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The Top Five Government Policies I’m Watching This Week
May 6, 2014

Every morning when I meet with the investment team, we review the news of the previous day, the movements of the markets around the world, and corporate actions that may affect our funds. This is how we keep our ears open in order to manage money that shareholders like you have entrusted us with. We meet again at lunchtime, daily, to share ideas, because something happening in China may affect the U.S. markets, or an energy company might have news that can benefit our domestic funds as well as our resources funds.

One critical factor that we always watch is government policy. Because we know that government policy is a precursor to change, we are constantly following global politics and analyzing how shifts can affect your investments.

Here are five government policy factors that we are watching to manage our fund portfolios:

  1. New Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen is going to affect interest rates.

Janet Yellen has been attracting a lot of attention since taking over as Federal Reserve chair. The Fed sets monetary policy, so everyone is looking to her to see when tapering might start or when interest rates will rise. As I’ve written about before, negative real interest rates are positive for gold. Interest rates have been hugging the line lately, and we’ve seen gold react with moves up and down.


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What we’re watching: The Fed will likely keep interest rates low, to encourage investment. Rates may rise with inflation, but the net effect on real interest rates will likely remain about the same. This is bullish for gold, so we’re watching how the gold mining companies in the Gold and Precious Metals Fund (USERX) and World Precious Minerals Fund (UNWPX) may be able to use this to their advantage.

  1. China is revising its one-child policy.

China’s government realizes that it needs to loosen the one-child policy in order to create a sustainable workforce. Longer term this means population growth in China as more babies are born. Take a look at the visual on page seven of my recent Investment U speech. Currently, every American born will consume 2.9 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels in their lifetime. China’s middle class is growing, and we see rising demand for energy and all sorts of resources in China. Chinese babies will consume even more throughout their lifetime than their parents’ generation will.

What we’re watching: demand for natural resources of all kinds. Look at the diverse approach of the Global Resources Fund (PSPFX). Metals, food, transportation of goods, and fuel are all potential beneficiaries of this population growth.

  1. We are in year two of the presidential election cycle.

We are approaching the mid-term Congressional election cycle. Looking at the pattern of four-year presidential terms from 1953 through 2013, we see that generally in year two, the S&P 500 Index trends sideways to down for a few months in the Spring, before trending upward again in the Fall. These are patterns to be aware of as leaders make plans before wooing the electorate. But looking at a longer period of history, from 1928 through 2013, April itself is usually a positive month.


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What we’re watching: Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results, but it helps to keep the long-term trends in mind. Our management strategy for the Holmes Macro Trends Fund (MEGAX) takes advantage of these trends in the domestic market. We look for companies with robust fundamentals that are participating in the leading sectors and leading industries of the market.

  1. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is changing the European markets.

Geopolitical conflict has the potential to shake up the markets, and the recent declines in the Russian stock market bear that out. Fortunately we have the benefit of a long history of investing in the Russian market, and tacit experience as a minority shareholder. We have taken these events as an opportunity to reposition the amount of risk we’re willing to take after the Crimea situation.

What we’re watching:  Other European markets hold particular opportunities. Greece has been making great strides in its economic recovery, and we are looking to the banking industry, which we believe is in a good position to benefit. Also, Turkey has been one of the best-performing markets overall this year, up 10 percent year-to-date.

  1. China is pushing for cleaner energy.

It’s no secret that China has problems with smog and pollution, and the Chinese government is taking an active approach in addressing this issue. I’ve written before about how China is supporting multiple forms of alternative energy. Coal is heavily used in China, but the government has a plan to increase usage of natural gas, which is a cleaner form of energy. Also, China plans to add 10 gigawatts of solar capacity each year for the next couple of years.

What we’re watching: Solar stocks in the U.S. and in China are benefiting from this support. We’re watching this energy niche grow, and we’ve positioned some of our funds to benefit from companies that manufacture solar components, like First Solar and Trina Solar. We are also participating in companies like NRG Yield Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc., which are solar and wind farm companies that sell energy into the grid, and pay out a dividend.

These are five government policies that we’ll be watching this week and in the weeks ahead. This is another reason why I believe in the importance of active management. Our team is attuned to these sorts of global government policies, in our daily efforts to maximize the growth and protection of our shareholders’ assets.

