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No Country Has Ever Taxed Itself into Prosperity
No Country Has Ever Taxed Itself into Prosperity
May 10, 2021

Violent protests have erupted in the streets of Bogota, Cali and other cities in Colombia. The immediate cause? Proposed reforms to the South American country’s tax system, which would have lifted taxes on everything from salaries and dividends to fossil fuels, single-use plastic items and more.

The Top 5 Most Popular Investment Stories of 2020
The Top 5 Most Popular Investment Stories of 2020
December 30, 2020

Now that 2020 has drawn to a close, I’m revisiting my most popular investment posts of the year, based on views. It was a truly historic 12 months, to say the least, but I won’t be covering everything that happened.  For many of you, that’s probably a good thing.  So without further ado, below are the top five most-read stories of 2020, in descending order.

Even More Tech Firms Are Leaving Silicon Valley for Texas
Even More Tech Firms Are Leaving Silicon Valley for Texas
December 10, 2020

“This garage is the birthplace of the world’s first high-technology region, Silicon Valley,” the marker reads. It names two Stanford students, William Hewlett and David Packard, who “in 1938 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage.” (The pair’s first customer? Walt Disney, who was then working on 1940’s Fantasia.)

The "End of the Beginning" of the Economic Recovery
The "End of the Beginning" of the Economic Recovery
October 19, 2020

“Resilience” was last week’s theme as better-than-expected market data came to light. Earnings season has begun, and so far reports have proven the doomsayers wrong. Even industries that have been hardest hit by the economic downturn, including air travel, are expressing optimism that we’re at the “end of the beginning” in terms of recovering from the worst health crisis in 100 years.

Is Headline CPI Inflation "Fake News"?
Is Headline CPI Inflation "Fake News"?
August 31, 2020

The Federal Reserve just tweaked how it thinks about inflation, and this could have a huge impact on gold and gold mining stocks.

Markets Have Outperformed When a President Seeks Reelection
Markets Have Outperformed When a President Seeks Reelection
August 12, 2020

By now you’ve all heard the news. Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for president, has selected as his running mate Kamala Harris, junior senator from California and the state’s former attorney general.

American Exceptionalism Is Real
American Exceptionalism Is Real
July 6, 2020

Nearly 120 years ago, an American engineer named Willis Carrier invented the very first electrical air conditioner. The device was such a hit that he founded the Carrier Corporation in 1915 to meet demand, making it the world’s first HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) company.

3 Charts on the State of the U.S. Airline, Restaurant and Hotel Industries
3 Charts on the State of the U.S. Airline, Restaurant and Hotel Industries
July 1, 2020

As you may have already heard, the European Union (EU) just released its list of 15 countries that are permitted to visit the 27-country bloc starting today, and the U.S. was not among them. 

What Is a Luxury Good?
What Is a Luxury Good?
June 24, 2020

In the very first episode of Mad Men, the critically acclaimed AMC series about the advertising business in 1960s New York, ad man Don Draper is approached by Rachel Menken, the head of a fictional high-end department store called Menken’s. She wants Don’s help in raising her store’s profile. 

The Math Is on Investors' Side
The Math Is on Investors' Side
June 15, 2020

Most baseball fans know that the New York Yankees is the winningest team in MLB history. Of the 18,426 games it’s played since 1901, it’s won 10,378, or about 57 percent of them.

Net Asset Value
as of 09/20/2021

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $6.02 -0.23 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $11.27 -0.22 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $4.25 -0.19 China Region Fund USCOX $8.41 -0.35 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $6.68 -0.17 Global Luxury Goods Fund USLUX $23.22 -0.61 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.25 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $1.99 No Change