Sit Back and Stay Balanced
JT Long of The Gold Report had a chance to speak with Frank Holmes upon his return from the 40th Annual New Orleans Investment Conference, seeking his advice to investors during this unpredictable time in the market. Frank suggests that when it comes to gold, the best thing to do is “chill.” He says there’s no need to panic if gold stocks move up or down 35 percent, as this is normal volatility for the asset class.
Frank remains committed to a 10-percent weighting in the metal, rebalancing annually, and reminds readers to follow the money. He notes that for investors who aren’t keen on the volatile movements in the precious metal, he has the “no drama” fund that might be just right for their portfolio – the Near-Term Tax Free Fund (NEARX).
Read the full interview here to catch some of Frank’s favorite mining stocks and for additional insight from portfolio manager Ralph Aldis.
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|One-Year||Five-Year||Ten-Year||Gross Expense Ratio||Expense Ratio After Waivers|
|Near-Term Tax Free Fund (NEARX)||3.26%||2.59%||2.97%||1.21%||0.45%|
|S&P 500 Index||19.72%||15.68%||8.10%||N/A||N/A|
Expense ratio as stated in the most recent prospectus. The expense ratio after waivers is a contractual limit through December 31, 2014, for the Near-Term Tax Free Fund, on total fund operating expenses (exclusive of acquired fund fees and expenses, extraordinary expenses, taxes, brokerage commissions and interest). After December 31, 2014, this arrangement will become a voluntary limitation that may be changed or terminated by U.S. Global Investors at any time, which may lower the fund’s yield or return. Performance data quoted above is historical. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Results reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. For a portion of periods, the fund had expense limitations, without which returns would have been lower. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The principal value and investment return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance does not include the effect of any direct fees described in the fund’s prospectus which, if applicable, would lower your total returns. Performance quoted for periods of one year or less is cumulative and not annualized. Obtain performance data current to the most recent month-end at www.usfunds.com or 1-800-US-FUNDS.
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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 Gold and Precious Metals Fund, Global Resources Fund, Near-Term Tax Free Fund and World Precious Minerals Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 09/30/2014: Apple (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.00%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.00%), Facebook Inc. (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.00%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.00%), Franco-Nevada Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 6.44%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.16%), Fresnillo PLC (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.00%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.00%), Klondex Mines Ltd (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 7.76%, Global Resources Fund 1.22%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 7.51%), MAG Silver Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.00%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 2.75%), Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.16%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.17%), Randgold Resources Ltd (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.92%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.17%), Royal Gold Inc. (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 3.44%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.01%), Silver Wheaton Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.10%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.35%), Virginia Mines Inc. (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.00%, Global Resources Fund 0.00%, Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.00%, World Precious Minerals Fund 7.13%).
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