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Inflation Is Eating Your Lunch If You're Doing This One Common Thing
Inflation Is Eating Your Lunch If You're Doing This One Common Thing
October 21, 2021

Nearly all savings accounts at U.S. banks are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) up to $250,000, but beyond that, it makes less and less sense for savers and investors to use them.

Shadow Inflation Could Be a Bigger Problem Than You Realize
Shadow Inflation Could Be a Bigger Problem Than You Realize
October 18, 2021

We’re all familiar with inflation, whether it’s at the grocery store or gas pump. What cost you $10 last year might cost you $12 or more today, representing a hidden “tax” that steadily corrodes your purchasing power like rust on iron.

Bitcoin Powers Past $57,000 on Its Quest to Hit a New All-Time High
Bitcoin Powers Past $57,000 on Its Quest to Hit a New All-Time High
October 11, 2021

Bitcoin powered past $57,000 on Monday for the first time since May as a number of positive crypto developments galvanized investors in the month of “Uptober.”

What Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Can Learn from Christopher Columbus
What Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Can Learn from Christopher Columbus
October 7, 2021

Next week we observe Columbus Day. Say what you will about the man’s skills as an explorer—peven after four trips to the New World, he died believing he’d discovered a new route to Asia—or his mixed record dealing with Native peoples, one thing we can all agree on is that Christopher Columbus was a gifted pitchman and entrepreneur.

Gold Finds Support as Key Inflation Rate Hits a 30-Year High
Gold Finds Support as Key Inflation Rate Hits a 30-Year High
October 4, 2021

Last week the U.S. dollar advanced against a basket of foreign currencies to hit its highest level in about a year. For consumers and importers, this is good news, as it means the greenback offers greater purchasing power.

Does Socialism Threaten Germany's Economy?
Does Socialism Threaten Germany's Economy?
September 29, 2021

The Berlin Wall came down 32 years ago this November, ushering in a new era of freedom and opportunity. But judging from the results of a recent local election, it looks as if socialism is trying to stage something of a comeback in Germany’s capital city.

Gold Maintained Its Haven Status During the Evergrande Selloff
Gold Maintained Its Haven Status During the Evergrande Selloff
September 27, 2021

Evergrande Group, the “too big to fail” Chinese property developer, rattled markets last Monday when it missed interest payments to at least two of its lenders. This gave more than a few investors flashbacks to Lehman Brothers’ demise in 2008, which helped trigger the global financial crisis.

Why We're Bullish on Russia and Eastern Europe Right Now
Why We're Bullish on Russia and Eastern Europe Right Now
September 21, 2021

After a challenging 2020 due to the pandemic, foreign direct investment (FDI) has been flowing into Russia this year for a number of reasons. Among them is it offers positive real rates compared to other Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

Running a Fossil Fuel Business Isn't What It Used to Be
Running a Fossil Fuel Business Isn't What It Used to Be
September 20, 2021

It’s becoming more and more difficult to be in the fossil fuel business. On both sides of the Atlantic, lawmakers and unelected bureaucrats are turning up the heat, so to speak, on companies over the issue of climate change.

Where's the Yield? Don't Look to Crypto Lending, at Least Not Yet
Where's the Yield? Don't Look to Crypto Lending, at Least Not Yet
September 13, 2021

With real rates trading below zero right now, many yield-starved investors are being forced into riskier and riskier assets, including high-yield junk bonds. But even these are no longer offering a positive real return, what with inflation at multiyear highs.

Net Asset Value
as of 10/22/2021

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $6.96 0.05 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $12.52 0.14 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $4.80 0.08 China Region Fund USCOX $8.62 0.04 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $7.43 0.06 Global Luxury Goods Fund USLUX $25.19 0.26 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.23 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $1.99 No Change