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Shadow Inflation Could Be a Bigger Problem Than You Realize
Shadow Inflation Could Be a Bigger Problem Than You Realize
October 18, 2021

We’re all familiar with inflation, whether it’s at the grocery store or gas pump. What cost you $10 last year might cost you $12 or more today, representing a hidden “tax” that steadily corrodes your purchasing power like rust on iron.

Bitcoin Powers Past $57,000 on Its Quest to Hit a New All-Time High
Bitcoin Powers Past $57,000 on Its Quest to Hit a New All-Time High
October 11, 2021

Bitcoin powered past $57,000 on Monday for the first time since May as a number of positive crypto developments galvanized investors in the month of “Uptober.”

What Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Can Learn from Christopher Columbus
What Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Can Learn from Christopher Columbus
October 7, 2021

Next week we observe Columbus Day. Say what you will about the man’s skills as an explorer—peven after four trips to the New World, he died believing he’d discovered a new route to Asia—or his mixed record dealing with Native peoples, one thing we can all agree on is that Christopher Columbus was a gifted pitchman and entrepreneur.

Why We're Bullish on Russia and Eastern Europe Right Now
Why We're Bullish on Russia and Eastern Europe Right Now
September 21, 2021

After a challenging 2020 due to the pandemic, foreign direct investment (FDI) has been flowing into Russia this year for a number of reasons. Among them is it offers positive real rates compared to other Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

Running a Fossil Fuel Business Isn't What It Used to Be
Running a Fossil Fuel Business Isn't What It Used to Be
September 20, 2021

It’s becoming more and more difficult to be in the fossil fuel business. On both sides of the Atlantic, lawmakers and unelected bureaucrats are turning up the heat, so to speak, on companies over the issue of climate change.

Where's the Yield? Don't Look to Crypto Lending, at Least Not Yet
Where's the Yield? Don't Look to Crypto Lending, at Least Not Yet
September 13, 2021

With real rates trading below zero right now, many yield-starved investors are being forced into riskier and riskier assets, including high-yield junk bonds. But even these are no longer offering a positive real return, what with inflation at multiyear highs.

What Some People Are Doing (and Not Doing) to Prepare for Retirement Without Social Security
What Some People Are Doing (and Not Doing) to Prepare for Retirement Without Social Security
September 7, 2021

Social Security is in worse shape than we thought. The program’s Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund is now expected to be insolvent by 2033, a year earlier than anticipated.

The Metaverse: What Every Early-Stage Investor Needs to Know
The Metaverse: What Every Early-Stage Investor Needs to Know
August 2, 2021

A true metaverse, as seen in Ready Player One or Tron, may still be a few years away. In the meantime, Facebook and other pioneers are busy laying the groundwork for a future that permits families, friends, coworkers and more to meet and interact in shared digital spaces that look and feel authentic.

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.

Net Asset Value
as of 10/19/2021

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $6.97 0.04 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $12.25 0.05 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $4.70 0.01 China Region Fund USCOX $8.65 0.20 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.45 0.08 Global Luxury Goods Fund USLUX $24.61 0.04 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.23 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $1.99 No Change