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How to Get Access to Small-Cap Gold Mining Stocks
How to Get Access to Small-Cap Gold Mining Stocks
June 25, 2019

With the price of gold trading above $1,430 an ounce as of June 25, now might be a good time for generalist investors to consider getting exposure to the yellow metal. Many investors have done just that. Bloomberg reports that SPDR Gold Shares, the world’s largest ETF backed by physical gold, attracted nearly $1.6 billion last Friday alone, the fund’s biggest one-day haul since its inception in 2004.

Gold Gets a Boost of Rocket Fuel From Negative Bond Yields. What's Next for the Yellow Metal?
Gold Gets a Boost of Rocket Fuel From Negative Bond Yields. What's Next for the Yellow Metal?
June 24, 2019

After breaking out of a five-year trading range, the price of gold surged above $1,400 an ounce last week for the first time since 2013 on expectations of a U.S. rate cut. The 10-year Treasury yield fell to around 2 percent, its lowest level since November 2016. Meanwhile, the pool of negative-yielding government bonds around the world hit a fresh record high of $13 trillion.

Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Is the Future of Fintech
Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Is the Future of Fintech
June 19, 2019

Facebook, you’ve come a long way.

From its humble beginnings as a platform to stalk your high school girlfriend, the social media giant has evolved to become one of the world’s largest and most influential advertisers, news aggregators and data gatherers.

Billionaire Investor: "Gold Has Everything Going For It"
Billionaire Investor: "Gold Has Everything Going For It"
June 17, 2019

Last week was a strong one for gold, which managed to eke out its fourth straight week of positive gains. The price of the yellow metal broke above $1,350 an ounce last Friday, while gold miners, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, tested their 52-week high.

What a U.S. Rate Cut Could Mean for Gold Prices
What a U.S. Rate Cut Could Mean for Gold Prices
June 11, 2019

Stocks surged last Friday following a U.S. jobs report that, to put it mildly, fell far below expectations. At first this might seem counterintuitive. Shouldn’t signs of a slowing economy act as a wet blanket on Wall Street?

Put Your Trust in Gold
Put Your Trust in Gold
June 10, 2019

Americans’ trust in institutions, from the federal government to banks to the news media, has been deteriorating for decades. Sixty years ago, three-quarters of Americans expressed faith in the government to do the right thing “most of the time” or “just about always.” Today, only one in five people, a near-record low, believes our leaders make decisions in the country’s best interest.

Global Manufacturers Just Shrank for the First Time in Seven Years
Global Manufacturers Just Shrank for the First Time in Seven Years
June 4, 2019

Perhaps surprising no one, global manufacturers are now in contraction mode for the first time since 2012. That’s according to the most recent reading of the sector’s health, the purchasing manager’s index (PMI), which headed lower for a record 13th straight month in May. The PMI posted 49.8, down from 50.4 a month earlier. As a reminder, anything above 50.0 indicates expansion; anything below, contraction.

Will Trump Be a One-Term President Because of Mexican Tariffs?
Will Trump Be a One-Term President Because of Mexican Tariffs?
June 3, 2019

“Tariff Man” strikes again. In a surprise tweet last Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that, beginning June 10, the U.S. would impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The tariff is scheduled to rise incrementally to a hefty 25 percent through October.

Should Investors Get Excited About Rare Earth Metals?
Should Investors Get Excited About Rare Earth Metals?
May 30, 2019

Terbium is used to make flat-panel displays. Thulium can be found in your microwave. Dysprosium demand is growing with increased production of wind turbines and electric vehicles.

DOUBLE WHAMMY: Fed Policy and the U.S.-China Trade War
DOUBLE WHAMMY: Fed Policy and the U.S.-China Trade War
May 28, 2019

Markets were decisively in “risk-off” mode last week. Following weak manufacturing news last Thursday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury sunk to its lowest level since October 2017. The spread between the 10-year yield and three-month yield, in fact, inverted once again, with the shorter-term bond yield higher by 6 basis points.

Net Asset Value
as of 06/25/2019

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.58 -0.03 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $7.98 -0.10 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $2.84 -0.04 China Region Fund USCOX $8.55 -0.08 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.08 -0.04 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $24.23 -0.23 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $16.60 -0.14 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.22 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change