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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.

Can't Decide Between Gold or Bitcoin? Why Not Both?
Can't Decide Between Gold or Bitcoin? Why Not Both?
June 17, 2021

Two years ago this month, the billionaire hedge fund manager said that was his favorite trade in the next 12 to 24 months due to geopolitical disruptions, among other factors. The yellow metal “has everything going for it,” he told Bloomberg.

Transitory or Not, Inflation Is Here. It Could Be Much Higher Than You Realize
Transitory or Not, Inflation Is Here. It Could Be Much Higher Than You Realize
June 14, 2021

I’ve been writing about the possibility of higher inflation for months, and now it looks to have finally made landfall. May’s headline consumer price index (CPI) came in at 5% year-over-year, the highest in over a decade.

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.

Even More Tech Firms Are Leaving Silicon Valley for Texas
Even More Tech Firms Are Leaving Silicon Valley for Texas
December 10, 2020

“This garage is the birthplace of the world’s first high-technology region, Silicon Valley,” the marker reads. It names two Stanford students, William Hewlett and David Packard, who “in 1938 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage.” (The pair’s first customer? Walt Disney, who was then working on 1940’s Fantasia.)

The "End of the Beginning" of the Economic Recovery
The "End of the Beginning" of the Economic Recovery
October 19, 2020

“Resilience” was last week’s theme as better-than-expected market data came to light. Earnings season has begun, and so far reports have proven the doomsayers wrong. Even industries that have been hardest hit by the economic downturn, including air travel, are expressing optimism that we’re at the “end of the beginning” in terms of recovering from the worst health crisis in 100 years.

Is Headline CPI Inflation "Fake News"?
Is Headline CPI Inflation "Fake News"?
August 31, 2020

The Federal Reserve just tweaked how it thinks about inflation, and this could have a huge impact on gold and gold mining stocks.

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