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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.

It's Time We Talked About Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
It's Time We Talked About Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
July 1, 2019

Fans of the improvisational comedy program Whose Line Is It Anyway? may recall host Drew Carey describing it as “the show where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.”

Top 10 Gold Producing Countries
Top 10 Gold Producing Countries
June 26, 2019

Gold is one of the rarest elements in the world, making up roughly 0.003 parts per million of the earth’s crust. But how much gold is the world digging up each year and what countries produce the most?

How to Get Access to Small-Cap Gold Mining Stocks
How to Get Access to Small-Cap Gold Mining Stocks
June 25, 2019

With the price of gold trading above $1,430 an ounce as of June 25, now might be a good time for generalist investors to consider getting exposure to the yellow metal. Many investors have done just that.

Billionaire Investor: "Gold Has Everything Going For It"
Billionaire Investor: "Gold Has Everything Going For It"
June 17, 2019

Last week gold managed to eke out its fourth straight week of positive gains. The price of the yellow metal broke above $1,350 an ounce, while gold miners, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, tested their 52-week high.

What a U.S. Rate Cut Could Mean for Gold Prices
What a U.S. Rate Cut Could Mean for Gold Prices
June 11, 2019

Stocks surged last Friday following a U.S. jobs report that, to put it mildly, fell far below expectations. At first this might seem counterintuitive. Shouldn’t signs of a slowing economy act as a wet blanket on Wall Street?

Put Your Trust in Gold
Put Your Trust in Gold
June 10, 2019

Americans’ trust in institutions, from the federal government to banks to the news media, has been deteriorating for decades. Sixty years ago, three-quarters of Americans expressed faith in the government to do the right thing “most of the time” or “just about always.”

DOUBLE WHAMMY: Fed Policy and the U.S.-China Trade War
DOUBLE WHAMMY: Fed Policy and the U.S.-China Trade War
May 28, 2019

Markets were decisively in “risk-off” mode last week. Following weak manufacturing news last Thursday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury sunk to its lowest level since October 2017. The spread between the 10-year yield and three-month yield, in fact, inverted once again, with the shorter-term bond yield higher by 6 basis points.

How to Unrig the Gold Market, According to GATA's Chris Powell
How to Unrig the Gold Market, According to GATA's Chris Powell
May 21, 2019

In an earlier post, I gave you a sneak preview of my interview with Chris Powell, secretary/treasurer at Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA). For 20 years now, Chris and others at GATA have made it their mission to expose collusion by international financial institutions to control the price and supply of gold.

Yes, Gold Is Being Manipulated. But to What Extent?
Yes, Gold Is Being Manipulated. But to What Extent?
May 20, 2019

Last week the European Commission announced that it’s fining five big banks for rigging the international foreign exchange (forex) market. As many as 11 world currencies—including the euro, British pound, Japanese yen, and U.S. dollar—were allegedly manipulated by traders working at Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Citigroup, JPMorgan and Japan’s MUFG Bank.

3 Mining Stocks for Investors Seeking Gold Exposure
3 Mining Stocks for Investors Seeking Gold Exposure
May 14, 2019

As the U.S.-China trade spat drags on, so too could the stock market volatility that has accompanied it so far this month. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both fell 2.4 percent on May 13 – their worst days since January. The longer trade negotiations remain ongoing, the longer the geopolitical and economic risks remain.

Net Asset Value
as of 07/17/2019

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.62 0.03 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $8.55 0.33 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $3.04 0.12 China Region Fund USCOX $8.94 -0.01 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.16 0.02 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $24.57 -0.20 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $16.95 -0.10 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.22 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change