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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.

Top 10 Countries with Largest Gold Reserves
Top 10 Countries with Largest Gold Reserves
April 29, 2021

Central banks have been net buyers of gold for 11 consecutive years. According to World Gold Council (WGC) data, central banks around the world bought 272.9 tonnes of bullion in 2020.

Gold Off to a Slow Start as Central Banks Pivot Toward Digital Currencies
Gold Off to a Slow Start as Central Banks Pivot Toward Digital Currencies
April 26, 2021

Some major changes could be coming soon to a central bank near you, with an estimated 90% of them at some stage of developing a central bank digital currency, or CBDC. In October 2020, the Bahamas became the first economy to introduce its own CBDC, the Sand Dollar, but many more national currencies are expected to be rolled out in the coming years.

 

Airline Industry Highs and Lows: First Quarter 2021
Airline Industry Highs and Lows: First Quarter 2021
April 22, 2021

The best performing stock for the first quarter of 2021 in the Bloomberg World Airlines Index was JetBlue, up 32.67%.

Manufacturers Expand at Fastest Pace in 50 Years, Boosting Commodity Prices
Manufacturers Expand at Fastest Pace in 50 Years, Boosting Commodity Prices
April 19, 2021

A raft of positive economic news was released last week, pointing to a robust ongoing recovery from the pandemic-triggered downturn and adding to the thesis that inflation is set to accelerate.

RANKED: Top 10 Countries with the Largest Shipping Fleets
RANKED: Top 10 Countries with the Largest Shipping Fleets
April 14, 2021

Can you name the country with the largest fleet? The top 10 list may surprise you.

The Best Business Conditions of the 21st Century?
The Best Business Conditions of the 21st Century?
April 12, 2021

I expect to see another quarter of stock outperformance relative to bonds, though the debt selloff may not be as pronounced in this second quarter as it was in the first.

Fully Vaccinated People Are Free to Fly Commercial Again
Fully Vaccinated People Are Free to Fly Commercial Again
April 7, 2021

Last month I forecasted we’d see a travel boom this summer as newly vaccinated Americans book their first big trips and vacations since the pandemic began.

Visa and PayPal Give the Green Light to Cryptos. Should You?
Visa and PayPal Give the Green Light to Cryptos. Should You?
April 5, 2021

PayPal’s Checkout with Crypto, made available to select U.S. users last Wednesday, gives consumers the ability to purchase goods and services at as many as 29 million merchants using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether or Litecoin.

Gold Miners Recorded Record High Margins in 2020
Gold Miners Recorded Record High Margins in 2020
March 30, 2021

Gold producers had their most profitable year ever in 2020, based on average all-in-sustaining cost (AISC) margin. For every ounce of gold a mining company produced last year, it got to pocket $828 on average.

Asset Managers Cite Inflation as the Number One Market Risk, Displacing COVID-19
Asset Managers Cite Inflation as the Number One Market Risk, Displacing COVID-19
March 29, 2021

There are many signs that inflation is already here, but are we measuring it wrong? The pandemic made millions of Americans take their spending online, where price volatility can be far greater and more rapid.

Net Asset Value
as of 07/30/2021

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $6.54 -0.04 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $13.16 No Change World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $5.03 -0.02 China Region Fund USCOX $8.82 -0.05 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $6.65 -0.04 Global Luxury Goods Fund USLUX $24.30 -0.15 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.25 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change