines 4.42%; Argonaut Gold 0.00%; Aurcana Corporation 0.00%; Barrick Gold 4.33%; Dundee Precious Metals 7.27%; Eldorado Gold 1.72%; Franco-Nevada Corp 2.15%; Gold Fields 0.00%; Goldcorp 2.68%; Gran Colombia Gold 3.96%; Keegan Resource 0.00%; Kinross Gold 2.48%; Mandalay Resources 0.38%; Minera Irl 0.00%; Newcrest Mining 1.46%; Newmont Mining 5.92%; Rainy River Resources 0.00%; Randgold Resources 1.97%; Revett Minerals 0.00%; Royal Gold 2.05%; SPDR Gold Shares 1.11%; St. Andrew Goldfields 0.00%; Sandstorm Gold 1.82%; Silver Wheaton 3.15%; Tahoe Resources 0.00%; Teranga Gold 0.00%;

Holdings in the World Precious Minerals Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 9/30/12: Agnico-Eagle Mines 5.18%; Argonaut Gold 0.00%; Aurcana Corporation 0.00%; Barrick Gold 1.38%; Dundee Precious Metals 4.36%; Eldorado Gold 1.41%; Franco-Nevada Corp 1.09%; Gold Fields 0.00%; Goldcorp 2.05%; Gran Colombia Gold 4.43%; Keegan Resource 0.00%; Kinross Gold 0.81%; Mandalay Resources 0.37%; Minera Irl 0.00%; Newcrest Mining 0.00%; Newmont Mining 1.79%; Rainy River Resources 0.00%; Randgold Resources 0.81%; Revett Minerals 0.41%; Royal Gold 0.00%; SPDR Gold Shares 1.31%; St. Andrew Goldfields 0.00%; Sandstorm Gold 0.00%; Silver Wheaton 2.85%; Tahoe Resources 0.00%; Teranga Gold 0.00%.

Holdings in the Global Resources Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 9/30/12: Agnico-Eagle Mines 0.00%; Argonaut Gold 0.00%; Aurcana Corporation 0.00%; Barrick Gold 0.00%; Dundee Precious Metals 0.79%; Eldorado Gold 2.16%; Franco-Nevada Corp 0.08%; Gold Fields 0.00%; Goldcorp 0.00%; Gran Colombia Gold 2.23%; Keegan Resource 0.00%; Kinross Gold 0.00%; Mandalay Resources 0.00%; Minera Irl 0.00%; Newcrest Mining 0.00%;  Newmont Mining 0.00%; Rainy River Resources 0.00%; Randgold Resources 0.00%; Revett Minerals 0.00%; Royal Gold 0.00%; SPDR Gold Shares 0.00%;  St. Andrew Goldfields 0.00%; Sandstorm Gold 0.00%; Silver Wheaton 0.00%; Tahoe Resources 1.53%; Teranga Gold 0.00%.

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