Please consider carefully a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For this and other important information, obtain a fund prospectus by visiting www.usfunds.com or by calling 1-800-US-FUNDS (1-800-873-8637). Read it carefully before investing. Distributed by U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc.

Foreign and emerging market investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and less public disclosure, as well as economic and political risk. Because the Global Resources Fund concentrates its investments in specific industries, the fund may be subject to greater risks and fluctuations than a portfolio representing a broader range of industries.

Gold, precious metals, and precious minerals funds may be susceptible to adverse economic, political or regulatory developments due to concentrating in a single theme. The prices of gold, precious metals, and precious minerals are subject to substantial price fluctuations over short periods of time and may be affected by unpredicted international monetary and political policies. We suggest investing no more than 5% to 10% of your portfolio in these sectors.

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, World Precious Minerals Fund, Global Resources Fund and Holmes Macro Trends Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 3/31/2014: First Solar (Global Resources Fund 0.19%); NRG Yield Inc. (Global Resources Fund 0.22%); Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Global Resources Fund 0.85%); Trina Solar (Global Resources Fund 0.98%, Holmes Macro Trends Fund 0.87%)

All opinions expressed and data provided are subject to change without notice. Some of these opinions may not be appropriate to every investor. The S&P 500 Stock Index is a widely recognized capitalization-weighted index of 500 common stock prices in U.S. companies.

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Albania’s Fertile Grounds for Oil Opportunities
May 5, 2014

Texas is oil country. The state I now call home leads the nation in oil production and would be one of the top oil-producing nations if it were its own country. But that doesn’t stop us from exploring other promising oil opportunities further afield. I recently traveled to Albania to check out a drill site of Petromanas Energy, a Calgary-based international oil and gas company focused on exploration and production throughout Europe and Australia. We own the junior stock in our Global Resources Fund (PSPFX) and Emerging Europe Fund (EUROX).

To many, Albania is an unknown country yet it has a rich and interesting history. It declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, was conquered by Italy in 1939 and occupied by Germany in 1943. Albania allied itself with the USSR until 1960 and then with China until 1978.  Democratic development has progressed since the country’s first multiparty elections in 1991. The 2009 general elections resulted in the country’s first coalition government and the 2013 election saw a peaceful transition of power. A parliamentary democracy, the country has steadily been welcoming foreign direct investment (FDI) since it shifted away from communism in the early 90s. The recent FDI into the country comes on the back of the extensive development of its rich petroleum resources.

Third Time’s a Charm
This was my third trip to Albania. I last visited the country in 2004 when we were seed investors in another oil play there, Bankers Petroleum. Today Bankers’ Albanian discovery is the largest onshore oilfield in all of Europe. The company is now close to 40 percent of Albania’s FDI and is reinvesting all cash flow back into the country, about $300 million per year. Bankers has done an amazing job cleaning up the environmental disaster left behind by previous operators of the assets which Bankers is developing. Today the fields are green and sheep roam freely. Old and dirty early rigs have been replaced with new safer, cleaner technology.

So much has changed since my last visit.  The country is more prosperous and more verdant. Capital city Tirana’s infrastructure and roads have improved by a quantum leap in the past 10 years. Every morning I ran in Rinia Park, the large central public park, with Marin Katusa of Casey Research. We were impressed with the hundreds of locals jogging at 7 a.m.

Meeting A Man of Many Colors

On this visit I was honored to meet the Prime Minister of the country since 2013, Edi Rama, who also served as the mayor of Tirana from 2000 to 2011. He is a fascinating leader. Rama is a native of Tirana and, in addition to becoming involved with the first democratic movements in Albania, he is an artist and a former basketball player for the Albanian national team. He is, to a large degree, responsible for the vibrancy I saw in Tirana, his Clean and Green project resulting in nearly 100,000 square meters of green land and parks, and his creative efforts to use art and color helping to curb corruption and revive civic pride and responsibility. You’d enjoy watching him explain this dramatic transformation in his TED talk Take Back Your City with Paint. Rama has helped form a stable political environment in Albania, just one reason Petromanas Energy has invested in drill sites here.

