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Please note: The Frank Talk articles listed below contain historical material. The data provided was current at the time of publication. For current information regarding any of the funds mentioned in these presentations, please visit the appropriate fund performance page.

Why We're Overweighting Renewable Energy
Why We're Overweighting Renewable Energy
June 11, 2020

It may not feel like it, but West Texas Intermediate (WTI)  oil just posted its best month on record. The American benchmark for crude soared  more than 88 percent in May, from $18.84 per barrel to $35.50, as businesses  cautiously began to reopen and people returned to work following the  coronavirus lockdown.

Emerging Technologies to Drive Silver Demand
Emerging Technologies to Drive Silver Demand
June 4, 2020

The price of silver soared in May, jumping more than 19  percent on safe haven demand as well as increased expectations of a swift  economic recovery, given its many applications.

Electric Vehicle Sales Are Surging. Can Mineral Producers Meet Future Demand?
Electric Vehicle Sales Are Surging. Can Mineral Producers Meet Future Demand?
May 14, 2020

Elon Musk isn’t known for playing by the rules. The 48-year-old tech billionaire got himself into hot water with regulators a couple of years ago by tweeting that he was “considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” (At its 52-week high in February, the company’s stock traded at more than double that amount.) 

Why We're Pivoting Into Renewable Energy
Why We're Pivoting Into Renewable Energy
February 20, 2020

Bernard Looney, BP’s new chief executive, wants to cut his company’s greenhouse gas emissions down to zero by 2050. To do that, the world’s sixth-largest energy company is committing itself to massive investment in renewable energy, including wind, solar and biofuels.

Nontraditional Funds Took the Stage at World's Biggest ETF Conference
Nontraditional Funds Took the Stage at World's Biggest ETF Conference
February 3, 2020

Even bigger changes could be headed our way, if some of the discussions at this year’s Inside ETFs are any indication. Two topics seemed to dominate the conference: the rise of ESG investing, and the emergence of so-called “nontransparent” ETFs.

Dollar Weakness Could Be the Catalyst Commodities Are Looking For
Dollar Weakness Could Be the Catalyst Commodities Are Looking For
January 13, 2020

For the third straight year, and for the fourth time in six years, palladium was the top-performing commodity. 

Here's What the Trucking Industry Could Learn From Airlines
Here's What the Trucking Industry Could Learn From Airlines
December 18, 2019

This year alone, nearly 800 U.S.-based trucking companies have gone bankrupt. That’s almost three times the rate as in 2018, when things were looking remarkably positive.

Should You Buy the Saudi Aramco IPO?
Should You Buy the Saudi Aramco IPO?
November 11, 2019

Imagine waking up in your posh high-rise penthouse facing the Red Sea. Above the bustling city hangs a giant artificial moon that livestreams images from outer space.

Australia May Be the Saving Grace for the Rare Earth Metals Market
Australia May Be the Saving Grace for the Rare Earth Metals Market
November 6, 2019

When Colorado-based Molycorp Inc. filed for bankruptcy in 2015, the U.S. lost its sole remaining miner and producer of rare earth elements (REEs)—those inconspicuous metals with unpronounceable names like praseodymium, yttrium and gadolinium.

This Legendary Commodities Fund Is Closing. Here's What That Could Mean for Investors
This Legendary Commodities Fund Is Closing. Here's What That Could Mean for Investors
October 24, 2019

What was once the world’s largest commodities hedge fund is officially closing, creating new opportunities for some investors to get exposure to raw materials and mining using other funds.

Net Asset Value
as of 07/01/2020

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.16 No Change Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $11.49 0.02 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $4.01 0.01 China Region Fund USCOX $8.78 0.03 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $5.70 0.01 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $22.32 0.03 Global Luxury Goods Fund MEGAX $15.16 -0.05 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.24 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change