Metals and Minerals Insights from Frank Holmes

Author: Frank Holmes
Date Posted: November 20, 2013 Read time: 8 min

In a recent interview with, Frank Holmes talks about the significance of active management when investing in resource and gold stocks. He explains that portfolio managers have a wide array of expertise that they bring to managing their portfolios. Such expertise is especially crucial when investing in the metals and mining space, says Frank, an area of the market that has seen rough times these last few years.

As far as mining companies go, particularly in gold, Frank thinks they will be much more disciplined on profitable growth rather than “growth for the sake of growth.”


Read the entire interview here.


For further insight, Frank will be a keynote speaker at the San Francisco Metals and Minerals Investment Conference on November 25-26.


Total Annualized Returns as of 09/30/2013
  One-Year Five-Year Ten-Year Gross Expense Ratio
Gold and Precious Metals Fund (USERX) -46.99% -4.21% 5.96% 1.61%
World Precious Minerals Fund (UNWPX) -50.15% -5.67% 4.53% 1.45%
S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) 19.15% 10.03% 7.46% 0.11%*

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According to Lipper, the World Precious Minerals Fund ranked 50 out of 72 funds, 50 out of 55, and 27 out of 39 precious metals equity funds for total return for the 1-, 5- and 10-year periods as of 9/30/2013. The Global Resources Fund ranked 116 out of 151 funds, 36 out of 98, and 13 out of 34 global natural resources funds for total return for the 1-, 5- and 10-year periods as of 9/30/2013. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Although Lipper makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Lipper. Users acknowledge that they have not relied upon any warranty, condition, guarantee, or representation made by Lipper. Any use of the data for analyzing, managing, or trading financial instruments is at the user’s own risk. This is not an offer to buy or sell securities.

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Investment objective: The Gold and Precious Metals Fund is an actively managed mutual fund that focuses on gold and precious metals producing companies. The World Precious Minerals Fund is an actively managed fund that focuses on junior and intermediate precious metals exploration companies around the world. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is a passively managed fund that, before expenses, seeks to correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500 Index.

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