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Electric Vehicle Sales Are Surging. Can Mineral Producers Meet Future Demand?
Electric Vehicle Sales Are Surging. Can Mineral Producers Meet Future Demand?
May 14, 2020

Elon Musk isn’t known for playing by the rules. The 48-year-old tech billionaire got himself into hot water with regulators a couple of years ago by tweeting that he was “considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” (At its 52-week high in February, the company’s stock traded at more than double that amount.) 

Why We're Pivoting Into Renewable Energy
Why We're Pivoting Into Renewable Energy
February 20, 2020

Bernard Looney, BP’s new chief executive, wants to cut his company’s greenhouse gas emissions down to zero by 2050. To do that, the world’s sixth-largest energy company is committing itself to massive investment in renewable energy, including wind, solar and biofuels.

Nontraditional Funds Took the Stage at World's Biggest ETF Conference
Nontraditional Funds Took the Stage at World's Biggest ETF Conference
February 3, 2020

Even bigger changes could be headed our way, if some of the discussions at this year’s Inside ETFs are any indication. Two topics seemed to dominate the conference: the rise of ESG investing, and the emergence of so-called “nontransparent” ETFs.

Dollar Weakness Could Be the Catalyst Commodities Are Looking For
Dollar Weakness Could Be the Catalyst Commodities Are Looking For
January 13, 2020

For the third straight year, and for the fourth time in six years, palladium was the top-performing commodity. 

Here's What the Trucking Industry Could Learn From Airlines
Here's What the Trucking Industry Could Learn From Airlines
December 18, 2019

This year alone, nearly 800 U.S.-based trucking companies have gone bankrupt. That’s almost three times the rate as in 2018, when things were looking remarkably positive.

Should You Buy the Saudi Aramco IPO?
Should You Buy the Saudi Aramco IPO?
November 11, 2019

Imagine waking up in your posh high-rise penthouse facing the Red Sea. Above the bustling city hangs a giant artificial moon that livestreams images from outer space.

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.

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.

Here's Why the Number of Conventional Oil Discoveries Just Hit a 70-Year Low
Here's Why the Number of Conventional Oil Discoveries Just Hit a 70-Year Low
October 7, 2019

An October rate cut appeared back on the table after disappointing economic news was released last week. But Friday’s mostly-positive employment report may have dashed those chances.

"No Longer Just a Science Project": David Fessler on Renewable Energy and EVs
"No Longer Just a Science Project": David Fessler on Renewable Energy and EVs
August 14, 2019

David Fessler retired from semiconductor vendor LTX Corporation at the age of 47. It was right around the time of the dotcom bubble, and within the course of 18 months, LTX stock had shot up from just under a dollar to around $54 a share.

Net Asset Value
as of 06/01/2020

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.01 0.09 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $10.89 0.39 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $3.61 0.12 China Region Fund USCOX $8.51 0.22 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $5.73 0.14 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $22.22 0.07 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $15.34 0.17 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.24 -0.01 U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change