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Please note: The Frank Talk articles listed below contain historical material. The data provided was current at the time of publication. For current information regarding any of the funds mentioned in these presentations, please visit the appropriate fund performance page.

Is the Fed Gearing Up for a New Round of Quantitative Easing? Here Are the Possible Signs
Is the Fed Gearing Up for a New Round of Quantitative Easing? Here Are the Possible Signs
December 10, 2019

“This is not QE. In no sense is this QE.”

That was Jerome Powell in early October, answering a reporter’s question on whether the Federal Reserve’s intervention in the overnight U.S. repo market constituted another round of quantitative easing (QE).

Will the Real Manufacturing PMI Please Stand Up?
Will the Real Manufacturing PMI Please Stand Up?
December 4, 2019

It’s the top of a new month, meaning we get to see the latest manufacturing purchasing manager’s index (PMI) readings. And if you follow both the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and IHS Markit’s reports on U.S. factory activity, you may be getting some mixed signals.

Need-to-Know Numbers You Might Have Missed Last Week
Need-to-Know Numbers You Might Have Missed Last Week
December 2, 2019

Another year, another Thanksgiving. I hope all of my American friends and readers had the chance to spend some quality time with family as we begin the busy holiday shopping season.

This Economic Indicator Is Proving the Naysayers Wrong
This Economic Indicator Is Proving the Naysayers Wrong
November 25, 2019

Flying in the face of negative economic news, U.S. factories picked up steam for the third straight month in November.

What's With All the Mass Protests? (Hint: It's Not About Income Inequality)
What's With All the Mass Protests? (Hint: It's Not About Income Inequality)
November 18, 2019

Quick! What do Hong Kong, Chile, Ecuador and Lebanon all have in common with one another?

China's Ultra Wealthy Are Dominating the Global Luxury Market
China's Ultra Wealthy Are Dominating the Global Luxury Market
November 13, 2019

It’s hard to believe now, but the very first Singles Day in 2009 generated only about $7 million for Chinese mega-retailer Alibaba. No one could have guessed then that, 10 years later, the 24-hour shopping event would see that sales figure surge to an all-time record of $38.4 billion, an unbelievable multiple of 5,471.

Australia May Be the Saving Grace for the Rare Earth Metals Market
Australia May Be the Saving Grace for the Rare Earth Metals Market
November 6, 2019

When Colorado-based Molycorp Inc. filed for bankruptcy in 2015, the U.S. lost its sole remaining miner and producer of rare earth elements (REEs)—those inconspicuous metals with unpronounceable names like praseodymium, yttrium and gadolinium.

3 Emerging Europe Stocks We're Bullish On Right Now
3 Emerging Europe Stocks We're Bullish On Right Now
October 31, 2019

The U.S. stock market has been hitting new all-time highs thanks to lower rates, positive earnings surprises and optimism that a resolution to the U.S.-China trade war comes sooner rather than later. But don’t let that distract you from exciting things that are happening in overseas markets, specifically in Eastern and Emerging European countries.

The Opportunities Go to Those Who Can See Past the Negative Headlines
The Opportunities Go to Those Who Can See Past the Negative Headlines
October 29, 2019

“Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.”

The quote, attributed to former President Bill Clinton, is one of my favorite pieces of advice. Clinton was referring to long-term data that show that conditions have actually been improving for the human race despite popular opinion to the contrary.

This Legendary Commodities Fund Is Closing. Here's What That Could Mean for Investors
This Legendary Commodities Fund Is Closing. Here's What That Could Mean for Investors
October 24, 2019

What was once the world’s largest commodities hedge fund is officially closing, creating new opportunities for some investors to get exposure to raw materials and mining using other funds.

Net Asset Value
as of 12/10/2019

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.42 No Change Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $9.09 0.06 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $2.97 0.01 China Region Fund USCOX $8.73 -0.08 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.37 -0.01 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $25.79 -0.04 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $17.03 0.05 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.22 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change