Fertile Ground for Oil and Gas
The company’s assets in Albania cover more than 1.1 million gross acres.  In the company’s presentation during our visit, management explained why Albania’s landscape is also key. Petromanas is exploring for large, deep, fractured carbonate structures of Eocene-Cretaceous age, similar to those in southern Italy which are the sites of several prolific oil fields.

Greek 10-Year Government Bond Yields Back to Pre-Crisis Levels
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Located across the country’s Berati thrust belt, you can see the multiple wells in the map below: Papri, Shirag and Molisht. Petromanas is looking for a light oil deposit in these wells. Super major Royal Dutch Shell has invested $200 million to partner in these plays.

While at Petromanas properties, our group saw a few of these wells, but most notable was the visit to the Molisht-1 well that is currently being drilled. As Keith Schaefer points out in his recent Oil and Gas Investments Bulletin on the Albania trip, the Molisht-1 well has the potential to be an 8,000-10,000 barrels of oil production per day well, an absolute company maker. And according to Petromanas’ presentation, the Molisht-1 well could potentially hit earlier than expected, which would be a positive surprise for the company.

What do the founder of Lionsgate Entertainment and a former NATO Commander have in common?


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Petromanas Energy is an example of a company that is currently in a strong area of the market and exhibits robust fundamentals. Its management, research and location are only a few reasons I see great potential for this organization. Escorting us on the research trip were two of the company’s directors, my good friend the legendary Canadian venture capitalist and philanthropist extraordinaire Frank Giustra, and General Wesley Clark, who as the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, led the charge to stop Serbian forces from committing genocide in Kosovo. I’ve also had the privilege of working alongside these distinguished gentlemen with the International Crisis Group, a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict around the world.

The Path from War to Peace and Prosperity in 20 Years

Albanians and their Balkan neighbors have seen more than their share of conflict. The trigger for World War I was the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by a Yugoslav nationalist in 1914. The Yugoslav Wars fought from 1991 to 1999 on the territory of former Yugoslavia have been described as Europe’s deadliest conflict since World War II and the first since the Great War to be formally judged genocidal. It is estimated at least 130,000 lost their lives.  In the last of these ethnic conflicts, the Kosovo War, a million ethnic Albanians fled or were forcefully driven from Kosovo by Yugoslav troops. Under the command of General Clark, NATO forces bombed Serbian forces to prevent the continued displacement and persecution of the Albanian people.

Prime Minister Rama told us that he is profoundly grateful to the American people, President Clinton, and NATO for saving the lives of at least 900,000 Albanians and ushering in stability and positioning the region for progress. It was a case study in the successful use of force to bring peace to a region and a consequent drive for prosperity for its people. Our collective investment in this humanitarian success story is paying dividends for a new generation of Albanians. The country’s transition to a free market economy has been difficult and there are many economic challenges on the road ahead but the government believes in creating a path favorable for business. Companies such as Bankers Petroleum and Petromanas are helping Albania to develop its natural resources, improve its economy and create growth opportunities for investors who see the potential of this resilient country.

Greek 10-Year Government Bond Yields Back to Pre-Crisis Levels

Please consider carefully a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For this and other important information, obtain a fund prospectus by visiting www.usfunds.com or by calling 1-800-US-FUNDS (1-800-873-8637). Read it carefully before investing. Distributed by U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Foreign and emerging market investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and less public disclosure, as well as economic and political risk. Because the Global Resources Fund concentrates its investments in a specific industry, the fund may be subject to greater risks and fluctuations than a portfolio representing a broader range of industries.

By investing in a specific geographic region, a regional fund’s returns and share price may be more volatile than those of a less concentrated portfolio. The Emerging Europe Fund invests more than 25% of its investments in companies principally engaged in the oil & gas or banking industries.  The risk of concentrating investments in this group of industries will make the fund more susceptible to risk in these industries than funds which do not concentrate their investments in an industry and may make the fund’s performance more volatile.

Fund portfolios are actively managed, and holdings may change daily. Holdings are reported as of the most recent quarter-end. Holdings in the Global Resources Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 3/31/14: Bankers Petroleum 0.00%, Petromanas Energy 0.05%, Royal Dutch Shell 0.00%. Holdings in the Emerging Europe Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 3/31/14: Bankers Petroleum 0.00%, Petromanas Energy 0.18%, Royal Dutch Shell 0.00%.

