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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.

Commodities Were the Top Performers in 1H 2021: Halftime Report
Commodities Were the Top Performers in 1H 2021: Halftime Report
July 19, 2021

Commodities rallied 21% in the first half of 2021, making them the top performing asset group ahead of U.S., European, emerging market and non-Japan Asian stocks. The broad-based index of energy, agriculture, industrial metals and precious metals rose the same amount as high-flying Bitcoin, which pulled back after hitting its all-time high of more than $63,000 on April 13.

UPDATED: Top 10 Gold Producing Countries
UPDATED: Top 10 Gold Producing Countries
June 22, 2021

Gold is one of the rarest elements in the world, making up between 0.001 and 0.006 parts per million of the earth’s crust. But how much gold is the world digging up each year and what countries produce the most?

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.

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 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.

How Battery Metals Have Helped Us Outperform During the Slump in Gold Price
How Battery Metals Have Helped Us Outperform During the Slump in Gold Price
March 4, 2021

Gold hasn’t been getting much love from investors lately due to rising bond yields, and bullion-backed gold mutual funds and ETFs have seen significant outflows so far this year through the end of February.

Inflation Is Coming for Your Wealth. Here's What Investors Can Do About It
Inflation Is Coming for Your Wealth. Here's What Investors Can Do About It
February 25, 2021

Inflation is back on investors' minds lately, and some may  be wondering how to position their portfolios to confront this potential new  scourge. 

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.

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