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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.

"Buy-and-Hold" Has Historically Been a Winning Investment Strategy
"Buy-and-Hold" Has Historically Been a Winning Investment Strategy
January 15, 2020

One of the biggest concerns some investors might have right now is that the U.S. business cycle is maturing and possibly reaching its “natural end.”

Tariffs Are Having a Bigger Effect on U.S. Manufacturing Than Initially Thought
Tariffs Are Having a Bigger Effect on U.S. Manufacturing Than Initially Thought
January 8, 2020

The U.S. manufacturing sector contracted for the fifth straight month in December, with the monthly reading from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) hitting its weakest point in more than 10 years. 

America Remains the Land of Opportunity. For Everything Else, There's Gold
America Remains the Land of Opportunity. For Everything Else, There's Gold
January 6, 2020

In 1967, a woman then known as Svetlana Alliuyeva arrived by plane in New York. Moments after landing, she held a press conference during which she renounced her native Soviet Russia, describing it as “profoundly corrupt.”

The U.K. Just Said No to EU Socialism. Will U.S. Voters Do the Same in 2020?
The U.K. Just Said No to EU Socialism. Will U.S. Voters Do the Same in 2020?
December 23, 2019

Imagine you wake up tomorrow from a three and a half-year coma. Everything that’s happened in the meantime—the election of Donald Trump, impeachment, Brexit and more—is a complete mystery to you.

Expecting a Market Downturn? Make Sure You're Following the "Noah Rule"
Expecting a Market Downturn? Make Sure You're Following the "Noah Rule"
December 16, 2019

In his letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders for fiscal year 2001, Warren Buffett made one of his now-famous pronouncements:  “Predicting rain doesn’t count, building an ark does.”

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?

Net Asset Value
as of 01/24/2020

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.50 -0.03 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $9.85 0.11 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $3.28 -0.01 China Region Fund USCOX $8.94 -0.10 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.83 -0.03 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $26.39 -0.27 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $17.02 -0.28 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.23 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change