All opinions expressed and data provided are subject to change without notice. Some of these opinions may not be appropriate to every investor.

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We’re Shuffling the Cards on Our European Play
April 14, 2014

Did you know that over the last year the Greek stock market is up roughly 45 percent? The country that many believed would never recover from a six-year recession is now making astounding strides, recently being added to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index at the end of 2013.

As I’ve witnessed new strength from this “comeback country,” along with a rise in foreign investment into emerging markets as a whole, our investment team is currently strategizing to adapt our game to new European plays. Here are the game changers we see:

We're looking to play our cards right to capture opportunity in the European recovery.Greece Wants Back in the Game
Last week, Greece returned to the international markets with a five-year bond sale, quickly topping $4 billion according to Bloomberg. The yield on these bonds is a little under 5 percent, an attractive number in comparison to other countries’ currency bonds. Greece has been shut out of the bond market for roughly four years now, but I believe the country’s reentry last week is an imminent sign of recovery. 

In the Investor Alert on March 28, we highlighted another indicator of Greece’s recovery. The Greek 10-year bond yields are back down to 2010 levels and the country’s economy is expected to grow by 1.1 percent this year. These conditions have boosted consumer confidence and allowed Greek banks to recapitalize, changing the lending landscape in a credit-starved nation.

Greek 10-Year Government Bond Yields Back to Pre-Crisis Levels
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A recent Reuters’ article discussed the Greek bond sale stating that, “It would not only raise confidence in Greece’s ability to fund itself and aid its recovery, but it also offers Europe the chance to claim its widely-criticized crisis medicine of tough cuts and austerity was necessary, and ultimately successful.”

In fact, last October our Director of Research John Derrick expressed his confidence in the country during a time when most investors wouldn’t offer Greece a second look. He said the country’s current account situation could move from a deficit to a surplus in 2014. As it stands now, several strong economic signs are pointing to John’s positivity on the country, including the fact that Greece hit a surplus before 2014 even began, as you can see in the chart below.

Greece Posts Current Account Surplus in 2013
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One way we are playing these powerful signs within our Emerging Europe Fund (EUROX), is through Greek banks such as Alpha and Piraeus. These banks recently recapitalized, and with the Greek banking industry now consolidated to only four major banks, these names are poised to benefit from the economic recovery.

The Cards Are Stacked Against the Russian Investment Case
I have always believed that government policies are a precursor to change, and witnessing the drama with Putin in the Russian corner of the globe, I think now is a perfect time to shuffle our investment deck and underweight our portfolio to the country. We noticed economic growth in Russia beginning to slow in 2013, with few identifiable, positive catalysts, but the recent geopolitical tension with Ukraine was the final indication of an undesirable shift.

Since the breakout of conflict between Russia and Ukraine, investor confidence has dwindled in the area, and as you can see in the chart below, the two countries directly involved in the clash are the ones showing the highest market-risk impact.

Dramatic Increase in Market Risk in Ukraine
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Towards the end of 2013 I wrote that European equities had seen the longest streak of inflows in over 11 years, as investors began noticing this area of the globe as a spectacular investment opportunity. In addition to many strong areas in developed and emerging Europe, several of these equities were in Russia, and continue to be in Russia. Despite the disorder and our decreased exposure to Russia, we still see resilient stocks with growth opportunities. Two examples of strong Russian names include Norilsk Nickel, a nickel and palladium mining company, along with an Internet company, Mail.Ru.

When it comes to actively managing a portfolio, it’s all about playing your cards right, and at U.S. Global Investors we seek to manage risk while pursuing opportunity for our shareholders.

Turkey’s Turnaround
Greece isn’t the only country returning to the Eurobond market. Last Wednesday, Turkey sold 1 billion euros of nine-year bonds for the first time this year. The bonds, which will mature in 2023, should help the country with financing needs for the remainder of 2014.

Investors showed particular interest in Turkey’s bond issue, but have also started looking to the country as a prime tourist destination. Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, recently jumped 11 spots to take this year’s No. 1 position on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice list of global destinations, according to CNN.

