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Tariffs Are Having a Bigger Effect on U.S. Manufacturing Than Initially Thought
Tariffs Are Having a Bigger Effect on U.S. Manufacturing Than Initially Thought
January 8, 2020

The U.S. manufacturing sector contracted for the fifth straight month in December, with the monthly reading from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) hitting its weakest point in more than 10 years. 

America Remains the Land of Opportunity. For Everything Else, There's Gold
America Remains the Land of Opportunity. For Everything Else, There's Gold
January 6, 2020

In 1967, a woman then known as Svetlana Alliuyeva arrived by plane in New York. Moments after landing, she held a press conference during which she renounced her native Soviet Russia, describing it as “profoundly corrupt.”

5 of the Biggest Financial Stories From 2019
5 of the Biggest Financial Stories From 2019
December 30, 2019

According to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, 2019 was the Year of the Pig. Investors and traders, I believe, will likely also remember it as the year of the bull. 

The U.K. Just Said No to EU Socialism. Will U.S. Voters Do the Same in 2020?
The U.K. Just Said No to EU Socialism. Will U.S. Voters Do the Same in 2020?
December 23, 2019

Imagine you wake up tomorrow from a three and a half-year coma. Everything that’s happened in the meantime—the election of Donald Trump, impeachment, Brexit and more—is a complete mystery to you.

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.

Expecting a Market Downturn? Make Sure You're Following the "Noah Rule"
Expecting a Market Downturn? Make Sure You're Following the "Noah Rule"
December 16, 2019

In his letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders for fiscal year 2001, Warren Buffett made one of his now-famous pronouncements:  “Predicting rain doesn’t count, building an ark does.”

Is the Fed Gearing Up for a New Round of Quantitative Easing? Here Are the Possible Signs
Is the Fed Gearing Up for a New Round of Quantitative Easing? Here Are the Possible Signs
December 10, 2019

“This is not QE. In no sense is this QE.”

That was Jerome Powell in early October, answering a reporter’s question on whether the Federal Reserve’s intervention in the overnight U.S. repo market constituted another round of quantitative easing (QE).

Will the Real Manufacturing PMI Please Stand Up?
Will the Real Manufacturing PMI Please Stand Up?
December 4, 2019

It’s the top of a new month, meaning we get to see the latest manufacturing purchasing manager’s index (PMI) readings. And if you follow both the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and IHS Markit’s reports on U.S. factory activity, you may be getting some mixed signals.

What's With All the Mass Protests? (Hint: It's Not About Income Inequality)
What's With All the Mass Protests? (Hint: It's Not About Income Inequality)
November 18, 2019

Quick! What do Hong Kong, Chile, Ecuador and Lebanon all have in common with one another?

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.

Net Asset Value
as of 01/22/2020

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $4.54 -0.03 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $9.79 -0.02 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $3.30 -0.02 China Region Fund USCOX $9.25 0.12 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.94 -0.06 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $26.57 -0.03 Holmes Macro Trends Fund MEGAX $17.33 0.02 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.23 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change