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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.

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.

If You're Not Long, You're Wrong
If You're Not Long, You're Wrong
October 21, 2019

Last week I visited beautiful Vancouver to attend the CEO Martini Party. The annual event, hosted by Stockhouse, is an opportunity for business leaders representing a number of industries to connect with newsletter writers and potential investors.

The Barriers to Investing in Private Equity Are Too High
The Barriers to Investing in Private Equity Are Too High
October 15, 2019

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and for that we can largely blame policies of envy that increasingly restrict investors’ access to wealth-building instruments.

October Volatility Got You Spooked? Keep Calm and Don't Jinx Yourself
October Volatility Got You Spooked? Keep Calm and Don't Jinx Yourself
October 8, 2019

For reasons unknown, October has historically been the most volatile month for the stock market—by a goodly margin. Between 1950 and the end of 2017, the S&P 500 Index saw as many as 362 trading days during the month of October in which the market moved up or down more than 1 percent.

70 Years Later, China's Factories Show No Signs of Slowing
70 Years Later, China's Factories Show No Signs of Slowing
October 1, 2019

As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrates its 70th anniversary, manufacturing data shows that factories in the world’s second largest economy improved marginally in September, despite the impact of the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Net Asset Value
as of 11/18/2019

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.34 -0.02 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $8.79 0.09 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $2.91 0.03 China Region Fund USCOX $8.92 0.07 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.43 -0.02 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $25.61 -0.05 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $16.81 -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