Passenger growth in Turkish airports is taking off, seeing year-over-year growth of 15 percent in both international and domestic passengers. Additionally, Turkish Airlines flies to more countries around the world than any other airline! No wonder people love to visit this country. One way we capture this strength for our European fund is through a Turkish airport operator, TAV Airports.

Join me for an investment adventure in Turkey, May 4-17, 2014In fact, I too will be participating in this outstanding growth when I travel to Turkey next month. U.S. Global is inviting all curious investors to take part in this exciting trip as well! I encourage you to read about the opportunities we will be exploring in Turkey straight from the experts.

So inspite of Turkey’s underperformance last year, the country is up 10 percent year-to-date, and over the past decade Turkey’s economy has more than tripled. Consumer confidence is back on track and the long-term, secular growth story remains intact.

Follow the Money
I believe the European recovery is a story worth telling, and within our Emerging Europe Fund (EUROX) we use our investment model to lead us not only to the strong and stable countries in this emerging market, but also to the strong sectors within each country. As Western Europe continues to recover, we believe companies with robust fundamentals in emerging Europe provide leverage to this growth. Explore this opportunity to invest in companies we believe are playing their cards right.

Please consider carefully a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For this and other important information, obtain a fund prospectus by visiting www.usfunds.com or by calling 1-800-US-FUNDS (1-800-873-8637). Read it carefully before investing. Distributed by U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc.

Fund portfolios are actively managed, and holdings may change daily. Holdings are reported as of the most recent quarter-end. Holdings in the Emerging Europe Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 03/31/14: Alpha Bank AE 1.98%, Mail.Ru 0.00%, Norilsk Nickel 0.00%, Piraeus Bank SA 2.34%, TAV Havalimanlari Holdings Inc. 0.75%.

Foreign and emerging market investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and less public disclosure, as well as economic and political risk. By investing in a specific geographic region, a regional fund’s returns and share price may be more volatile than those of a less concentrated portfolio. The Emerging Europe Fund invests more than 25% of its investments in companies principally engaged in the oil & gas or banking industries.  The risk of concentrating investments in this group of industries will make the fund more susceptible to risk in these industries than funds which do not concentrate their investments in an industry and may make the fund’s performance more volatile.

All opinions expressed and data provided are subject to change without notice. Some of these opinions may not be appropriate to every investor. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global emerging markets.

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4 Areas Revved Up for a Resources Boom
April 1, 2014

He dunks, he scores!Commodity returns vary wildly, as experienced resource investors can attest and our popular periodic table illustrates. This inherent volatility can spell opportunity for the nimble investor who can look past the mainstream headlines to identify hot spots. Our global resources expert, Brian Hicks, CFA, identified four we believe are revved up for a resources boom.

1. Plenty in the Tank for Energy Stocks
Because of the previously low expectations of global growth and oil demand, energy stocks have been shunned by investors and have languished in recent years. In fact, according to Goldman Sachs, oil equities held in the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF have underperformed the broader market by 32 percent since 2008!

Global energy stocks have also suffered: In a comparison of the price-to-book valuations of the MSCI World Energy Index to that of the MSCI World Index, the ratio is at a level we haven’t seen since the late 1990s and early 2000s. Back then, crude oil plummeted to a very low price of $10 per barrel.

Today, with oil hovering around $100 a barrel and improved economic conditions in the U.S., energy stocks appear to be a tremendous bargain compared to overall stocks. 

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When it comes to natural gas, the cold, snowy winter has caused inventories of the commodity to rapidly decline. As the U.S. is experiencing the coldest winter in 13 years – some parts of the country have had the coldest weather in nearly three decades – natural gas inventories have been drawn down to levels we haven’t seen in 10 years.

Still, Old Man Winter hasn’t been persuasive enough for companies to respond with supply.

Based on data from the research firm IHS, 384 gas-directed rigs were online in the lower 48 states to refill storage and meet new demand coming online from the industrial sector in 2013. However, looking ahead over the next few years, the rig count is going to have to rise dramatically “as the gas market tightens in late 2014 and 2015,” which is a tremendous opportunity for investors, says IHS.

