Frank Holmes: What’s Moving Markets

Author: Frank Holmes
Date Posted: December 19, 2014 Read time: 6 min

Jason Burack of Wall St. for Main St. talks with Frank Holmes to gather his insights on where markets are moving right now — both domestically and globally. The discussion begins with China’s slowing economy, shifts to the effects of a declining oil price and ends with a discussion on what’s driving gold right now.

Frank goes into detail about what is moving each of these markets and discusses the importance of diversification – noting the family of funds offered at U.S. Global Investors as one place to look when allocating a portfolio.


Listen to the replay here.


Jason Burack mentions a recent Frank Talk post about oil prices during the interview. Check it out for yourself: Are Oil Prices Ready to Break out of the Trough?

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Fund portfolios are actively managed, and holdings may change daily. Holdings are reported as of the most recent quarter-end. Holdings in the All American Equity Fund, China Region Fund, Global Resources Fund, Gold and Precious Metals Fund, Holmes Macro Trends Fund, Near-Term Tax Free Fund and World Precious Minerals Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 09/30/2014: Barrick Gold Corp 0.00%, Franco- Nevada Corp (All American Equity Fund 1.27%, Gold and Precious Metals Fund 6.44%, Holmes Macro Trends Fund 1.47%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.16%), Goldcorp Inc. (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.07%), Lucara Diamond Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.07%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.58%), Lundin Mining Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.31%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.58%), Market Vectors Junior Gold Mines ETF (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.16%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.17%), Newmont Mining Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.11%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.26%), Royal Gold Inc. (All American Equity Fund 0.98%, Gold and Precious Metals Fund 3.44%, Holmes Macro Trends Fund 0.98%, World and Precious Minerals Fund 1.01%), Silver Wheaton Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.10%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.35%), Tiffany & Co (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.44%), Wal-Mart 0.00%.

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