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Cuba and Venezuela Offer Cautionary Tales of Socialism
Cuba and Venezuela Offer Cautionary Tales of Socialism
July 26, 2021

For the past decade, citizens of Latin American countries have grown bolder in protesting their governments’ failed socialist policies. We’ve seen unrest in, among other states, Venezuela, Chile and Colombia, but until recently, we hadn’t heard a peep from Cuba, which has been under communist rule since Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959.

Investors' Risk Appetite Is at an All-Time High. That Could Be a Problem
Investors' Risk Appetite Is at an All-Time High. That Could Be a Problem
July 22, 2021

Two months. That’s how long the pandemic-triggered recession lasted, from February to April 2020, making it the shortest economic downturn in U.S. history, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Business Cycle Dating Committee.

Gold Is Catching a Bid on Pandemic and Inflation Fears. Are You Participating?
Gold Is Catching a Bid on Pandemic and Inflation Fears. Are You Participating?
July 12, 2021

Gold notched its third straight week of higher prices as the yield on the 10-year Treasury dipped below 1.3% for the first time since February. The highly transmissible Delta variant was also ruled the most dominant strain of coronavirus in the U.S., threatening economic growth and raising uncertainty about the next interest rate hike.

Bitcoin Mining Uses a Higher Mix of Sustainable Energy Than Any Major Country or Industry
Bitcoin Mining Uses a Higher Mix of Sustainable Energy Than Any Major Country or Industry
July 6, 2021

Last Thursday, HIVE Blockchain Technologies listed on Nasdaq (HVBT), providing U.S. investors access to Bitcoin and Ether mining.

As many of you know, HIVE became the first crypto miner to be traded publicly when it debuted on the TSX Venture almost four years ago. Its uplisting to Nasdaq, the world’s premiere tech stock exchange, represents the culmination of months of hard work by our team. I want to thank shareholders for their loyalty and patience.

Gold Is the Ultimate Contrarian Investment Right Now
Gold Is the Ultimate Contrarian Investment Right Now
June 30, 2021

Legendary global investor John Templeton once said that the best time to buy was when there was “maximum pessimism,” and the best time to sell was when there was “maximum optimism.”

China's Crackdown on Bitcoin Mining Is Good News for North American Crypto Miners
China's Crackdown on Bitcoin Mining Is Good News for North American Crypto Miners
June 28, 2021

Bitcoin erased its 2021 gains last week as China ramped up its crackdown on mining of the cryptocurrency, a move that’s expected to help shift the industry’s center of gravity from Asia to North America.

El Salvador Just Adopted Bitcoin as Legal Tender. Here's Why Other Countries May Follow Suit
El Salvador Just Adopted Bitcoin as Legal Tender. Here's Why Other Countries May Follow Suit
June 10, 2021

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, smaller than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and yet it just did something very big. This week it became the world’s first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, marking a huge turning point for the cryptocurrency.

Institutional Investors Are Rotating out of Bitcoin and into Gold
Institutional Investors Are Rotating out of Bitcoin and into Gold
May 24, 2021

One of the biggest reasons why people invest in assets like gold, Bitcoin and altcoins is because they act as hedges against bad government policy. Look at Venezuela. The beleaguered country’s currency, the bolivar, isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on due to draconian socialist policies. As such, an outsized percentage of Venezuelans rely on Bitcoin as a store of value and to help make ends meet.

Note to Elon: Crypto Miners Are Part of the Solution to Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Note to Elon: Crypto Miners Are Part of the Solution to Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 17, 2021

In a tweet on Wednesday, the self-proclaimed “Technoking of Tesla” said his company—which announced in February that it bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin—would be suspending vehicle purchases using the cryptocurrency. Musk cited crypto miners’ “increasing” use of fossil fuels, particularly coal, “which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”

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.

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