Tesla Motors Showing Strong Performance
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Before rig counts can increase, higher natural gas prices are needed to incentivize operators to invest in natural gas. Based on last quarter’s earnings reports, many major producers, such as EOG, Southwestern or Pioneer Natural Resources, are not planning on increasing their natural gas budgets. Bill Thomas, Chairman and CEO of EOG Resources, explained his reasoning that is part of the collective thought process across the industry:

For the sixth year in a row we are not [trying to] grow EOG’s North American natural gas production. This is reflective of our view of low returns on natural gas investments. We won’t drill any dry gas wells in North America during 2014 because we don’t see a change in the gas oversupply picture until the 2017-2018 time frame.”

As we come out of this winter season, the complacency toward adding to rig counts may amplify the deficit in natural gas inventories.

2. U.S. Chemical Industry Has a Competitive Edge

One upside to the low natural gas prices in North America is that it equates to relatively cheap feed stock for U.S. chemical companies. Whether it’s Asia or Europe, gas prices outside of the U.S. tend to be benchmarked to the higher price of crude oil.

Tesla Motors Showing Strong Performance
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Along with the global economic recovery, natural gas is giving the U.S. a competitive advantage. We’re seeing chemical companies coming back to the states, creating jobs, expanding exports out of the U.S., and helping the nation’s current account deficit. 

3. Shipping Companies at a Possible Inflection Point

The prices to ship commodities around the world have been hovering around the lowest we’ve seen in five years. However, demand for shipping is starting to overtake the supply of new ships, which bodes well for shipping companies.

Take a look at the chart showing the Baltic Dry Index over the past five years. The index is made up of various sizes of carriers including the Baltic Capesize, Panamax, Handysize and Supramax indices and measures the price of moving raw materials by sea. Primarily, these vessels transport iron ore and grains, i.e., wheat, corn and soybeans, which are especially vital goods for China.

To keep its population of 1.3 billion fed, China needs to import millions of tonnes of wheat, corn, rice and soybeans. As this demand is recognized, shipping companies should benefit.

Tesla Motors Showing Strong Performance
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4. Alternative Energy Could Get You More Green

In China, residents have been dealing with increasing cancer-causing pollutants and vehicle congestion on roads, and public discontent is rising. This winter, as pollution grew to be 10 times higher than the acceptable rate, Beijing University students protested the conditions by putting masks on iconic statues.

The effect that pollution is having on China’s economy benefits certain industries, including renewable energy or clean energy, whether it's solar or wind power

You can see just how dramatic the investment has been over the last five years. Specifically, wind power and solar look especially attractive. Take a look at CLSA data: In 2009, the country had about 0.2 percent of the global market. By 2014, it’s estimated to grow to one-third of the global market.

China isn’t the only country with a growing renewable energy market. With the Fukushima nuclear reactors incident after the massive earthquake in Japan, the solar market is taking off there too. 

 

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The Diverse Approach of the Global Resources Fund (PSPFX)
We believe these areas of the market offer the most exciting opportunities today. They have the wind at their back, giving us the confidence to overweight the companies within these areas of the market that are also showing extremely robust fundamentals.

Because of the diversity and volatility of each commodity, we believe investors benefit by holding a diversified selection of commodity stocks actively managed by professionals who understand these specialized assets and the global trends affecting them.

I just flew back from Asia, where I spoke at Robert Friedland’s Asia Mining Club and Mines and Money Hong Kong, with a special stop in Carslbad, CA on my way home to speak at the Investment U Conference. It has been an exhilarating week meeting with global entrepreneurs, mining executives and curious investors. I look forward to sharing their advice and insights with you next week.

p.s. It’s not too late to join me for an investment adventure in Turkey in May. 

Please consider carefully a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For this and other important information, obtain a fund prospectus by visiting www.usfunds.com or by calling 1-800-US-FUNDS (1-800-873-8637). Read it carefully before investing. Distributed by U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc.

Fund portfolios are actively managed, and holdings may change daily. Holdings are reported as of the most recent quarter-end. Holdings in the Global Resources as a percentage of net assets as of 12/31/13: Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF 0.00%; EOG 0.00%; Pioneer Natural Resources (2.18%); Southwestern 0.00%

Because the Global Resources Fund concentrates its investments in a specific industry, the fund may be subject to greater risks and fluctuations than a portfolio representing a broader range of industries.

