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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 13, 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.”

No Country Has Ever Taxed Itself into Prosperity
No Country Has Ever Taxed Itself into Prosperity
May 10, 2021

Violent protests have erupted in the streets of Bogota, Cali and other cities in Colombia. The immediate cause? Proposed reforms to the South American country’s tax system, which would have lifted taxes on everything from salaries and dividends to fossil fuels, single-use plastic items and more.

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.

Markets Have Outperformed When a President Seeks Reelection
Markets Have Outperformed When a President Seeks Reelection
August 12, 2020

By now you’ve all heard the news. Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for president, has selected as his running mate Kamala Harris, junior senator from California and the state’s former attorney general.

The Contrarian Investment Case for Russian Stocks
The Contrarian Investment Case for Russian Stocks
August 6, 2020

Russian stocks, as measured by the MOEX Russia Index, turned positive for the year on August 4 after plunging 30 percent due to the pandemic.

A $10 Trillion Response to the Global Pandemic
A $10 Trillion Response to the Global Pandemic
March 23, 2020

Last week I was introduced to a board game called Pandemic. In the game, players are up against the clock to find the cure to viral outbreaks and contain them before they spread across the entire globe.

Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic Over China's Factory Slowdown
Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic Over China's Factory Slowdown
March 5, 2020

Chinese manufacturing activity slumped to a record low in February as the coronavirus outbreak temporarily shuttered plants and factories and travel restrictions impacted the supply of labor.

Where to Get Income in a Low-Yield World
Where to Get Income in a Low-Yield World
February 18, 2020

So far in 2020, the yield on the 10-year Treasury has averaged an anemic 0.01 percent when adjusted for inflation. Since the end of January, it’s actually dipped below 0 percent, trading as low as negative 0.14 percent on January 31.

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.

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).

Net Asset Value
as of 05/14/2021

Global Resources Fund PSPFX $6.78 0.10 Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX $13.58 0.31 World Precious Minerals Fund UNWPX $5.34 0.12 China Region Fund USCOX $9.39 0.15 Emerging Europe Fund EUROX $6.53 0.05 All American Equity Fund GBTFX $24.65 No Change Global Luxury Goods Fund USLUX $22.59 0.44 Near-Term Tax Free Fund NEARX $2.24 No Change U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund UGSDX $2.00 No Change