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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.

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.

A New Commodities Supercycle Could Be Powering Up After a Long Freeze
A New Commodities Supercycle Could Be Powering Up After a Long Freeze
February 22, 2021

As many of you know, I grew up in Toronto, where winters can be brutally cold. Like most people who live in northern U.S. states, I’m accustomed to driving on snowy, icy roads. But then, roads in the north are plowed, sanded and salted when there’s snowfall. With rare exception, the roads here in sunny San Antonio, Texas, do not see that kind of maintenance. There are no snow plows or salt trucks. Driving, then, can be several times more precarious when we get the kind of extreme weather that hit us last week.

Asian Stocks Have Momentum in The Year of the Ox
Asian Stocks Have Momentum in The Year of the Ox
February 17, 2021

In pre-pandemic years, the Lunar New Year has been an opportunity for individuals and families to travel and visit loved ones. Millions of Chinese people took as many as 3 billion trips in early 2019, representing the largest annual human migration in history.

The Top 5 Most Popular Investment Stories of 2020
The Top 5 Most Popular Investment Stories of 2020
December 30, 2020

Now that 2020 has drawn to a close, I’m revisiting my most popular investment posts of the year, based on views. It was a truly historic 12 months, to say the least, but I won’t be covering everything that happened.  For many of you, that’s probably a good thing.  So without further ado, below are the top five most-read stories of 2020, in descending order.

Base Metals Get Supercharged Thanks to China Rebound
Base Metals Get Supercharged Thanks to China Rebound
December 14, 2020

Industrial metals are well on their way to being among the top performers of 2020, supported by red hot demand from China and global supply concerns.

Copper Bull Run May Only Be Getting Started
Copper Bull Run May Only Be Getting Started
December 3, 2020

Chinese factories signaled their strongest improvement in over a decade.

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