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Cuba and Venezuela Offer Cautionary Tales of Socialism
Cuba and Venezuela Offer Cautionary Tales of Socialism
July 26, 2021

For the past decade, citizens of Latin American countries have grown bolder in protesting their governments’ failed socialist policies. We’ve seen unrest in, among other states, Venezuela, Chile and Colombia, but until recently, we hadn’t heard a peep from Cuba, which has been under communist rule since Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959.

Investors' Risk Appetite Is at an All-Time High. That Could Be a Problem
Investors' Risk Appetite Is at an All-Time High. That Could Be a Problem
July 22, 2021

Two months. That’s how long the pandemic-triggered recession lasted, from February to April 2020, making it the shortest economic downturn in U.S. history, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Business Cycle Dating Committee.

Commodities Were the Top Performers in 1H 2021: Halftime Report
Commodities Were the Top Performers in 1H 2021: Halftime Report
July 19, 2021

Commodities rallied 21% in the first half of 2021, making them the top performing asset group ahead of U.S., European, emerging market and non-Japan Asian stocks. The broad-based index of energy, agriculture, industrial metals and precious metals rose the same amount as high-flying Bitcoin, which pulled back after hitting its all-time high of more than $63,000 on April 13.

Gold Is Catching a Bid on Pandemic and Inflation Fears. Are You Participating?
Gold Is Catching a Bid on Pandemic and Inflation Fears. Are You Participating?
July 12, 2021

Gold notched its third straight week of higher prices as the yield on the 10-year Treasury dipped below 1.3% for the first time since February. The highly transmissible Delta variant was also ruled the most dominant strain of coronavirus in the U.S., threatening economic growth and raising uncertainty about the next interest rate hike.

Bitcoin Mining Uses a Higher Mix of Sustainable Energy Than Any Major Country or Industry
Bitcoin Mining Uses a Higher Mix of Sustainable Energy Than Any Major Country or Industry
July 6, 2021

Last Thursday, HIVE Blockchain Technologies listed on Nasdaq (HVBT), providing U.S. investors access to Bitcoin and Ether mining.

As many of you know, HIVE became the first crypto miner to be traded publicly when it debuted on the TSX Venture almost four years ago. Its uplisting to Nasdaq, the world’s premiere tech stock exchange, represents the culmination of months of hard work by our team. I want to thank shareholders for their loyalty and patience.

Gold Is the Ultimate Contrarian Investment Right Now
Gold Is the Ultimate Contrarian Investment Right Now
June 30, 2021

Legendary global investor John Templeton once said that the best time to buy was when there was “maximum pessimism,” and the best time to sell was when there was “maximum optimism.”

China's Crackdown on Bitcoin Mining Is Good News for North American Crypto Miners
China's Crackdown on Bitcoin Mining Is Good News for North American Crypto Miners
June 28, 2021

Bitcoin erased its 2021 gains last week as China ramped up its crackdown on mining of the cryptocurrency, a move that’s expected to help shift the industry’s center of gravity from Asia to North America.

UPDATED: Top 10 Gold Producing Countries
UPDATED: Top 10 Gold Producing Countries
June 22, 2021

Gold is one of the rarest elements in the world, making up between 0.001 and 0.006 parts per million of the earth’s crust. But how much gold is the world digging up each year and what countries produce the most?

When Will Business Travel Recover? Sooner Than You Might Think
When Will Business Travel Recover? Sooner Than You Might Think
June 21, 2021

More than 2.1 million people boarded scheduled flights in the U.S. on Sunday, a 160% improvement from where we were at the beginning of the year. Leisure travel is mostly back as California and New York reopen their economies and as the European Union (EU) formally adds the U.S. to its list of countries approved for entry.

Can't Decide Between Gold or Bitcoin? Why Not Both?
Can't Decide Between Gold or Bitcoin? Why Not Both?
June 17, 2021

Two years ago this month, the billionaire hedge fund manager said that was his favorite trade in the next 12 to 24 months due to geopolitical disruptions, among other factors. The yellow metal “has everything going for it,” he told Bloomberg.

Net Asset Value
as of 07/30/2021

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $6.54 -0.04 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $13.16 No Change World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $5.03 -0.02 China Region Fund USCOX $8.82 -0.05 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $6.65 -0.04 Global Luxury Goods Fund USLUX $24.30 -0.15 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.25 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change