Third Quarter 2017

For the quarter, the Barclays U.S. Treasury Bills 6-9 Months Index returned 0.27 percent, while the U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund returned 0.19 percent. See complete fund performance here.

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The synchronized expansion in global economic activity, along with low inflation and accommodative monetary policies, continued to provide a steady backdrop for asset markets in the third quarter of 2017. Credit spreads tightened further amid the "risk-on" tone, and U.S. Treasury bonds posted solid gains even as the Federal Reserve announced that it will begin reducing its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in October. Strong demand from investors helped to support bond prices in the face of tighter monetary policy in the U.S. and indications that Europe may follow a similar path in in the near-term.

Firming U.S. inflation and global growth have given the Fed confidence to continue gradually hiking its short-term policy rate. The Fed's unwinding of its balance sheet, and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) likely tapering of asset purchases next year, could pose a liquidity challenge to markets. Going forward, a shift toward global monetary policy normalization may boost market volatility.

The U.S. economy remains in expansion, between the mid- and late-cycle phases. Tight labor markets are supporting wage growth and the U.S. consumer, keeping recession risk low. U.S. fiscal policy is supportive of growth and the prospect for tax-cut legislation represents a potential upside for corporate earnings. Nonetheless, escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula represent a potential catalyst for meaningful market risk as the U.S. and China are the world's two economies that are most central to global trade.

The Barclays U.S. Treasury Bills 6-9 Months Total Return Index tracks the performance of U.S. Treasury Bills with a maturity of six to nine months.

 

Net Asset Value
as of 12/14/2017

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $5.94 0.01 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $7.33 No Change World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $5.72 0.08 China Region Fund USCOX $11.17 -0.11 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.07 0.03 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $24.54 -0.07 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $21.88 -0.17 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.21 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change