All opinions expressed and data provided are subject to change without notice. Some of these opinions may not be appropriate to every investor. MSCI World Index is a capitalization weighted index that monitors the performance of stocks from around the world. MSCI World Energy Index is an unmanaged index composed of more than 1,400 stocks listed on exchanges in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. The MSCI World Energy Index is the Energy sector of the MSCI World Index. The Baltic Dry Freight Index is an economic indicator that portrays an assessed price of moving major raw materials by sea as compiled by the London-based Baltic Exchange.

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This Might be Your Investment Adventure of a Lifetime
March 12, 2014

Did you know that over the past decade, Turkey’s economy has more than tripled? The country is a powerhouse in Europe: It is the largest commercial vehicle producer and the second largest steel manufacturer, according to the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry.

While Turkey has been struggling lately, as the taper storm hammers the emerging European nation, we believe the latest correction could yield even more upside for investors.

When I visited the country this time last year, I was happy to see that the tacit knowledge learned on Turkish soil supported the explicit knowledge of this emerging country’s growth.

Turkey has a rich, diverse culture that is a blend of Asian, European and Middle Eastern traditions. Istanbul has been transformed into a country of affluence and among the beautiful Ottoman mosques, Byzantine churches, palaces and bazaars are ultra-contemporary art sculptures, shopping malls and lush landscaping.

As investment managers, we put a tremendous value on tacit knowledge because it strengthens our explicit knowledge. As St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.”

Now you have a unique opportunity to gain tacit knowledge by joining me on an investment adventure to this majestic country through Opportunity Travel.

Over 10 days in May, you can explore Europe’s fastest growing economy and learn all about the opportunities Turkey has to offer straight from the experts. See first-hand the breathtaking architecture and experience the rich, diverse culture.

Here’s a glance at the journey you can undertake:

Day Date Features Overnight
1 Mon, May 5 Arrival in Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel. Welcome reception and dinner at the hotel Istanbul
2 Tue, May 6 Full day tour including Bosphorus Bridge, Asian Side, Camlica Hill, Beylerbeyi Palace, back to Old Town, Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum and Underground Cistern Istanbul
3 Wed, May 7 Half day meeting at the hotel with lunch. Afternoon visit Topakapi Palace, Grand Bazaar Istanbul
4 Thu, May 8 Half day meeting at the hotel with lunch. Afternoon visit Spice Market and cruise along the Bosphorus. Istanbul
5 Fri, May 9 Visit to a local company in Istanbul Istanbul
6 Sat, May 10 Transfer for the airport for morning flight to Kayseri. Afternoon visit the Underground City of Kaymakli and wine sampling experience Cappadocia
7 Sun, May 11 Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Natural Citadel of Uchisar, Avanos (pottery making), Zelve, Red Valley, Pigeon and Babacik Valleys. After the dinner, visit "Whirling Dervishes" Ceremony of "Sema" Cappadocia
8 Mon, May 12 Before breakfast, optional "Hot Air Ballooning" excursion. After breakfast, drive to Ankara, visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Transfer to airport for flight to Izmir and to Kusadasi Kusadasi
9 Tue, May 13 Tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, The House of Virgin Marry, the Basilica of St. John, the Museum at Selcuk and Sirince Village Kusadasi
10 Wed, May 14 Visit a Gold Mine. Kusadasi
11 Thu, May 15 Drive Kusadasi / Bodrum. Visit Bodrum Castle, The Underwater Archeology Museum, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.  Bodrum
12 Fri, May 16 Today we will enjoy a full day cruising by "Gullet" Bodrum
13 Sat, May 17 Transfer to Airport for flight back home or extend your stay to explore more on your own. Departure

If you prefer, there is a shorter version of the trip that takes you to Istanbul only on May 5 through May 10.

Join me on what could be the investment adventure of a lifetime. Space is very limited so you need to act now to claim your seat.

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Net Asset Value
as of 11/22/2017

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $5.97 0.03 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $7.36 No Change World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $5.76 0.03 China Region Fund USCOX $12.18 0.03 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.09 0.04 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $24.06 -0.05 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $21.36 -0.06 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.21 -0.01 U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change